Wednesday, January 14, 2015

What The Fuck Were They Thinking?: Madame Fatal

Happy Hump Day

Check it out folks, it's the first ever 2015 edition of WTFWTT/What The Fuck Were They Thinking!?

Today's inaugaral inductee in the class of 2015, is defintely one of the most odd ball of heroes from the Golden Age of comics, 

Is that Granny's younger sister?


                                                          Momma don't take no mess!

Yep, this gal-guy.

This guy was basically Ms. Doubtfire a good sixty years before Robin Williams ever dreamt of successfully dresing in drag.

(Crack Comics#40 May 1940)

Created by golden-age writer/artist Art Pinajian, the story goes that inventor, master stage actor and millionaire Richard Stanton became the "Madame Fatal" as a means to help himself find his kidnapped daughter.

He did so and thus, Madame Fatal was born.

Ever the master actor and customed performer, Stanton didn't stop becoming the crime-fighting version of Mrs. Doubtfire after finding his daughter. Nope. That cross-dressing sum/ bitch made himself a brand new career of it.

Well until 1956, when DC Comics bought out Quality Comics and their cast of comic book characters.

Fatal's only had a very sproradic few appearences after that, especially in the modern era, first appearing in a cameo in James Robinson and Paul Smith's beautifully done JSA Elseworlds story, The Golden Age in 1993.

A brief mention in passing by Wildcat in JSA#1(1999), and an appearence or two in Robinson's 2012 Shade Maxi-Series.

                                                         Dressing drag like a BOSS

I seriously can't believe Grant Morrison hasn't used this nutjob yet. He's custom-made for Morrison.

Mr. Pinajian. Sir.

 As progressive no doubt as you were in creating Mrs.Fletcher(Murder She Wrote) on steriods....

...Seriously sir,

What The Fuck Were You Thinking!?


The King of Thessaly said...

Finally; you did one of these about a character I don't already like / never heard of! I own The Golden Age too... awesome book.
I gotta say though- it's a pretty cool idea. What would unnerve me more, as a criminal? Some random guy coming to fight me- or an old lady kicking all our asses? A WTF-moment, for sure.

Dale Bagwell said...

I hear ya man. Not to mention how embarassing it'd be to have your ass handed to you by an seemingly appearing sept/octogenarian.

Glad I finally picked one you agree on;)

Randomnerd said...

That has to be the creepiest thing I've ever seen. What do you wanna bet the writer caught Granddad trying on Grandma's support hose and had to work up a plausible explanation to keep his bruised intellect intact? It's the only thing I can come up.

Dale Bagwell said...

You've never heard of Madame Fatal Ging?

I would go with that one too;)

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