Weird Tales, October 1933; cover art by Margaret Brundage.
Bit off topic, but how can you not enjoy this?
In the post-World War II era, the Klan experienced a huge resurgence. Its membership was skyrocketing, and its political influence was increasing, so Kennedy went undercover to infiltrate the group. By regularly attending meetings, he became privy to the organization’s secrets. But when he took the information to local authorities, they had little interest in using it. The Klan had become so powerful and intimidating that police were hesitant to build a case against them.
Struggling to make use of his findings, Kennedy approached the writers of the Superman radio serial. It was perfect timing. With the war over and the Nazis no longer a threat, the producers were looking for a new villain for Superman to fight. The KKK was a great fit for the role.
In a 16-episode series titled “Clan of the Fiery Cross,” the writers pitted the Man of Steel against the men in white hoods. As the storyline progressed, the shows exposed many of the KKK’s most guarded secrets. By revealing everything from code words to rituals, the program completely stripped the Klan of its mystique. Within two weeks of the broadcast, KKK recruitment was down to zero. And by 1948, people were showing up to Klan rallies just to mock them.
I ain’t the world’s best writer nor the world’s best speller
But when I believe in something I’m the loudest yeller
“Stetson Kennedy,” Woody Guthrie
If Woody Guthrie wrote a song about your merits, you freaking HAD them.
Stetson Kennedy: American Badass.
So proud of this guy right here for standing up to these pathetic filthy racist scum in bed sheets and doing what he could to put a halt to their bigoted garbage <3
For reasons… (unused Batman cover from the Golden Age)
Golden Age Miss America’s hipster glasses appreciation post.
Happy 4th of July!
Be warned: You will cringe
First appearance of Mary Marvel.
—Captain Marvel Adventures #18 (1942) cover by C.C. Beck
The Girl Commandos were a couple of British nurses (Pat and Ellen), an American reporter (Penny), a Soviet photographer (Tanya), and a Chinese patriot (Mei-Ling). They had no super powers, they were just smart, fearless, and knew how to fight.
They were led by Pat Parker, who had been a solo superhero as the fabulous War Nurse. Over time, Pat gradually shed her War Nurse identity as the Girl Commandos became a uniform fighting unit, and eventually she became a blonde.
—”Girl Commandos” in Speed Comics #27 (1943) by Barbara Hall (probably?)
Passings | Isabelle “Barbara” Fiske Calhoun, who as Barbara Hall was an artist for Harvey Comics during World War II, died Monday at age 94. Calhoun and her first husband, Irving Fiske, left New York in 1946 and founded a commune in Vermont on land they bought with their wedding money. The commune became the Quarry Hill Creative Center and is “Vermont’s oldest alternative and artist’s retreat.” While the obituary mentions Calhoun’s comics career only in passing, Trina Robbins has more detail in Pretty in Ink: She says Calhoun drew the Black Cat, one of the first comic-book superheroines, and then was the artist for the Speed Comics feature, Girl Commandos, an all-woman team of Nazi fighters led by Pat Parker, War Nurse. “She left comics when her husband-to-be persuaded her to give up cartooning and become an oil painter, a gain for the world of fine art but a loss for comics,” Robbins writes. [Burlington Free Press]
What’s up, fools?
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Just because Wonder Woman doesn’t wear green doesn’t mean she can’t celebrate!
The things you learn while reblogging!
I’ve heard of Madam Fatal but wouldn’t know how to recognize him. (Her?) I’m definitely going to try to track down some of those stories now. Thanks!
It is so worth the time
(You thought I forgot, well I tricked you and here’s your treat.)
The Truth about 1947:
Vandal Savage was on the first incarnation of the Injustice Society but the rest of the team is virtually unknown (at least unknown to me). These guys were Thinker, Gambler, Wizard, Per Dragon and Brain Wave.
Now for this week’s Two Truths and A Lie. The Year is 1948:
- New Comic “Mr. District Attorney” came out. It was based on a radio show and advertised “Based on radio’s #1 hit!” Mr. District Attorney was a crime comic who’s main character was nameless and it lasted for 67 issues.
- To combat Archie Comics, DC started publishing “Leave It Binky.” In the comics, Binkey Biggs attempted to date the beautiful Peggy but his little brother, “Little Allergy” would always make trouble.
- Westerns were a big hit in movie theaters at the time, so DC also started the comic “Little Big Town.” In it’s 49 issue run, Sheriff Tate would have to wrangle Black Bart and other bandits as they made trouble for the town of Gateswallow. He also tried to win the heart of the town nurse Sue while spurning the advances of the bar maid Betsy.
(PS I did forget. But better late then never, Happy Halloween.)
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Revenge is a dish best served transubstantiated.
—”Camilla, Queen of the Lost Empire” in Jungle Comics #4 (1940) by C.A. Winter
Revson Corporation salutes innovative headwear of the past. Today’s honoree: the Sorceress of Zoom!
(from Weird Comics #1)