Blue Bolt volume 8 #9*, published in February 1948 by Novelty Press, captured the essence of a bygone era in the world of comic books. The cover depicted Dick Cole of the Farr Military Academy, not merely as a conventional superhero, but as a beacon of virtue and honor. Raised under the guidance of Professor Blair in an unconventional experiment to cultivate the perfect individual, Dick Cole exemplified the epitome of goodness and righteousness.
In this particular scene, Dick Cole is portrayed in a moment of chivalry, defending the honor of a young lady clad in a sleeveless red dress, seemingly impervious to the biting cold—a subtle hint at the possibility of her possessing superhuman abilities. The artwork, masterfully crafted by Al McWilliams, not only captivated readers but also left them intrigued by the mysteries lurking within the narrative.
Blue Bolt’s journey spanned a remarkable 101 issues, from its inception in June 1940 to its conclusion in October 1949, when Novelty Press relinquished it to the hands of L.B. Cole, a luminary in the realm of comic book artistry. Cole’s artistic prowess breathed new life into the series, evident in his iconic football-themed cover for Volume 9 #6, published in November 1948.
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