Friday, October 9, 2015

The Comics #7 - pt. 2

More fearsome than the Mephistosians must be the Bat-Men of Mephis. Note that, despite their apparently pink coloring, the bat-men are mistaken at first for statues. Pink marble gargoyles...?

Phew, at least they kept Wash Tubbs for The Comics!  Here, we learn that Easy's plane cost him $16,000.

This new strip is clearly inspired by DC's "Magic Crystal of History" strip, only this time the kids are more active participants in the story. There might be an interesting wrinkle to the Enchanted Stone of Time.  Even though it was still a common misconception in the 1930s that prehistoric man and dinosaurs lived at the same time, the dialogue here seems to suggest that something else is going on -- when the stone is rubbed, it causes a random time period to overlap the one the wielder of the stone is currently in, allowing for a random encounter from any era ("Do you think the spirit sent him here?").

If the racism of the times is to be observed, then black people would have to make a save vs. plot to not be scared of anything remotely supernatural. In an unusual twist, though, this black man is revealed to have been a crack shot in the Army. This may also be one of the earliest shotguns in comics.

This page is from another new strip called Gordon Fife and the Boy King, and it's hard to say what's going on here. The fortune-teller definitely seems to have some divination magic at her disposal, like the ESP spell if not an actual Crystal Ball -- provided she did not just recognize the boy king's face. So whether or not she is casting a Sleep spell at the end, or just allowing smoke fumes to get to him, is unclear.

(Scans courtesy of Digital Comic Museum)

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