Pinky the Whiz Kid

Real Name

Pinky Butler

First Appearance

Wow Comics #4 (1941)

Original Publisher

Fawcett Publications

Created by

France Herron & Jack Kirby

Golden Age Origin

Pinky's father died when he was very young.  However, his mother took good care of him and used to read him stories of heroes battling monsters.  Pinky was inspired to fight monsters himself one day.  After Mr. Hyde killed his mother, he was sent away to an orphanage run by Dr. Jelke, who was secretly Mr. Hyde.  Pinky did some investigating and decided to confront the villain.  He created a costume similar to that of his hero, Mr. Scarlet, who he soon met.  After defeating Hyde, Mr. Scarlet decided to adopt the boy as his ward, and make him his crime fighting sidekick. Besides Miss Wade, Mr. Scarlet's secretary, Pinky is the only one who knows his mentor's secret identity.

Pinky had no superhuman abilities, but he was an excellent fighter, a good acrobat and a smart detective. He sometimes used gadgets in his fight against crime.

Public Domain Golden Age Appearances

  • Wow Comics #4-35
  • America's Greatest Comics #2,4, 6-7
  • Mr. Scarlet and Pinky [Mighty Midget Comic] #12

Copyrighted Golden Age Appearances

  • Wow Comics #36-69
  • Mary Marvel #9


  • Only the golden age version of Pinky (as depicted in the comics that fell into public domain) is public domain. Non-public domain Golden Age appearances are under copyright of DC Comics, which owns the version of the character based on those comics and all subsequent versions published under DC comics banner.

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