This thread is to document some of the most prominent superheroes from the fanzine craze of the 1960's and 70's. For those that might be new to the genre, these were heroes who were created by comic enthusiasts like you and me, regular Joe's who had fantastic ideas of heroes they wanted to see in print.
Many of the heroes you will see here were created with little to no artistic backgrounds...just a passion for comics and a wild imagination were needed. But as you will also see, many of these amateur creators made valiant efforts in their creations, some even exceeding their expectations as the heroes they dreamed up went on to bigger and better things.
I will continue to update this thread with fanzine heroes so feel free to input some of your favorites as well, or even opinions on the ideas surrounding the heroes found here!
So let's get started with...
Creator: Howard Keltner
First Appearance: Star-Studded Comics #1 (Sept. 1963)
Origin: It is 2013, and Dr. Rex Ward is experimenting with Time Travel when he ends up in the year of 1963. He surprises two burglars, who shoot him dead...leaving his soul caught in a paradox in the space-time continuum as he has died before he was born. He is allowed to return to Earth but must use his newfound powers to combat the minions of evil!
Powers: Supernatural based, with incredible speed, strength and teleportation via Astral form.
Dr. Weird originally appeared as part of the Liberty Legion in Star-Studded Comics and was inspired by the Golden Age Mr. Justice. He soon branched off into his own more mystical stories where he battled evil beings such as Skullwing and the Green Gnome.
After appearing in several issues of Star-Studded Comics, Dr. Weird disappeared...only to be revived by a young Jim Starlin and George R.R. Martin for a two issue run of Dr. Weird in 1970-71. Starlin revamped the character and gave him a more detailed and iconic costume, and later a fire-breathing sword called Mystere.
Dr. Weird has since become a major character within the Big Bang Comics universe. Although his appearances were prominent during Big Bang's run in the 90's, he has appeared less frequently as time goes on.
Next up: An early Star-Studded Comics Dr. Weird story!