The Newsboy Legion and the Guardian were the first "original" stars to appear when the Simon and Kirby team first went to DC Comics hot off their stupendous success with Timely's Captain America. They'd already revised The Manhunter and the Sandman in the pages of Adventure Comics, but in the pages of Star-Spangled Comics it was something new but reliably exciting. Gabby, Tommy, Scrapper and Big Words walk forward proudly with their guardian, the reliable beat cop Jim Harper. Over them looms The Guardian, the superhero who saves the downtrodden of Suicide Slum. Heady stuff indeed.
And here's an homage of sorts to the Simon and Kirby original by modern master Jerry Ordway.