Friday, October 31, 2014

MOTHER HUBBARD "vs the Eyeless Ogres"

We spend this Halloween as we have the past couple of years...
...with the comic book witch who looks like a traditional fairy tale sorceress; Mother Hubbard!
Most magician-heroines in comics are beautiful women in tights (Scarlet Witch, Zatanna, Clea, etc.). but Mother Hubbard was the personification of a classic fairy tale witch.
Art for this tale in Chesler's Scoop Comics #3 (1942) was by Bill Madden.
Regrettably, the writer is unknown.
It was her final first-run appearance, but Mother's adventures have been reprinted in both the Golden and Atomic Ages.
Be here next week, when we present another tale of classic comic grrrl power!

Friday, March 7, 2014

TIGER GIRL II "Part 2 - When the Pussy Cat Pounces - Watch Out"

 ...well, that covers it pretty well, so let's dive in, true believers!

Unfortunately for fans of campy superheroines and spies, there was no "next issue"!
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 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...
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.