I need to stop reading or I’ll keep seeing new cool words
Now I want to change my tumblr name to transistorized.
TODAY IN COMIC BOOK HISTORY: July 12, 1939
The original Sandman, Wesley Dodds, one of the founders of the JSA and sleeping gas enthusiast appeared for the first time on newsstands on the cover of Adventure Comics #40. To get technical his very first appearance is said to be in New York World’s Fair Comics #1 which debuted a mere 3 months earlier.
But that’s semantics. I’m going with today as his 75th birthday.
Created by Bert Christman and Gardner Fox, Wesley Dodds was born into wealth. He spent his childhood traveling. While visiting “the orient” with his father he learned about herbalism, origami and martial arts. He had wished to become a writer, but after his father’s death, the Dodds estate went to him and he became an investor and businessmen.
Shortly thereafter Dodds began to have vivid dreams of murder and criminal acts. Interpreting these visions as crimes, he built a lab in his town house and used his knowledge of herbilism to create a sedative and hypnotic gas that would put people to sleep. Clothing himself in a business suit, fedora and a WWI-era gas mask, he would use his keen intellect and amateur detective skills to peruse the criminals that haunted his dreams.
Some of his deadliest foes included The Butcher, Scorpion and Dr. Death. When he defeated a criminal, he left them a poem enclosed in a bit of origami.
Over the weekend, author Saladin Ahmed posted images from the a story in The Eagle #2 (Fox Publications, 1941). I guess others have noted Spider-Queen and her web-shooting bracelets before, but I’d never even heard of the character.
The Spider-Queen stories are credited to one Elsa Lisau. There seems to be an online consensus (no idea where it came from) that it’s a pseudonym for Louis and Arturo Cazeneuve.
Bear with me for a moment while I backtrack to tell you about Cazeneuve.
In 1940, Fox Publications editor Joe Simon gathered some of his colleagues to moonlight on a project with Martin Goodman’s Timely Comics (which would later become Marvel Comics). Red Raven #1 included an adventure starring the title character—a collaboration between Simon and Louis Cazeneuve—and two stories by Jack Kirby, in his Timely debut.
Red Raven bombed—replaced on the schedule, I believe, by The Human Torch—and months later, Cazeneuve was still working for Fox, where Spider-Woman was published.
But within a few months Simon and Kirby soon delivered a new hero and began working exclusively for Timely/Marvel.
The hero, of course, was Captain America.
"The Woman in Red" is considered the first masked female crimefighter in comics.
She’s the secret identity of policewoman Peggy Allen, who dons a full-length red dress with a hood and mask, apparently figuring she can accomplish more as a vigilante than as a police officer.
Images from Thrilling Comics #8 (1940) and #30 (1942) by George Mandel
I really really NEED to read this.
I was recently made aware of Drew Friedman’s upcoming Heroes of the Comics, coming out in August, featuring full-color portraits and profiles of important comic book creators from the 1930s through the 1950s. My initial reaction was some delight, because Fantagraphics put up a picture of Lily…
This is surprisingly more hilarious than I anticipated. Sugar anywhere near my genitals makes me cringe and think, “yeast infection! Run away!”
But, watch the video. I think it’s a worthwhile use of your time.
and we almost forgot his butt
Everybody just STOP whatever you’re doing and look and reblog this
Comics. Where green is not actually green. And blue is not blue. They are all black.
Except when they are actually green or blue. Get it together and stop complaining about being confused. We have some criminals to catch.
THIS IS AN INTERESTING WAY TO PROMOTE A SUIT
I, for one, am delighted that “guy in sharp suit with hot women draped all over him” is being replaced by “guy in sharp suit with hot robots draped all over him”. Clearly much more tailored (hee!) to the discerning modern consumer of haberdashery.