Super Mystery Comics
Originally Released: 1940s
Original Publisher: Ace Magazines
Digital Release: 2012
Digital Publisher: Limemouse Books
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If you want to know what your average comic books were like during the 1940s, then look no further than Super Mystery Comics. These comic books of the future have become distant memories of the past. This collection contains six full stories that will make you feel like you are back in the “golden age” of comics. What 1940s slang will you be left saying after reading? Will it be “What a gas!” or, “What a bunch of gobbledygook?”
The first adventure the reader will embark on is with Magno: The Magnetic Man. Magno can pull himself through the air by using his magnetic powers. While saving the damsel in distress and jumping off a bridge, he proclaims: “Good thing there is iron in this cliff,” and they fly to safety. The villains, with their inflatable suits, have never been so dumbfounded as they marvel at Magno whizzing through the sky as straight as an arrow. The supervillain, The Blue Spark, in his blue chamber, will have his hands full with Magno.
The second story is all about Sky Smith. This daring pilot will stop at nothing to bring down the evil doers. Your mouth will hit the floor in shock (or from yawning) as you see what stunts he can pull off in his little plane. The villains look like they are straight out of an Anti-Japanese war poster from World War II. Even though they are not identified as Japanese and are called “Tartar’s,” it is evident that the illustrator (or publisher) was caught up in the war propaganda of the time. Read about how Sky Smith will do anything he can to keep his country safe.
The Third comic is hot! Read about Vulcan: The Volcanic Man. Watch him suck the air right out of a building fire to save a trapped woman. The gangsters who started the fire will have no idea what they are getting into as they drive by and shoot Vulcan. The bullets melt right on impact, leaving the ginger superhero in one piece. Will Vulcan be able to bring peace to the community, or will the giant cube of ice be too much for him to handle? The heat is on!
We all know James Bond, agent 007, but what about Q-13: America’s Spy Fighter? This fourth story is all about the Spy who will go to great lengths to rat out the poison politicians in Washington D.C. When there is an “un-American” meeting going on… that’s Q’s cue to disguise himself and infiltrate the shady event. Miltor, the villain, won’t be so trusting after meeting Q-13.
The fifth comic takes place in the cold, snowy terrain of Canada. When the Devil River Colony is up to no good, who will protect Canada? It’s none other than Corporal Flint of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Corporal Flint will find himself entangled in a mystery that will eventually lead him to a woman in distress and the shirtless Devil River Colony who attempt to bury him six feet under, leaving him to push up maple leaves.
The final comic is about the no-nonsense taking Mark Murdock: The Fighting District Attorney. This character is not to be confused with Matt Murdock, the blind lawyer. Mark Murdock can see just fine, and what he sees is disgusting corruption inside a prison. This tale follows Mark punching the snot out of a mob boss while interrogating him in prison, a gun illegally being planted on him, his car crashing off a bridge, and him ushering justice for all.
The Pros: Super Mystery Comics is a great place to view a handful of comics from way back in time. These comics clearly show what many countries, not just America, were dealing with in the 1940s-war, spies, and corruption. In that respect, these comics can be looked at as a historical source by providing a glimpse into what life was like in those difficult times.
The Cons: For someone wanting fun and engaging stories, this isn’t for you.
Is it a forgettable adventure? Yes, but you won’t forget how bored you were.
Jer gives it 2/5.