The Blue Bungler


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The Big Bang Theory recently made headlines by pointing out that Indiana Jones wasn’t particularly effective in Raiders Of The Lost Ark. While it may be true that the Nazis would have been dead at the end of the film with or without Indy’s involvement, he was far from the most inept hero of the 1940s.

Judging by this story from 1942, Fox Publications’ signature super-hero was lucky to survive as long as he did. Not only is he consistently bested by the villain of the piece, he even plays no useful role in escaping from the de rigueur Golden Age death trap.

Geez…Batman fights giants all the time and you don’t see him getting punked.

Batman gets plunked

Hmmm … well Batman doesn’t take Vitamin 2X like the Blue Beetle so … umm … yeah.

At any rate, here’s the Blue Beetle’s less than finest hour from Big 3 #7 (Fox Feature Syndicate, January 1942). The story, entitled “The Giants Dagger,” is uncredited, aside from the pseudonymous house signature “Charles Nicholas.”

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Well, all’s well that ends well I guess. See you Saturday for the start of our 13-day Halloween spectacular!

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