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.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Flash Lightning

As posted on Pappy's Golden Age Comics Blogzine, Sure-Fire Comics introduced "Flash Lightning" in 1940.  Aside from the similarity to Flash Gordon, apparently legal problems with DC regarding its character, the Flash, led the creators to drop the F, and go with Lash Lightning.  Apparently, schooled in the sciences of ancient Egypt and an armed with an ancient weapon, he can hurl lightning to destroy the forces of evil.

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