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Below are the 3 most recent journal entries recorded in the "Daily Scans" journal:
Weird Golden Age Patriotism - USA, The Spirit of Old Glory|
MLJ's the Shield was the first patriotic superhero in American comics, but it wasn't until Captain America came around that the trend really took off. Every publisher rushed to jump on the bandwagon and get their own patriotic hero (or several) out on the shelves. Some were fairly mundane, but others... Others were just plain weird.
In this series, I am taking a look at some of the odder, more unique examples of the trend. Members of the original scans_daily will probably remember some of them, but others will be brand new.
This post focus on one of the later. It was one of the many patriotic superheroes that appeared in Quality Comics over the years (the most famous and popular of which was, of course, the company's version of Uncle Sam). This particular character only lasted a few issues of Feature Comics. As far as I know, she was very revived by DC, or anyone else, for that matter, which I think is kind of a shame. The concept is just too odd not to be used somehow.
The following story was originally published in Feature Comics #42. Writer unknown, art by Maurice Gutwirth
( What if the Spectre was a patriotic girl? (5 pages under the cut) )
Note: I apologize for the quality of the scans. The originals were rather poor, and while I tried to clean them up the best I could, there was only so much I could do with what little photo editing software I have.
Current Mood: okay
Tags: char: usa, era: golden age, publisher: quality comics, series: weird golden age patriotism, status: public domain
Cross-dressing Week: Madam Fatal|
As suggested here, let's declare it official Cross-dressing Week! And where better place to start than with Golden Age "heroine" Madam Fatal?
Introduced in the appropriately named Crack Comics #1 in 1940, elderly matron Madam Fatal (think Aunt May, but with... added extras) is really retired actor Richard Stanton. When his daughter is kidnapped, he sets about making a new life for himself as an old woman. His foes now underestimate his speed and strength allowing him to fight crime™. No one knows of his secret but his pet bird, a parrot named Hamlet.
Tags: char: madam fatal/richard stanton, creator: art pinajian, era: golden age, publisher: dc comics, publisher: quality comics, series: crossdressing week, status: public domain, title: crack comics, title: jsa
So, my previous experience with Scans Daily was pretty much limited to lurking. But I felt I simply must share with you one of the Golden Ages's queerest heroes.
Tags: char: madam fatal/richard stanton, era: golden age, in-joke: crossdressing for justice, publisher: quality comics, status: public domain