Friday, October 22, 2010

Uncharacteristically well-drawn but typically weird

Fantomah was an obscure Golden Age character remembered (if 'remembered' is the right word) for two things. The first is being a female superhero (defining the term broadly) who predated Wonder Woman. The second is her creator, Fletcher Hanks, a cult figure among comic book historians. Hanks was known for crudely drawn but sometimes memorable stories featuring strange images and dialogue and little suggestion of narrative logic.

Assuming Hanks is the artist (Barclay Flagg was a house name), this is one of his more professional looking efforts, but dropping lions on paratroopers is certainly the sort of thing he'd come up with.

Check out the size of the lion relative to the parachutes on page 36.

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