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The BLACK TERROR has long been a favorite of Golden Age fans in general, and has certainly been represented often enough within the pages of Men of Mystery in years past. He’s been absent far too long lately, but he returns here in MOM #92 in one of his most gripping 1940′s adventures in a story originally printed in Black Terror # 22, a story partially inked by the legendary FRANK FRAZETTA!!. And the ‘TERROR is not the only vintage “heavy-hitter” of the era along for the ride, as Hillman Pubs AIRBOY is on board as well, with an Ernie Schroeder- illustrated tale from Airboy Volume 6, #5 involving sightless tribesman, ice-incas, and lots of weirdness! Quality Comics’ great, DOLLMAN is a part of things, too- with and adventure pitting The Mighty Mite against one of his most colorful villains, The Minstrel, in a John Spranger story from Dollman #33. These three were among the longest-lived, most successful costumed characters of the Golden Age. Of course, EVERY issue of MOM celebrates the rare and obscure costumed heroes of The Golden Age, as well as the very best- and everything in between. So prepare to be amazed by a look at the ORIGINAL comic book thunder god, Fox Features’ version of THOR, in a full-length adventure from the pages of the July 1940 issue (#4) of Fox’s Weird Comics. More history from the progeny of Victor Fox pops up with a story of REX DEXTER, the FIRST all-orignal, ongoing-series outer space hero ever created in the American comic book. This bizarre spaceman, written and drawn by the very unique Dick Briefer, debuted in Mystery Men Comics in 1939, and this issue’s story comes from among his first half-dozen appearances. There’s more sci-fi heroics after that, with Fiction Houses’ RED COMET, from Planet #1.That cosmic- level champion known as PHANTASMO is back, in another outing illustrated by pioneering African-American artist Elmer Stoner, from Dell Comics’ The Funnies #48.Check out the ORIGIN of Standard/Nedor’s atom-fueled powerhouse, The AMERICAN CRUSADER; an 18-page feature length tome last seen in Thrilling Comics #19. Looking for a super-hero based in Eastern mysticism? Check out The RED DRAGON, seen here reprinted from Street & Smith’s Super-Magician Comics title. Fiction House’ genre-bending heroine TABU is here again, too- he operates in the jungle, wears a cape and fights evil- using mystical powers. Do we call him a magician, a super-hero, or a jungle character? He’s ALL THREE!! As usual, there’ll be a selection of heroes never before seen in an issue of MEN OF MYSTERY- this go-around, it’s the offbeat duo named NIGHTMARE and SLEEPY, plus the man known as GUNMASTER- the most violently anti-gun character you are likely to see ever represented in late-1940′s American comic books; both are from Hillman Pubs’ Clue Comics. In addition, there are appearances by a trio of Bob Powell creation- The SCARLET ARROW, The WEAVER and The mysterious, mythical MAN in BLACK.

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