Thursday, February 25, 2016

ACTION COMICS "Deadly Rampage of the Lady Fox" Conclusion

Superman encounters a super-powered woman who steals and dumps a truckload of expensive furs, then manages to elude him.
Informed by the government that the furs may be part of an illegally-imported shipment, the Man of Steel (as reporter Clark Kent) is, coincidentally, assigned by WGBS with Lana Lang to travel to New Delhi to investigate what may be the source of the poached furs.
Also on the hunt in India is fashionista Mari MaCabe, whom the Last Son of Krypton had met back in Metropolis...when she hijacked the fur-laden truck in her guise as Vixen!
Seeing the costumed woman pursuing someone, Clark intends to follow...
Written by Vixen's co-creator (along with artist Bob Oksner) Gerry Conway, penciled by iconic Superman artist Curt Swan, and inked by Frank Chiaramonte, this never-reprinted premiere appearance in DC's Action Comics #521 (1981) gives us only the smallest hints of who Mari is and why she's doing what she does
We'd have to wait another three years, when she would team-up again with Superman in DC Presents #68 (1984), (which has also never been reprinted) to learn any more details about her.
But, if you continue reading this blog, you won't have to wait that long...

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

ACTION COMICS "Deadly Rampage of the Lady Fox" Part 1

Vixen makes her live-action debut tonite on Arrow...
...embodied by the actress who's been doing her voice on the animated series, Megalyn Echikunwoke.
To celebrate, here's part 1 of her never-reprinted debut from DC's Action Comics #521 (1981).
Note: we already presented her never-published origin HERE!
Written by Vixen's co-creator (along with artist Bob Oksner) Gerry Conway, penciled by iconic Superman artist Curt Swan, and inked by Frank Chiaramonte, this premiere appearance gives us only the smallest hints of who Mari is and why she's doing what she does.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

SUPERGIRL: THE MOVIE "Part 4"

...after driving off an invisible monster, Supergirl confronts Selina, the sorceress using the Omegahedron, a Kryptonian power source that accidentally-arrived on Earth.
Will Kara and Zaltar escape the Phantom Zone?
Will Supergirl stop Selina?
Find out tomorrow in the conclusion at our "brother" blog Secret Sanctum of Captain Video!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

SUPERGIRL: THE MOVIE "Part 2"

Cover art by Jose Luis Garcia Lopez & Dick Giordano
...teenage Kara Zor-El causes an accident in Argo City (last surviving remnant of the destroyed planet Krypton) resulting in the loss of the city's primary power source, the Omegahedron.
Propelled by guilt, she steals an inter-dimensional craft to follow the device to Earth, where it falls into the hands of a would-be sorceress with earth-shaking ambitions...
How can Supergirl fight that which cannot be seen?
Return on Wednesday to our "brother" blog Secret Sanctum of Captain Video and continue the never-reprinted comic adaptation of the first live-action Supergirl's adventure!
Written by Joey Cavilieri and illustrated by Gray Morrow, this tale contains story elements not seen in the movie since it was based on earlier versions of the film's script.
A special treat...
The printing on the Supergirl Movie Special was, to put it bluntly, horrible.
DC was experimenting with ways to keep costs down, and one of them was switching from then-standard letterpress printing to less-expensive flexographic printing, which, unfortunately produced rather blotchy printing in solid color areas and loss of detail in linework.
(It was meant for use on cardboard, plastic, metal...almost everything else besides the newsprint that comic book interiors were printed on!)
Here's page 13, scanned from the original art...
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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The Secret Origin of VIXEN!

There's a feature on YouTube about DC's premier Black heroine...
...btw, that's "premier" as in "best-known" or "main", not "first" (premiere) since both Nubia and BumbleBee predate her...
...but it leaves out her untold origin...which we told HERE!

Friday, January 9, 2015

LUCKY DALE: GIRL DETECTIVE "Hot Case, Cold Close"

Policewomen operate in any environment...
...no matter how hot or cold!
Lucky was one of a number of policewomen and private detectives who appeared in their own strips during the Golden Age.
(We've run others like Dolly O'Dare HERE. and Lady Luck II HERE.) You'll note the reporter's name in this never-reprinted tale from Avon's The Saint #5 (1949) is "Jim Gordon"...the same as Commissioner Gordon of Batman fame!
I'm not sure when Commissioner Gordon's first name was revealed in the comics, so this may have been a case of coincidence.
Both the writer and artist are unidentified in the Grand Comics Database.