Characters Appearing: Blonde Phantom, Mark Mason, Spoiler, Sun Girl
Sun Girl #3
Issue(s): Sun Girl #3
Before i get to the titular hero, this issue also has an appearance of the Blonde Phantom. I'm happy about that since the Blonde Phantom will later turn up as Weezi, a supporting character in John Byrne's fourth-wall breaking She-Hulk run. I originally wrote about this issue on my main blog where i made a bad joke about how the villain's name is the Spoiler, which i thought fit the theme of She-Hulk's series really well. I've now added the issue to my collection and i'm porting over the post (minus the doctored panel) and without much additional commentary.
The Spoiler is interesting for being a repeat villain, who previously fought the Sub-Mariner in Sub-Mariner Comics #31.
As for Sun Girl, in this issue she fights King Kong...
...and meets some alien Humpty Dumptys.
Also of interest is this letter to readers addressing the criticisms from the likes of Fredric Wertham (albeit in a fairly self-serving way).
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: Bootleg
Mark Mason, Blonde Phantom's boss, will be shown in flashback much later in She-Hulk #4. I assume that he would be listed as a character appearing if he had any non-flashback scenes in She-Hulk's series.
Posted by: Luis Dantas | May 23, 2017 9:51 PM
According to various sites, Mason appeared in other Golden Age stories, so he should be listed as a Character Appearing.
Posted by: Michael | May 24, 2017 12:03 AM
Were these recently added Golden Age stories reprinted, or just taken from websites?
Posted by: Mark Drummond | May 24, 2017 10:58 AM
You check out the "My Reprint" field at the bottom of an entry to see if fnord owns a reprint or original.
Posted by: Mortificator | May 24, 2017 11:40 AM
...assuming fnord didn't just forget to add reprint information. I'd want to know the story of how he got four late Golden Age comics including three of moderate importance. And if he is "taking them from websites" that's a reversal of a long-standing policy and in fact of the original point of this site.
Posted by: Morgan Wick | May 24, 2017 11:06 PM
Well, they're not quite reprints but they're not legit copies either. I've been searching for a copy of this issue ever since i reviewed a bootleg digital copy for my main blog (linked in the review). And recently i came across someone on ebay selling a "Photocopy Comic" of this issue. And that was vaguely tempting but i decided i could just make such a thing myself. So i did. First for this, and then got carried away and did the same for other issues related to Sun Girl and then Golden Girl for good measure. It's a pain in the ass to produce and opens a big can of worms so it's not likely something i'll do much more of, but i'll tag them as bootlegs in the My Reprint section for now on.
Sorry if i got anyone excited thinking that Marvel released official reprints of these.
Posted by: fnord12 | May 25, 2017 11:28 AM
Also, added Mark Mason. Thanks Luis and Michael.
Posted by: fnord12 | May 25, 2017 11:35 AM
"This is a print out of a scan, or in some cases microfiche, of the original comic book which was found to be in the public domain and free of copyright." How can this be considered free of copyright if the characters are still owned by Marvel and reappear in modern comics?
Sorry if I open another can of worms, but I'm always confused when 40's comics are said to be in the public domain. Does that mean, theoretically, that any non-Marvel writer could use the original issue's content and make stories out of it as long as they don't use the current versions of the characters? What would even be the point?
Posted by: Nate Wolf | May 26, 2017 9:32 AM
The seller is almost certainly lying.
(Just to head things off: any further discussion about copyright/public domain issues would probably make for a good topic in the forum. Let's try to keep comments here related to this issue.)
Posted by: fnord12 | May 26, 2017 10:23 AM
Anything by Marvel, DC, and Archie as well as comics of licensed characters wouldn't be public domain. However, company-owned characters from long-defunct Golden Age publishers most likely would be.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | May 26, 2017 2:39 PM
I created a topic. https://www.supermegamonkey.net/chronocomic/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=116
Posted by: Luis Dantas | May 26, 2017 8:20 PM
Comments have been disabled for the summer while i'm not around to moderate.
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