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Post Sat Aug 27, 2005 7:05 am
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Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA
By the time Black Hood Comics #12 was published in the Fall of 1944, MLJ's Golden Era was starting to come to an end. By this time, many of MLJ's superheroes had taken their final bows and two of MLJ's titles - Zip Comics & Shield-Wizard Comics - were soon going to be dropped from the line. But if looked at the contents of Black Hood #12, you would find that there was still plenty of life in one of MLJ's top superheroes. If you could get past that great cover (by either Irv Novick or Clem Weisberger), here's what you would find in this issue:

"Monkeying With Murder" (THE BLACK HOOD); The book gets off to a good start with a clever little mystery as the Black Hood investigates a gangster's murder and the connection that an organ grinder's monkey may have to it. Featuring some solid artwork by Irv Novick.

"The Great Magoo" (THE BLACK HOOD); Here Don Rico provides the artwork as the Black Hood investigates a series of attemps on the life of a magician and the murder of his assistant.

THE FLYING DRAGONS; This short lived featrue gets off to a great start as the Flying Dragons - Hank and Mickey- go into action as they try to help Chinese forces knock out a Japanese base. The Flying Dragons would fly off into the sunset after appearances in Black Hood #13 and Zip #46. Looking at Bill Vigoda's artwork on this story, it makes one wish he drew Red Rube in the style he drew this strip in. His work on this strip reminds me a lot of what Marc Swayze was doing on Fawcett's Phantom Eagle strip around this time.

"Vengence from the Grave" (THE BLACK HOOD); Irv Novick brings this issue to a great conclusion as Kip Burland goes to a clockmaker to repair Sgt. McGinty's watch only to find himself trying to solve his murder as the Black Hood. What made reading all 3 Black Hood stories interesting to read in this issue was the byplay between Kip Burland and Sgt. McGinty.

When you put it all together, you find MLJ more than enough excitement to put into their superhero books despite the fact that they were gradually being phased out. But looking at Black Hood #12, one could say that there was still live left in these venerable heroes and this venerable house.
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