The Obscure Adventures of Comics' Greatest Generation!
I've had some fun with the obscure heroes of Golden Age comics here in the Gold Nuggets feature, all courtesy of the fantastic Golden Age Comics site. They've got hundreds of old comic books available to download (pending registration), all of which have passed into the public domain...so anyone can view them or use the characters in their own comics. In fact, Dynamite Comics will be featuring many of these forgotten heroes in their upcoming Superpowers series...with new stories, updated costumes (reimagined by Alex Ross, no less) and a chance to regain their Golden Age glory.
One of the front-and-center stars of Superpowers will be the eternally cool Daredevil (known as simply "Devil" for obvious copyright issues), whose skintight, cape-free costume was the basis of so many modern-era costume designs (such as Spider-Man's).
Daredevil made his debut as the headliner of Daredevil Battles Hitler (July of 1941), a fascist-bashing jamboree featuring the heroes from the Lev Gleason line of comics: Silver Streak, Lance Hale, Dicky Dean, Cloud Curtis, and the Pirate Prince!
Throughout the issue, the hapless Hitler and his fiendish inner circle (such as Goebbels, Goering, and Himmler) randomly wander the globe and encounter the fists, boot heels, and...yes...charging elephants of our fighting-mad patriots.
Let's join Herr Schickelgruber and his generals are they're interrupted by a certain red and black-garbed visitor (along with his own "personal shock troops")...
And that's how they did it back then. No "talks". No "diplomacy".
Just fists and feet, pal!