Wednesday, March 22, 2017

ITG's ABCs: Phantom Lady Action Comics Weekly #s 636-641 (Jan. - Mar. 1989)

On this episode of ITG's ABCs (which is short for Anthology & Back-up Comics Stories), I'll be taking a look at the 6-part Phantom Lady serial from Action Comics Weekly #s 636-641!

This series introduced a new legacy hero to the DCU, as recent college grad Dee Tyler attempts to fill the singular one-piece of Golden Age great, Sandra Knight!  I think Dee showed some potential, and writer Len Strazewski packed this series with ideas that I think could have supported an ongoing series, had the public demanded it.  Still, we're left with what I think is one of the more enjoyable Action Comics Weekly features, so please have a listen to my recap!

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This episode's promo: Worst Collection Ever

Theme created using a sample of 'Shotgun' by Duran Duran

Mrs Emma Peel - commencement speaker?

Great expressions, and a nice demonstration of what PL can do

Fight scene that would have Frederic Wertham spinning in his grave

A crowd of Phantom Ladies, plus Hobbes makes the scene

PL swipes Cyclops' headgear

A shocking revelation


Anj said...

I did not get Action Comics Weekly when it came out. As you say, it was a high monthly price point for the time. And since not all the characters grabbed me, I stayed away.

But one of the characters which almost got me to buy was Phantom Lady. I had run into her first in a couple of random Freedom Fighters book from the 70s. I was floored by her beauty in Crisis and Whos Who (Perez and Stevens for the win!). Suffice it to say, I am glad you are covering her here.

The story seems a little randy and definitely fun. I would have read this as a monthly. Or maybe a true miniseries. I can see why maybe DC thought it might be tough to keep this as a monthly. How often can you go to the double entendre?

And I think the art perfectly suits the story and the humor. Maybe I need to look in the cheap bins?

Mark Sweeney said...

I'd suggest it! You're right - and I don't think I stressed this enough in the episode - Austen/Martin's slightly cartoony style *was* well suited to the story, despite a couple of dark moments.

And now that you mention it, I think a contemporary Phantom Lady mini would have fit right into the DC line along with the Phil Foglio Angel & Ape and that Congorilla series . . .

Thanks for writing, Anj!

roth phallyka said...

Maybe I need to look in the cheap bins?