Public Domain Hero Day – Captain Battle Sketchcard!

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

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

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Public Domain Superhero Day: The Raven (Sketchcard)

A sketchcard of that mauve marauder of mayhem- Ace Comics’ THE RAVEN!

non-photo red Pencil, PITT Brush marker on pre-printed sketchcard(bristol). 2.5″  x 3.5″.

From PUBLIC DOMAIN HEROES
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Public Domain Superhero Day: THE HOOD Sketchcard!

Here he is- everybody’s OTHER favorite curtain-masked PDSHero – THE HOOD!

Quote the PDSH Wikia:

FBI Agent Craig Williams gets frustrated at the criminals who escape the law and operate outside the FBI’s jurisdiction, so he puts on a costume and fights crime. He has no super powers. Continue reading “Public Domain Superhero Day: THE HOOD Sketchcard!”

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Public Domain Hero Day: 13 & JINX! UPDATED-He’s a VERMONTER!

UPDATE: I’m so glad to have found out that 13 is a Vermont Superhero! Interested? Then read on true believer!

13 & Jinx, Kirby Style!Click Here For a HERO-SIZED VERSION!

Truly one of the least popular, most obscure and oddly named Public Domain Superhero is 13. Created by writer Dick Wood(!), co-creator of Airboy, and artist Bernard Klein(Dr. Fate, Green Arrow).I couldn’t find any anecdotes to explain why this numerical nonpareil of nomism and his nitid nupsom, Jinx , were created, other than to be another half-baked Batman and Robin crime-fighting duo that Lev Gleason hoped to cash in on(and likely fill pages in the latest issue of Daredevil Comics). Continue reading “Public Domain Hero Day: 13 & JINX! UPDATED-He’s a VERMONTER!”

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Public Domain Superhero Day: LADY LUCK SKETCH CARD

For a Super-Sized version – CLICK HERE.

In an effort to stay on task with my PDSH-a-Day project– Here’s a LADY LUCK SKETCH CARD! I would like to return to Miss L with a full-figured(vava-voomie) drawing soon. Till then enjoy her visage, trademark hat and a bit o’ shoulder! Continue reading “Public Domain Superhero Day: LADY LUCK SKETCH CARD”

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Public Domain Hero: Miss Masque!

WOW, I keep getting later and LATER with this really cool blogging concept- that never happens, ever- on any blog, no never! I guess i better make this a weekly thing for now. To prime my lazy pump(don’t tell my girlfriend)- I bring you MISS MASQUE!

Miss Masque premiered in Exciting Comics #51, September 1946 by Standard/Better/Nedor Comics- I’m not sure which iteration of that company. Quoting Bill Black’s The Official Golden Age Hero and Heroine Directory , a steal at FIVE BUCKS from AC’s bookstore.

By way of Wikipedia :

Miss Masque is the secret identity of Diana Adams, a young socialite who decides to fight crime and injustice in disguise. Miss Masque has no super powers but relies on her wit and a pair of pistols. Her original costume was a mini-skirted red dress with red hat, gloves and cape, and a domino mask; yellow double “M” emblems on her chest and hat completed the ensemble. A later version of the costume had a bare midriff and shorter sleeves

Miss Masque first appeared in Nedor Comics’ Exciting Comics #51 (September 1946). She also appeared in America’s Best Comics (not to be confused with the DC Comics imprint (see below)), Fighting Yank, and Black Terror; her final Golden Age appearance was America’s Best Comics #31 (July 1949).

There was no writer or artist credited for Miss Masque’s first appearance. Alex Schomburg and Frank Frazetta provided art for later cover appearances, and Ralph Mayo penciled some splash pages.[1]

Now this is my version- and I will admit to a cheat here- I originally drew this 2 years ago for one of Warren Ellis’ REMAKE/REMODEL’s on Whitechapel or might have been the forum that preceded it. Either way, I really think  this MMasque design still holds up after a couple years.
miss masque, originally uploaded by flameape.
I modernized Miss M., giving her a decidedly fetish look. and some really over-sized Bisley-esque armaments. The Full-face, Balaclava-style fetish mask was the finishing touch. Originally she had a domino mask and a crew-cut, but I realized the redesign needed to be edgier- so i drew the mask, and scanned and popped it in with Ye Olde Photoshoppe. Thanks to Adobe for the Warp tool which made the mask placement even more spot on! The thing about MM that I find cool(besides the simple design) is that she is a truly powerful female superhero that doesn’t rely on being merely a female version of a male character- she also doesn’t have to wear a see-thru or skimpy outfit, ala, Phanthom Lady to be a beauty. As far as the Nedor line goes, she’s their best tough as nails gun-totin’ crimefighter detective type superhero. She’s was their  Batman, Manhunter or Crimson Avenger, IMHO. To clumsily paraphrase



D. W. Griffith and, later, Godard, “all you need to make a great crimefighting superhero is a girl and a gun.”

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Public Domain Hero Day: KID TYRANT!

Here is today’s public domain superhero KID TYRANT!

from - http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Kid_Tyrant

Kid Tyrant appeared only once, in a Chameleon story in the back of  Target Comics Vol. 3 No. 1.  He was “Ragsy”, the sidekick of The Chameleon- a rough-n-tumble, Bowery Boys type. Ragsy decides to take on the persona of his favorite kid superhero to solve a case and then shelves his costume – all under the nose of his crimefighting pal. Click here to read the whole story on the Pure Exitement Comics website!

And now, on to my version – Continue reading “Public Domain Hero Day: KID TYRANT!”

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