Monday, June 29, 2009

Read: Flash Comics #13

Issue: Flash Comics #13 (Reprinted in The Golden Age Hawkman Archives v.1)
Title: "Satana, the Tiger Girl" (Suggested Title)
Published Date: Jan 1941
Generation: Golden Age Carter
Retcon Status: In Continuity

Summary: Carter takes Shiera to see "Satana," an animal act featuring her trained tigers.  During the performance, though, tragedy strikes when one of the tigers mauls a guest.  Satana says the the animal will be destroyed, but Carter spies a little smile on her face when the man is killed, and is suspicious.  He follows her back to her laboratory as Hawkman and discovers that she is experimenting on the tigers.  A little research yields that she is actually Sara Descarl, a surgeon who perfected a method for brain transplants.

Armed with a hunting knife, Hawkman returns to the lab and confirms his theory that Satana has transplanted human brains (and eyes) in the tigers' bodies.  She orders her cats to attack the hero, and he is forced to kill both of them.  Satana tries to shoot Hawkman, but he disarms here with a well-thrown knife, then turns her over to the police.

Review: A strange little story which features quite a lot of violence, even for a Golden Age story.  Moldoff does his usual good work here, including a funny panel with the human-brained tigers sitting around, smoking and reading the paper.  This is more in line with what I think is expected from GA superheroes than the last couple of stories, and it's not a bad read -- bewarned, though, that the reprint in the Archive Edition has the pages out of order.

Image: Flash Comics #13, 1941, Sheldon Moldoff.

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