Friday, September 7, 2012

Lance Hale in "The Lizard Men" (Lev Gleason; 1940)

I felt like adding a bonus post today, so here it is! Lance Hale went through several high concept revisions back in the golden age. He was conversely a space hero, he was a jungle lord who preferred the wilds to civilization, and he was occasionally more of a superhero. In this appearance from Silver Streak Comics #4 (May 1940); originally published by Lev Gleason, he's a red-headed soldier of fortune/explorer who discovers an underground kingdom imperiled by "The Lizard Men" and he even manages to acquire special powers by stepping into a mystic flame like "Ayesha" in the classic H.R. Haggard novel, SHE. Alas, this pulp-inspired story has no identified creator credits. The Catacombs acknowledges "The Digital Comic Museum", as the source of this classic comic 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. Enjoy!

1 comment:

cash_gorman said...

When I first came aware of Lance Hale, I read a couple of his adventures out of order from different runs which really made him seem a schizophrenic character. However, if you read them in order, the stories generally do deal with the various transitions so that it does make sense as they tried to find a niche for him (although his powers did seem to just kind of be forgotten after a while).