Friday, February 28, 2014

TIGER GIRL II "Part 1a: Combats Wolf Hound"

Tiger Girl battled and defeated the Growler, not knowing that brief combat was but a harbinger of what terror was to come as dark forces plot her downfall...
Needless to say...
TO BE CONTINUED!
Writer Jerry (Superman) Siegel and artist Jack Sparling co-created this Silver Age heroine who appeared in the only, never-reprinted issue of Gold Key's Tiger Girl (1968) and then disappeared into limbo.
BTW, Jack Sparling also illustrated another one-shot heroine for Gold Key..tv's Honey West!

Friday, February 21, 2014

TIGER GIRL II "Part 1: Cunning Trap of the Wolf Hound"

What if...a co-creator of Superman created a super-heroine?
She'd probably be just like this one-shot heroine from the end of the Silver Age of Comics!
Well, now you know who she is and how she came to be.
But, aren't you wondering who the heck "Wolf Hound" is, and what he has to do with this story?
Be here next time for the answers to that and other questions...
Co-created by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Jack Sparling, our heroine's one appearence was in Gold Key's Tiger Girl #1 (1968).

Friday, February 14, 2014

LADY SATAN II "Son of Lord Lucifer"

Lady Satan, the demoness possessing Anne Jackson's body forced her to mate with the Devil, thus making her pregnant with his progeny.
But Anne doesn't intend to allow the child to be born...even if it costs her life...
We'll never know what happens next, since this never-reprinted tale written by Al Hewetson and illustrated by Pablo Marcos from Skywald's b/w magazine Psycho #19 (1974) was the last Lady Satan story published!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

MERCILESS THE SORCERESS

Proving that Evil is an equal-opportunity employer...
...here's the first Black villainess in her premiere appearance in Fox's one-shot All Top Comics (1944).
In the early Golden Age, before superheroes and heroines domianated the market, publishers experimented with all types of strips to see what sold best.
Following the precident of pulp magazines, comics were filled with everything from detectives to pirates to spacemen.
One of the genres was the "villain" series where the bad guy/gal was the lead, and the hero (or heroes) were the secondary characters!
Fox Comics, in particular, pushed this concept with a villain/villainess strip in almost every one of their anthologies.
Since the Sorceress of Zoom strip proved fairly popular, Fox decided to try another "bad girl" strip, but made it different by a) setting it in the jungle, and b) making the villainess Black!
However, response to this story must not have been positive, since, when Merciless next appeared later that year in another one-shot anthology, All Your Comics, not only was the series now set in the Arctic (Yes, you read that right, the Arctic), the Sorceress was White...
...and would remain that way for the remainder of her brief run.
BTW, both the writers and artists of all her appearances are unknown.

Friday, January 31, 2014

CAPTAIN KIDD "Sorceress of the Briney Deep"

She's not exactly a "heroine"...
...but she certainly knew how to deal with cutthroats and brigands as this never-reprinted tale from Fox's Captain Kidd #25(1949) proves!
When pirates briefly became a "hot" genre in comics after superheroes and heroines died out at the end of the Golden Age, she made several appearances in both historical retellings like this or one of the few romance comics to feature a pirate-themed story, seen HERE!
Both writer and artist are unknown, but the pencils/layouts look like Sheldon Moldoff, the artist of Moon Girl!
(The inking looks like one of the several Matt Baker imitators who worked for the Iger Studios who supplied Fox's stories.)
BTW, this post was part of the RetroBlogs' tribute to the new pirate series, Black Sails, now airing on Starz!

Friday, January 24, 2014

CAVE GIRL "Spears of the Snow-Men"

How do heroines in skimpy animal skins deal with snowy locales?
Have a look at this gorgeous story and find out!
Now that warmed my chilly bones!
In the 1940s-50s, one of the most popular genres in comics was the "jungle hero", the most famous one of all being Tarzan.
A horde of imitators followed, with some interesting variations, including an entire sub-genre--the "jungle heroine"!
While many had weird names like "Sheena", "Rulah", or "Zoot", one of the best-illustrated was known only as "Cave Girl"!

Beginning as a backup in the first issue of Frank Frazetta's Thun'da comic, Cave Girl was a little girl named Carol, whose explorer parents were killed by natives in the jungle they were mapping.
Before Carol could also be put to death, an eagle swooped down and took the child to it's nest.
There, the eagle and a wolf raised the girl to young adulthood, teaching her how to survive and communicate with other animals.
Though in the first couple of stories, the jungle was shown to be home to timelost creatures like sabretooth tigers and Neanderthals, by the time she got her own title, it was pretty much a generic jungle heroine strip...with one notable exception!
Legendary "good girl" and romance artist Bob Powell handled the art as Cave Girl cut a svelte path thru Africa's villains from backup feature in every issue of Thun'da to four exciting issues of her own title as well as a one-shot entitled Africa: Thrilling Land of Mystery!

This story from Magazine Enterprises' Cave Girl #11 (1953), her premiere issue, was produced by her co-creators, writer Gardner Fox and illustrator Bob Powell.

Friday, January 17, 2014

DOLLY O'DARE "Castle of the Talking Corpse"

Though arch-nemesis Baron Blue managed to eleude capture...
Art by Ross Andru and Mike Esposito
...policewoman Dolly O'Dare is hot on his trail!
Written and illustrated by Jim Wilcox in Chesler's Scoop Comics #8 (1944)!
Baron Blue did return, and O'Dare dealt with him.
We'll be bringing you that story soon!