Friday, June 29, 2012

DIANA THE HUNTRESS "Struggle for Freedom"

One of the weirdest series of the Golden Age of Comics featured a goddess vs Nazis...
...but the creative staff just couldn't keep their Greek and Roman deities straight, as this tale from YellowJacket Comics #2 (1944) shows!
As we pointed out in her "origin" story HERE, the authors mixed their pantheons, but at least utilized the correct powers and abilities for the gods and goddesses they did use!
There'll be more never-reprinted tales of Diana the Huntress in the future.
Watch for them!

Friday, June 22, 2012

YANKEE GIRL "Cat Show Killer"

For a superheroine who appeared only twice in new stories...
...once in the Golden Age and once in the Silver Age, Yankee Girl's had a hell of a run!
This purr-fectly entertaining tale appeared in Chesler/Superior's Dynamic Comics #23 (1947), illustrated by Ralph Mayo.
It's been reprinted several times since by various publishers.
As was the case with many Golden Age characters, the first story is not the origin, and the character is already established and active.
There was another Yankee Girl tale produced during the Golden Age, but it didn't see print until the Silver Age.
We'll be presenting it in the future.
No origin story was ever done by the strip's creators, but other writers/artists continued with new tales from the 1990s to the present, including an origin.

NOTE: There was a previous Yankee Girl from the same publisher, who we'll be presenting here, probably around Labor Day weekend.

Be here next week, when we present another tale of classic comic grrl power!

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Friday, June 15, 2012

DOLLY O'DARE "Track Down Baron Blue"

She only appeared in three tales in one comic, but...
...this policewoman proved herself to be rough and tough!
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!

Friday, June 8, 2012

SENORITA RIO "Blanquistas Affair"

We presented her origin tale HERE... let's jump into the action in this story from Fight Comics #21 (1943)
She was proficient with weapons, and could handle herself in perilous situations, requiring rescue by male associates far less frequently than most heroines of the Golden Age of Comics.
Art by Nick Cardy, whose comics career spanned over 60 years from the 1940s to the early 2000s, when he retired except for occasional commissioned work.

Friday, June 1, 2012

BLACK PHANTOM "Sheriff Satan"

She started out as a villainess, but became a heroine...
...and discovered that it was dangerous to be a masked woman in the Old West no matter what side of the law she was on!
Debuting in the Red Mask strip in Tim Holt #25 (1951) as the leader of a gang of train robbers, she eventually reformed and becoming Red Mask's crime-fighting partner as well as appearing in her own strip.
In fact, Black Phantom was popular enough to be given her own one-shot comic in 1954, from which this story was taken.

You may note that this story, written by Gardner Fox and illustrated by Frank Bolle, has a lot of "panel bursting" effects.
That's because it was done during the heyday of 3-D comics, but publisher Magazine Enterprises didn't want to pay the license for the red/blue 3-D effect used by numerous other comic companies, so they had their artists do a pseudo "three-dimensional" effect by extending art elements outside panel borders, then promoted it as "3-D in Full Color".
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