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Unrequited love once again leads to complications as the 13 Days Of Halloween continue with “Night Screams” from Journey Into Fear #2 (Superior, July 1951). The story and art emanated from the omnipresent Iger Studio.

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Man … taken together the Halloween posts this year are creating one messed-up romance comic.

Coming tomorrow: Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you!!!

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Party On, Garth

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The Thirteen Days Of Halloween continue with the macabre menace of the Vampiric Viking, Garth! The story originally appeared in Strange Fantasy #12 (Ajax-Farrell, June-July 1954).

There are no credited artists or writers for this tale, but it’s safe to assume it was produced by the Iger Studio.

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And they umm… lived (?) … umm … happily (?) ever after?!?!?

Given that the Iger Studio’s only staff writer was a woman, the fate of the tale’s female protagonist is especially  interesting. Is the last panel a barbed commentary on ’50s suburbia? An insight into the paranoia of that particular decade?

It’s worth pondering …

Coming tomorrow: Frankenstein’s Monster let’s his conscience be his guide!!!

The Headlight Heroine

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Long before Hawkeye became an Internet sensation, the Victor Fox incarnation of The Phantom Lady set the standard for striking seductive poses and kicking serious @ss.

(Yes … I know Hawkeye Initiative devotees would probably dislike Phantom Lady comics but it was the snappiest intro I could think up on short notice. Besides, the character does kick serious @ss.)

“The Subway Slayer” originally appeared in All Top Comics #12 (Fox Feature Syndicate, July 1948). According to the Grand Comics Database, the story was pieced together by the nameless denizens of the Iger Studio. Others suspect it was written by Iger editor Ruth Roche and drawn by Matt Baker.

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Golden Age justice!

Rio Or Riot

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In an era that had more than its share of badass female characters, Señorita Rio may well have ruled the roost. As an undercover agent for America, Rio didn’t wear a costume or possess any powers, but was able to topple governments with her near limitless courage, guts, intelligence and – dare I say it? – sense of style.

From Fight Comics #70 (Fiction House, September 1950), here’s a short tale of how Señorita Rio set a would-be dictator straight. The story and art are by the sadly anonymous denizens of the Iger Studio.

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Heads…You Lose

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Here’s a Pre-Code horror story with enough juice to be reprinted/rejuggled three times by the noted cut-rate horror outfit, Eerie Publications, in the late 1960s.

(And if you want the real lowdown on Eerie Publications, which united such colorful figures as Myron Fass and Carl Burgos, I strongly suggest you pick up this book. Essential reading for fans of f’d-up comics.)

“Heads Of Horror” originally appeared in Voodoo #14 (Ajax-Farrell, 1954). Creator credits aren’t available at the Grand Comics Database, but I’m not going out on a limb by guessing the story and art were pieced together by the Iger Studio.

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She Spies

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Fiction House comics are known for their emphasis on Good Girl art, but their magazines had plenty of bad @$$ heroines to balance out the cheesecake.

One of the publishers most memorable characters was Senorita Rio, a popular singer/actress who doubled as a spy for the United States government. Thanks to the work of such artists as Nick Cardy and Jerry Grandenetti, Rio was as stylish and glamorous as any real life film starlet. However, the young woman was also more than able to dole out heaping helpings of Golden Age justice.

The following story, lovingly crafted by the talented – if nameless – denizens of the Iger Studio, originally appeared in Fight Comics #56 (Fiction House, 1948).

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