Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Slugs And Kisses From The Blonde Bomber

With the exception of Senorita Rio and Undercover Girl, none of the heroines that fascinated me seem to rate cover treatment in a comic book title. Their stories were often relegated to a place deep in the book. And their series were often short-lived.

One of the ladies who definitely received short shrift was The Blonde Bomber, a news photographer whose adventures popped up semi-regularly in The Green Hornet, from the Harvey comic line. She also made sporadic appearances in All-New and Speed Comics.

Her real name was Honey Blake and her work as a news agency camerawoman presented all sorts of opportunities for mayhem.

She earned the Blonde Bomber title from her aggressive habit of taking on troublemakers, frequently decking them with her fists. It was a welcome change of pace from other heroines of the period, who usually resorted to firearms, improvised weapons, or Judo throws to bring down an opponent.

For back-up, Honey relied on her partner, a rotund but stalwart technician named Jimmy Slapso. Their relationship was strictly Platonic... a partnership of mutual respect and support. If you can excuse Honey's occasional jibes about Slapso's weight.

This story is from Green Hornet number 22.

(Try to excuse the trite, Latinized dialogue provided to the folks from the Southern Hemisphere. The notion of ethnic sensitivity was barely a spot on the horizon during the 1940s.)

I've no clue regarding the artist and writer for this piece. A check with the Grand Comic-Book Database drew a blank.

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