DC Golden Age Appearance Rates

So I was wondering what characters appeared most in the DC universe during the Golden Age of comics. There is of course so much more to add though I thought I would I start off the list now. If you're at all interested in how this all plays out I suggest letting me know if you want me to call you back.

Also I might add some Quality and Fawcett characters. Haven't decided yet. I also want to add characters like Lois Lane and Alfred and Steve Trevor once I get the time to do so. Maybe even some villains.

Also I mark the end of the Golden Age with June/July of 1953. Around the time went Max Gaines went up against the court speaking out for comics and the original, real Captain Marvel went out of publication.

List items

  • Of course Superman would be the one who appeared the most through his many Superman and Superboy features.

    Started in 1938

    Action Comics: 182 appearances

    Superman: 83 appearances

    Adventure Comics: 87 appearances

    Superboy: 26 appearances

    More Fun Comics: 8 appearances

    All Star Comics: 7 appearances

    New York World's Fair Comics: 2 appearances

    Total: 459 appearances

  • Technically owned by Fawcett at this point. I am including due to his much longer status as a DC character and because its interesting.

    Started in 1940

    Ended in 1953

    Whiz Comics: 155 appearances

    Captain Marvel Adventures: 150 appearances

    The Marvel Family: 89 appearances

    America's Greatest Comics: 8 appearances

    Captain Marvel Jr.: 5 appearances

    Total: 407 appearances

  • This one is quite surprising actually. Robin was the second most appearing character in the DC universe.

    Started in 1940

    Detective Comics: 159 appearances

    Batman: 77 appearances

    Star Spangled Comics: 66 appearances

    World's Finest Comics: 64 appearances

    Superman: 1 appearance

    New York World's Fair Comics: 1 appearance

    Total: 368 appearances

  • I really thought he would be second place.

    Started in 1939

    Detective Comics: 170 appearances

    Batman: 77 appearances

    World's Fair Comics: 64 appearances

    Star Spangled Comics: 15 appearances

    All Star Comics: 7 appearances

    Superman: 1 appearance

    New York World's Fair Comics: 1 appearance

    Total: 335 appearances

  • Started in 1941

    Sensation Comics: 106 appearances

    Wonder Woman: 60 appearances

    All Star Comics: 48 appearances

    Comics Cavalcade: 29 appearances

    The Big All American Comic Book: 1 appearance

    Total: 244 appearances

  • Started in 1940

    Ended in 1951

    Flash Comics: 104 appearances

    All Star Comics: 38 appearances

    All Flash Quarterly: 32 appearances

    Comics Cavalcade: 29 appearances

    The Big All American Comic Book: 1 appearance

    Total: 204 appearances

  • Started in 1940

    Ended in 1951

    All American Comics: 87 appearances

    All Star Comics: 44 appearances

    Green Lantern: 38 appearances

    Comics Cavalcade: 29 appearances

    The Big All American Comic Book: 1 appearance

    Total: 199 appearances

  • Started in 1941

    More Fun Comics: 35 appearances

    Adventure Comics: 87 appearances

    World’s Finest Comics: 54 appearances

    Leading Comics: 14 appearances

    Total: 190 appearances

  • Started in 1941

    More Fun Comics: 35 appearances

    Adventure Comics: 87 appearances

    World’s Finest Comics: 54 appearances

    Leading Comics: 14 appearances

    Total: 190 appearances

  • Started in 1940

    Ended in 1951

    Flash Comics: 104 appearances

    All Star Comics: 57 appearances

    The Big All American: 1 appearance

    Total: 162 appearances

  • Started in 1940

    Ended in 1951

    Adventure Comics: 101 appearances

    Leading Comics: 14 appearances

    Total: 151 appearances

  • Technically owned by Quality I am adding Plastic Man for the same reason I added Captain Marvel. Also something interesting about Plastic Man. Whenever superheroes were going down by the 1950's, Plastic Man lasted until 1956. Shortly before the Silver Age of Comics began with the Flash, Barry Allen.

    Started in 1941

    Police Comics: 102 appearances

    Plastic Man: 42 appearances

    Total: 144 appearances

  • Started in 1941

    Ended in 1951

    All American Comics: 78 appearances

    All Star Comics: 49 appearances

    Total: 127 appearances

  • Started in 1941

    More Fun Comics: 35 appearances

    Adventure Comics: 87 appearances

    Total: 122 appearances

  • This character ended in 1954 lasting longer than most of the others. It would be interesting to see what comics would've been like if Johnny stayed in publication by 1956.

    Started in 1941

    More Fun Comics: 35 appearances

    Adventure Comics: 87 appearances

    Total: 122 appearances

  • Started in 1940

    Ended in 1949

    Flash Comics: 96 appearances

    All Star Comics: 23 appearances

    The Big All American: 1 appearance

    Total: 120 appearances

  • Started in 1941

    Ended in 1948

    Star Spangled Comics: 86 appearances

    Leading Comics: 14 appearances

    World's Finest Comics: 12 appearances

    Action Comics: 1 appearance

    Total: 113 appearances

  • Started in 1942

    Ended in 1951

    Sensation Comics: 90 appearances

    Comics Cavalcade: 13 appearances

    All Star Comics: 2 appearances

    The Big All American Comic Book: 1 appearance

    Total: 106 appearances

  • Started in 1940

    Ended in 1951

    All American Comics: 45 appearances

    All Star Comics: 57 appearances

    The Big All American: 1 appearance

    Total: 103 appearances

  • Started in 1947

    Star Spangled Comics: 62 appearances

    Tomahawk: 18 appearances

    Total: 80 appearances

  • Started in 1939

    Ended in 1952

    All American Comics: 59 appearances

    Scribbly: 15 appearances

    The Big All American Comic Book: 1 appearance

    Comics Cavalcade: 1 appearance

    Total: 76 appearances

  • Started in 1940

    Ended in 1945

    More Fun Comics: 50 appearances

    All Star Comics: 23 appearances

    Total: 73 appearances

  • Started in 1940

    Ended in 1944

    More Fun Comics: 43 appearances

    All Star Comics: 18 appearances

    Total: 61 appearances

  • Started in 1939

    Ended in 1945

    Adventure Comics: 62 appearances

    All Star Comics: 21 appearances

    World's Finest Comics: 7 appearances

    New York World's Fair Comics: 2 appearances

    Total: 92 appearances

  • Started in 1940

    Ended in 1944

    All American Comics: 49 appearances

    All Star Comics: 1 appearance

    The Big All American Comic Book: 1 appearance

    Total: 51 appearances

  • Started in 1941

    Ended in 1946

    Adventure Comics: 41 appearances

    All Star Comics: 15 appearances

    Total: 56 appearances

  • Stared in 1941

    Ended in 1945

    Adventure Comics: 33 appearances

    World's Finest Comics: 6 appearances

    Total: 39 appearances

  • Started in 1947

    Ended in 1951

    Flash Comics: 19 appearances

    All Star Comics: 19 appearances

    Total: 38 appearances

  • Started in 1948

    Ended in 1949

    Star Spangled Comics: 9 appearances

    Total: 9 appearances

  • Started in 1952

    Ended in 1953

    The Phantom Stranger: 6 appearances

    Total: 6 appearances