Friday, June 28, 2013

AGAR-AGAR "Fairest of Them All"

Continuing the "never seen in the US" stories of this cosmic heroine...
This story from Dracula #8 (1971) was written by Luis Gasca under the pen-name Sadko (which he also used as the scripter on Wolff, another strip in Dracula, illustrated by Estaban Maroto, which we're running in Hero Histories™) and illustrated in a Peter Max-esque style by Alberto Solsona..

As we mentioned, this was the second of five stories have been unseen by American audiences, but will be posted here over the next few months.
It'll be a groovy trip, baby!
Be here next week, when we present another tale of classic comic grrl power!

Friday, June 21, 2013

DIANA THE HUNTRESS "Curse of Kashgar"

Like Princess Diana (Wonder Woman), her modern-day namesake...
...the goddess Diana occasionally faced menaces armed with supernatural weaponry that could render her helpless!
As we pointed out in Diana's "origin" story HERE, the authors mixed their Greek and Roman pantheons, but did utilize the correct powers and abilities for the gods and goddesses they used!
Though the writer of this story from Charlton's YellowJacket Comics #4 (1944) is unknown, the artist is long-time pulp and comic book illustrator Leo Morey.
There'll be more never-reprinted tales of Diana the Huntress in the future.
Watch for them!

Friday, June 14, 2013

MISS VICTORY "Introducing Miss Victory"

On Flag Day, let's look at the premiere of a patriotic heroine... fact, the first patriotic-themed superheroine, predating Wonder Woman and her star-spangled outfit by several months
Though the writer of this tale from Holyoke's Captain Fearless Comics #1 (1941) is unknown, the art is by Charles M Quinlan, who illustrated a lot of superheroes, but the only heroines he rendered were Miss Victory and Kitten in Cat-Man Comics.
Pity, since he was pretty good at them.

The clouds of war were growing ominous.
Though we wouldn't actually enter World War II until the attack on Pearly Harbor, pulp and comic characters were already battling the enemy, both overseas and in America!
Foe example, this issue of Captain Fearless Comics, though dated August 1941, was on the newsstands in May or June of 1941, and was prepared up to three months earlier, in March or April!

BTW, Wonder Woman debuted in the December 1941/January 1942 issue of All-Star Comics (#8), months after Miss Victory popped up!

Friday, June 7, 2013


Didn't know Austin Powers had a sister, did you?
Art by Bill Everett
Actually, he doesn't.
Marvel Comics' publisher, Martin Goodman, also owned several other magazines including For Men Only, Male and Stag (predecessors to present day "laddie magazines" like Maxim, King, and Smooth).
One of the ongoing features appearing in them was Pussycat's strip, a non-nude clone of Harvey Kurtzman and Will Elder's Little Annie Fanny with a secret agent theme (It was the 1960s, when James Bond, Man from UNCLE, et al, were phenomenally-popular) added.
Enjoy her pulsating premiere tale from Male Annual #3 (1965) and reprinted in the one-shot Adventures of PussyCat #1 (1968), written by Stan Lee and drawn by Wally Wood and Bill Ward!
...for now!
But, Pussycat will return...