During the most classic years of the Silver Age, DC merged the concept of urban superheroes with double identities that was popular in the Golden Age with sci-fi themes that were common in the 1950s. The Martian Manhunter is the first and most obvious example of this. This time, instead of magic, fire-weapons and gimmicks, the new characters used powers based on "super science".
Additionally, some of the most notorious characters were new versions of old golden age characters with different identities: the Flash, Green Lantern, The Atom, Hawkman, Clayface, Robotman, the Turtle, Red Tornado and Zatanna (daughter of Zatara). They lived in a different reality form the originals, so, the new Flash is often considered the starting point. However, a number of characters that appeared before Flash were kept as part of that continuity, like Superman, Batman,Wonder Woman and Aquaman, all of whom kept their series after the golden age, or like Phantom Stranger and the Martian Manhunter, who were created few years before the scarlet speedster.Most of the superheroes of these times were basically the same guy: a tall, classically handsome, square-jawed, white, muscular, single, honest, loyal, hard-working, all-American, God-fearing and law-obeying guy fighting crime with science-based super powers under a secret identity (the few superheroines were their relatives). Their main differences were name, powers, costume color and hair color. The Elongated Man comes exactly from this mold.
Despite coming from it, the Elongated Man was the first to break the mold by getting married and giving away his secret identity. The Metal Men, the Doom Patrol, Zatanna, Metamorpho and Deadman were some of the earliest examples of characters created outside the stereotype and the first to follow tendencies established by Marvel Comics: tragedy, diversity, constant conflict, unique personality, etc.
During most of this era, every issue had a self contained, stand-alone story (althought, there were occasional two-parters as well) and the status quo of the characters was kept intact. Towards the end, DC started doing some story arcs (Zatanna's Search, The Outsider) and there were some tragedies (like the deaths of Alfred and the Doom Patrol or the betrayal of Snapper Carr). These were also trends that Marvel Comics started.
September: Calendar Man (Detective Comics #259).
October: Bizarro (Superboy #8).
1959February: Mr. Freeze (Batman #121), Titano (Superman #127).
March: Mirror Master (Flash #105).
- Grodd (Flash #106),
- the Easy Company (Our Army ad War #81).
- the Pied Piper (Flash #106),
- Bat-Mite (Detective Comics #267),
- Rip Hunter (Showcase #20).
August: Suicide Squad, Rick Flag (The Brave and the Bold #25).
October: Green Lantern, Carol Ferris (Showcase #22).
- Aqualad (Adventure Comics #269),
- Kid Flash, Weather Wizard (Flash #110).
- JLA, Starro, Snapper Karr (The Brave and the Bold #28),
- Star Hawkins (Strange Adventures #114),
- Captain Atom (Space Adventures #33, Charlton Comics).
- The Trickster (Flash #113),
- Atomic Knights (Strange Adventures #117),
- Professor Ivo, Amazo (The Brave and the Bold #30).
- The Sea Devils (Showcase #27),
- The Clock King (World's Finest Comics #111).
- Kryptonite man (Superboy #83),
- Cave Carson (The Brave and the Bold #31).
- Despero (Justice League of America #1),
- Thomas Kalmaku, Weaponers of Qward (Green Lantern #2).
December: Captain Boomerang (Flash #117).
- Sue Dibny, and Ralph marries her off-panel (Flash #119),
- Hector Hammond (Green Lantern #5),
- the Star Rovers (Mystery in space #66).
- Matter Master (The Brave and the Bold #35),
- Batgirl I (Batman #139).
- Dr. Destiny (Justice League of America #5),
- Shadow Thief (The Brave and the Bold #36).
August: The Top (Flash #122).
- Atom, Jean Loring (Showcase #34).
- Flash travels to Earth-2 and meets the Golden Age Flash (Flash #123).
December: Clayface (Detective Comics #298).
January: Qwsp (Aquaman #1).
- G.I. Robot (Star-Spangled War Stories #101),
- Mr. Polka-Dot (Detective Comics #300).
- Metal Men (Showcase #37),
- Felix Faust, Demons Three (Justice League of America #10).
