Sunday, July 13, 2014

Golden Oldie (sort of): ADVENTURE COMICS #399

Black Canary's Golden Age solo adventures ended with the cancellation of Flash Comics in 1948.  However, the Canary's creators produced two more tales of the Blonde Bombshell that would not be published for over two decades.  The second of those stories appeared in Adventure Comics #399 in 1970.  In addition to Black Canary's story, this issue starred Supergirl and featured a cover by Mike Sekowsky and Dick Giordano.

"Television Told the Tale" is written by Robert Kanigher and drawn by Carmine Infantino.  I don't know when the story was created; it might have been intended for Flash Comics #105 or it might have been produced months earlier and just fell between the cracks.  I don't know if there is any significance to the fact that the story is only six pages; maybe this wasn't meant for the regular run and was conceived just as a fill-in should the need arise.

Dinah Drake tells Larry Lance that Mrs. Landall hired her to deliver the floral decorations for when the woman's prized jewels are shown on television.  Larry drives Dinah to Landall's lakeside estate where they notice the mansion's perfect view of the motorboat races happening later that day.

Dinah sets up the flower display around Mrs. Landall and her jewels, but she doesn't stay for the taping.  She leaves Larry and returns to her shop to watch the show on her TV set.  However, as Landall shows off her jewels, Dinah notices that the camera man is focusing on the drapes behind the woman.

Suspecting something's wrong, Dinah changes into the garb of the Black Canary and returns to Landall's estate.  She finds the old woman tied up and Larry just barely regaining consciousness.  He tells her that the cameraman and some thugs stole the diamonds.  Then Black Canary hears the sound of motorboats outside and springs into action.

Black Canary manages to swim and catch up to the robbers' boat.  When the leader pulls a gun, she reminds him that they're cruising right into the highly photographed motorboat race and they're sure to be identified if they kill her.  This stalls the goons long enough for the Canary to take the advantage.

Black Canary struggles with the pilot and manages to crash their boat right in front of the crowd gathered for the race's finish line.  The pilot pulls a gun, but she hits him before he can fire.

Another thrilling adventure where Black Canary doesn't get knocked unconscious!  I'm suspecting the editor may have thought these were too unbelievable to be published in the '40s.  Nevertheless, this was another great little story that showed Black Canary kicking butt like a serious crime fighter.  She takes out three armed goons, and she doesn't rely on props or surprise; she just beats their asses with her fists and her feet.  Plus, it's always great when the woman in fishnets ends up in the water!

Well, that's it for Black Canary's Golden Age adventures, that is until I get copies of her Justice Society appearances in All-Star Comics, and I don't know when that'll happen.  And that means that's all for the Golden Oldie feature.  I hope you enjoyed Kanigher and Infantino's run on Black Canary as much as I did!

1 comment:

  1. Ive got all these early 70s Adventure Comics featuring Supergirl, plus the Loislane books for the Thorn mainly.
    So I was pleasantly surprised to read in these old Adventures that they were featuring occasional Black Canary tales - and old ones at that, too!
    By the early 70s [and yes, I do recall them!] these vintage stories of the original Canary [plus the Justice Society et al] were already beginning to look their age, and absolutely impossible to find anywhere, so getting the opportunity to see them was brilliant.
    The Supergirl story wasnt bad either!