Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Golden Age Action Figures - Master Man

Today I present my second entry in the "superheroes killed off my DC Comics legal team" blog arc. This entry was from Fawcett (who eventually sold out their comics line to DC) but this was an early casualty named Master Man, lead hero from Master Comics. Originally appearing in Master Comics #1, he ran for six issues (March to September 1940) before Fawcett saw the legal writing on the wall and with issue #7 Bulletman took over the title. Master Man is stronger than untamed horses, swifter than raging winds, braver than mighty lions, wiser than wisdom (?) and kind as Galahad. I'm not sure how you become wiser than wisdom but that sounds pretty smart. In the opening the person who would become Master Man was a weakly little kid to whom a kindly doctor gave a magic pill called Vitacap which, with clean living and good food, turned him into the strongest man in the world, off whom bullets bounced. When he reached adulthood Master Man built a huge fortress with which to observe mankind and discover evil that he could thwart. In the lead story a gang of criminals invades a peaceful town and Master Man dispatches them and saves the orphans and their nurse from the burning orphanage and rescues the mayor's daughter from the crime boss. The action figure was created using a Toy Biz Daredevil body and arms, the legs of a Toy Biz Silver Surfer and the head from a Star Trek Paris figure. Star Trek heads really fit these superhero bodies very well. The large circle on his belt was created using a hole punch on a piece of sheet plastic.
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