Thursday, November 28, 2019
Number 2420: Thanksgiving Turkey Award: Dan Hastings and the baby killer
This one is definitely one or all of those. It has a mad scientist who sends huge bugs to kill children, and a couple of killings are shown in graphic detail.
Dan Hastings, according to Public Domain Super Heroes, is a copy of Flash Gordon, which was not unusual at all in early comic books. It explains why he wears a gaudy costume yet uses his real name. Dan has a Dr Zarkov-like friend, Dr Carter. Dan and Dr Carter’s daughter, Gloria, are a couple. After the gruesome beginning of the story, it turns into another mad scientist story, with the girlfriend of the hero, in a bondage scene, being threatened with death. The anonymous comic book writer in 1942 had a disturbing imagination.
The story is from Scoop Comics #2, and skeletons of bug-stabbed infants earn this story three and a half turkeys.
No writer or artist is credited by the Grand Comics Database.
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