I checked out DC's "Black Canary Archives" from the library. This book primarily reprints her earliest appearances from the late 1940s, when she started out in "Flash Comics", teaming up with Johnny Thunder before transitioning to her own feature. Someone had described the art by Carmine Infantino as "Caniff-esque", so I had to see for myself. I did see many overt Caniff influences, which was not uncommon for artists of this era, but nothing outstanding. Infantino's own style, which would in turn influence others, was a few years off. These Black Canary stories were his first work for DC.
Champions small with midnight wing,
foe of every evil thing,
heed my call and arise to flight,
prove the Black Canary's might!
It instantly reminded me of this famous little ditty -