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Miss America

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Miss America

Real Name

Joan Dale

First Appearance

Military Comics #1 (August 1941)

Original Publisher

Quality Comics

Created by

Elmer Wexler

Golden Age Origin

Joan Dale, a reporter for the Daily Star, took a ferry to visit the Statue of Liberty and fell asleep on a bench. Before she dozed off, Joan thought about the good a person could do if only "they had the powers that the Statue of Liberty must possess". She then had a dream where the statue came to life. It told Joan that it would give her magic powers to help America because it heard her wish. After she awoke, Joan discovered it was more than just a dream and that she truly had magic powers. She decided to use those powers to stop criminals and Axis saboteurs as Miss America. She eventually quit the Daily Star due to her sexist editor refusing to give her any credit for a job well done, and accepted an invitation from agent Tim Healy to join the FBI. Around this time, she began wearing costumes while fighting crime (the costume changed from issue to issue, probably due to the fact that she could create any kind of costume instantly).


Joan Dale transforms some villains into doves.

Powers and Abilities


Miss America magically shrinks some soldiers and then turns them into steam.

Miss America's powers include the ability to control, create, and change matter. She usually used these abilities to instantly change her clothing or appearance, to turn enemies and their weapons into harmless objects, or to animate objects (such as chairs or statues) to help her with a task. She could even turn two dimensional art into something real. She could fly, shrink herself and others, and move objects telekinetically.

Golden Age Appearances

  • Military Comics #1-7


  • While the original Golden Age of Miss America from Quality comics is in public domain, the subsequent versions created by DC Comics are NOT.
  • Also, the unrelated Golden Age Marvel character of the same name is NOT public domain.

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