*Miscellaneous 1940-1959: We’re re-visiting a gem from the Bute Collection this week. From 1948, a Timely/Marvel issue of the Blonde Phantom, #17. If there’s another costumed heroine who fights crime in floor-length evening gown and high heels, I can’t think of her. Beneath a dynamic cover (possibly by Mike Sekowsky), you get three clever mystery stories with stylish and accomplished art by Syd Shores and Vince Alascia, chronicling the adventures of prim secretary Louise Grant who transforms into the glamorous Blonde Phantom to fight crime and solve mysteries. The ‘filler’ story this issue is nothing less than a tale of Namor and Namora by Bill Everett (what a filler!). What a great package! This is a very respectable copy with unmarked cover, apart from quite minor edge and spine wear and a tiny nick central cover top. The staples are firm at spine and centrefold and the supple pages are a nice off-white to cream. There is a 4.5 cm lower spine split and slight tanning to inner cover edges. Heck, I’m not 75 and I don’t look this good! High resolution images are available on request.
PICTURED: BLONDE PHANTOM #17 VG- £550 SOLD