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Just about everyone here has a favorite character of theirs. Probably everyone in the world does, when you come down to it - at least, the parts of the world exposed to various forms of popular entertainment. And for some, things go a little beyond that - the character is not simply our favorite; we are mildly (and sometimes not so mildly) obsessed with them. We will gush about them at the slightest opportunity. A fond smile crosses our faces when we think of them. They are our capital-F FAVORITES.
So which one is mine? Well, I have several, really - Tintin, the Phantom Blot, various others. Recently, however, it's mainly been this one:



Yes, the Blonde Phantom. Mistress of my nerdy little heart.



My *cough* relationship with the Blonde Phantom is a little strange. See, the thing about BP is... well, she's obscure. VERY obscure. She's a Golden Age character who's never been reprinted, and who the general public knows almost nothing about. She's best known to most people as 'Weezy', She-Hulk's middle-aged gal-pal back during the legendary Byrne run - and she was way past her prime at the time, and seldom spoke of her hero days (she's since been re-youthened, I'm happy to say). So basically, if you know who she is, you are a nerd. More than that, you are a nerd par excellence. Everyone reading this is now officially and irrevocably a nerdly nerdly nerdish type. Congratulations - you've arrived. Send in your box-tops for the free badge and handbook.
Seriously, though, she is REALLY obscure, and I probably would never have heard of her if it weren't for scans_daily. Back on (I think) the original board, someone posted a couple of BP stories, and that was it - I was hooked.
Since then, I have read exactly ZERO Blonde Phantom stories - no complete ones, anyway. But my faith has been strong. I've found a page over here, a few panels over there, a few covers... Basically, I comb the web periodically hoping against hope that THIS time, someone will have posted something I haven't already seen. Hope springs eternal.
Doubtless you are asking yourself the obvious question - 'why?' Well, I don't really KNOW why, that's the thing. Sure, she's sexy and everything, but so are zillions of other comic book characters. Sure, she's got an interesting costume, which is always a plus for me, but again, there are lots of others. So - why?
I don't know - nor do I care. I love the Blonde Phantom. I love how she defies all logic by fighting crime in high heels and an evening dress. I love her spunk and sassiness, and her refusal to back down in what was then more than ever a male-dominated field. I love how she takes on crooks with nothing but a good aim and a quick uppercut. I love 'er. She's my gal.
Anyway. In order to spread the love (and in hopes that someone may have something new of hers to share), I have here a few covers featuring her. (Unfortunately, I don't know who the artists are).



I kinda wish I did, 'cause MAN, is that a great shot.



Another great 'vertical' shot. Makes BP look like a bit of a klutz, though.



Well, that looks uncomfortable. Think that looks uncomfortable? I'd say it looks uncomfortable. Ouch.



Her acrobatic skills are legendary...



Frankly, I'm not sure what's going on in this one, but it's certainly a striking image.



Just hangin' out with the fellas, shootin' a little skeet - indoors... Hey, this is how superheroes relax, all right?
(Incidentally, the woman in yellow is Sun Girl, another early Marvel heroine. I think she was briefly the Human Torch's sidekick.)



Never underestimate the Blonde Phantom! (Also, I love Slug's sheepish expression. He's all 'uh, boss, you ain't gonna like dis...')
BP's latest appearance (that I know of, anyway) was during Marvel's 70th anniversary celebration a little while back, when they printed one-shot adventures of their older characters. Here's the cover, and a variant:





That latter one is puuuuurty.
And finally, check this out:



Now is THAT an entrance or what? I had that one as the background on my desktop for the longest time - it's just so kickass.
For legality:



So, any other fans of the character out there? Have I converted anybody? (He asks hopefully.)

Date: 2011-03-08 09:41 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] maxisanacorn
I like her look. Very spy, espionage with a domino mask twist. I feel she could be done as a movie, and yet, the movie would actually be good, don't you think?

Date: 2011-03-08 11:32 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] blackruzsa
It would definitely be awesome as a movie.
Although the domino mask thing XD Hilarious when you think how many people it's fooled.

Date: 2011-03-08 03:01 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] qob
I do makeup and costuming. I helped a gal do the Black Cat. Blond wig, Domino mask, she was unrecognizable.

Date: 2011-03-08 12:50 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] blake_reitz
She also makes some great appearances in an issue of Marvel Adventures, teaming up with Hawkeye, and an issue of The Age of the Sentry, in which she's the new leader of the Avengers!

Date: 2011-03-08 11:01 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] stubbleupdate
I posted those on here a few months ago (and had somebody saying that she should go on dates with all of the guys from the Avengers and have that as her "thing" *facepalm*)

Date: 2011-03-08 02:49 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jkcarrier
According to comics.org, the covers to Blonde Phantom 13, 14, and 20 are by Syd Shores, #17 is by Ken Bald and Al Bellman, and #21-22 are by Charles Nicholas. Marvel Mystery #88 is possibly Don Rico, and All-Winners #1 is unknown.

Date: 2011-03-08 02:57 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jarodrussell
So, any other fans of the character out there?

Oh, yeah. I'm not a huge fan...by virtue of having read only a small sample of her appearances...but I am a fan of her, though as a DC boy, my heart belongs Diana Drake and Libby Lawrence. :)

That last page, wasn't that a dream she was having rather than an actual duplicate?

