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Monday, June 11, 2018

Bob Phantom (Seriously!)

The hero of this 1941 comic, posted on Four Color Shadows, is "Bob Phantom."  He is not "The Green Phantom" or "Phantom Flyer" or even "Robert Phantom," - just Bob Phantom.  To make matters worse, his hero name bears no relationship to his secret identity, which is Walt Whitney, Broadway columnist.  What would be next, "Fred Batman"? 

And another thing - I know it was the 1940's, and male condescension to females was taught in kindergarten, but this guy seems like too much even for the times.  I'm surprised his secretary didn't slug him. 

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