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Forgotten Comic Book Heroes: The Lost Boys | by Terry McCombs
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Forgotten Comic Book Heroes: The Lost Boys

Sometimes it seems they are willing to bring back the most obscure of comic book characters you can think of, here however are 4 that are fated to remain in Comic Book Limbo I think.


1. WONDER BOY: Poor Wonder Boy, he simply could not catch a break. Starting in the back pages of Quality’s National Comic # 1 along with Uncle Sam, after two years there he was sold to Gilberton where he starred in 1944 - 46 in their first, and only superhero comic Bomber Comics, but then Gilberton dropped all that low brow stuff and devoted themselves to their baby Classics Illustrated, sold down the river again he landed at Ajax, that produced some of the more lurid (and badly draw and written) of the horror and crime comics of the early 50’s, until in a last ditch effort to try and save themselves they changed a comic book called “Horrific,” into “Wonder Boy” with issue 17 in 1955, while at the same time turning him into a Joe McCarthy in a pair of crimson tights. This however only lasted for two issues and the superhero “born out of a meteor with the power of 1000 men,” who to me seems more like an also ran ball player who wasn’t good enough for teams to want to keep, but was still worth a trade as part of deal now and them, faded into comic book limbo


He won’t be missed.




And I think it's gonna be a long long time

Till touch down brings me round again to find

I'm not the man they think I am at home

Oh no no no I'm a rocket man

Rocket man burning out his fuse up here alone


Sorry, I got nothing on this character all I could think of was the Elton John song.


3. THE BOUNCHER: Okay, it’s a guy in a dress bounding off with Steven Colbert who’s holding a bottle opener? What’s not to love here?


Well actually it’s Anteas (their way of spelling Antaeus) “the Bouncer” a statue of the figure from Greek mythology that’s been brought to life by guy with, what turns out to be, a sculpting tool.


Any way… possible in the public domain now, or if not I doubt anyone would fight you for them, I still don’t see anyone bringing these two back.


4. G. I. JOE: By the early 50’s and the Korean War, war comics had changed a lot, the main reason being that by then most of them were being done by guys who had served in WWII and seen real combat, or at least real life in the military. As such a number of them such as the ones put out by EC, St. John, and even DC to an extent, where rougher and more cynical, at least until the Comic Code Authority started stopping that sort of thing.


That however was not the case with the short lived Ziff-Davis line of comics longest running effort G. I. Joe, which for 46 issues (their longest running comic, the others only made it to 2 to 5 issues) starting in 1951 it related the adventures in Korea of Pvt. Joe Banner, a Marine that would make the Gomer Pyle of 15 years in the future look like a brain surgeon by comparison.


Real G. I. Joes should have sued Ziff-Davis.

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Uploaded on April 15, 2009