Sunday, January 5, 2014

Golden Oldie: FLASH COMICS #86 (Aug 1947)

Black Canary made her dramatic debut in Flash Comics #86 back in 1947.

While Hawkman and the Flash headlined the book until from the beginning to the series' cancellation, many other characters got a chance to shine in Flash Comics.  One of the regular features for years was Johnny Thunder, and it was in the pages of this "comedy adventure" strip that the Black Canary first appeared.

Here now, the complete six-page Johnny Thunder story, "The Black Canary" by Robert Kanigher and Carmine Infantino.

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Next Sunday: Another Golden Oldie with a look at Flash Comics #87!


  1. I remember reading this story in an old Super-Spectacular back in the 70s, the all-female one featuring Supergirl. The Canary featured here was so very different from the one we know, bit Veronica Lake in appearance.

  2. Yeah, it does look like Infantino based her appearance on Veronica Lake, especially in the later panels when she's robbing and fighting Socks.

    Canary's role in the Johnny Thunder strip seemed to be a vampy femme fatale that would lead him the guy into perilous situations for the sake of comedy. It takes a little while for her to really come across as "heroic".