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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.

Today's Clue Comics #1 (Hillman, Jan. 1943) offering is the work of artist Al Ulmer and an unknown writer. Public domain scans courtesy of










Next up, another high-tech masked crimefighter: Zippo!

Date: 2016-01-18 10:27 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] icon_uk
So was he known as the Bakelite Bandit or The Valved Vigilante?

The vision powers are sort of ordinary, but the "sonic mirage" power is actually a fascinating concept for dealing with already stressed out gangs, or for distracting individual bad guys.

Date: 2016-01-19 09:35 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] laughing_tree
Well, it's basically super-ventriloquism before super-ventriloquism, yeah? Which was always a very neat power overshadowed by the fact it belonged to someone who had so many flashier ones.

It'd be interesting to see a character who, less powerful, would need to rely on such an ability more to accomplish stuff. Which I suppose is what this guy is.

Date: 2016-01-19 10:16 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] icon_uk
I hadn't thought of it in terms of super-ventriloquism, but you're right.

It also makes me think somewhat of Windsong from the New X-Men, whose power over wind meant that she could snatch sound out of the air and hear things said far away from her.

Date: 2016-01-19 01:42 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dustbunny105
Wind Dancer, wasn't it?

Date: 2016-01-19 02:14 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] icon_uk
Oops, yes right. Windsong was a 1980's Dial H for HERO character, whose name always stuck with me for no reason I've ever been able to work out except it's pretty.

Date: 2016-01-18 10:30 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kamino_neko
Pretty cool gimmick he's got. And not a bad costume design. Colours could use a bit of a tweak, but....

Date: 2016-01-19 12:04 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lucean
I am so confused by Big Boston's plan here. He runs a numbers game where, instead of just drawing up random numbers like any other numbers racket, he decided to kill cops just because. And then also kill the people who win the racket without any realizing while gloating how they promote his racket despite being dead?

Date: 2016-01-19 03:38 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] thanekos
He motivates criminals to specifically target cops and effectively avoids paying them off, creating a fearful atmosphere and encouraging what has to be done to continue it.

The benefits aren't tangible, but they are there.

Date: 2016-01-19 03:54 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] trooper924
I'm wondering why the government would turn down an invention that would essentially give people x-ray vision and super hearing. What, did they think it wouldn't be fair to the enemy?

Date: 2016-01-19 04:33 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] skjam
Government procurement offices in the comics and SF during the Thirties and Forties were run by idiots, judging by the sheer number of people with perfectly viable inventions that were turned down.

For a fanfic, I referred to this in Dr. Sivana's backstory, and had him explain that as he is a mad scientist, the inventions he had turned down had bad side effects, or were enormously expensive to reproduce, or too complicated to operate by anyone who wasn't a genius.

Date: 2016-01-19 05:10 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] trooper924
Masquerade balls were also apparently huge in the Thirties and Forties, ensuring any prospective superhero would conveniently have a ready made costume on hand.

Date: 2016-01-19 11:46 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] silicondream
And the better high schools trained their students up to near-Batman levels of physical competence, so any prospective superhero would be well prepared to sprint across a city, climb skyscrapers in seconds, and punch roomfuls of armed thugs into submission.

Date: 2016-01-19 02:16 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] icon_uk
A thug rarely needs skill, they have brute strength on their side, which is enough to deal with most people.

It's the people who don't have the brute strength who learn to fight.

Date: 2016-01-19 02:17 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] icon_uk
I blame the New Math*

*I should add that it physically pains me as a Brit to write "Math" instead of "Maths".

Date: 2016-01-19 03:01 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] trooper924
Yes, it was a remarkable time, when any random Johnny on the street could pop on a mask and tear down entire crime syndicates singlehandedly. Truly, they were the Greatest Generation.

Date: 2016-01-19 09:37 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] laughing_tree
That mask a) looks quite cool, especially for a Golden Age costume, and b) makes him seem at first glance like someone with a playing card gimmick.

Date: 2016-01-19 10:34 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] silverhammerman
Okay, but am I the only one who was expecting Micro Face to be some sort of Dick Tracy-esque villain with a face the size of a postage stamp in the center of a normal sized head?


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