Thursday, June 28, 2012

Reading Room: ONE-SHOT HEROES! The Owl

With the Court of Owls currently bedeviling The Batman...
...we'll be looking at previous heroes to use the motif of an owl.
This character from Centaur Publications' Funny Pages V4N1 (1940) was the first costumed Owl.
Written and illustrated by Martin Filchock, he appeared only a couple of months after the first appearance of The BatMan in Detective Comics #27 (1939), and shows a number of similarities to the initial version of the Caped Crusader.
As it turns out, 1940 was a good year for owls as two more heroes (and one heroine) would show up within six months to claim the name.
We'll be looking at them next week...

1 comment:

  1. I had never heard of this hero. Very interesting. And I've got admit, the costume/powers and his crippled dad were touches you don't see every day in other comics from that time. Thanks for sharing this with us.