Invisible Scarlet O’Neil was the first super-powered heroine to headline her own comic strip. She wasn’t exactly a super-heroine – Scarlet didn’t sport gaudy spandex outfits or go by a colorful code name – but the character did possess the power of invisibility and that was enough to distinguish herself from the horde of adventurers and crime-fighters that populated newspapers and comic strips in the 1940s
Created by Russell Stamm, a cartoonist who had previously assisted Chester Gould on Dick Tracy, Invisible Scarlet O’Neil debuted June, 1940 in the Chicago Daily News. Despite Stamm’s history with Gould, his approach to Scarlett’s adventures was considerably more gentle than the blood and guts action that defined Dick Tracy.
Scarlet proved popular enough to cross over into comic books and related merchandise. Her strip ran until 1956 and gradually shifted from gentle super-heroics to soap-opera melodrama until the character was dropped from the feature altogether.
Today’s story, taken from Harvey Comics’ short-lived Scarlet O’Neil title, is one of the character’s spicier adventures and demonstrated Stamm’s talent for “Good Girl” art. “Fight For Survival” originally appeared in Invisible Scarlet O’Neil #2 (Harvey, February 1951).
The Grand Comics Database indicates the story and art are by Stamm and reprinted from newspaper strips.