VIRUS VIGILANTE (3)
November 6, 2020
One in a series of posts about the Antiviral Alliance, a now-forgotten squad of comic-book vigilantes who during the years leading up to (and through) WWII worked tirelessly to prevent another Spanish Flu-like pandemic. Fun fact: The original intercompany crossover, this “event” would inspire National Comics and All-American Publications to form the Justice Society of America in 1940–1941.
THE ANTIVIRAL ALLIANCE: THE VIGILANTE | SANDMAN | THE SHADOW | THE MOON MAN | THE CLOCK | FANTOM OF THE FAIR | LADY LUCK | THE LAUGHING MASK | KINKS MASON | THE DESERT EAGLE | THE CHALLENGER | THE THUNDERER | BLAZING SKULL.
Who knows what viruses lurk in the respiratory droplets of men? The Shadow knows. A former aviator who fought for the French during World War I, Kent Allard experienced the great influenza pandemic of 1918-19 firsthand, watching helplessly as far more soldiers died from the Spanish Flu than from combat casualties. Armed with Colt .45 pistols and magician tricks, beginning in the early 1930s, the Shadow worked tirelessly to flatten the curve in New York.
Wonder why so many people mistakenly think it’s OK to wear their mask underneath their nose? Unfortunately, the Shadow helped popularize this foolish behavior.
First comics appearance: June 17, 1940
Publisher: A syndicated daily newspaper comic strip
The strip’s story continuity was written by Walter B. Gibson, with plot lines adapted from the Shadow pulps, and the strip was illustrated by Vernon Greene. The Shadow debuted on July 31, 1930, as the mysterious narrator of the radio program Detective Story Hour.
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