Public Domain Super Heroes

Wasp (Lev Gleason)

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Real Name

Burton Slade

First Appearance

Silver Streak Comics #1 (1939)

Original Publisher

Lev Gleason

Created by

Art Pinajian

Golden Age Origin

Burton Slade was a reporter at the Daily Free Press who became the crime fighter called the Wasp. He picked the name because his cape looks like a pair of insect wings. He had no superpowers.


  • Wasp is often confused with the Hooded Wasp, a character published by Street and Smith ( Hooded Wasp is NOT public domain). The Hooded Wasp had a sidekick named Wasplet and made a buzzing sound before he attacked. Wasp does not share any of these features.

Golden Age Appearances

  • Silver Streak Comics #1-2

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