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Since people seemed to like my post on the American Crusader, I thought I'd post another Thrilling Comics character that I like and has been reinvented several times, The Woman In Red.

The Woman In Red is actually credited as the first female masked crime fighter, beating out Wonder Woman, Mary Marvel, and Phantom Lady, and herself was only beaten as first female superhero by one month by Fantomah. Though she never made a cover appearance, she was a regular feature in Thrilling Comics starting issue #2, with her last appearance in issue #46.

Her real identity was Peggy Allen, a policewoman who was frustrated by the limits of her job and created a secret identity. She was aided by the police commissioner, who considered her his operative, and informed her of strange cases, arranged for her undercover investigations, and occasionally kept the regular cops out of the way, who were unaware that they had a vigilante on their payroll.

Peggy's gender almost never came up, outside of some of her disguises and taunts by villains. The joke made in the last panel of this story is the most I can really think of - well, that and occasionally showing her legs.

Warning for racism.

From Thrilling Comics #5, copyright June 1940, now in public domain. The Woman In Red created by writer Richard E. Hughes and artist George Mandel.

Date: 2017-03-06 04:40 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] lego_joker
"Phillip Action stammers a needless confession!"

My horse for caption boxes that could be this honest again...

(Also, the art is surprisingly good for a Golden Age comic. Speech bubbles are a little wonky, but at least no one's holding a phone the size of their torso.)

Date: 2017-03-06 08:13 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] alicemacher
Peggy captures a xenophobia-exploiting murderer with no tech other than a handgun and no powers apart from her brains and martial art skills. And she lands herself a wealthy potential boyfriend! Not bad for a couple days' work.

Date: 2017-03-06 11:26 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bradygirl_12
I love her crimefighting costume. :)

Cool that the Commish has complete faith in her. Funny how some Golden Age comics had female protagonists treated better than some books do in 2017.

Date: 2017-03-07 11:59 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] tcampbell1000
Wonder Woman's early success was influential in a lot of ways.

Date: 2017-03-07 05:55 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] the_engineer
More, please.

Date: 2017-03-07 05:11 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dustbunny105
Ohh, I've seen bits and pieces of her around before and thought she looked cool but always forgot to check more into her. Awesome to see a full story, thanks!

I feel like "cop tired of red tape becomes a vigilante" is a recurring theme in Golden Age characters, but then the only other example I can think of is Dan Garret.


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