Monday, March 18, 2013

Number 1334: Starr Flagg stoned!

I don’t think I’m revealing any secrets by telling you the raison d’etre of the Undercover Girl series, written by Gardner Fox and drawn by Ogden Whitney, was to show Starr Flagg in fights with other beautiful women. All of the stories I’ve seen have that element to them. Not that there’s anything wrong with that; having sex appeal is a good way to attract guys to buy the book. That sex appeal can overcome the silliness of the story.

Siva Dey, wearing a red bra and see-through harem pants, can bring stone to life. She really needs to re-think her plan. World domination is one thing, but it's been tried by several others with limited to no success. Villains should aim just a little lower to maximize returns and lessen the risk. Somebody, somewhere would have paid Siva Dey a lot of money for her secret formula. But then, if she had gone legitimate she wouldn’t have had a hair-pulling match with on second thought, never mind.

From ME’s Manhunt #9 (1948):


Brian Barnes said...

With special guest co-writer, William Marston!

This story is a mess and a half. It's resolution comes from nowhere, nobody seems to remember anything of use to themselves from panel to panel, and the story seems designed around either pin-up or fight scenes.

Wait, I take that back. It's a great story!

darkmark said...

Every heroine must get stoned!

Pappy said...

Brian, I am glad that after careful analysis of each individual panel, character motivation, dialogue, settings and plot, you have figured out why this particular story is so compelling and successful!