Friday, September 27, 2013

AGAR-AGAR "Forest of Life and Death"

Continuing the "never seen in the US" stories of this cosmic heroine...

...told in an extremely-psychedelic (and kool) style unique even in the late 1960s-early 1970s!
This story from Dracula #10 (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 fourth of five stories unseen by American audiences.
The final story will be presented just after Halloween.
It's been a groovy trip, baby!
Be here next week, when we present another tale of classic comic grrl power!

Friday, September 20, 2013

MOON GIRL "Sky Sabotage"

She wore a red/yellow outfit with blue shorts and could bring down an airplane...
...with her bare hands.
But she wasn't Wonder Woman!
She was the short-lived Golden Age superheroine, Moon Girl!
Written by William Wolfolk and illustrated by Sheldon Moldoff, this tale appeared in EC's never-reprinted Moon Girl #3 (1948).
If there seem to be obvious elements of Wonder Woman in Moon Girl, perhaps it's because Wollfolk's wife, Dorothy was a writer/editor on, among others, Wonder Woman, Lois Lane, Supergirl, and romance titles at DC Comics!

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Friday, September 13, 2013

UNDERCOVER GIRL "Dinner Date with Death"

Starr Flagg occasionally got the cover spot in ManHunt...
Art by Odgen Whitney this case, illustrating a prose tale she starred in.
Text pages like this were a requirement for comics to receive a highly-valued 2nd Class mailing license providing lower mailing rates and reserved only for periodicals.
Some comics did letters pages, some did fact-based features, others did these short stories.
This never-reprinted tale from Magazine Enterprises' ManHunt #2 (1947) was scripted by Gardner Fox, no stranger to heroines, since he also penned Moon Girl and Cave Girl tales during the Golden Age.
While Flagg usually operated alone, she's assisted by FBI agent Jim Fallon, who had his own strip in ManHunt, making this the only crossover between characters from different strips.
Be here next week, when we present another tale of classic comic grrl power!

Friday, September 6, 2013

TOMBOY "The Claw"

Tomboy: A girl who dresses and sometimes behaves the way boys are expected to...

...and, perhaps, was the inspiration for Kick-Ass' 'tween terror Hit-Girl?
This premiere tale from the back pages of Sterling's Captain Flash #1 (1954) was illustrated by Mort Meskin, though the writer is unknown.
Tomboy appeared in all four issues of the short-lived title, never making the cover.
Nor did they ever do an origin story.
She was just a 12-year old girl who could wipe out an entire gang with her gloved hands.
(Note: as of Captain Flash #2, the newly-instituted Comics Code prevented her from killing anybody else.)
Be here next week, when we present another tale of classic comic grrl power!