One of the strange trends which struck the Golden Age Timely heroes in their waning years before cancellation was the sudden appearance in nearly all the comics of a comely girl.
In the case of The Human Torch it was a lass dubbed Sun Girl.
Sun Girl showed up as Torch's new partner and also was featured in three issues of her own comic before disappearing for several decades.
|The girl on this cover is the villainous Lavender.|
Golden Girl was in fact Betsy Ross, a longtime cast member of the Cap storyline created by Cap's very own fathers Joe Simon and Jack Kirby.
Namor, the Sub-Mariner found his time shared with another "Sub-Mariner", this one a statuesque young woman named Namora.
Namora it turns out was Namor's cousin and had all the same powers as he did. She also was awarded a three-issue run at the same time as she was co-starring with her cousin in his comic.
The question though is why all of sudden did all these dames show up in the pages of what had been for a very long time exclusively man country.
Well girls seemed to be a target audience for Timely in 1948 with titles like Millie the Model, Margie, Nellie, Rusty, Tessie the Typist, Hedy DeVine, Patsy Walker and several more in their line-up.
The Blonde Phantom had recently taken over the classic superhero series All Winners.
Venus by Bill Everett debuted the same year.
So maybe it's just Martin Goodman's tendency to jump on very trend with dominating gusto. Also in 1948 the critics of comics were finding footing and comics were being famously burned here and there across these United States by kids prompted by adults who objected to the lurid content. A publisher's organization called the "Association of Comic Magazine Publishers" was put together to stem the tide of criticism from parents groups and experts like the wily Dr.Wertham who was starting his campaign against comics in Collier's magazine.
It's hard to say, but just as quick as they came they went, but then so did the superheroes.