In the late 1940s after World War II, it was discovered that a huge portion of comics readers were young men in the armed services. Marvel Comics started to shift their content to appeal to the GI readership, with lots of pin up beautiful women front and center. Lots of heroes got female sidekicks or female counterparts, like the Human Torch’s Sun Girl, Captain America’s Golden Girl, Namor’s Namora, as well as characters like the Blonde Phantom. 

Since most of the characters in this era were introduced after World War II, Marvel almost never revisits them, because most of their flashback stories are set during the war (Sun Girl has not had a single Marvel appearance since 1949). And you almost never see this era discussed in books about the history of Marvel, where it is typically overlooked.

Art by Bill Ward, Alex Schomburg, Bill Horn, among others. 

Anyone else kinda geek-peripheral? Like, you identify as a geek, but you know compared to some of your friends you’d easily be classed a fake geek. You know a lot through osmosis rather than personal experience.

Maybe you game a bit, but it’s literally once every few months and nothing cool.

You have never engaged in D&D and you’re frankly a little bemused it’s become the In Thing again, but it seems enjoyable so… good for everyone who is not you.

You know the MCU and/or the DCEU passably well and you find out comic source stuff constantly, but your comics cred extends to the couple of Phantom comics you owned when you were a kid.

You were hugely into Harry Potter to the point of obsession at one stage, but when the books finished, so did your heavy involvement. 

Every now and then you gain a new fascination, but to be honest the odds are even that it won’t necessarily be one that’d bring all the geeks to the yard. 

You understand geek culture – all of its excellent parts, all of the shitty. You know enough to wing it. But when all is said and done, you’re more of a spectator than an actor.