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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

American Comic Book Propaganda Versus Japan - 18

While I admire the ingenuity in creating a comic book character, I must say that the majority of comic book art from the so-called Golden Age is barely passable as art.

By that, I mean one can tell the great art stylings of LB Cole, Hal Foster, Carl Barks, Frank Frazetta, Bob Kane, Lou Fine and others versus the stiffness of say damn near everyone else—Including on this day's entry into American comic book propaganda versus Japan—starring Cat-Man #13 with art by Charles Quinlan.

To be fair, the art isn't horrible... it's just crowded... and that may be the fault of his editor or publisher, which just HAD to advertise all of the features inside the comic book magazine.

Hmmm... let me alter my opinion of the art... it IS actually better than most, but still not up there with the greats. Why?

Quinlan actually draws the Japanese on the cover so that they look Japanese. Forget the orange complexion - that's the colorist! No! The people actually look like people rather than the demonic monsters virtually every single other comic book depiction from this era.

It's 1942! Japan recently bombed Pearl Harbor and Japan is part of the evil empire....

I mean, yeah... it's horrible that one of the Japanese—strangely dressed in some weird-looking hooded purple robe is about to put a knife into Catman's feline fatale Kitten.

Yes... Kitten... played by a tween or very young teenage girl. 

We can blame Batman and Robin for the need of every superhero to have a sidekick.

Back to Kitten... check it out. She's tied up and has some sort of weird gas being pumped into her mouth by those well-tanned Japanese fellows in the strange-colored toga.

Cat-Man and Kitten were created by artists Irwin Hasen (Cat-Man) and Charles M. Quinlan (Kitten) with unknown writers, which leads me to believe that they came up with the concepts, and writers fleshed out origins and initial storylines.

Cat-Man was first published in 1940 by various Frank Z. Temerson companies, with Holyoke Publishing being the most widely known of them. Regardless, Cat-Man first appeared in 1940 under Tem Publishing Co. another Temerson company, under Crash Comics #4.

Cat-Man is David Merryweather, whose parents were killed and was raised by a momma tiger. He lived with the tigers for years, and honed his athletic abilities to the point where they could be considered superhuman, possessing: super-strength, enhanced agility, natural night vision, and the legendary "9 lives" of cats.

Eventually returning to the world of man, Merryweather in the U.S., saw how criminals preyed on people, and decided to become a private dick (investigator). Later, as a state-side officer in the U.S. Army, he eventually put on an olive green and orange costume with a black cat-head symbol and became Cat-Man. Orange and green? What sort of kitty cat is made up of colors like that?

Kitten and Cat-Man look pretty good here. Art from Kitten's ears are quite different from how they appeared in the early Golden Age books - and she looks far-less child-like, but this is very good work. I assume it is fan art.
As for Kitten... that's Katie Conn, (from Wikipedia): an 11-year-old circus acrobat who fell under the guardianship of her unscrupulous uncle after her parents died in a fire. The uncle forced Katie to steal things for him. Cat-Man intervened on her behalf and made sure her uncle was brought to justice. Since she no longer had a guardian, David adopted Katie. She tried to help him fight crime, sewing a matching red and yellow costume and calling herself the Kitten. At first, David tried to keep her from helping him, but Katie eventually proved herself and the two became partners. As the series continued, Katie matured and David was promoted to the rank of captain.

Wow... an acrobat kid whose parents died mysteriously... gee, that doesn't sound like Robin at all.

To show you how stupid some things are in the early so-called Golden Age of comic books... After Cat-Man #1 appeared in 1941, the title ran for a total of 33 issues... but there is NO 33rd issue... just a second issue of 32.

Cat-Man and Kitten fell into the public domain... so anyone can create stories using them. Powers: Super-strength, agility, night vision, nine lives

This Cat-Man is NOT related to DC Comics’ Cat-man character who is now one of the more cool characters I read recently in the Secret Six comic book series.

Take that, Japan!
Andrew Old Glory Joseph

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