[identity profile] thandrak.insanejournal.com posting in [community profile] scans_daily
This was almost painful to even cut the first two pages out of. It's so dynamic, and every panel tells part of the story.  (65 pages)

Scaredy Dervish runs away, directly into a cop, who he calls a Blue Slave. Cop promptly arrests Dervish.

This is the part where I started to go, "Huh. Amazingly, I think they've got Islam reasonably right here, these are phrases a Muslim might actually say, not comic-opera style stuff...

... seriously, what, people of a different from normal faith being treated with respect?

Okay, well, this is the Golden Age.  But still, look at the faces.

Prayer is better than sleep... As-salatu khayrun min an-nawm. Hey, it's the Dawn Prayer.

I was so tempted to delete these panels for space, but the art here, just look at the structure and flow.

Heck, look at the unconventional use of panel space. That's odd for this era.

A not so comic misunderstanding. I've seen this trope before, but it's usually applied to, say, the hero overhearing something and confusion ensues. A third party? Getting complex.

You know, is it me, or does the writing actually degrade during the fight scenes?

Awww. It's National Brotherhood Week.

Seriously, what a kick-ass story. You can see how I had problems trying to figure out what to cut.

Date: 2009-03-20 10:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashtoreth.insanejournal.com
The fact that he barely noticed lightning behind him was the first clue he was from Germany. Das blitzen! Oh, those Nazis. Bringing everyone together against a common enemy. Giving us irrefutable examples of evil. Giving us excuses to end Internet arguements. Is there nothing they can't do?

But Captain Marvel started a fight in a church. I can no longer believe in him. ::weeps::

"Enlist me first! My name is Arshag Mesrop Atrash!"

"...We're going to call you Ahab."

Date: 2009-03-21 03:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rab62.insanejournal.com
This post and others of its kind are exactly why s_d is my favorite thing on the internet.

It's astonishing to see comics from the Forties that addressed Japanese-American internment camps (posted on the old community by strannik01; I wish I'd archived it) or Jim Crow laws (http://fortressofortitude.wordpress.com/2008/12/08/the-four-freedoms/) or depicted Asians or Muslims with dignity. Mind you, having said that, it's also brain-twisting to realize that at the same time this was published, Steamboat was appearing in Captain Marvel stories. In a way, the more dignified and respectful stories make such racial cariacatures and stereotypes look even worse, because it removes the cheap excuse of "that sort of thing was taken for granted, they didn't know any better back then." Because we can find the evidence to say, no, some folks damn well knew better back then and created stories without racial stereotypes or slurs.

Also, seconding everything you said about the skill of the storytelling.


Date: 2009-03-21 07:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] peur_evol.insanejournal.com
p.5- spitting on the microphone(and possibly Billy) ewww
the lightning bolt smashed the trash can

YOU ASKED IT." (doesn't work, we tried)

p.8- (panel 4) the mullah knocks at the door alone
(panel 5) the bellboy has let him in the room

p.9- Cap'n Marvel wears his cape on the left side, yeah, that's the
crip side, baby

p.10- um, okay, they're, like, dead, now, right?

p.11- THEY LIVE praise allah, it must be a SIGN

p.12- "I WILL NOT STRIKE THE FIRST BLOW" really, Bill? is that how you
feel? d'ya think you'll change your mind in panel 5?

p.13- awesome. three panels. cleverly edited violence. great layout and
color. when you're on, CC, you're on baby. no doubt about it.

p.14- from muslim to mason, is this subliminal? black suit had red
turban on p.13, now it's a fez

p.15- (panels 3,4,5) great simulation of motion as yellow turban
approches the Cap'n *good job, CC*

p.16- when and why did juggling villains go out of style?

p.17- false whiskers are dangerously close to being mistaken for pubic
hair(panel 2) subliminals again? (maybe Wertham was right...)

p.18- awwww america is great, ain't it?

Patriotism. It's good for all of us!


Date: 2009-03-23 01:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] silverzeo.insanejournal.com
I would love to see the comic about the interment comic. When will it be reposted?


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