One Panel #380-382: Getting Our Own Books

If it's good enough for Superman and Batman, why not us, these three heroes shouted into the night:
From "Menace of the Racket King" by Gardner Fox and E.E. Hibbard, All-Flash Quartlerly #1 (June 1941)

Racing out of Flash Comics, it's... the Flash! Wait, wasn't that title also named after him? Yes, but Not-All-Flash Comics also houses Hawkman (who gets half the covers), Johnny Thunder, the Whip, and others. I'm surprised, quite frankly. The Flash is an icon today, but at the time, it featured some of the most primitive art on any main feature. I would not have thought the strip worthy of an extra quarterly (for 7 years, at that!). It's not like needing more stories allowed Jay Garrick to get better artists. They're all by E.E. Hibbard anyway. At least let me use a panel where the Flash gets into a hockey game and scores faster than the goalie can she. I can at least do that.

From "The Deviltry of Dr. Mood" by Charles Sultan, Bulletman #1 (Summer 1941)

Bulletman leaps - or drives a tank -out of the abominably named Master Comics. He's perhaps the one Fawcett character after Captain Marvel at this point to warrant his own series. So for 15 quarterly issues, he (and an uncredited Bulletgirl) did. (Yes, it goes up to #16, but apparently issues 13 was never published - winter of '45... war reasons?)

From "The Redemption of Major Von Hartz" by Otto Binder and Charles Sultan, Minute Man #1 (September 1941)

Also doing double duty in Master and his own series... Minute Man. I know, I know, diminishing returns. It would only last 3 issues.


Anonymous said...

More evidence that Jay Garrick really should be a Canadian. Perhaps a police scientist with the RCMP, or perhaps an honorary officer ... no matter how you slice it, his costume makes the most sense if it's a stylized Mountie uniform.

Keystone City should be Windsor, and Central City should be Detroit. That too would explain why Jay's and Barry's adventures didn't overlap so much: they respected national boundaries as much as possible.

Siskoid said...

That retcon makes more sense than other recent national redistributions like Adam Strange and Booster Gold.

Anonymous said...

Plus Jay is normally portrayed as genial and slow to anger, which fits the Canadian stereotype.

I'd honestly like to give the whole JSA to Canada. It would explain their WWII adventures more readily (the US didn't enter the war until the very end of 1941, long after Canada and the JSA were fighting Nazis.) And as for a Justice Society of "America" ... well that's not just the US, now is it?


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