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Since people seemed to like my post on the American Crusader, I thought I'd post another Thrilling Comics character that I like and has been reinvented several times, The Woman In Red.

The Woman In Red is actually credited as the first female masked crime fighter, beating out Wonder Woman, Mary Marvel, and Phantom Lady, and herself was only beaten as first female superhero by one month by Fantomah. Though she never made a cover appearance, she was a regular feature in Thrilling Comics starting issue #2, with her last appearance in issue #46.

Her real identity was Peggy Allen, a policewoman who was frustrated by the limits of her job and created a secret identity. She was aided by the police commissioner, who considered her his operative, and informed her of strange cases, arranged for her undercover investigations, and occasionally kept the regular cops out of the way, who were unaware that they had a vigilante on their payroll.

Peggy's gender almost never came up, outside of some of her disguises and taunts by villains. The joke made in the last panel of this story is the most I can really think of - well, that and occasionally showing her legs.

Warning for racism.

Thrilling Comics #5 )
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When a recent request for more golden age characters came, I immediately thought of this guy, who's actually appeared in various comics in the modern age, including a webcomic called Heroes Inc. and even had a bit of a shout-out by Grant Morrison in Multiversity. I'm not sure why this character always stuck with me. Maybe it's because I like the name, maybe I find his costume simple but memorable, maybe it's because I like the idea of a patriotic hero with Superman level powers. Or maybe it's because his origin really, really should have just killed him.

But don't take my word for it. Take a look at his origin yourself.

Warning for female abuse.

Thrilling Comics #19 )
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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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Let's return to Daredevil #105 from December 1953.

If you weren't here the last time I posted from this comic book, this is the Lev Gleason Daredevil comic--from which the title character had long departed. The stars were instead the Little Wise Guys, who'd been Daredevil's sidekicks back in the day. Originally the stories involving them were pretty gritty (one of the gang even died!) but this is towards the end of the run when the Comics Code had come in.

This story is in the public domain, so you can enjoy it in its entirety, along with a vintage ad!

Ah, the days of party lines. )

Your thoughts and comments?
SKJAM!
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Hi folks, found this while cleaning the apartment for my forced relocation, and it's been a while since we had one of these.



For those of you who are new to comics fandom, Crime Does Not Pay was the first and possibly greatest dedicated "true crime" comic book series. Names were changed to protect the innocent, and I strongly suspect this particular case has been given heavy artistic license. Like all the Lev Gleason comics, it's in the public domain, so please enjoy this story in its entirety.

Rubies are red. Like blood. )
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"Most superheroic pseudonyms are intended to be understood metaphorically. Iron Man isn't really a man made of iron. Green Lantern isn't a piece of verdant camping equipment, and, by and large, the Beast is in fact a lovely fellow. When it comes to superheroes whose names can be taken literally, or, better yet, at--ahem--face value, there's no more outstanding example than the Eye."

--Jon Morris, The League of Regrettable Superheroes, 46.

Eye don't know how the writer-artist came up with this )
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In this issue, Boy King and Giant--now assisted by the king's long-lost twin Richard aka "Muggsy" and his gang--return to what they do best: fighting Nazis!

'Precious records kept on the backs of living men!!' )
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In the previous issue, Hitler ordered the construction of a mechanical T. rex to stop the Giant and wreak havoc on New York, and dispatched the Crane to pilot it. It seems Giant has met his match. Or...has he?

'Well--taste THIS chicken's wing!' )
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The votes are in, and while Nightmare and Sleepy put in a good showing, the Boy King and the Giant are, by one vote, whom you'd most like to see. So, from Clue #2 (February 1943), here's the continuing story of our brave Swisslakian refugees.

'If Nostradamus buried the giant, why it means he was buried for thousands of years!' Uhh... )
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At last we come to the final story in the public-domain Clue Comics #1 (Hillman, Jan. 1943), starring a monkey-costumed superhero and his sometimes-sapient, sometimes-not parrot sidekick. No relation to sparkly vampires of any sort.

'I'm a little leery about takin' orders from a crackpot in a monkey suit...' )
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Moving on from intentionally silly yarns about super-oafs with Venetian blinds for capes... we return to more ostensibly serious fare with the origin story of Micro Face, a hero who dons a mask equipped with a microphone and X-ray specs to stop the most sinister sweepstakes ever.

Seriously, if you thought Powerball was unfair... )
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Many Golden Age superhero, adventure and/or crime comics included a short humour feature every issue for a change of pace. This might be a "funny animal," "mischievous little kid(s)," or "generic goofball" story. Today's offering from Clue Comics #1 (Hillman, Jan. 1943) is the latter, but it's also a parody of the superhero genre, much like the Bugs Bunny short Super-Rabbit released a few months later.

'Now looka here youse fellas!' )
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The other night, I was looking through the first issue of Clue Comics (Hillman Periodicals, Jan. 1943) for a particular story, when I found that all the stories caught my fancy to some extent or another. So because it's in the public domain, I'm gonna post the whole thing! (Minus the text story, ad pages, etc.) Over the next few days, wonder at the exploits of costumed crimefighters Nightmare and Sleepy, the bumbling but patriotic Stupid Manny, the high-tech (for the 40s) masked avengers Micro-Face and Zippo, the plucky Boy Rangers, and the proto-furry superhero Twilight!

But that's not all! Because all of the above features lasted five issues (and a few lasted longer), when I'm done with Issue #1, you get to vote on which feature you'd like to see more posts of. Ain't that swell? Yes.

So let's get started with the lead story... )
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"The injury to the eye motif is an outstanding example of the brutal attitude cultivated in comic books — the threat or actual infliction of injury to the eyes of a victim, male or female. This detail, occurring in uncounted instances, shows perhaps the true color of crime comics better than anything else. It has no counterpart in any other literature of the world, for children or for adults."

--Fredric Wertham, Seduction of the Innocent, 111

Mother Hubbard's final appearance. Warning for child abuse and other disturbing imagery.

'Save me the drumstick' )

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