Public Domain Hero Day – Captain Battle Sketchcard!

Somehow My original post was deleted?! So I am hurriedly replacing it now.
The character: CAPTAIN BATTLE!

BONUS- Here’s a classic page from his first adventure courtesy of my PDSH friends at the
Amazing Golden Age Heroes Blog:

2 Replies to “Public Domain Hero Day – Captain Battle Sketchcard!”

  1. The second story of the first CAPTAIN BATTLE issue has to be read to be believed; it shows the Captain operating under a secret identity even though he doesn’t do so in any other comic and uses exactly the same name in both identities ! Moreover a friend of his that he rescues doesn’t recognise him even though he wears no mask. My guess is that the story originally featured a different lead character.

    1. A good theory- I have one of my own based on the economics of the industry at the time.

      It can also be as simple as the writer(s) back then had usually less than a day to bang out scripts, particularly for lower tier houses;and more importantly, they were often paid even less, as if that’s possible, than writers working for more money-making publishers. Add to that that within a publishing house, they paid less per word for less lucrative titles. Third, as you likely know many books were not put together by the publisher- often they farmed out whole lines of books to studios, like the Iger Studio, the Eisner Studio, etc.. They would bid on bulk work, so as you can imagine, the pay per word for writers was very minimal on lower end characters.

      So imagine you’re a comics writer. They don’t need anyone at National, Timely, Fawcett, and the best characters at /2 dozen other houses are taken. You get paid pennies per word, the stories are intentionally made to be short so the script and page count per story doesn’t cost an arm and a leg to the publisher/studio.remember- the name of the game in those days always was to grind the edges off, even by pennies, to keep more in your pocket- all the way up the line. that’s why the printing was so bad back then too.

      If you want to make even a flop-house living back in the 30’s-40’s (a bit worse in 30’s obviously)as a writer, you haveta be able to bang out up to a couple dozen short-medium comic scripts a week, and if you are good enough to get in, one or two better paying pulp stories or a magazine story a month- maybe more if you don’t mind not sleeping. All that to stay in automat, egg & coffee, 1 room flat, and typing paper- money.

      So with that hanging over the head of the average comic writer- you don’t have time to make sure something jibes, you may look at the last issue or two to be sure you know the names etc., and the artist may also be unfamiliar and not have time to research- the people drawing and writing that material likely had to blow through super fast and not had time to even think about it , much less correct it. Last- most lower end comics publishers used moonlighters, Kirby, allot of guys and gals did it on a lean month, using fake names- so in that case, those artists and writers had even less time and were going without sleep to make rent- no time to check anything.

      Thanks for the comment!

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