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Recently there've been several requests for more obscure Golden Age superheroes. I hear and obey! Let's start off with the origin story of a super-mage originally hailing from Middle-Kingdom era Egypt.

In which the part of Satan will be anachronistically played by Set )
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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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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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If any dude got into more distress than Messr's Grayson and Barnes back in the day, it HAS to be young Mr Batson over at Fawcett Comics. Since he needed to be able to say his magic word to actually BECOME the superhero he was often gagged and tied up by the villain (whether they knew about the magic word or not). There are many, MANY examples I could have picked of the incredibly creative ways he came up with to free himself; from sticking his face into burning torches, to hypnotising monkeys, from dripping acid onto his face, to convenient micrometeorite strikes, but this one is something else...

From 1951, in Captain Marvel Adventures #142 we have "Captain Marvel fights the Tiger Terror" as Billy Batson comes across a shape-changing menace who uses the name John Jones... Honest! (2 1/3 pages of a 7 page story)

More gory than you'd think )
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This story is ironic in a metatextual way, as in a few years Captain Marvel (and his family) would really go to Limbo, when the Fawcett comics closed up shop. There they would chill in the timeless void of fictional characters without a home, until the same company that had caused their titles to be dropped would buy up rights to them and bring them back as secondary characters. (Cap never showed it on the page but he must have been bitter.

Be that as it may, this is a typically charming little tale. Captain Marvel discovers that recent thefts of valuables are the work of the Collector, a wizened old coot who is assigned to take worthless inventions, badly written books, crummy art and such away. (From what I see on sale everyday, he hasn't kept up.) Limbo is a gigantic junkyard. The Collector decides to start confiscating something nice once in a while, just to brighten up his metaphysical realm. This is where Cap takes notice.

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How inexplicable. This is from WHIZ COMICS# 51 in 1944. Odd little throw-away moments like this are one of the reasons why I love Golden Age comics. Marvel has been asked to judge a beauty contest, but why he's doing that with the tape measure is not explained.

The question may come up in conversation, "what is the sexiest part of a woman?" or "what is your favorite part?" Guys, as you value your life, immediately say, "Her mind, of course." Eyes or smile are answers you might also get away with. But if you say, "Her forearm and it should ideally be shorter than 29 inches," everyone will draw away from you and you will receive puzzled looks for awhile.


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