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The issue is in the Digital Comic Museum. It turns out O'Leary isn't the gangster but the "crack City Editor of the Daily Blade". The image is from the story's splash page; O'Leary is the blond guy.

For those who haven't clicked through, the issue is Triple Threat Comics #1, Gerona, 1945.


The Duke of Darkness is a ghost hero who lives at police headquarters and works with the police. The story has interesting art, in a style that makes heavy use of blacks, by John Giunta ("Jay Gee").


In the Brummell story the villains, who are disgruntled former employees, hold up a department store ("Simbels", a play on "Gimbels") disguised as Santa Clauses. Brummell, who has a financial stake in the store, employs the same disguise and jabs their leader in the eye with a fake extending nose. The next day the crooks attack the store with a tank disguised as a float during the Christmas parade. Brummell fights them off dressed as a Uncle Sam stiltwalker with the aid of a giraffe balloon filled with tear-gas. At the end of the climactic fight scene he nails the final crook with what I think is a trick collar-pin.


Of the features not on the cover, "The Menace" is about a masked vigilante who in real life is an actor who specialises in playing thugs. In the story his actress girlfriend is kidnapped, and he gets the lead villain to talk as the Menace by slapping him around the way a movie thug might. "The Magnificent Epod" is a comedic feature about the last survivor of Atlantis, who looks like an elderly elf, and his modern-day friend. The story concerns a magical bottle. The final item, "Whippet Wilkins", is a comedy feature about a teen or young man, drawn in a bigfoot style.

“Beau Brummell” has instantly become one of my favourite Golden Age features. It’s very much in the same vein as your average Golden Age crime-fighter series, but a bit more imaginative and loopy. Actually, the writing on the stories is very much like some of Jerry Siegel’s work; so much so, that I think it might actually be his, although I haven’t been able to find any indication of this online.


Today I’ve read the Brummell story in Atomic Bomb Comics #1 (Gerona, 1946). This was signed by Nina Albright. I think she drew yesterday’s story too, but I thought the art on this one much nicer. This might be partly due to the better quality of the e-version I used.


What I thought must be a spring-loaded collar-pin is actually a spring-loaded boutonnière. Beau also has an extending cane. The feature's goofy premise (Beau dresses in evening clothes to fight crime), the eye-poke with the extending nose device in in yesterday’s story, Beau's use of these devices, and his hobbyist attitude towards crimefighting, remind me of Siegel and Joe Shuster's Funnyman. However, there is much less slapstick humour. Apparently the Beau stories recurringly end with a beautiful woman Beau helped out in the tale throwing herself at him, and his turning her down out of preference for his freedom.


In this story a crooked genius former matinee idol kidnaps lady performers and substitutes awful doubles so that their reputations will be destroyed if they don’t ransom themselves.


“Funny- it was a three story building and this is ten stories! But I’m positive---

Ah--it’s clear now! The whole building is a gigantic elevator! Last night the first seven floors were sunk underground!”

The other features in the issue are as follows:


-"Special Agent No.1": spy series. The title character is "a special good-will ambassador to our neighbor countries, without the benefit of diplomatic immunity". The villain is a recurring foe, a Nazi agent. The story involves a bandit leader. Drawn in an impressionistic style by A.M. Froehlich.


-"Airmale and Stampy": superhero series. Airmale has invented a serum that makes him lighter than air, allowing him to fly. In this story he gives Stampy the same treatment. They fight a gang that has a ray that makes things heavy. I do not know how you successfully engage in fisticuffs when you are lighter than air.


-""Teeny" McSweeny": comedic army series, set in the Pacific. McSweeny is a pudgy G.I. He has learned how to fly using his "enormous lung capacity", and captures some Japs.


-"Captain Milksop": superhero satire. The character transforms himself into Capt. Milksop by putting a copy of Red Band Comics on his head and wishing. The name of the comic is blanked out of the dialogue; presumably this story was originally prepared for that title. The best gag involves the chief's despair at having to call in Captain Milksop after he fails to get Capt. Hopeless, Lieutenant Mediocre, Sergeant Strongliver or Private Pinhead. The plot involves a monkey who is skilled at hypnotism.


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Jetman; with video. You'll believe a man can fly.


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New discoveries at Stonehenge.


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I'm gradually working my way through Air Fighters Comics v1 #1. This became Airboy's title, but he wasn't introduced until the second issue, which had a wholly different line-up of characters and came out a year after the first.


The feature "Pecos Pete" is interesting. This is signed by Jack A. Warren. Apparently, Warren had earlier done a Pecos Bill strip with Tex O'Reilly. When O'Reilly died this became Pecos Pete. The Air Fighters Comics v1 #1 instalment looks like it was created for the comic. The story involves Pete with a ring that has been stealing fighter planes, and ends with his request that he be accepted as a flying cadet.

One of the stories (""Mach" Duff Junior Mechanic") has art by Bob Oksner.

Photos from the Battle of the Bulge. Some are in colour.


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Here's an interesting item at the Bear Alley blog: "Wendy: The British Comic Not Published in Britain".


Hydrothermal vent sea life in Antarctica


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