The Swing Shift Shuffle is a radio program of swing, big band, jazz, boogie woogie and other popular music from the 1930's and 40's that airs every Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (US Central Time) on WEVL 89.9 FM in Memphis, Tennessee, with a live webcast at In addition to the radio show, this blog is dedicated to all aspects of the Swing Era, including art, automobiles, cartoons, comics, history, movies, music, news, science, technology, and anything else that happened during that time. It also includes announcements about events in the Memphis/Mid-South area related to the Swing Era, such as classic movies, concerts, dances, lectures, etc. If you see something that fits the description, send it to me at If you would like more information about the radio show, just go to the Radio Show FAQ page.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Forgotten Comics

I love it when I learn about things from the Swing Era that are exactly what you would imagine them to be.  If someone told me about classic comic stories with names like The Black Condor, The Red Torpedo, Space Legion, Madam Fatal (actually a male hero who disguises himself as an old lady [Mrs. Doubtfire?]), and Alias the Spider; I would reasonably assume they were made up to sound like classic comic books.  As revealed by Golden Age Comic Book Stories, they were real.  This posting features all of them in a December 1940 issue of . . . (wait for it) . . . Crack Comics.

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