Monday, November 2, 2009

Radar, The International Policeman (Fawcett Comics; 1944)

Radar the International Policeman, was first introduced in Fawcett Comics Captain Marvel Adventures #35 (May 1944), but that's splitting hairs since the character simultaneously appeared the same month in Master Comics #50. Sorry, that the scans aren't clearer, but I haven't had the opportunity to run very many golden age superheroes, and this post helps satisfy that kind of itch.

Drawn by C.C. Beck, possibly with Otto Binder writing, Radar got a terrific send-off for a new hero. Not only did he have the "big red cheese" himself - Captain Marvel - present, but Hollywood favorites Bob Hope & Dorothy Lamour were also featured in his first story, and at the time, real world figures Adolf Hitler & Hermann Goering represented the bad guys. The voices of Joseph Stalin, Winston Churchill and Chang Kai-Shek were heard "off panel" too.

As always, the Catacombs is grateful to Don "Zu-Gogo" Falkos for providing the scans for this story. I think that since Don sent me a disc with tons of jungle-themed characters, this one found its way into the mix due to the presence of Dorothy Lamour, but even though a jungle element isn't really present here, the story is still fun and well worth reading. Note: The copyright for this issue, its contents and artwork belong to the original publisher and/or the creators and is reproduced here solely for entertainment purposes.



Mykal said...

Wow - so wonderfully typical of the team of Binder and Beck (I think you are right about Binder - it sure sounds and feels like his style. "Ah, but I did duck it, and that makes you a goose!").

Love it. Thanks for sharing. -- Mykal said...

cma35_08.JPG isn't linked to a larger image.

Chuck Wells said...

I thought that everything worked fine yesterday, this may have been an oversight on my part, but I will try and correct it.