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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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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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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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Last time, on Mosconian Invasion:

Two of the greatest heroes in MLJ Comics, the Shield and the Wizard, joined forces the fight against the dastardly plans of the MOSCONIANS, the people so evil they manage to be both Nazis and the Communists. The valiant Wizard raced off to protect Annapolis and West Point, while the Shield went after the Mosconian spy ring in Washington D.C. The Wizard came back to the capital just in time to save his brother, the head of Naval Intelligence, but in their last act of cowardness, the Mosconians filled the building with cement. Will the Wizard and Grover be able to escape from the wreckage? Will the Shield be able to stop the Mosconians? Click on the cut and find out on this installment of the first crossover in comic book history - THE MOSCONIAN INVASION!

Part 1 -  PC04 - HeaderPart 1 -  PC04 - Header 2

The following story originally appeared in Pep Comics #4. Writing by Harry Shorten, art by Irv Novick

The Shield stops an enemy force from attacking Pearl Habor - in 1940 (11 pages behind the cut) )
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Before Archie Comics got its current name, it was known as MLJ Comics. Like most other comic book publishers, it published a large number of superhero titles. The company can claim credit for several superhero comics "firsts" - the first patriotic hero, the first time a superhero died in action and the first crossover storyline ever.

Part 1 - TNC 05 - Header

"But wait," you may be wondering. "Wasn't Human Torch/Namor fight from Marvel Mystery Comics #8-9 the first crossover?" And you would be close - but you would be wrong. The Human Torch/Namor crossover began in June 1940. This crossover began one month earlier. And while the Human Torch/Namor crossover took place over the course of two months, this storyline took four.

And, since the whole thing is in public domain, I can post the crossover in its entirety.

Since most people reading this have no idea who the characters involved are, here is a quick primer:

A relatively quick primer )

The following story originally appeared in Top-Notch Comics #5. Writing by Will Harr, art by Edd Ashe.

The first comics crossover ever starts out with a bang - literally (11 pages under the cut) )

Will the Wizard and the Shield be able to stop the Mosconians master plan? And what about the West Pointer and the Midshipman? Find out in the next installment of the MOSCONIAN INVASION.

And, as a bonus - the ad for the crossover )
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In the previous posts, we have seen Ah Ku, the fiendish Princess of Crime, smuggle Chinese immigrants, kidnap a wealthy heiress and sell opium. So what sort of scheme does she have up her sleeve this time?

Why, the most stereotypically Chinese femme fatale scheme yet.

Top-Notch Comics 09 - Bob Phantom - Header

The following story originally appeared in Top-Notch Comics #9. Writing by Harry Shorten, art by Bernard Klein.

In which Ah Ku steals from the Dragon Lady's wardrobe and Bob Phantom kills a few henchmen (6 pages under the cut) )

Tune in next time to see.... Actually, I am not sure what. I got so many things I want to share, and I am not sure where to start. So I would like to hear from you, fellow scan_daily members - which of the following would you like to see first:

* Further adventures of Toni Gay and Butch Dykeman.
* From Archie Comics - Ginger Snapp and the Adventures in Casual Dating
* A Cold War era Spy/Romance comic hybrid
* A 1940s romance comic story about an underaged girl who married a guy, discovered he wasn't good in bed and ran off to join the army... and that was just the first three pages.
* And, on the flip side of a coin, a romance comic which make most other romance comics look well-adjusted and female-friendly.

And... That should do it for now. Cast your vote (and your comments) below.
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In her last two appearances, Ah Ku, the fiendish Princess of Crime, smuggled illegal Chinese immigrants and kidnapped a socialite (only to... threaten her with dissection? It wasn't really clear.) What sort of evil plot does she have up her sleeve this time?

Why, opium trade, of course.

Never let it be said that Ah Ku wasn't versatile.

The following story was originally published in Top-Notch Comics #6. Writing by Harry Shorten, art by somebody who signed as "Gerry Thorp"

Historic irony rears its head and Bob Phantom tosses lots of bizzare one-liners (6 pages under the cut) )


Will Bob Phantom ever be able to capture Ah Ku? Will Ah Ku ever pull off a plot without tipping off Bob Phantom? (Honestly, it's almost as if she wants him to stop her). Find out next time, only on SCANS_DAILY!
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When we last saw Princess Ah Ku, she fell into the bottomless pit. But, as [personal profile] psychopathicus_rex rightfully pointed out, villains do this sort of thing all the time, and it rarely stops them from coming back. And, sure enough, our hero, the fearless Bob Phantom, finds himself facing off against Ah Ku in the very next issue. And this time, the Princess of Crime is after something else.

The following story as originally printed in Top-Notch Comics #5. Writing by Harry Shorten, art by somebody credited as "Gerry Thorpe"

You know, you could have avoided all this if you just listened to a gossip columnist (6 pages under the cut) )

Will Bob Phantom ever capture the fiendish Ah Ku? Will the Princess of Crime ever come up with a plan that doesn't involve overly elaborate death traps? Tune in next time, only at SCANS_DAILY!
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You do wonder what he would have done if the colors had stained his costume yellow and green, or orange and purple....




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Do you just happen to have a copy of ARCHIE# 1, from Winter 1942? If so, skim through it and see where Bob Montana established the three-sided hopeless romance that is still going on sixty-odd years later, driving both the characters and the readers to distraction.In suburban Riverdale, the pleasant all-American hometown, teenage Archie Andrews has a date with his semi-steady girlfriend Betty Cooper for the prom. Despite this, he is crushing mightily on Boston debutante Veronica Lodge. Archie writes her love letters of that embarassing adolescent fervor, which he tears up without ever sending. HowEVER... just being helpful, his pal Jughead sees one letter and thoughtfully mails it.



With a mixture of condescension and a jaded yearning for amusement, the spoiled young heiress actually goes to Riverdale, "slumming" amidst the proletariat. And this being the comics, Archie can't make a decision, tries to get both girls to the prom by manipulating Jughead into escorting Veronica while Archie tries to get Betty out of sight long enough.. well, you just know it's going to be a multiple car pile-up on an icy road. Archie will have both girls furious at him (by no means for the last time) and half the town ticked as well. Because, to save a few dollars for Veronica's corsage, Jughead went out to the cemetary and prepared a nice little spring of what he doesn't realize is poison ivy.

Here's where things get sort of mystic and fateful. Veronica remains in town for a few days to have the poison ivy treated and she decides to stay in Riverdale. She likes toying with the smitten Archie the way a cat teases a mouse. And yet.. there's some inexplicable attraction there, even fondness. Eventually, her parents move to Riverdale as well to keep an eye on her willful child. So the cycle is set in motion. Archie neglects Betty to pursue Veronica in vain. It's as endless and as unfathomable as Offisa Pup jailing Ignatz for beaning Krazy Kat with a brick, which she sees as true love.

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