Last article published: 7 April 2020
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Who's This? Radio Shack mascots.
The facts: Between 1980 and 1999, the Radio Shack Education Comic Book Program published 11 issues starring Alec and Shanna, computer-savvy Whiz Kids (and their teacher, Ms.Wilson), in adventures first with Superman and other DC heroes, and after 3 issues, all by themselves as Archie Comics took over the license. Cary Bates and such artists as Jim Starlin and Curt Swan worked on those first three. The Archie books would feature such creatives as Paul Kupperberg, Carmine Infantino, Dick Ayers, Chic Stone, Howard Bender and Mike Esposito. (The Kids also changed their name to the Tandy Computer Whiz Kids after a while.)
How you could have heard of them: In the comics community, this is somewhat famous (or infamous) because it's a sustained example of Superman super-shilling for a product, but I doubt most people remember them, or indeed, even remember the TRS-80/Tandy computer. At least, not under a certain age.
Example story: Superman in "Victory By Computer" (1982) by Cary Bates, Curt Swan and Vince Colletta
While Superman visits Lex Luthor, who has cryptically promised that the Man of Steel himself would break him out of prison, Supergirl engages with the class, and so follows a demonstration of the TRS-80 color computer by the Whiz Kids, to show what they learned. Uhm... let's skip over that, but for the record, they set up a modem, so this is all very cutting edge and sounds like the Internet we have to day, minus the pop-up ads and fascist trolls. As a test, Supergirl asks the Kids to forget everything they know about Luthor, and try to find his story on the network, while she uses her powers to do the same, analog-style. Who wins this race?
Who's Next? A winged Legionnaire.