Friday, January 27, 2012

Reading Room: PHANTOM LADY "Man Who Lost His Stuff"

Spring Training is about to begin for Major League Baseball...
...but, no matter the season, the pulchritudinous Phantom Lady always hits a home run with us!
This tawdry tale from All Top Comics #16 (1949) was probably written by Ruth Roche, definitely penciled and partially-inked by Jack Kamen, and partially-inked by Matt Baker.
Oddly, though the Phantom Lady is based in Washington DC (her dad is a US Senator), the writers didn't use the existing Washington Senators or a surrogate like the "DC Representatives" or the "Washington Congressmen" or somesuch.

For those keeping chronological score, we skipped the second story from Phantom Lady #22, since it featured our heroine traveling to London and getting involved in the 1948 Olympics.
We'll be running that one in late July, around the time the Olympics open.
Next up will be the final Fox Comics issue of Phantom Lady, then her final All Top Comics appearance.
After that, we'll present her Ajax/Farrell stories from both her own title and her back-up tales in Wonder Boy!

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  1. Thanks, Brian.
    A lot of the Golden Age stuff (like the previous FireBird post) involve heroes and heroines directly involved in WWII combat with enemy troops. Look thru the blog to see much more!
    Our "brother" blog, WAR: Past, Present, and Future (seen in the RetroBlog-roll at left), re-presents the non-costumed side of war, with tales of dogfaces, leathernecks, swabbies, and flyboys in action, including wartime stories with a horror and/or science fiction side!

  2. I'm a huge Golden Age freak myself so anything during the war years gets me going. I'm also a big wargamer and I game exclusively within the WWII era so its nothing but Cap and the rest of the All-Winners kicking the shit outta the Red Skull and his fellow Ratzis! I've got a Phantom Girl wargaming mini but haven't used her on the tabletop yet. It seems harder and harder to find any Golden Age stuff so blogs like yours are really a service to the whole hobby. Without guys like you who track it down we might forget all the patriotic heroes of a simpler and better time. A tip of the hat to you sir an look forward to wasting as much time as I can on your blog. It's really a shame that the last couple generations of comic geeks have lost the origins of so many characters that where modernized for the modern reader. I know Ross is trying to reintroduce some of the forgotten with his stuff but it pisses me off not to see Cap side by side with his brothers in arms no matter where or why. Cap's a soldier and is needed as much on the modern day battlefield as he was back in the 40s. I'll be sure to check out your other blog because I'm a sucker for any stories about dog-faced Joes who take on those Tiger tanks all by their lonesome.

    Great blog,

    Here is link to a game in which Cap an Bucky along with some US paras give the SS what for! Just imagine them in panels with 4 different colors and you got yourself a classic war era Captain America Comics story.

    And this might fit well into your other blog. Bullets, blood and boobs! Everything you need for a great story;)