One Panel #552: What Are They Trying To Say Here?

From Green Arrow: "Doom Over Gayland" by More Weisinger and George Papp, More Fun Comics #77 (March 1942)

Some words change meanings over time, so the "message" here - with the Devil lording over "Gayland" and Green Arrow and Speedy beating up the gunsels coming out - should be considered accidental. Phew! But I do like what Papp has done with the Gayland wall, creating a faux panel border that seems to imply two scenes rather than one. The first, metaphorical, with the giant devil (the devils in the story are costumed criminals); the second, a bit of hand-to-hand (or foot-to-butt) action from guys who would normally be long-distance fighters.

A fun, dated splash page from the Golden Age, of the type readers today like to snicker at.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Speaking of snickering, this issue recently received a detailed analysis, starting with this post:

http://absorbascon.blogspot.com/2020/06/the-red-devils-of-gayland.html

Green Luthor said...

So is it safe to assume the choice of the word "gunsel" was intentional...?

Siskoid said...

It was.

 

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