Tuesday, July 19, 2016

SPITFIRE SANDERS "Whip" & PHANTOM LADY "Satan's Seal!"

For our Summer Mini-Marathon, we're re-presenting twice-told tales...
...such as this one, starring a long-forgotten heroine from Spitfire Comics #132 (1944)!
Spitfire Sanders made only two appearances, in successive issues of Elliot Comics' Spitfire Comics, which despite the high numbering of this issue (#132), only had two issues!
The art on this story about an extremely competent female spy is by journeyman artist Paul Cooper, working for the Iger Studios, who also supplied art to Ajax/Farrell (where the re-worked version appeared several years later) and Fox Comics.
Now we jump a decade to 1954.
The Nazis have been defeated.
Communism is on the rise.
A comic book publisher needs a story about a superheroine to meet a deadline, so Nazi-fighter Spitfire Sanders becomes...Commie-crusher Phantom Lady!
Oh, and due to space limitations, the original story has to be cut by a couple of pages...
For this presentation in Ajax/Farrell's Phantom Lady #5 (actually #1) from 1954, the brand new (and extremely-restrictive Comics Code also required a reduction in gunplay and use of torture instruments like whips, so there are a number of panels reworked or deleted entirely!
Be Here Next Week
when we present another example of a 1940s tale re-done for the 1950s!
featuring goodies emblazoned with cover art that Fredric Wertham railed against in Seduction of the Innocent.

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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