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Fantomah: One bad day? Move over, Joker.





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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Basil Wolverton's Jumpin' Jupiter





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! )

Tugboat Tessie

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 )

Frank Frazetta drawing hillbillies

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! )

Rulah, Jungle Goddess in "The Pigeons of Flame"

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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[personal profile] mistygeek2013-02-21 05:16 pm

Man-Huntin' Minne

This is from a comic called Dizzy Dames.

That is really all you need to know.

That is some real sexual frustration there )

The Blue Beetle gets CLONED!!!

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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[personal profile] mistygeek2012-12-31 11:33 am

Barry O'Neill and Fang Gow of China

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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[personal profile] mistygeek2012-11-27 10:06 pm
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Lt. Drake of the U.S. Naval Intelligence

I am not a Lt. Drake of the U.S. Naval Intelligence fan. His stories have nice random things like people sewn inside of fish (not seen here), but mostly he is just proven to be annoying. Still I thought something could be found in this.

There is a lot of wrong here.
Read more... )
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[personal profile] mistygeek2012-11-25 09:50 pm

That outfit

Posting an old s_d post with new cleaner scans.

Superhero fashion ranges with the time of their origin. Throughout superhero fashion history some common choice occur: capes, face masks, boots, and underwear.

Admittedly, underwear is more of a classic choice. Maybe this will help show why? Maybe...

Now in there first appearance here is The Lynx and Blackie!

The Lynx and Blackie seem familiar somehow... )
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[personal profile] mistygeek2012-11-15 10:44 pm

Chen Chang Comics

Fox Comics came out with some wacky things even in it's time. While I can't say "Chen Chang" from Mystery Men Comics comes close to topping the list it is...special.

Prepare yourselves for three tons of racism and random death traps.
Demons of doom )

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[personal profile] mistygeek2012-10-30 08:04 pm

This Magazine is Haunted

This Magazine is Haunted and Death wants to tell you all about it.
Fpr more Dr Death check the tags. 
The Coffin Maker )
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[personal profile] mistygeek2012-10-26 05:42 pm

This Magazine is Haunted

For a more in depth history of This Magazine in Haunted you can read it here.

If you just want Dr. Death to tell you a tale of horror set to George Evans' art, then venture behind the cut.

Stand in for Death )
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[personal profile] mistygeek2012-07-07 08:06 pm

Pencils of Doom (Parts 1 and 2)

The origin of The Comet /// More Information

The Comet ran trough Pep Comics #17, but Jack Cole was only the writer as far as #5. Before Cole left he had John meet reporter Thelma Gordon, who remained his girlfriend till the end of his series. Shortly before he meets Thelma, he is hypnotized into stealing and killing a police officer becoming a fugitive. Thelma believes he is innocence and falls in love with him.

Rather than show how they met I though I would post the more interesting "Pencils of Doom." (I wish the was called the "The Murder Car" instead, but no had to be "Pencils of Doom.")
Doooooom! )
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[personal profile] mistygeek2012-07-06 05:53 pm

When superheroes kill

When a superhero kills in comics these days, it is a big deal. Ths was not the case in the golden age.

Jack Cole is remembered for his creation of silly superhero Plastic Man, but the stretchy superhero wasn't his first super powered savior.

Enter The Comet!
Read more... )
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[personal profile] mistygeek2012-06-17 08:55 pm

Madam Fatal for Father's Day

Madam Fatal has been post here before, so I'll skip this hero's origin. Use the cross dressing for Justice tag to find the origin on s_d or her her frist appearance here.

How is the first cross dressing superhero related to father's day? Richard Stanton only took to dressing as an old woman after his daughter was kidnapped. It was supposedly in effort to find her. (A bad effort, if you ask me.) 

Here is Fatal's third story from Crack Comics #3 (July 1940).X-posted here.

I wish wigs stuck to my head this well )