Thursday, November 10, 2011

PHANTOM LADY "Soda Mint Killer"

From Phantom Lady #17, the issue Dr Wertham vilified in Seduction of the Innocent...
...The Phantom Lady deals out just desserts in this never-reprinted tale of luncheonette larceny!
Yeah, she killed them, but they deserved it!
The splendidly-sordid, but deliciously-cheesecakey art is, of course, by legendary good-girl illustrator Matt Baker!
The quirky story is probably by Ruth Roche, the editor for Iger Studios, who supplied Fox Comics with their material.
BTW, the reason the first page is only red and black is because it's the inside cover of the comic, which was only printed in two colors, unlike the four color (magenta/yellow/blue/black)  outside covers and the newsprint interior pages!
In some issues, the inside cover was blue and black, in one case, it was green and black.
Here's the cover to this issue...
...oddly enough, it has nothing to do with either Phantom Lady story in the issue,  but it's probably the single most famous example of comic book "good girl" art in history.
And, yes, it's by Matt Baker!
Dr Fredric Wertham described it in Seduction of the Innocent as "sexual stimulation by combining 'headlights' with the sadist's dream of tying up a woman."
Join us next week as we present another tale your grandparents didn't want your parents to see!
featuring goodies emblazoned with cover art that Fredric Wertham railed against in Seduction of the Innocent.

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