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, February 25, 2015

The Clock Strikes

Now presenting our hero, "The Clock!"  While it is certainly a mysterious name for a comic book hero, it does not sound like the most fearsome name ever used.  In this 1937 comic, posted on Four Color Shadows, The Clock is summoned by an equally mysterious girl known as "The Orchid" to break up a protection racket.  No superpowers, just a suit, a mask and fists.  I mean seriously though, "The Clock?"  Are there any other household appliance heroes out there?  Even "The Toaster" sounds at least a little more dangerous. 

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