Friday, August 24, 2007

From the Dust Bin: Jill Trent, Science Sleuth

Most modern comics feature issue-length adventures of a single character or group, but back in the earliest days of comics publishing, most comic magazines were much larger and included several different characters, genres and themes in an anthology format. A reader could expect a veritable smorgasbord of masked men, western shoot-em-ups, weird horror thrills or science fiction spacemen, cops & detectives, even funny animal or other humor strips within the pages of a single comic.
It is no wonder that so many of these interior features, that never graduated to cover prominence, have become lost to the ages.

For example Nedor Comics had a plucky female adventurer known as Jill Trent, Science Sleuth who enjoyed a respectable thirteen issue run in Wonder Comics. She also made two additional appearances within the pages of Fighting Yank Comics. Jill Trent was both a female gumshoe, and a scientific whiz who could throw together convenient devices or gimmicks in to thwart crooks. She was aided by her gal pal Daisy.
Jill Trent's adventures can be found in Fighting Yank #'s 6 & 9 and Wonder Comics 8-20.
Question: Why did so many Nedor females sport "red" as their primary color scheme? Jill Trent, Miss Masque and the Woman in Red all pretty much wore solid red garments.

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