SECRET ORIGINS OF THE SUPER-SPEEDSTERS
PART THREE: JOHNNY QUICK
made his debut in MORE FUN COMICS #71
(Sept. 1941, cover pictured right, Johnny's first splash page is down below, on the left).
Johnny's debut was not mentioned on the book's cover, which featured Dr. Fate. Johnny
appeared in MORE FUN from #71 (September 1941) through #107 (January 1946).
Johnny got his powers not from the Golden Age Speed Force, but from a "magic formula." In fact, the strip's full name was "Johnny Quick and his Magic Formula." The formula was (3X2(9YZ)4A)!
If, just for the hell of it, you try saying it out loud to see if it makes
you super-fast, you'll be following in the footsteps of millions of kids before you. Try it anyway, though! You know you want to.
was created by two "Morts" -- Mort Weisinger
and Mort Meskin
. Weisinger is remembered as a tyrannical Superman editor, but Meskin is almost forgotten today.
Too bad! Because Meskin was one of the most wildly creative and highly influential artists of the entire Golden Age. In this issues of DIAL B, we present some of Mort Meskin's
most memorable, most masterful Johnny Quick
splash pages.You do NOT have to look at them in a hurry! Take your time.