Tommy Preston was a high school age lad who worked after school in his grandfather's antique shop. Amongst the items there, one day he discovered an old relic, the Heart of Gold. This was an Aztec artifact that had magical powers, due to the blood of thousands of people who had been sacrificed to it. It offered super powers to anyone who held it and said aloud the name of the talisman and wanted to help justice. When Tommy did so, he became Golden Lad, and fought crime. A recurring foe of his was the Dreamer. The material was best noted for the art of Mort Meskin, who created the character and drew all the stories and covers. In the last issue, there was a story where Peggy Shane became Golden Girl, with powers similar to his.
After his short run, Golden Lad disappeared except for a single story that was included in an AC Comics reprint book in 1996.