September 6, 2011
Men Of Mystery 35
Another Golden Age treasure trove of historically-important reprint greats opens with one of the earliest adventures of The Spy Smasher, as he wrestles with his arch-enemy, The Mask, for possesion of the mysterious Hypno-Ray! Drawn by C. C. Beck!! Then see the way it all began for Magazine Enterprises’ crimson-clad paladin of the Cold War in “Birth of The Avenger!”, with art by Dick Ayers and a story by Gardner F. Fox. Bob Lubbers renders a spectacular episode of Fiction House Comics’ Captain Wings, as he encounters the evil dictator, Colonel Zoltam. The classic sleuth, Charlie Chan makes his first MOM appearance this issue, as does Bill Ward’s outrageous “good girl art” icon from Quality Comics, Torchy. The “mystery” with her is how she kept from getting arrested for indecent exposure. Round out the issue with an eerie mystery story drawn by Carl Burgos. 52 pages, black and white with color covers. Printed in 2002.