Action! Mystery! Thrills!: Comic Book Covers of the Golden Age revisits an anything-goes era when comics cost ten cents and the iron fist of the Comics Code Authority had yet to descend. Geared mostly to boys (with clubhouses, secret identities, airplanes, female fantasy objects [Sheena, Queen of the Jungle, anyone?], and many skimpily clad maidens in distress), these prized objects were replete with heroes in colorful, skin-tight costumes displaying outstanding musculature as they battle evil; assorted ghouls and lurid sic fi monsters; preening, fiendish mad scientists; menacing Asians and Nazis being vanquished … well, you get the picture!
I've assembled a few images from the book for your delectation, but trust me … these covers have to be seen to be believed!! Each spread is annotated in the notes.
I did get a laugh out of a Retronaut feature on "rubbish superpowers." Here are a few samples.
this collection of covers from "Thrilling" and "Exciting" Comics.
DC Comics Super Heroes: The Filmation Adventures, with a gaggle of costumed crusaders presented in animated cartoon form, and the fascinating Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics, virtually a history of comics in general.