- Floronic Man (Atom #1),
- Dr. Light (Justice League of America #12)..
- Sonar (Green Lantern #14),
- Kru-El (Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #62).
- The Elongated Man meets Kid Flash (Flash #130),
- Antonio Rocca (Superman #155).
October: Carol becomes Star Sapphire (Green Lantern #16).
November: Chronos (Atom #3).
1963January: Catman (Detective Comics #311).
March: James Bond, Dr. No, Honey Rider, Three Blind Mice (Showcase #43).
- Doom Patrol: Robotman, Negative Man, Elasti-Girl, Beast Boy and Chief, General Immortus (My Greatest Adventure #80),
- Simon Hurt (Batman #156),
- Dr. Polaris (Green Lantern #21).
- Crisis on Earths-One: The JLA meets the JSA , debut of Black Canary on Earth-1(Justice League of America #21),
- Dexter Myles (Flash #138).
- Professor Zoom, the Reverse-Flash (Flash #139),
- Tattooed Man (Green Lantern #23).
- Heat Wave (Flash #140),
- I.Q. (Mystery in Space #87).
- Immortal Man (Strange Adventures #177),
- Evil Star of Earth-1 (Green Lantern #37),
- Amos Hurd, the Millionaire Cowboy, and wife (Detective Comics #340),
- Zatanna meets the Atom (Atom #19, Zatanna's Search, pt. 2: "World of the Magic Atom").
August: Johnny Thunder of Earth-1 (Justice League of America #37).
- Animal Man (Strange Adventures #180),
- the Phantom General (Detective Comics #343).
- Aquababy (Aquaman #23),
- Krona (Green Lantern #40),
- Egg Fu (Wonder Woman #157),
- Johnny Witts (Detective Comics #344).
- Lana Lang becomes the Insect Queen (Superboy #124).
- Judomaster (Special War Series #4, Charlton Comics),
- Blockbuster (Detective Comics #345).
- Major Disaster (Green Lantern #43),
- Dial H For Hero (House of Mystery #156),
- Stanley and his Monster (The Fox and the Crow #95),
- Zatanna meets Green Lantern (Green Lantern #42, Zatanna's Search, pt. 4: "The Other Side of the World").
- Enchantress (Strange Adventures #187),
- The Elongated Man meets Green Lantern, the Elongated Man's red uniform, the Monarch of Menace (Detective Comics #350).
June: Inferior Five (Showcase #62, they reside on Earth-12), Poison Ivy (Batman #181).
July: Dial H calls Plastic Man (House of Mystery #160, first time in a DC publication).
- Chief Miles O'Hara (of the 60s Batman show fame) is introduced to Earth-1 (World's Finest Comics #159)
- Peter Cannon, Thunderbolt (Peter Cannon... Thunderbolt #1, Charlton Comics),
- Parasite (Action Comics #340),
- Bug-Eyed Bandit (Atom #26),
- Dr. Tzin Tzin (Detective Comics #354).
- Ocean Master (Aquaman #29),
- Nightshade (Captain Atom #82, Charlton Comics),
- The Elongated Man meets Zatanna (Detective Comics #355, Zatanna's Search, pt. 5: "The Tantalizing Troubles of the Tripod Thieves").
- It is revealed that Alfred is alive and that he's actually the Outsider, he resumes his dutties as the butler of the Wayne Manor (Detective Comics #356).
- Amalak (Superman #190).
- Blue Beetle II (Captain Atom #83, Charlton Comics),
- Peacemaker (Fightin' 5 #40, Charlton Comics),
- Ultra, the Multi-Alien (Mystery in Space #103),
- Barry marries Iris West (Flash #165).
Notes: I used cover dates for this list (wich means you have to substract a couple of months).
- The Elongated Man and the Silver Age Timeline!, Part III: Post-Classic (1969 - 1973).
- The Elongated Man and the Bronze Age Timeline! (1973 - 1985).
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- Survivors of the Golden Age! - This article will help you identify character counterparts between Earth-One and Earth-Two.