Monday, July 23, 2012

July 1940: Zip Comics #8

Cover by Charles Biro

'Steel Sterling' (by Charles Biro): When policeman Clancy is framed by counterfeiters and kicked off the force, Steel comes to his aid to clear his name. The story manages to evoke some genuine sympathy for poor Clancy, and any Golden Age story that induces any emotion at all is one up on the competition.

In other stories:

'The Scarlet Avenger' (by Harry Shorten and Irv Novick) deals with a gang that is killing senators. 'Nevada Jones, Quick-Trigger Man' (by Frank Volp) is framed for murder. 'Kalthar the Giant Man-King of the Jungle' (by Harry Shorten and Irv Novick) rescues his girfriend from a murderous tribe, which involves him wrestling a lot of lions. 'War Eagles, the Devil's Flying Twins' (by Ed Smalle) are sent to Egypt to find out who is stirring the locals to revolt. 'Captain Valor' (by Abner Sundell and Mort Meskin) must deal with the traitorous Tania, and her Russian friend Nikolaus. 'Mr. Satan' (by Abner Sundell and Lin Streeter) fights a gang of hooded murderers. And 'Zambini the Miracle Man' (by Joe Blair and Ed Wexler) is blamed by the tribesmen of Yucatan for a drought.

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