Comic Cards Project: Day 20 • Challengers of the Unknown

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Although the Challengers of the Unknown didn’t have super powers or secret identities, they were a big part of comics in the late 50s and 60s. The Challengers traveled to exotic locations and often took on aliens, monsters, and dinosaurs—adversaries typically found in sci-fi B-movies of the era.

The Challengers were all white guys, each conveniently sporting their own hair color so you could tell them apart. The blonde was Ace Morgan, “war hero and fearless jet pilot.” Prof. Hale was the brunette and a “master skin-diver”. Redhead Red Ryan was a “circus daredevil,” and black-haired Rocky Davis was an “Olympic wrestling champion.”

I had originally planned for each of the Challengers to have their own card but I just couldn’t bear to devote 4 cards to those boring purple outfits. Now I’ve got three cards up for grabs. If you have any ideas of characters to propose for these cards let me know. Remember, they have to be found in DC Comics from 1957-1967 to fit my guidelines.

Illustrating one playing card a day using characters found between 1957-1967 in DC Comics. Monday: Wonder Woman!

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