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Comic Book Urban Legends Revealed #7!

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This is the seventh in a series of examinations of comic book urban legends and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of the previous six.

Let’s begin!

COMIC URBAN LEGEND: DC had an ongoing comic that simply repackaged old TV tie-in comics.


In 1969, in the 81st issue of Showcase, DC tried out a new pair of teen characters, Windy and Willy, who were two hippy friends.

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The first story was titled “The Haunted Hippie.”

The story was popular enough to launch a Windy and Willy ongoing title, which only last four issues.

However, the really interesting thing about Windy and Willy is that they were really Dobie Gillis and Maynerd G. Krebs!!

Ya see, DC once put out a tie-in comic based on the TV series, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis.

Well, years later (while DC was in the midst of still trying to compete with Archie for the, well, Archie demographic), DC dusted off the Gillis stories (from 5-6 years earlier), retitled the characters, changed their hair colors, and switched out any outdated references, and ta da….

This comic (Dobie Gillis #18)….

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became THIS comic (Windy and Willy #1)…

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Luckily, Bob Oksner drew the first series and was still available to do the retouches.

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Wow, Weezie was HOT back in the day …

DC did cooperate with the wartime censors about atomic power. See:



“Battle of the Atoms” was originally going to appear in late 1944, but finally appeared in Superman #38 (January-February 1946) and featured a classic battle with Luthor save for the fact that Luthor’s new weapon was an “Atomic Bomb”. Since the Manhattan project, which gave rise to the first two American nuclear weapons, was in full swing in 1944, the Defense Department wanted nothing tipping off the Germans that America was even considering work on an atomic bomb, not even from a comic book. While the weapon used by Luthor looked nothing like the actual weapon, and was not anywhere near as destructive as the real bomb, government agents came to DC’s offices and demanded that the story not be printed until official clearance was given, citing the need for a unified national defense. Obviously, the people at DC were confused, realizing that they must have come up with something more than their normal fantastic story.

Following that, another story, “Crime Paradise”, was also censored and delayed. It ultimately appeared in 1946 in Action Comics #101 and told the story of Superman covering an atom bomb test, actually filming it for the Army. It featured a great cover by Wayne Boring and Stan Kaye showing an explosion with the now familiar “mushroom cloud”. [/quote]

“Battle of The Atoms” was reprinted in SUPERMAN, V1 #243.


So if the first Swamp Thing story was drawn from photographs, then the obvious question is — who (or what) posed for Swamp Thing himself??? Pickman’s model?

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