43 – The Adventures of Steve Conrad

This is a panel from The Adventures of Steve Conrad, New Adventure Comics #23 (January 1938).  Steve Conrad was one of the many adventure characters featured in New Adventure Comics, written and illustrated by Creig Flessel.

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42 – June Justis, G-Woman

New Adventure Comics #22 (December 1937) featured a one-shot story of June Justis, G-Woman.  June is a no-nonsense gal who is more feisty than Sandra of the Secret Service.  In this story she fights the bad guys, shoots to kill and solves the case single-handedly, capturing Public Enemy No. 1, Jake Shiller.

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41 – The Blood of the Lotus

After The Claws of the Red Dragon, Bruce Nelson continued his “yellow peril” adventures in Detective Comics.  Above shows a panel from the second chapter of “The Blood of the Lotus” in Detective Comics #10 (November 1937).  In it, they depict the heroin being drugged (with opium presumably), perhaps the second time drug use was […]

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40 – Sally Saves Bart

Sally Norris is mostly definitely not a damsel-in-distress and is continuing to prove her worth as Bart Regan’s partner / sidekick in “Spy”, by Detective Comics #9 (October 1937).  She bails out her boyfriend with tear gas from her purse (!) and rescues everyone.

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39 – Lala Palooza

In September 1937, Quality Comics debuted with Feature Funnies #1.  It mostly reprinted of strips that had already been published by other companies like Joe Palooka and Jane Arden.  It also featured Lala Palooza by Rube Goldberg, who became famous for “Rube Goldberg Machines“. Before it was a famous alternative music festival, Lollapalooza was a […]

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38 – Doctor Occult meets Henri Duval

The name of the villain in Doctor Occult‘s adventure from More Fun Comics #24 (August 1937) was Henri Duval.  This is the second time I’ve seen Jerry Siegel re-use a name of one of his characters (Jor-L being the first).

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37 – She

New Adventure Comics, by National Allied Productions featured a comic strip simply called “She“.  It is written by H. Rider Haggard, who died in 1925 (12 years before the comic was published).  It was illustrated by Sven Elven. Apparently “She” is Ayesha, a two-thousand-year-old immortal sorceress of such great beauty that she can bind any […]

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36 – Nadir, Master of Magic

New Adventure Comics #17 (June 1937) debuted a new hero:  Nadir, Master of Magic.  What I found interesting was the origin story told in the beginning that states: Because of a tragedy in his early life, which resulted in the death of his father and mother, he has devoted his life to the elimination of […]

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