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The final Golden Age appearance of Madam Satan, from Pep #21 (Nov 1941; public domain), finds our villain attempting to damn two men at once. Will she succeed?

I think we all know the answer to that, but for old times' sake... )
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In this two-parter from Pep #18 and #19 (Aug-Sept 1941; public domain), our villain learns to change up her strategy a bit from merely seducing men and trying to give them the death-kiss. Does it work? Let's find out!

She's an unholy creature, I tell you! )
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Madam Satan, formerly the murderous mortal woman Tyra and now going by Iola for some reason, receives her first assignment from her infernal mate and boss. From Pep #17 (July 1941; public domain). Art by Harry Lucey, script possibly by Joe Blair (according to the Grand Comics Database).

I seem to have a premonition of something evil! )
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Madam Satan, seductive servant of the Devil, is one of the great unsung villains of the Golden Age. Her few appearances in Pep Comics were posted on s_d 1.0, way back when. Here's the first of them, from Issue 16 (June 1941), written by Abner Sundell, with art by Harry Lucey. As with all Pep issues up to #71, this comic is in the public domain (scans courtesy of ComicBookPlus.com).

Putting the 'fatale' in 'femme fatale' )
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Last time, we saw that John Dickering, the Comet, under the influence of bad-guy hypnosis, had committed several robberies and disintegrated at least one cop in the process. He snapped out of it, discovered he was now a wanted man, and vowed to clear his name. Which would be a tall order, given that while still mesmerized he'd managed to kill both his captors. So, did he ever clear his name? Find out in this story from Pep #17 (July 1941) which, like all issues up to #71, is in the public domain (scans courtesy of ComicBookPlus.com).

Watch the Comet achieve an historic first for the superhero genre! Major spoilers ahoy! )
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Oh quit flirting, you two.

By request, another Comet story. This one's from Pep #3 (April 1940). Pep issues from 1 through 71 are in the public domain; scans are courtesy of ComicBookPlus.com.

Don't call me 'squirt!' )
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The publisher now called Archie Comics began in 1939 as MLJ Comics. Pep, its third title, is today best known for introducing the world to Archie Andrews. However, he didn't debut until Issue 22 (Dec. 1941). Before that, and for some time afterwards, Pep was an anthology comic of which the lead feature was the Shield, America's first patriotic-themed superhero. This post is about neither of them. Rather, it's about the Comet, a superhero with the chemically-induced power to disintegrate evildoers with a glance. The creation of Jack Cole (Plastic Man), he was, like many early Golden Age capes, a brutal, take-no-prisoners guy who didn't hesitate to kill. Here, from Issue 1 (Jan. 1940), is his origin story and first adventure. Pep issues from 1 through 71 are in the public domain; scans are courtesy of ComicBookPlus.com.

Read more... )
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Time for another cracktastic Fantomah: Mystery Woman of the Jungle adventure by Fletcher Hanks (as Barclay Flagg). This story is from Jungle Comics #6 (Fiction House, June 1940), which is in the public domain (scans courtesy of ComicBookPlus.com).

Trigger warning for the racist depiction of African indigenous people.

Just Say No to drug berries of the Unexplored Red Region, kids! )
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Sorry, Mistah J, but as far as grim, unlucky origin stories go, I think this villain may have you beat. From the disturbed imagination of Golden Age cult favourite Fletcher Hanks (as Barclay Flagg), this is the story of Zomax, featuring Fantomah, Mystery Woman of the Jungle. It's from Jungle Comics #14 (Fiction House, February 1941), which is in the public domain (scans courtesy of Comic Book Plus).

Read more; trigger warning for one-panel racist depiction )
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In the 1950s, when Basil Wolverton wasn't drawing exaggeratedly gonky people for Mad or horrifying apocalyptic scenarios for the Christian Plain Truth magazine, he wrote and drew a number of kooky and fun stories, full of his signature alliteration and rhyme, for younger readers. Among his recurring characters was the space hero Jumpin' Jupiter. Here's a representative story from Key Publications' Weird Tales of the Future (November 1952), which is in the public domain (scans courtesy of Comic Book Plus).

Well crack my crown and call me coo-coo! )
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Now here's something a bit different from the Golden Age: A female lead character that's not the typical beautiful ingenue or sexpot.

Tugboat Tessie was a backup feature from the short lived Seven Seas Comics by Manning Lee Stokes. Tessie was clearly inspired by the "Rosie the Riveter" image of working women of the war era. Being a lady sailor, it's kind of clear Stokes was taking the dialog from Popeye.

From Seven Seas Comics #1 )
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Long before Frank Frazetta became the legendary illustrator, he was just another cartoonist for hire in the Golden Age of comics. This is strip he did for Thrilling Comics #68 from the publisher Nedor (the guys most noted for the Black Terror.)

Nedor was hardly an innovator, and the series Louie Lazybones was a rather obvious rip-off of the highly popular 'Lil Abner newspaper strip. But even here we see some of the artistic trademarks of Frazetta's later work.

Thet's the big tuhmater I've ever seen! )
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I think I posted this years ago on Scans Daily 1.0, but it's one of my favorite stories just for the utter cracktasitc nature of the villain’s plan.

This one issue Rulah, Jungle Goddess #18 is quite the treasure trove of crack. Rulah's three stories involve Elephant Riding Giants, a Poison Ivy style villaness with a collection of deadly plants, and this story featuring the single dumbest plan for world domination ever conceived.

Nine Pages from Rulah Jungle Goddess #18 )
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Sure, Jamie Reyes is a breakout character, and Ted Kord is awesome, but there is really no love for the original Blue Beetle Dan Garret around here. And after recent delving into the Digital Comic Museum's archive, I found the perfect Golden Age story to introduce everyone to the awesome crack of the Golden Age Blue Beetle:

It's Blue Beetle in his very own (if only 10 pages long) Clone Saga! )
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Barry is lauded as the first modern action hero in comics.

His arch villain, Fang Gow, was yet another Fu Manchu-styled stereotype. The plots and side characters could have easily been lifted from the pages of Sax Rohmer's Fu Manchu.

Atomic Comics reprinted 12 of their adventures with new art by Leo O'Mealia. With World War II over negative Chinese stereotypes were deemed usable again. See his reprinted adventures from Atomic Comics #1 below.

Who is he? What is he? )Read more about Barry and Gow here. Plus to random pages from the original run. Leo O'Mealia's art is a bog improvement in my opinion. 

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