PROJECT: SUPERPOWERS, THE TWELVE, NEXT ISSUE PROJECT and AVENGERS/INVADERS aren't the only ones bringing back underused golden-age heroes. Now DC has gotten in on the act with UNCLE SAM AND THE FREEDOM FIGHTERS. USATFF and JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA use a lot of legacy characters based on the golden age heroes, but most of the ones that are actually from the golden age have pretty much been around off-and-on the past few decades.
UNCLE SAM AND THE FREEDOM FIGHTERS #5 featured the long-neglected return of the 1940s great (?): NEON THE UNKNOWN!!! Although he's definitely been re-imagined. He looks very different than he did back in the day:
In UNCLE SAM AND THE FREEDOM FIGHTERS #6 (April 2008) they retold his secret origin.
Written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray; Art by Renato Arlem.
Now let's take a look back at Neon's original secret origin, along with his first appearance, from HIT COMICS #1 (October 1940). Unfortunetly, it's scanned from microfiche, but you take what you can get!
Written by S. M. Iger; Art by Alex Blum.
They actually remained pretty true. Although they did take the liberty of adding scantily-clad wimmenz into the mix. And left out the scantily-clad savages.
You can download HIT COMICS #1 and lots of other awesome golden-age goodness from Golden Age Comics Downloads!