VIRUS VIGILANTE (4)
November 12, 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.
Unlike many police officers today, who out of misguided machismo refuse to wear any sort of mask when out in public, Detective-Sergeant Stephen Thatcher exercised an abundance of caution when it came to contracting or spreading respiratory illnesses. Beginning in 1933, he “moonlighted” as The Moon Man, robbing criminals and distributing the loot to the poor… while sporting a spherical helmet of Argus (one-way mirror) glass. How did he breathe without fogging up his dome? It’s literally unclear.
First appearance: Ten Detective Aces, “The Sinister Sphere”, 06/01/33
Created by: Frederick C. Davis
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