Better Red Than Dead


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The Heap faces off against a criminal mastermind who – judging by the way our muck-encrusted anti-hero outmaneuvers her at the story’s conclusion – isn’t half as smart as she thinks.

While the villainess doesn’t exactly earn herself a spot in the Golden Age Bad Girl Hall Of Fame, the story does boast an outstanding pair of artists: Carmine Infantino on pencils and Leonard Starr on inks.

Infantino would go on, of course, to play a major role in Silver Age revival of super-heroes and rise to the rank of publisher at DC. Starr, for his part, would achieve great success as a syndicated cartoonist who contributed to such legendary strips as Flash Gordon and Little Orphan Annie as well as his own creation: Mary Perkins.

Starr also deserves a special place in every geek’s heart for developing the legendary Thundercats cartoon of the ‘80s!

Not too shabby, as Adam Sandler would say.

(Ummm … tell me I didn’t just quote Adam Sandler. I know I was getting a bit desperate about writing a proper transition to the comic’s original publication credits, but really.)

Oh well. Guess they all can’t be winners.

“The Ruthless Red Darrow” originally appeared in Airboy Comics vol. 4, #7 (August, 1948).

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One thought on “Better Red Than Dead

  1. I wonder how long Red could run two separate criminal organizations before they realized they were working for the same boss, and she’d killed both their old bosses? If she kept her promise to pay them more, it might not matter, but it’s a risky game, and it plays into what her bodyguard told her, that she was getting too cocky and it’d come back to get her. If it hadn’t been the Heap, it’d have been something else. I wonder if that’s what made them wind up broke in Paris to begin with, Red overreaching?

    They new how to pack the story in back then.

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