Sunday, January 16, 2011
Superzeroes week: Dynamic Man
This is the first of a theme week, the "superzeroes", or in my definition, those heroes that for whatever reason defy all logic or pretense of same. Actually, that probably describes all superheroes, but for the purposes of this theme week and for me, these are the heroes that stand out.
First up, Dynamic Man. Dynamic Man was born of an explosion, brought to life in an inexplicable way by a scientist who had somehow figured out that "witches of old" were kidnapping scientists. There was no backstory in this first story. We just have to accept that Dynamic Man came to instant life.
Dynamic Man appeared in Dynamic Comics #1, 1941, published by Harry "A" Chesler, and drawn by an unknown artist (or artists) obviously influenced by the work of Lou Fine. Despite being named after the comic, Dynamic Man wasn't the lead character. That "honor" went to Major Victory, yet another patriotic hero during those days of World War II. I haven't shown much from Chesler's comic books. I don't have many. There's really nothing new to Dynamic Man. The second panel on the first page even reminds us of a famous moment from Batman!