Sunday, November 30, 2008


You can blame Sea of Green for this one. She brought it up!! It was like a challenge!

Scarlet Arrow had a very short-lived career. He appeared in two issues of BLACK CAT COMICS and that was it. So there isn't much to say about him. He's an archer! :-P

Here's his origin and first appearance.

BLACK CAT COMICS #5 (Apr-May 1947)
story and art by Bob Powell

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy TURKEY Day, JOE!

I couldn't track down any Thanksgiving stories featuring super-heroes. So this is what you're going to get. Heh.

It's a holiday-themed cautionary tale with the message: "Be careful what you wish for!"

I can't imagine that some poor child back in the day didn't lose sleep over this one...

BLUE BEETLE #27 (November 1943)
story and art by Mell Lazarus


Sunday, November 16, 2008

The MARKSMAN - Poland's Protector!

This is not the same Marksman as the other Marksman. This Marksman actually had a bit more longevity, running in SMASH COMICS #33-58 (May 1942-April 1945).

You can read all about him at Don Markstein's Toonopedia.

SMASH COMICS #33 (May 1942)
story by Bob Powell; art by Ed Cronin

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

The MARKSMAN - A Powerful Force Against Crime!

The Marksman's father, chief of the Secret Service, trained him from childhood to be a powerful force against crime and evil!!
He has the eyesight of an eagle and a pair of wonderful hands -- whether he shoots a gun or an arrow -- whether he throws a ball or a knife... HE NEVER MISSES!!

He wasn't much of a hit, though. This is his one and only appearance.

[a pair of wonderful hands!! ]

AMAZING MAN COMICS #23 (August 1941)
story by Abel Seidman; art by John Styga

Fun with Dialogue Out of Context!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Crisis of Ionite on Earth!

This one's gonna be a little weird...

A couple of weeks ago, I was reading through some of the comics that I've gotten off the Golden Age Comics Downloads site. I read this one story that for some reason I really kind of liked. Unfortunately, the issue was incomplete and the story was missing at least a couple pages off the end. So I just figured "Oh, well, whatever..."

Yesterday I was thinking about that story again. I had forgotten that it wasn't complete, just remembering that I wanted to use it on my blog. The problem was: I couldn't remember what comic it was in or even what the title of the feature was. I was stymied! How was I going to track it down!? For some reason, I did remember that the story had something to do with "ionite." So I just took a chance and Googled "ionite." After digging through the results, I found a hit on the Grand Comic Book Database. Success!! Or so I thought. The hit was for an issue of PLANET COMICS. While I do have the entire series, I knew that I hadn't been going through them (they're on a disk, not physically on my computer). But the line on GCBD: "Ionite, a new metal discovered on Mercury, is...;" was a 100% match with I remembered from the story!!

I set ComicRack to show recently read comics. And started going through them hoping to get lucky. And I found it!! Punch Powers from LUCKY "7" COMICS!! But what about that listing on GCBD for PLANET COMICS #7? So I pulled out the disk with my PLANET COMICS collection and started looking. I was kinda stunned when I found the Planet Payson story. It was the same story!!! Not a rewritten or redrawn story...the same story!! They changed the title, they changed the lead character's hair from blond to black. And re-lettered whenever the character's name appeared. It even gives a different person credit for creating the story. But it was the same story!

Really, I could've just run with the Planet Payson story, but it's been scanned from microfiche. I HATE microfiche. Mostly because 90% of the time, the scans from fiche are unreadable. And I don't like the look of the reproduction. Planet Payson wasn't so bad, but I had awesome scans for the first 4 pages of Punch Powers (and he has a cooler name)! The dilemma.

So, I'm going to start with the 4 Punch Powers pages and finish with the fiche-y Planet Payson pages. Hopefully it won't cause too much stress... I'm also including the first page from Planet Payson for comparsion.

Planet Payson from
PLANET COMICS #7 (July 1940)
Punch Powers from
LUCKY "7" COMICS #1 (1944)
story & art by ?

While really I could end the post here. There's just more insanity that I have to get off my chest!!! Here's the cover to LUCKY "7" COMICS #1:

The cover says "Read Pioneer! Sir Gallagher - Dick Royce and many other new features!" Based on his appearances in DAREDEVIL COMICS #2 (August 1941) and WITTY COMICS #2 (1945), the guy on the cover is definitely Pioneer. The thing is: Pioneer is nowhere to be found inside LUCKY "7" COMICS #1! Neither are Sir Gallagher or Dick Royce!
GCBD, for whatever reason, labels the cover feature of this issue as Punch Powers, although there's no resemblance between the two characters.
They may have taken their misinformation from Howard Keltner's Golden Age Comic Books Index 1935-1955 (an awesome index of super-hero appearances you really should download). He also states that the cover features Punch Powers.
The Official Overstreet Comics Book Price Guide 38th edition lists Pioneer, Sir Gallagher and Dick Royce (along with Punch Powers and Congo Raider, who do appear) as features in this issue.

It's so bizarre that just by trying to track down one story, I've uncovered so much information that probably nobody even cares about!! LOL!

All the comics mentioned in this post
are available for free from
Golden Age Comics Downloads!!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

MARVO 1-2 GO+: The Super-Boy of the Year 2680

Or -- Marvo 1•2 Go+ or -- Marvo 1.2 Go+ ...?

It's hard to say, really. The title post is how it appears on the cover of SUPERWORLD COMICS #3 (August 1940). The first option is what it looks like in the "logo" of the story. The second I've found in a couple of web searches. So, I don't know...

This story is just kinda wacky. Starting with the lead character's name. Apparently, by the 25th century, last names have become so complicated, that we will be using government registered names instead. Because 1•2 Go+ rolls off the tongue so well...

Ronald Byrd, via The Golden Age Directory, offers:
It's back to the future for the adventures of Marvo 1.2 Go+. I suppose that's pronounced "mar vo one point two go plus," but who knows? In the year 2680, Marvo is the son of one of the world's greatest scientists. Although only 15, Marvo has inherited his father's intelligence (literally, it would seem, since it is claimed he has the knowledge of "an average scientist of 40") ... The "+" at the end of Marvo's name (which he wears emblazoned on his future-tunic) is a status symbol, heretofore awarded only to adult men (and only ten of them), which allows him to use the "super-hypnobioscope" ... to learn while he sleeps.
Marvo had 2 big adventures, in SUPERWORLD COMICS #2 & 3 (May & August 1940).

SUPERWORLD COMICS #3 (August 1940)
story by Charles Hornig; art by Frank R. Paul
[cover by Frank R. Paul]

Drat, no next month for Marvo 1•2 Go+ the Super-Boy!
This was the last issue...

Fun with Dialogue Out of Context!