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Blue Riboon #19

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Post Tue Nov 08, 2005 9:27 pm
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Looking at the cover of Blue Ribbon Comics #19 (cover dated December, 1941), it seemed that there were changes afoot in the title. For one, the title logo had changed from the logo that the title had bore since issue #4 (it also bore the title Blue Ribbon Mystery Comics from issue #s 9-18). Also Captain Flag (who first appeared in issue #16) had become the main cover feature and sealed it by having his masthead below the modified title logo. But if you look beyond the that cool Lin Streeter cover, one will find that there were changes afoot in the interiors as well:

CAPTAIN FLAG; For his second story as Blue Ribbon's new lead feature (his first was in the previous issue), the good Captain finds himself in Dutch with the law as he tries to prevent a crooked botanist from killing some prominent inventors with killer plants. Lin Streeter delivers the goods on the art.

RANG-A-TANG; Here Rang-A-Tang and his masters, Hy Speed and Richy find themselves in a variation of the Mystery of the Wax Museum theme when they investigate a series of pickpocket robberies at an amusement park only to find out what happened to some of the victims. Joe Blair and Ed Smalle deliver the goods in this story.

THE FOX; Bob Montana delivers on the art as the Fox investigates a murder on a gambling ship.

CORPORAL COLLINS; While on duty in World War II era Iraq, Corporal Collins and Slapsie end up fighting an oil fire only to stumble onto a Nazi plot to steal vital oil. Another one of those wild adventures that combine humor and adventure from the pencil and brush of Carl Hubble.

TY-GOR; After returning home to the Malay jungles, Ty-Gor and Junior De Snook find themselves causing havoc in a hidden Nazi submarine base. Another wild tale from Joe Blair and Bob Montana.

INFERNO; For his final Golden Age appearance, Inferno ends up investigating the murder of a deep sea diver in a fast paced mystery that features art by Irv Novick. Inferno would make his next appearance in the now infamous fourth issue of The Mighty Crusaders (first series) in 1966.

LOOP LOGAN; Here a typewriter ribbon helps Loop Logan uncover a Nazi plot to wreck the British war effort. A so-so story.

MR. JUSTICE; The book closes in grand style as Mr. Justice renews his running battle with the Devil by battling a minion that he had given the power of the Evil Eye. As usual for this strip, Joe Blair (story) and Sam Cooper (art) come up with another great story.

For a transition issue, Blue Ribbon #19 comes off as mainly a bump in the road. The only reason for that is because it comes during a brilliant run of issues that started with issue #16 and ended with #22, the book's final issue. And what a great run that was.
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Post Fri Nov 07, 2008 6:42 pm
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by the way, this tickles me for some reason:

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Post Mon Jan 12, 2009 10:08 am
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That cover is tremendous. Thanks, Kelso.

Is it me or does the rendition of the Captain Freedom figure have more in common with expectations of Silver Age art than that assocaited with the Golden Age?
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