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.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Tara, Swashbuckling Space Outlaw

It has occurred to me that the authors/artists of space-themed comic books during the 1940's must have reached a common conclusion about the evolution of the human race.  Specifically, these futurists apparently believed that human females would develop a thermal resistance that made them impervious to changes in temperature.  As evidence, I cite the fact that, no matter what the depicted situation or what their male counterparts were wearing, females in futuristic settings usually wear the equivalent of a backless, strapless minidress or a two piece bathing suit.  I wonder what led these writers to this conclusion.  Whatever the reason, they diligently relayed their findings to their curious readership of mostly young boys.  This 1948 issue of Tara, posted on Four Color Shadows, is an excellent example.

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