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Thursday, January 10, 2013

COMIC BOOK COMPULSIVE — Sensational Acromaid Comics

As previously established, I like my comics weird and exotic, and fitting that bill nicely is Sensational Acromaid Comics, an eight page, black, white and red comic published in England during the post war period.  Although none of them really took off during this era a lot of different creators and publishers tried their hands doing American style superheroes with various degrees of failure.  I want to call Acromaid a powerless costumed adventurer, but neither term is exactly accurate.  Because although she doesn’t have any actual super powers Acromaid was more than a bit of a bad-ass and although she has a distinctive wardrobe (red evening gown and matching buccaneer boots) it’s hard to call it a costume.

She was the creation of  Dennis Malcolm Reader, a British artist who was fascinated with American superheroes and who’s art was influenced by (strangely enough) both Milton Caniff and Joe Shuster.  According to the Lambiek Comiclopedia he created such British superheroes as ‘Powerman’ (Super-Duper, 1946-49), ‘Electro Girl’ (New Jungle Comics, 1947-49), ‘Rick Larson’ (Four Deuces), ‘Both 3000′, ‘Burt Steele’ (Bestofall Comics), ‘Wonder Boy’ (G-Boy Comics), ‘Acromaid’, ‘Venus’, ‘Phantom Maid’, ‘Johnny Wilde’ (Hubba Hubba), ‘Tim Craig’ (Atomic Bombshell).  And me being me, I hope I get the chance to read them all.


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