Hero Identication Assistance
One very small problem with the DC Pocket Super-Heroes is that DC Direct has issued more than one of the same character. This page will try to give you some assistance in telling them apart.
These five gentlemen represent the various incarnations of The Flash, the fastest man alive. On the left is Jay Garrick, the Flash of the Golden Age. Next is Barry Allen, the Flash of the Silver Age. Next we have Wally West, who was Kid Flash during the Silver Age. To his right is the adult version of Wally West, who became the new Flash after the death of his uncle and mentor, Barry, during the Crisis on Infinite Earths. Notice the differences in belts; Barry's goes all the way around his waist, while Wally's meets in the center. Last in line is the Reverse-Flash, Professor Zoom, a villain from the future who has come into the past to harrass the Flash.
The Green Lanterns are the hardest to describe. This line starts on the right, with Alan Scott, Green Lantern of the Golden Age. Next to him is an Oan (a man from Oa); the Oans are responsible for the other Green Lanterns having their power rings. Next is the first Green Lantern of the Silver Age, Hal Jordan, with a power battery. To his left is Guy Gardner, a substitute Green Lantern. He was actually a foe of Hal Jordan in his first appearances; he wanted to be Green Lantern. On Guy's left is John Stewart, another substitute Green Lantern. John is the Green Lantern in the Justice League animated series, providing ethnic diversity. He was included in the Green Lantern boxed set. And finally, on the left we have Kyle Rayner, who became Earth's Green Lantern after Hal Jordan went mad. He is from the Justice League boxed set.
This next picture shows the 'current' Green Lantern line-up, sort of. These all come from the Green Lantern boxed set. First in line on the right is Kyle Rayner in a different costume, then Guy Gardner in a different costume. Next is Parallax, the world-destroying villain of Hal Jordan's madness. Then comes the Sentinel, who is actually a renamed, older Alan Scott. I'm sure his name was changed to prevent confusion, in the same way that cigarettes prevent cancer. Last in line is Jade, the daughter of Alan Scott and his first wife, Rose Forrest (a.k.a. the villainous Thorn). There is an interesting story about Jade's birth and upbringing, but there's no time for that now.
This picture shows the two incarnations of Batman, the Caped Crusader. On the left is the Silver Age version, also known as the Camp or TV Batman. This figure came with the Justice League boxed set. On the right is the Golden Age and Modern Age Batman, which came with the Batman boxed set. The Golden Age Batman did not have the yellow chest symbol or the blue boots, gloves and cape. He is a much darker Dark Knight.
There have been three releases of a Superman figure, of which I have only two. The first, on the left, came with Clark Kent. The blue of his uniform is darker, and he has the original painting style of trunks, where only the lower torso is painted, not the legs. His face is somewhat different, most noticably that it is higher on the head, so that there is room for the cleft chin, and his forehead curl actually falls between his eyes. The second is from the JLA boxed set. There will be a fourth Superman in December, 2004, when the Superman boxed set is released.
This gives me the opportunity to begin another rant. There have been three Wonder Woman figures. The first is considered the Silver Age Wonder Woman, the second the Golden Age Wonder Woman (an exclusive handed out at a toy convention), and the third the modern Wonder Woman (JLA boxed set). Well, they ain't. The first Wonder Woman has the chest symbol of a stylized 'W'. That's the modern Wonder Woman. The second has laced sandals instead of boots, and the eagle symbol. That's actually the Silver Age Wonder Woman. The true Golden Age Wonder Woman had the eagle and long shorts of the Silver Age Wonder Woman, but boots like the modern Wonder Woman except hooked at the top. The Silver Age Wonder Woman later went back to the boots, although without the wicked hook. However, when she did so is just about the end of the Silver Age. The third has a larger 'W'. That's another modern Wonder Woman.
These are the two Catwoman figures. The one on the left was a give-away premium, and is of one of the many Catwoman costumes from the Silver Age. I know that I have seen it, but I have not been able to find a specific comic in which it appeared. On the right is the Golden Age Catwoman, from the Batman boxed set. The differences between the two are obvious. Note that the Silver Age Catwoman has a tail.
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