Tuesday, July 19, 2016


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.

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