Still, a few other characters have managed to be featured on Detective Comics covers, and, as Detective Comics #1000 approaches, time to take a look back at a few of them.
With his chauffeur, Wing How, the two battled crime through Detective Comics #89 (July, 1944), with the two eventually adopting more traditional mystery men outfits (Crimson Avenger in Detective Comics #44, Wing in Detective Comics #59), with the two being members of the Seven Soldiers of Victory for the first 14 issues of Leading Comics.
All-Star Squadron during World War II (though those comics didn't happen until the 1980s).
Too few of their original tales have been reprinted, but here's a guide, adding Detective Comics: 80 Years of Batman to it, with a reprint of Detective Comics #20.
A planned 2 volume reprint of Detective Comics #1-26 was scheduled, but cancelled...
....a shame, as a look at comics that existed before Batman would have been fascinating!
The Boy Commandos were a creation of Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, and ran in Detective Comics from Detective Comics #64 (June, 1942) to Detective Comics #150 (August, 1949), as well as having their own series that lasted 36 issues!
Read more about these youths that fought for our freedoms here, as we've covered them before as Jack Kirby was being celebrated!
All The Detectiveshere, but, here's a little bit more info on all of them....
He was a simple but tough private investigator, not the smartest of men, but good in a fight, whose series ran until Detective Comics #152 (October, 1949), as well as appearances in both New York World's Fair Comics.
Bradley was an old school gumshoe....who was replaced by the latest in technology!
Roy Raymond TV Detective
Roy was a wealthy man, but got that wealth by not believing in anything. During his life, he would expose charlatans for what they were, and did so on his TV show, with his assistant, Karen Colby, for years, until Detective Comics #292 (June, 1961), after which he disappeared for a while...
....being saved by Superman in Superman #285 (March, 1975), with his show being revived for Galaxy Broadcasting under Morgan Edge, next being in Action Comics #448 and Superman Family #195, returning for one special appearance in Detective Comics #487 before issue #500.
Pow Wow Smith
The first premiered in Detective Comics #151 (September, 1949) by Don Cameron, Carmine Infantino and George Klein. Ohiyesa was a Sioux Indian Tribe member, who went to college, and came back to Red Deer Valley to become come home, to use his learning to help his people and becoming sheriff, with the locals giving the nickname Pow Wow Smith.
Mysto Magician Detective
Sadly, this didn't seem to catch on with readers...
....as Mysto soon pulled a disappearing act for years after Detective Comics #212 (October, 1954).
Jason BardMan-Bat, starting in Batman Family #20, Detective Comics #481, #485 and #491, and Batman in Brave and the Bold #165 and #172.
Chance premiered in Action Comics #419 (December, 1972) by Len Wein, Carmine Infantino and Dick Giordano, and had tales in Action Comics #420, #422, #423, #425, #426, #429, and #432, before making a cover with a back-up in Brave and the Bold #143 and #144 in 1978, then living to nearly die in Detective Comics #483, #484, #486 (saving Dane Dorrance of the Sea Devils) and #493, before attending the detective's send off for Archie Evergreen with all of the above.
The DC Universe by Len Wein recently collected the Action Comics stories of the Human Target (hoping the B&Bs and Detective Comics come somewhere soon).
This issue also has reprints of some of the ordinary men who were featured in Detective Comics mentioned above.