Date: 2011-03-08 03:29 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] crabby_lioness
Lovely! You might also enjoy the 70s Catwoman, who also fought in a ballgown and heels.

Date: 2011-03-08 06:54 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] junipepper
Hmm, she appears to have had a breast enhancement procedure in honor of the 70th anniversary...

Seriously, though, she does have a weird kind of appeal. I can't see her ever hitting my favorites list, but she -- the whole look, and I guess the attitude -- makes me smile. :-) I'd go see the movie!

Date: 2011-03-08 07:15 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ejne7
God damn it, the boobs on the "All Select Comics" cover make me cross.

Otherwise, this is damn cool. That very first cover's my favourite.

Date: 2011-03-09 05:21 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] junipepper
See my point, above, regarding the boob job... I'm glad I'm not the only one who was a bit put off by those. :-)

Date: 2011-03-08 07:36 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] aaron_bourque
Bare your midriffs!

Date: 2011-03-08 11:44 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] aaron_bourque
I don't mind, really (at all), and that's a distinctive and sexy shape, but it's just so blatant.

Date: 2011-03-09 02:37 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] aaron_bourque
Or Jim Lee's Huntress outfit . . .

Date: 2011-03-08 07:53 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] pallas_athena
Looking at those wonderful old-school covers, so much of the figure's dynamism comes from how her clothes, especially the fabric of her skirt, are drawn.

The All Select cover does its best to pay homage-- they get the slightly twisted figure, and the face is almost right-- but it fails because the artist has basically drawn a nude figure with a skirt sketched in over it not realising that it's both sexier and more effective if the clothes look like clothes (and if the gown looks like silk rather than cheap-ass stretchy stuff.)

Date: 2011-03-08 07:58 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] his_spiffynesss
The last time she got any real page time at Marvel was during Byrne's Sensational She Hulk run. She'd grown older and played Jennifer's sidekick through a lot of the run. She did get a youthening thanks to the Mole Man, and was dating Jennifer's father for a while.

Date: 2011-03-08 10:00 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] arilou_skiff
Well, she appears semi-regularly in the Marvel Adventures stuff.

Date: 2011-03-08 10:57 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] joasakura
Damn, some of the images got overloaded on photobucket.

But these are AWESOME <3

Date: 2011-03-08 11:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tahngarth.livejournal.com
Wow, this is surreal. I have actually been thinking about golden age Marvel/Timely comics a lot recently, and then I see this post. It's nice to see there are other golden age fans out there who aren't 70 years old (at least I assume you're not).

Blonde Phantom is an interesting case for a character. She was arguably the only really successful female character Marvel had in the 40's. They had tried their hand at female leads briefly during the pre-war and WWII years, but never with much luck (with characters like the Claire Voyant Black Widow). After the war, desperate to find new sales gimmicks, they began publishing a large amount of female lead strips. Blonde Phantom had (if I recall correctly) the longest run in terms of stories of any of them.

Where things get really interesting is in the timing. Now, your knee-jerk reaction is that Marvel was trying to do a quick knock-off of Black Canary. I mean, their names are similar, their cover identities are similar, they're both in love with a private eye who thinks they're mousy... Even the original Dinah Drake mask looks similar to Louise's.

The thing is, Blonde Phantom debuted almost a full year before Black Canary. So if anything, DC/National were taking a leaf from Marvel's book. :)

The main reason we haven't seen much of Blonde Phantom, even considering her (relative) success during her publication, is mostly because almost all golden age revivals at Marvel happened due to the efforts of Roy Thomas, fanboy-turned-writer and creator of the Invaders. And he stayed almost exclusively in the war era, during which Blonde Phantom had not yet appeared. The Invaders really set the stage for the increased use of golden age characters at Marvel, and thus not appearing there usually means you're a lot more obscure.

Somebody noted that several of thsoe covers were done by Syd Shores, which sounds likely. Shores was the artist chosen to take over the art duties on Captain America Comics when Joe Simon and Jack Kirby were lured away to work for DC, and he thus adopted Kirby's weird, dark style as much as he could. You can see the influences Kirby had even this early in the history of comics, just in the style of covers and internal illustrations. Shores was quite a good draftsman himself, really, and I like his stories a lot too.

Anyway, lovely post and great initiative. Loving all those GA covers!


Date: 2011-03-09 05:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fredneil.livejournal.com
Sounds like good enough logic. She WAS (briefly) a member of the All-Winners Squad, though (at least, as shown in She-Hulk, she was)

According to the stories from the 40s-there were only two-she wasn't.

I just know her from She-Hulk, which is enough for me to share your affection for her.

Date: 2011-03-09 02:09 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] feyandstrange
It's so wrong that my first objection to these is "How does she swing around on a rope holding a firearm and not have those mules fall off? Ankle strap heels for crime-fighting!"

She looks like an awesome character, and is that skirt so much more impractical than a cape, really? I think I'd add evening gloves vs. rope burns, since she seems to swing on ropes a lot - but I'd be darn tempted to get one of my costumer friends to make me that dress.

Date: 2011-03-09 04:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] brallaqueen.insanejournal.com
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