VIRUS VIGILANTE (7)
November 22, 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.
WWII had already begun — though of course the USA had not yet entered the conflict — when Lady Luck came along in 1940. Brenda Banks, a young Irish-American heiress, rejected her vapid debutante circle, trained in martial arts (and, as we can see here, fencing), and dedicated herself to the cause. To that end, her costume included a green veil; as a mask, this wasn’t particularly effective at either preventing the transmission of airborne viruses or concealing her identity. Fun fact: Although a member of the Antiviral Alliance, she also led the all-female Lady Luck Patrol.
Publisher: A namesake, four-page weekly feature (published in a Sunday newspaper comics insert colloquially called “The Spirit Section”), which ran from June 2, 1940 to November 3, 1946.
Creators: Will Eisner with Chuck Mazoujian.
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