Last week’s look at over two dozen 1940s superheroes from Marvel Comics (called Timely Comics back then) was very popular. This time around here’s my breakdown on several issues of All Winners Comics, featuring a mixed bag of their biggest heroes of the time. The one and only STAN LEE, already a master of self-promotion in the 1940s, makes cameo appearances in a few issues.
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ALL WINNERS COMICS #1 (June 1941)
Story 1: Carnival of Fiends
Heroes: Human Torch (original) and Toro
Villain: Mr Matzu
Synopsis: The Human Torch and Toro clash with the espionage network of Japanese Imperial Spy Matzu when he tries to sabotage Chinese-Americans who are holding a fundraiser for their native land’s military efforts against Japan’s occupation forces.
Comment: America had not yet entered the war, so this is an interesting piece. It’s set in New York City.
Story 2: The Order of the Hood
Hero: The Black Marvel
Villains: The Order of the Hood
Synopsis: In Los Angeles, a cloaked and hooded gang of bank robbers use machine guns and a solar death ray to rob banks and slaughter anyone in their way. The Black Marvel repeatedly clashes with them and defeats them in the end.
Comment: After the villains capture the Black Marvel they do a pirate television broadcast to show them executing the hero, but he turns the tables on them. There were indeed television broadcasts at the time, but going out to thousands instead of millions like today.
Story 3: The Case of the Hollow Men Continue reading