219 – Phantom Lady Bares More

A panel from the Phantom Lady story in Police Comics #17, January 1943
A panel from the Phantom Lady story in Police Comics #17, January 1943

Frank Borth took over the art for the Phantom Lady stories in Police Comics #17 (January 1943). Apparently he was not satisfied with her already-scanty costume (basically a one-piece bating suit and a cape) and removed the back and added a split to her navel.

Despite there being more female costumed adventurers, most of them (like the Phantom Lady and Hawkgirl) seem to be simply an excuse to show more salacious imagery.

The Phantom Lady stomps a criminal in the throat in Police Comics #17, January 1943
The Phantom Lady stomps a criminal in the throat in Police Comics #17, January 1943