Monday, December 04, 2017

Number 2137: Beyond the veil

From the Public Domain Superheroes website: “Ginny Spears was a district attorney's secretary who became fed up with crime. She decided to become the costumed crime fighter known as the Veiled Avenger. Armed only with her bullwhip, the Veiled Avenger had no superpowers. She was not above using deadly force against her enemies, going as far as using her whip to make her foes shoot each other and themselves.”

Ginny’s career was short-lived, only four appearances: three in Spotlight Comics (numbers 1-3) and one in Red Seal Comics #16. In her short career the Veiled Avenger caught Dr. Fredric Wertham’s eye. See the link below.

This story, from Spotlight Comics #2 (1945), drawn by an unknown artist, has a panel showing a closeup of a man getting a knife in his neck. That is a first for me. I’ve seen knives plunging into bodies in crime and horror comics, but this is the first knife in the neck panel I have seen. I am not sure what it says about me, calling attention to it, or if I would want to know.

The infamous "drain this dame dry" panel used as an example by Dr Wertham. Just click on the thumbnail for the full story.


Charlie Horse 47 said...

Banjo vs. bull whip! Now that's a real contest! The knife to the kneck is a knice touch too!

Pappy said...

Charlie, ha-ha! Good one. Your "knife to the kneck" comment made me laugh.