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Moving on from intentionally silly yarns about super-oafs with Venetian blinds for capes... we return to more ostensibly serious fare with the origin story of Micro Face, a hero who dons a mask equipped with a microphone and X-ray specs to stop the most sinister sweepstakes ever.

Seriously, if you thought Powerball was unfair... )
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Many Golden Age superhero, adventure and/or crime comics included a short humour feature every issue for a change of pace. This might be a "funny animal," "mischievous little kid(s)," or "generic goofball" story. Today's offering from Clue Comics #1 (Hillman, Jan. 1943) is the latter, but it's also a parody of the superhero genre, much like the Bugs Bunny short Super-Rabbit released a few months later.

'Now looka here youse fellas!' )
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The other night, I was looking through the first issue of Clue Comics (Hillman Periodicals, Jan. 1943) for a particular story, when I found that all the stories caught my fancy to some extent or another. So because it's in the public domain, I'm gonna post the whole thing! (Minus the text story, ad pages, etc.) Over the next few days, wonder at the exploits of costumed crimefighters Nightmare and Sleepy, the bumbling but patriotic Stupid Manny, the high-tech (for the 40s) masked avengers Micro-Face and Zippo, the plucky Boy Rangers, and the proto-furry superhero Twilight!

But that's not all! Because all of the above features lasted five issues (and a few lasted longer), when I'm done with Issue #1, you get to vote on which feature you'd like to see more posts of. Ain't that swell? Yes.

So let's get started with the lead story... )
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"The injury to the eye motif is an outstanding example of the brutal attitude cultivated in comic books — the threat or actual infliction of injury to the eyes of a victim, male or female. This detail, occurring in uncounted instances, shows perhaps the true color of crime comics better than anything else. It has no counterpart in any other literature of the world, for children or for adults."

--Fredric Wertham, Seduction of the Innocent, 111

Mother Hubbard's final appearance. Warning for child abuse and other disturbing imagery.

'Save me the drumstick' )
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"[Mother Hubbard] could also count on her creaking bone and curling hair to alert her to imminent wrong-doing, although for most folks such bothersome symptoms just mean it's going to rain."
--Jon Morris, The League of Regrettable Superheroes, 89

'I want to wake up...I don't like this dream' )
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A superhero in the form of a witch who looks like a stereotypical fairy-tale crone, but who uses her powers for good? And starts off by fighting Nazis? Why not; it was the Golden Age.

'Now, my crystal I unseal, to ferret out the crime I feel!' )
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Like all characters that exist for any extended length of time, Catwoman has undergone a number of changes over the years. I thought that it would be interesting to look at what Selina Kyle was like back in the day, in order to see what's changed about her and what's stayed the same.

Let's Begin.

Oh, hai Denny! )
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So I was going to post the conclusion to the Music Master's first case, but eh...after a while one MM story begins to seem pretty much like the next. Instead, I bring you this very cracky four-page PSA for war bonds, from Reg'lar Fellers Heroic Comics #15 (Nov. 1942). Scans for this public domain work are courtesy of ComicBookPlus.com.

Trigger warning for the usual sort of WWII-era racist caricaturing.

'Now we'll go to Europe...on wings of song!' )
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Dipping once again into John Morris's recently-published book, The League of Regrettable Superheroes, for inspiration, I present one of the most...creative premises the genre has ever seen: a hero who gets his super-powers from--a panflute!

So let's see how this plays out (*ba-DUM TSSHH*) )
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Doctor Hormone and Jane, back home in America, head to Washington to help the government ward off an invasion from "Nazia." This time, they get to face off as well against another foe, portrayed every bit as true-to-life as the previous. *cough*

'For I'm a jolly good fifth columnist' )
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I can only suppose that since America wasn't yet at war in 1940, the publisher wished to avoid giving offence to a certain real-life totalitarian regime.

Which is no doubt why the guards swear in fake German )
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Assinoff has used his mighty donkey strength to flee Novoslavia, taking Dr. Hormone's granddaughter Jane as hostage. His objective? Enticing him into entering Eurasia's service.

Yeah, kidnapping the grandkid is a great way to do that, harem hotties notwithstanding )
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In the last issue, Dr. Hormone successfully bumbled through a secret air mission which hormonally transformed the invading Urasian army into loyal Novoslavian citizens. But the war isn't over yet.

'Look fellows, I can fly...almost!' )
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Master of understatement, that premier

Doctor Hormone, he of upstanding medical ethics, has chemically transformed boys into an army of full-grown Novoslavian men. But will that be enough to withstand the Soviet Eurasian "Urasian" invasion, and the waning patience of Novoslavia's top general?

Let's find out )
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Good-hearted but methodologically problematic Doctor Hormone, American, uses his scientific genius to protect vulnerable nations from invasion by barely-veiled Soviet and Nazi German analogues. How? Why, with hormones of course. Also with the help of his annoying but loyal granddaughter, the "shouldn't she be in school"-aged Jane. Created by artist (and writer?) Robert Bugg, Doctor Hormone appeared in Popular Comics Issues 54 through 60 (1940-41), and has never been seen since. Now in the public domain (scans courtesy of ComicBookPlus.com), here's the first of the Doc's bizarre adventures, from Issue 54 (Aug 1940).

'After this, I'll stop cradle-snatching!' )

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