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They can't say they weren't warned.



[personal profile] q99 requested some Fantomah, who's among the best-known creations of cult favourite Fletcher Hanks (writing and drawing as Barclay Flagg). So here we go!


This story is from Jungle Comics #3 (March 1940), which is in the public domain. Scans courtesy of ComicBookPlus.com.



















Is it just me, or do the thieves seem to be taking their transformation into grasshopper-men rather philosophically? Then again, unlike some of Fantomah's foes, they do get to live, and are even still able to speak and fly a plane despite their anatomically-impossible new bodies. They probably won't get many dates from now on, though.

Date: 2016-12-03 02:29 am (UTC)
q99: (Default)
From: [personal profile] q99
Thanks!

-q99 requested some Fantomah, who's among the best-known creations of cult favourite Fletcher Hanks (writing and drawing as Barclay Flagg). So here we go!-

And yea, IMO her stories are consistently the best (some Stardust ones compete, but later Stardust gets less-good while Fantomah is always great)


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Is it just me, or do the thieves seem to be taking their transformation into grasshopper-men rather philosophically? Then again, unlike some of Fantomah's foes, they do get to live, and are even still able to speak and fly a plane despite their anatomically-impossible new bodies. They probably won't get many dates from now on, though.-

"Eh, we're grasshopper-people, but we *did* try and plague a city in order to steal jewels, so whatdya gonna do?"

Date: 2016-12-03 03:15 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] crinos
At least they learned their lesson.

Also, I'm amazed Fantomah just stopped there. Stardust would have mushed them together into one guy then fed them to some headless space giant.

Date: 2016-12-03 03:34 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] donnblake
It does seem quite subdued given how these things generally go. Fantomah must have been having a good day.

Date: 2016-12-03 05:02 am (UTC)
q99: (Default)
From: [personal profile] q99
Possibly because, despite the plague-baboon, they didn't actually cause any casualties.

Fantomah can get pretty rough too, but she's a *bit* more subdued than Stardust.
Edited Date: 2016-12-03 05:36 am (UTC)

Date: 2016-12-03 01:01 pm (UTC)
janegray: (Default)
From: [personal profile] janegray
They did gun down a bunch of guards.

Date: 2016-12-03 01:22 pm (UTC)
q99: (Default)
From: [personal profile] q99
Ah, true. So yea, they got off light.

Date: 2016-12-03 05:14 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] veleda_k
It amuses me that the story specifically mentions the mandrill was okay. (Not that I'm complaining.)

No animals were harmed in the making of this comic.

Date: 2016-12-03 05:46 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mastermahan
That's a nice little touch. Fantomah even protects sacred mandrills.

Date: 2016-12-03 04:02 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bradygirl_12
That jeweled statue is holding the second-biggest gold nugget I've seen this week! ;)

Date: 2016-12-03 09:22 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] leoboiko
Wait, the villainous, dastardly crooks are white men? And their superior technology is powerless against the keen senses and sheer tenacity of the "primitives"? And they only get their way in by being treacherous bastards? And the white heroine doesn't get the jewels as a reward from the grateful primitives, but she's actually out to defend the sacredness and rightful place of their treasures? In 1940? Wow.

Date: 2016-12-04 09:47 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] q99
While Fletcher Hanks had his share of problems, race-wise he was surprisingly reasonable for the time. White people exploiting the jungle or otherwise being the villains are common in Fantomah series, and natives are, while often in need of protection, not idiots or inconsequential.

Fantomah herself is odd. She lives in the jungle, her origin is unknown, and she's mostly around to punish villains and protect the jungle.


I think one could actually do a non-horrible movie or something based on the Fantomah stories. I'd change her to black as her being white doesn't actually play a role in the stories.

Date: 2016-12-04 03:05 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] arilou_skiff
There actually seems to have been something of a thing at the time, the early Phantom stuff had a similar attitude.

Date: 2016-12-05 04:37 am (UTC)
q99: (Default)
From: [personal profile] q99
Yea, it was one of the attitudes that existed at the time, but being openly racist/treating them as 'savages' was also very common.


Btw, speaking of the Phantom, I love that There's a New Guinea tribe that's such huge fans of him they paint him on their war shields

Date: 2016-12-07 02:05 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mesmiranda
That is exactly where I knew her from! And I thought the comic strip was exaggerating, but wow.

She's my favourite now, too.

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