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 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).
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.
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.”
I’m still off by a day finishing off these characters- ah well, that’s the way it goes. I’m catching up though! By tomorrow I’ll have Jan. 6th’s KID TYRANT and Jan. 7th’s done. I’m thinking of going with either PHANTASMO, MAGNO or BLUE TRACER, not sure yet. Let me introduce you to BLACK SATAN!
Created by Charles Sultan for YANKEE COMICS #1 (published by the Harry Chesler company)- Black Satan only appeared one time. Too bad.
“Black Satan was a district attorney [named Howard Flynn ] during the day, but at night, he became the Black Satan to fight against crime. He had no powers, but he did carry a special gun that could blind his foes temporarily.”
So Howard goes out at night slappin’ those criminals silly in a costume eerily similar to that of AMERICOMANDO or MR. AMERICA. The gun-device that blinds his foes comes up again in the silver age of Charlton comics with their 2nd revival of BLUE BEETLE. Many interesting bits and details considering Black Satan was abandoned by its readers and publisher after only one appearance! He wasn’t a prolific character, but he had a kind of swagger and panache that resonates with me. Plus, seriously, any superhero with Satan in his name is definitely cool.
Now on to my drawings. On the left is old Howard- pretty much as he comes(click the image for full size). There are a few minor changes- I gave him a Zoot Suit gold chain and watch, no clue why. also some inverted pentagrams and, finally, a complete redesign of his pistol. i made it bigger- deco-styled and gave the projector lens an inverted pentagram, too. My thinking is the weird ray that blinded enemies might bedazzle them with a vision of a pentagram! Cool right? On the right, you can see more additions. I thought he needs horns and facial hair. Gives him a bit more “Satan-y” appearance.
Now for my last variation. I decided to take some liberties with his colors- Now Black Satan is actually BLACK, or at least allot more-so. this is the version I like best color-wise- although I think I like version 2 as well.
FYI-you can download a .cbr format scan of Yankee Comics #1 and the sole appearance of Black Satan here.
UPDATE! A quick note about this sketch. if you check out the links above you will see that Steel Fist had 2 costumes What I did was combine the various elements, redesigned the helmet and added detailing that I thought would he in line with previous versions- the boot and belt and collar- which match the existing left bracelet. I thought if he’s “the Steel Fist”, the costume needed more iron work motifs.
Back again for the new year- hope you all didn’t miss me too much! I decided that since I was back to blogging regularly that I’d return to my “sketches every day” routine- with a new angle of course. I decided to take on the discipline of sketching a public domain superhero every day. I really love these golden and silver age heroes; too some they are more than a bit dated but I think they’re real gems. My first – ATOMAN!