10 Superheroes That Predate Superman

By John Wilson – Dec 21, 2019 – http://www.cbr.com

Dr. Occult and Rose Psychic were created three years before the creation of Superman. These were but two of the many heroes that were created before the debut of Superman in Action Comics #1 in 1938. The heroes came from various emerging mediums including novels, radio, comic strips, and the just-beginning comic books.


Based in the fictional jungles of Bangalla, the Phantom comic strip debuted on February 17, 1936. To the world, the Phantom is The Ghost Who Walks, an immortal warrior against injustice in all its forms and protector of the innocent. In truth, the Phantom is a mantle passed down from father to son beginning in the 16th Century.

Unlike most jungle heroes, the current Phantom, Kit Walker, had the skin-tight purple bodysuit, black boots and belt with its skull belt buckle, two rings and a black domino mask. This makes The Phantom the first to wear a traditional superhero costume.

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