Still on the road to Action Comics #1, one last push to finish 1937. If there are comics cover-dated 1938 in here, it's because I'm strictly going by on-sale dates (which also accounts for some issues seeming out of order). And in these months, Fawcett Comics started up (with Feature Funnies). They were eventually bought up and their characters folded into the DCU, but I'm gonna wait for those character to appear before doing the same here.
It's early still in the history of comics, but of course, the marriage of words and art where the words tell you exactly what you're supposed to be seeing while also seeing it is going to be in the medium for decades still before it drops off. So what do you think? Did Hickey get the description right?
One thing that was a part of comics in the Golden Age and that we haven't really acknowledged is illustrated text stories. It has to do with the price of shipping and what category comics fall into. By including a prose story, they get the better rates afforded magazines and pulps. So is an illustration a "panel"? Maybe not, but I wanted to cover one of these since they were a necessary part of comics magazines. And usually done by writers and artists who worked on legitimate strips as well.
Pep Morgan, Athlete Extraordinaire, playing hockey in this issue of More Fun. Somebody winds up in the penalty box, don't worry. The lack of helmets is quite correct for the year.
More sports. Now, I've only golfed once really, and I got to the 10 allowed strokes per hole regularly before the ball ever went into the hole, but I think I can say with some confidence that tennis would still be harder. Cartoon isn't just unfunny, it doesn't even make sense.
I love those old diving suits, great visual. And pretty much the opposite image that's evoked by the hero being called "Speed".
Remember when the mob basically had its own air force?
June Justis (Operator 23) only appeared in this one story, but she's an early example of a female action heroine in comics, kind of like a Peggy Carter, but I guess it didn't work out. Early DC had Dale Daring, mind you, but she was more of a detective usually working with a male action star. I wonder if the "unknown" writer-artist was a woman.
1938 is next. We'll get to Superman eventually, I swear!