Blue Beetle #59

Blue Beetle #59

The cover of issue #59* is adorned with classic headlights and featuring a damsel in distress, in this case, the intrepid Daily Record reporter Joan Mason.

Published in June 1950, this issue marked the twilight of the Blue Beetle‘s tenure under the Fox banner.

Known by his alter ego, Dan Garrett, the Blue Beetle possessed no inherent superhuman abilities. Instead, he relied on his keen intellect, physical prowess, and a specialized bulletproof costume made of a mysterious fabric called “pyroceram” to combat crime.  This costume provided him with a degree of protection against bullets and other forms of harm.

Blue Beetle #51

Blue Beetle #51

Later Dan was further empowered by a “super-energy” vitamin developed by his friend and pharmacist, Dr. Franz. This vitamin, known as “Vitamin 2X,” granted Garrett enhanced strength and speed, effectively augmenting his crime-fighting capabilities. His decision to adopt the mantle of the Blue Beetle and his subsequent adventures were fueled by a strong sense of duty and a commitment to upholding the law.

Created by Charles Nicholas Wojtkoski, who wrote under the pen name Charles Nicholas, with artist Charles Clarence “Chuck” Winter providing the illustrations. Blue Beetle made his debut in Mystery Men Comics #1, published by Fox Features Syndicate in July 1939.

Incredibly, the issues first story features the character’s versatility by showcasing the Blue Beetle’s unorthodox methods of thwarting villains. From churning butter to molding milk bottles and even hurling ice cream, the Blue Beetle’s ingenuity knows no bounds.

 

Meanwhile, issue #51*, dating back to December 1947, boasts a cover illustrated by the talented Jack Kamen, featuring the captivating tale of “The Shady Lady.” Described as a “nocturnal bombshell” and a “dangerous doll who dates with death,” the Shady Lady’s allure is palpable from the moment her story unfolds within the pages.

Regrettably, issues #3*, #51*, and 59* have since departed from my collection, leaving behind a void in the stash of Golden Age treasures.