Monday, September 29, 2008

The brilliance of RAINBOW BOY's rainbow!

Rainbow Boy first appeared in HEROIC COMICS #14 (Sept 1942) and stayed there through issue #20 (Sept 1943). He made one final appearance, in a team-up with Hydroman, in HEROIC COMICS #25 (July 1944). And then he was gone.

This Rainbow Boy story concludes yesterday's Hydroman tale...

HEROIC COMICS #19 (July 1943)
story by?; art by ?

I wanna love Rainbow Boy. I think he's kinda cool. But...

If you noticed, Rainbow Boy helps save Earth from the invasion by kidnapping the alien general and taking him around to show how being a dictator is a bad thing.

Here's my issue: Rainbow Boy just let all those people DIE!

Yes, he is trying to prove a point, but couldn't he have proven it by "Look at what they're about to excuse me while I go rescue those people!" But he makes no attempt. I'm surprised he didn't bring along popcorn for the show.

And he's practically smiling in (page 7, panel four) when he says, "I'm going to show you more!" With an explanation point...

Yippee! Let's go!!

Grrrr. Bad Rainbow boy. Bad.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

HYDROMAN: The Balls of Death!

Hydroman first appeared in HEROIC COMICS #1 (August 1940). He was created by Bill Everett, who also created the Sub-Mariner.

Watch for a special guest-appearance at the end of this story...

HEROIC COMICS #19 (July 1943)
story by?; art by ?

Can Hydroman and Rainbow Boy save the earth from the alien invaders!!
Come back tomorrow for the pulse-pounding conclusion!!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The SPHINX! "Let me go, you - you --- fiend!"

Ellsworth Forrester, whose friends consider him a debonair socialite, works unrecognized as The Sphinx — fighting the sinister forces of gangdom!

EXCITING COMICS #4 (July 1940)
story by ?; art by Kin Platt?

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Monday, September 22, 2008


When Peter Ward, famed young archeologist, discovers the forgotten tomb of the Egyptian cat-god, he learns the bewildering secret of The Scarab, and is endowed with wonderful powers which he is to use only in the fight against evil! His constant companion is to be Ahk-tu-Men, strange black cat who is the reincarnation of an ancient Egyptian priest!

EXCITING COMICS #43 (January 1946)
story by ?; art by Ken Battefield

Sunday, September 21, 2008

"We sure got rid of the BLUE BEETLE that time!"

Smashing down upon underworld rackets comes the Blue Beetle. Made almost invulnerable by special armor and given super-energy by vitamin 2X, he crusades for law and justice. None know that in reality he is Dan Garret, a rookie policeman...

MYSTERY MEN COMICS #13 (August 1940)
story by ?; art by Charles Nicholas

Saturday, September 20, 2008

gee whiz! it's PHANTASMO, Master of the World!

Woo Hoo! I've always wanted to read a Phantasmo story. And now I was finally able to get one for (relatively) cheap on eBay!!
I'm not sure which issue of THE FUNNIES this one is from. It was coverless, and the information on the Grand Comic Book Database is sparse for this series. But I did narrow it down a little. This is from issue #46, 49, 51, 52, 53, 55 or 56.

THE FUNNIES #unknown (1940-41)
story by ?; art by E.C. Stoner

Not too sure about Phantasmo's buddy, Whizzer. (Nice name, though...)
On page 4 he deduces that the problem is probably from the drinking water. Then on page 5 he almost drinks it because he "nearly forgot!" In, what, 30 seconds!?
And Phantasmo refers to him as a "smart lad."
Maybe I'm not too sure about Phantasmo either, now that I think about it...