Friday, August 5, 2011

Reading Room PHANTOM LADY "Soda Mint Killer"

At long last, from the issue Dr Wertham vilified in Seduction of the Innocent...
...The Phantom Lady deals out just desserts in this never-reprinted tale of luncheonette larceny!
Yeah, she killed them, but they deserved it!
The splendidly-sordid, but deliciously-cheesecakey art is, of course, by legendary good-girl illustrator Matt Baker!
The quirky story is probably by Ruth Roche.
And, oddly, it's NEVER been reprinted!
Here's the cover to this issue...
...but, oddly enough, it has nothing to do with either Phantom Lady story,  but it's probably the single most famous example of comic book "good girl" art in history.
And, yes, it's by Matt Baker!
Dr Fredric Wertham described it in Seduction of the Innocent as "sexual stimulation by combining 'headlights' with the sadist's dream of tying up a woman."
featuring goodies emblazoned with cover art that Fredric Wertham railed against in Seduction of the Innocent.

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