Saturday, April 30, 2016

Z: Zebra



Here's my final listing for April's A-Z Challenge! And the theme is, "Golden Age Comic Book Characters with the Same Name As Modern-Day Characters."

The Zebra first showed up in Pocket Comics #1, from Harvey Comics in 1941. His alter ego was John Doyle, a criminal lawyer framed by politicians and sent to jail. I like the way the blurb above says that The Zebra "battles criminals outside the law." Isn't that the way all criminals operate, technically?

A new Zebra, a/k/a Zebura, premiered -- as close as I can discover --  in something called Nidaime no Shigoto #123, a Japanese comic!




I'd like to thank all my new readers and followers, most of whom started with me early and kept up with me through the A to Z Challenge! I've enjoyed your blogs too, and have added most to my blogroll.

Thanks for your time, especially those who've read all 26 of my entries this month!



Friday, April 29, 2016

Y: Yellowjacket


Here's my penultimate listing for April's A-Z Challenge! And the theme is, "Golden Age Comic Book Characters with the Same Name As Modern-Day Characters."

Yellowjacket debuted in Yellowjacket Comics #1, in 1944, from Charlton. He was really Vince Harley, “one of those rare people that bees don’t sting.” Okayyyy...

The Modern-Age Yellowjacket, a/k/a Henry Pym, first appeared in The Avengers #59, from Marvel Comics in 1968! (Pym himself had first appeared  -- sans costume -- as "The Man in the Ant Hill!" in Tales to Astonish #27, in 1962. He next appeared -- in his superhero outfit as Ant-Man -- in Tales to Astonish #35, also in 1962!) In his superhero career, Pym has also gone by the names Giant-Man and Goliath, by the way!


Make sure you tune in tomorrow, fellow babies, to see the final installment in my A-Z Blogging Challenge!

Thanks for your time.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

X: Uhhh...

Here's my latest entry in this year's A-Z Blogging Challenge. My oh-so-specific theme: Golden Age Comic Book Characters with the Same Name As Modern-Day Characters.

Today's letter is the letter "X." Only thing is -- and this ought to shock the crap out of you in an era where The X-Men and its 47 spin-offs are all over the modern comics landscape -- there was only one hero in the Golden Age of Comics (that I can find, anyway) whose "name" began with an X: X-9, better known as Secret Agent X-9. Secret Agent X-9 was a comic strip character who crossed into comic books and movies, but the name X-9 certainly was not given to any other characters. Ever.

As far as villains? All I could find were Xanuklhara (a Blackhawk enemy), Xnon (a Spectre foe), and Xog (who fought Captain Midnight)! And none of those names ever surfaced again, to my knowledge.

So, fellow babies, as far as what my extensive research shows, there IS no X in this series! So sorry...

But thanks for your time.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

W: Wonder Man



Today's entry for April's A-Z Blogging Challenge is "W." And my theme is, "Golden Age Comic Book Characters with the Same Name As Modern-Day Characters."

The success of DC's Superman in 1938 started an explosion called the Golden Age of Comics. Superheroes were coming out of the woodwork, you might say, and some were blatant rip-offs of Superman. Comics legend Will Eisner was hired to create such a Superman clone for Wonder Comics #1, from Fox Features in 1939. His Wonder Man, a/k/a Fred Carson, was quickly sued out of existence. It didn't help that Eisner told the truth on the witness stand and admitted that his instructions were to create a Superman clone. (He ended up never getting paid for this particular gig, by the way!)

Years later, in The Avengers #9, 1964, Marvel Comics introduced their own character named Wonder Man. Simon Williams died in that same issue, but (as comics tend to do) was brought back to life years later!



Thanks for your time.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

V: Vigilante


Here's the "V" listing for the A-Z Blogging Challenge! And the theme is, "Golden Age Comic Book Characters with the Same Name As Modern-Day Characters."

Greg Sanders (changed to "Saunders" in the 1990s for some damned reason) was DC Comics' first Vigilante. A modern-day cowboy and radio star, he rode a motorcycle and fought crime with his twin six-guns, He first appeared in Action Comics #42, 1941.


A totally different Vigilante, Adrian Chase, showed up in The New Teen Titans Annual #2, published by DC in 1983.  A newer version of that character, Dorian Chase, was introduced in Nightwing vol. 2, #133, 2007.

Both the  Greg Sanders/Saunders Vigilante and the latter-day, costumed Vigilantes have appeared in modern times.

And thanks for your time.

Monday, April 25, 2016

U: Unknown Soldier


Here's my "U" listing for April's A-Z Challenge! And the theme is, "Golden Age Comic Book Characters with the Same Name As Modern-Day Characters."

The Unknown Soldier first showed up in  Our Flag Comics #1, 1941. He had no alter ego, but could fly, had super-strength, and he carried a "nitro gun" which fired explosive bullets.

DC's Unknown Soldier was introduced in Star-Spangled War Stories #151, published in 1970. He was a facially-disfigured master of disguise.



Thanks for your time.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

T: Tarantula

Here's the "T" post for my A-Z Challenge. My theme? My theme, "Golden Age Comic Book Characters with the Same Name As Modern-Day Characters."

Does that costumed hero pictured above look a tad familiar? If so, it's probably because his costume resembles the second outfit worn by yesterday's superhero, the Golden Age Sandman! (And they were both published by DC Comics in the 1940s!) Check it out and see what I mean!

Anyway, as the title at the top of the splash panel tells you, that yellow-and-purple-garbed superhero is none other than The Tarantula, a/k/a Jonathan Law (I swear!), who first appeared in Star Spangled Comics #1, 1941

Years later, 1974 to be exact, Marvel Comics introduced a Tarantula of their own, only this guy was a baddie who oh-so-appropriately fought Spider-Man. He first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #134.


Thanks for your time.

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