Thursday, July 8, 2010

Marga the Panther Woman in "The Secret Ray Repressor Plans" (Fox;1941)

This golden age story from Weird Comics #16 (July 1941) marks the second appearance of Marga the Panther Woman in the Catacombs. She is a fairly obscure character from the ranks of Fox Feature Syndicate.

Marga and her boyfriend, aviator Ted Grant are entrusted with delivering top secret plans to the Army office of a nearby city. They are soon bedeviled by Cruor, a peculiar looking gentleman who wishes to become ruler of the world. He manages to swipe the plans and hastens to a hidden domain. However with Marga on his trail, Cruor never has any real chance of succeeding at his plot. At least in this tale Marga doesn't play second banana to the tacked on male boyfriend, but Ted makes a valuable contribution that helps bring down the villain.

The artwork on this tale is by Emil Gershwin (signed as "James T. Royal"). The Catacombs is grateful to Don "Zu-Gogo" Falkos for providing the scans for this story. Note: The copyright for this issue, its contents and artwork belong to the original publisher and/or creators and is reproduced here solely for entertainment purposes.


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