Monday, September 2, 2013
YEAR 1941: MISS AMERICA (I)
One of two Goklen Age heroines named "Miss America," the first one appeared only the first seven issues of Quality's MILITARY COMICS, and then disappeared until she was revived by DC Comics.
The most interesting aspect of the first Miss America was the means by which she gained her powers. During the chaos of World War II, ordinary woman Joan Dale was visited by the Statue of Liberty itself-- or more likely, some "spirit of liberty" dwelling within the statue. The Statue gave Joan extraordinary transformation powers, and for her short career she used those powers against criminals and WWII saboteurs. She began her adventures wearing ordinary clothes but later donned a costume whose details were far from consistent.
A number of other heroes of the period gained fabulous powers from spirits of liberty or ancestors dating back to the American Revolution.