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Episode #054 – The Yellow Jacket

Episode #054 – The Yellow Jacket

The insect kingdom was ripe for superhero inspiration. There was Ant Man, the Wasp, the Fly, The Bumble Bee, the Red Bee, the Mantis, and so on. Just spiders out of the mix. They were arachnids. Today’s hero wears the name of a proud insect […]

Episode #053 – The Barker

Episode #053 – The Barker

It’s a forgotten art today, but then so is the carnival and the traveling circus, I suppose. The spectacle and the glamor of trapeze artists, wild animal tamers, and the fat lady, riding into town on the backs of wild (or not so wild) elephants. […]

Episode #052 – The Gay Ghost

Episode #052 – The Gay Ghost

There is no theme this week. We aren’t hoping to start a trend here. Last episode, number 51, we looked into Mr. Satan, brought to you by the same people who brought you Archie Andrews. He was a perfectly good Millionaire playboy hero who dressed […]

Episode #051 – Mr. Satan

Episode #051 – Mr. Satan

Shakespeare famously asked, “What’s in a name?” He meant that a name was essentially meaningless. That true worth was found not in a title but in action; in aspect. In being. You know, all that heady, intellectual stuff. But we’re talking comic books here, and […]

Episode #050 – Clip Carson

Episode #050 – Clip Carson

It was the thirties, and the other side of the world was a lot further than it is today. Africa was the “dark continent” and China was talked about as the “Mysterious Orient.” The public was wild for guys like Frank Buck, who went into […]

Episode #049 – Barry Kuda

Episode #049 – Barry Kuda

If you set out to create an undersea hero, then most of the heavy lifting is already done for you. Your hero has to be a good swimmer and should probably breathe under water. Scuba divers were exempt. Still wherever you went from there was […]

Episode #048 – Santa Claus

Episode #048 – Santa Claus

Today’s hero isn’t obscure. Not in the least. In fact, he’s known by all. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist. And how dreary a world it would be if he didn’t. Old Saint Nick. Father Christmas. Kris Kringle. Santa Claus. […]

Episode #047 – Yankee Doodle Jones

Episode #047 – Yankee Doodle Jones

The story of Frankenstein’s Monster was written to instill fear into readers hearts. It was the story of bodies being stolen in the night, assembled in a laboratory, and re-animated under an angry, storm-filled sky. The result was horrific. A monster is created and nightmares […]

Episode #046 – Johnny Canuck

Episode #046 – Johnny Canuck

These characters stood for something. The United States’ Uncle Sam. Great Britain’s John Bull. Right or wrong they represented their country and when they went after you, you knew that you were on the wrong side. Every country has a representative like that, I suppose. […]

Episode #045 – Buzz Crandall

Episode #045 – Buzz Crandall

In the 1940’s, they had a different idea of what the future looked like. There was no way they could have imagined smartphones, laptops, GPS, and especially Amazon.com. But they had their own special vision of what the future looked like. It was all rocket […]