I've heard rumours but I'm not sure if they are true...
Was Rorschach The First Anti Hero?
" Ya I would have to go with some classic golden age characters like The Shadow, The Phantom, I believe Namor was called an anti-hero back in the day as well. Lets not forget Batman can be classified as an anti-hero as well. "I agree with everything said here. Except Batman was the definitive anti hero at his release. He carried and used a gun.
While a good number of pre-code characters took their anti-hero cues from film and literature, I'd have to say that the vast majority of them switched to "standard hero" post comic-code or simply went out of publishing due to the new regulations.
Post code, I'd still go back to the Punisher marking the return of anti-heroes.
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