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Hi folks!

Today we look at Crimebuster, the lead feature of Boy Comics, from Lev Gleason Publications. Born Chuck Chandler, he was at a military prep school hockey game when her received word that his parents had been murdered by the Nazi agent Iron Jaw. Without waiting to change out of his uniform, Chuck went into action, and got dubbed Crimebuster.

He battled the man with the metal prosthetic lower face for several issues, until Iron Jaw died. Crimebuster then went on to battle other criminals until Iron Jaw came back to life...somehow.

By this issue, Boy Comics #74 (Feb 1952), Chuck had moved into high school and started wearing long pants. He also fought Iron Jaw pretty much exclusively; the three stories in this issue are really just arbritarily divided chapters in their ongoing struggle.



I'm just going to skip to the third story, which matches the cover. Lev Gleason comics are in the public domain, so I can bring this story to you in its entirety.

That's one batch of beer they're going to have to mark down in price. )

Your thoughts and comments?
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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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Ahem, I am advised, and rightly so, that this material originated with the fyeahgoldenage tumblr account and as such they should receive the credit for finding it and sharing it in the first place. So a great big thank you to them! :) 

"Don't start anything... that's a warning to the wolves of the underworld, wolves of high financial power and just plain wolves!"

From the 1940's and Hit Comics #47, meet the DA of an un-named American City...

Bates is the name, Miss Betty Bates )
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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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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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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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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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Hi folks!

My scanner's finally back up, so it's public domain time! Specifically, another story from Joe College Comics Winter 1950.

The story is "Toss-Out" Terry by Dick Briefer and contains 1950s style sexism at its finest.

Take me out to the ball game, but don't tell the boss. )

Next time...you know, I haven't posted anything from Marvel in ages. I'm going to see if I can dig something up.

Your thoughts and comments?

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And now, a story from Daredevil #105 (December 1953.) As you'll recall from a previous post, by this time Daredevil himself had long left the comic book, leaving it to his sidekicks, the Little Wise Guys. But the Guys, while not superheroes, weren't exactly "normal teenagers."

And the Archie comics had proved that "normal teenager" sold, so Daredevil had a second feature, "Dilly Duncan." And that's what we're going to see today. Howsomever, since this is a Lev Gleason publication, it's not all dates and gags for our wholesome lad....

This public domain story is brought to you in its entirety. Plus wacky ads! )

Hope you're enjoying your Labor Day or 3rd of September!

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Hi folks!

It's been a bit since I last posted from this comic, so here's the cover story from Crime Does Not Pay #132.



This scene does not appear in the story. Not anything even close. Or in any other story this issue, although "A Fat Tip For Murder" did take place in a hospital.

Again, this issue was after the Comics Code was imposed, so is tamer than the series was at its height. As this comic book is in the public domain, the story is brought to you in its entirety.

Beginner's Hard Luck! )

Next time...I dunno, maybe a video game comic? After that, more public domain.


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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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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 )

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