I stumbled upon the January 1945 edition of Black Hood, #13* as part of a larger stash I acquired while on the hunt for other comics I had on my radar. Initially, my plan was to flip it and hold onto the rest, but holding this piece in my hands has completely shifted my perspective—I’m now reluctant to let it go. The cover, with its uniquely odd design, hails from MLJ Magazines, the same publisher behind the beloved Archie Comics, adding an intriguing element to the mix.
Credit is due to Irv Novick for the captivating cover art, while the stories within showcase the talents of Archie’s esteemed artist bullpen, including luminaries like Bill Vigoda and Al Fagaly. Not to be overlooked, issue #16* (Fall 1945) boasts a cover by Everett Raymond Kinstler, adding another layer of artistic brilliance to the series.
Black Hood, the alter ego of police officer “Kip” Matthew Kipling Burland, even had his own radio show at one point, a testament to his popularity during the Golden Age of comics. Yet, despite these achievements, he’s fallen into the archives of forgotten superheroes, joining the ranks of those who didn’t quite make it to the superhero hall of fame.
* Sold copy