Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Reading Room: PHANTOM LADY "Army of the Walking Dead"

From Phantom Lady #15: Matt Baker "good girl" art!  Zombies! Doctor Crime!
The splash page of the story is the inside cover of the comic, with only two colors.
Oh, did we mention ZOMBIES???
"America comes first, even before Dad!"--Phantom Lady's Words to Live By!
Doctor Crime (not to be confused with The Crime Doctor), despite being the first supervillain the Fox incarnation of Phantom Lady fought, never returned.
When this story was reprinted as the cover feature in Great Action Comics #8, the splash page was left out, because the reprint publisher didn't have the cover printing plates, only the interiors for this issue!
As a result, the editor retitled the story "The Zombie".
The new cover was a combination of two redrawn story panels and a badly-rendered (and mis-colored) Phantom Lady.
The cover art is attributed in the Grand Comics Database to Jack Abel and Sol Brodsky.

Next: The Phantom Lady fights a villain who could be ripped from today's headlines: the fiend named Foreclose!

featuring goodies emblazoned with cover art that Fredric Wertham railed against in Seduction of the Innocent.

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