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Tomboy is a Superhero from The Interregnum, published by Sterling in Captain Flash #1-4. She's secretly Janie Jackson, a seemingly-demure 10-year-old and daughter of a police lieutenant, who goes out and fights crime as Tomboy.

Not to be confused with the more modern comic, the film or the trope.


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  • Arch-Enemy: Despite being a One-Shot Character, it's heavily implied the Lard Vinsion, crime boss and Big Bad of Captain Flash #3, has tangled with Tomboy many times before, an honour no other villain receives.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: Accidental example. Janie Jackson's brother Bill is in love with her alter ego Tomboy, and completely unaware of them being the same person.
  • For Halloween, I Am Going as Myself: Janie goes as Tomboy to her brother's masquerade party in Captain Flash #3, knowing about his crush on her alter ego and wanting to prank him.
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  • Frame-Up: Captain Flash #4 has Tomboy clearing her father's name after a gambling ring frames him for bribery. He was actually using the frameup as an excuse to go undercover and take them down.
  • Fright Deathtrap: In Captain Flash #2, Sound Wave gets funding for his superweapon by agreeing to torment a rich man's uncle with voices until he dies of fright.
  • Hidden Villain: Sound Wave, from Captain Flash #2, uses radio communication so that he can manage robberies without being present.
  • Kid Hero: Possibly the first female kid super heroine.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: Captain Flash #2 villain Sound Wave has a sonic gun he uses to subdue his enemies.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: One of the Claw's most distinct features is his toothy, maniacal grin.
  • One-Word Title
  • Protagonist Title
  • Shout-Out: Tomboy's hoemtown is named Gotham.
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  • Starter Villain: The Claw, an escaped crime boss who intends to bomb the docks and use the distraction to rob a museum. He's killed in a plane crash at the end of the issue.
  • Stock Superhero Day Jobs: Student.
  • Tomboy: Janie deliberately invokes the trope in her superheroic image, right down to the name. However, she's actually more of a girly girl in her civilian identity.
  • Would Hurt a Child: All of Tomboy's rogues gallery are like this, due to their nemesis being ten.

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