How Lee & Kirby's "Fantastic Four" Birthed the Marvel Universe, Part 1
Each day in June you’ll get an entry showing you the first appearance of seemingly minor characters, phrases, objects or events that later became notable parts of comic book lore. Not major stuff like “the first appearance of Superman,” but rather, “the first time someone said, ‘Avengers Assemble!'” or “the first appearance of Batman’s giant penny” or “the first appearance of Alfred Pennyworth” or “the first time Spider-Man’s face was shown half-Spidey/half-Peter.” Stuff like that. Here is an archive of what I’ve featured so far.
It’s All in the Family with today’s installment, as we examine the first appearances of some not-quite-as-well-known members of famous comic book families.
First Appearance of Gladstone Gander
Gladstone Gander, Donald Duck’s perhaps even more annoying cousin, debuted in 1948’s Walt Disney Comics and Stories #88…
In 1949, Carl Barks adjusted his creation to the current form that we all know and love (tolerate?) today, which is of the luckiest duck around. Here is that take from a classic tale from Four Color #256…
Barks eventually grew sick of Gladstone (mostly the fact that he was such a jerk of a character) and really did not use him much over the years.
First Appearance of Lucy Lane
Lois Lane’s stewardess sister, Lucy Lane, made her debut in Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen #36 in 1959.
You really need to read the rest of this story. It is totally insane.
First Appearance of the Jordan Brothers
In 1961’s Green Lantern #9 we meet Hal Jordan’s two brothers, Jack and Jim…
EDITED TO ADD: It’s funny, I glanced at Pieface’s dialogue to make sure nothing in there was offensive, but I glossed over the caption. As Graeme Burk notes in the comments, “his pal and confidant, Pieface, his eskimo greasemonkey” sure is quite a turn of phrase…in a bad way.
I know the intended (and likely the proper) reading of Jack’s caption is that all of the Jordan brothers share tremendous energy, but Jack also has a great legal mind. However, I like to pretend that all of the Jordan brothers have tremendous energy and great legal minds.
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