Saturday, April 17, 2010

Custom Action Figures - Black Lion & Cub

Today's offering in the lame side-kick name blog arc is Cub, side-kick to the Black Lion. The Black Lion appeared in Wonderworld Comics from the Fox Features Syndicate starting in 1941. Black Lion himself was really George Davis, a successful and as a result a very bored big game hunter who decides to pursue the most challenging prey of all - human criminals (maybe he should have gone after other Golden Age superheroes). After his brother Jon is killed, George takes in his nephew Larry, who becomes his ward and side-kick, named the cub. Kind of a cuddly name, isn't it?? They don't appear to actually have super powers and in the one story I have Black Lion seems to be readily knocked out by a baseball bat. The cat-like duo also drive around in a convertible - and not really a Lion-Mobile either. As for the action figures; the Black Lion was made from a Toy Biz Daredevil torso and head, with Toy Biz Silver Surfer arms and the legs from a Hasbro Bruce Wayne figure. The Cub was made from a Mattel Secret Wars Daredevil figure with the head from a Captain America. I cut the ears on their cowls from a black piece of felt and the capes were cut from pieces of black and red T-shirts.

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