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From DC Comics' secret history. A fascinating new collection of Sally the Sleuth adventures culled from both comics and pulps published by Trojan, a silent arm of Donenfeld's DC Comics in the 1940s and early 50s. With 100 pages in full color! Sally the Sleuth was one of the naughtiest heroines of the golden age. She started in two- and four-page black & white "comic strips" in 1934-43 issues of Spicy Detective Stories, one of the most risque under-the-counter pulps. This collects 65 of those. Then she moved into slightly less sexy but still scandalous comic book stories in Crime Smashers #1-15, all of which are here, right up to 1953.
Sally proved in her run of adventures that women could be anything: murderous doctors, gang leaders, gun molls, victimized starlets, and even two-fisted detectives. Sally, with her uncanny ability to fight crime even partially nude, can bust evil doers as well as foreign saboteurs, madmen and madwomen.
Although we can't attribute these stories to any particular artist, Adolph Barreaux often did layouts and design for these, in addition to his work as the publisher. So did artists Keets Petree and Max Plaisted. Plaisted did very good sci fi work for Standard/Nedor (Exciting, Thrilling) in the early 1940s, and an example of his work on Vera Ray, another sexy early strip, is here. There's also a sample page from Olga Mesmer's adventures, "The Girl With the X-Ray Eyes", that could be by Barreaux or, to our eyes, Plaisted. It's from a 1937 Spicy Mystery.
This is almost unique in the history of pulps and comics...pulps very rarely ran comic book pages, and probably never one as long-lasting as Sally. She was actually a detective's assistant and occasionally a government agent...a spy for our side. She thought nothing of seducing foreign agents, was constantly tied up and stripped naked and embroiled in knock-down, drag out fights with both men and women. But she always came though in the end, albeit clad only in a bra and briefs, reporting back to her "chief."
Later in the comics she became stuck to being a detective. There's lots of good-girl action and fights, but she usually kept her clothes on. Wertham in Seduction of the Innocent used one of her stories to show an example of a girl "raped and murdered." However, the rape was all in Wertham's head...it was simply a girl killed by a madman. Why be honest when you can exaggerate, Mr. Wertham! All fifteen of these adventures are in full color, 6-8 pages each.
"...transitioning from naked adventures in men's mags, to more wholesome gun shoot-outs with crooks in the later pages of Crime Smashers. Sally the Sleuth proves herself to be a daring, risk-taking detective available to do anything to crack a case!'
Introduction by comics historian Tim Hanley (Wonder Woman Unbound).
Amazon is offering a print on demand edition of this with NO inside color and 48 less pages. That's why this is noted as the special Colour Edition, with more pages and 100 pages of color.
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Item Code SALSL Publisher Bedside Press Publish Date 2018 ISBN 9781988715117 Binding Soft Cover Dimensions 6x9 # Pages 296pg Color Partial Color
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