Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Golden Age Action Figures - Silver Streak

In a previous post on the Golden Age Daredevil I mentioned his first appearance was in Silver Streak Comics published by Lev Gleason. However, it wasn't until issue 3 that an actual character named Silver Streak appeared in the magazine. As contrived origins goes this one ranks right up there at the top of the list. An unnamed swami was promoting a racing car named the Silver Streak but his drivers kept getting killed off by giant insects controlled by a super villain scientist named Dr. Katan. The swami then hypnotizes an unnamed cab driver into driving for him and - low and behold - this guy gets killed by the giant insects as well. However, the swami uses his magics and brings the cab driver back to life - not sure why he didn't do that for the earlier drivers - and endows him with super speed and the ability to fly. Silver Streak defeats the mad doctor and then goes on adventuring for the remainder of his comic book run. Initially wearing a sort of purple, green and orange bodysuit, he seems to have most often worn the costume depicted here. I don't have any of his adventures but I rather liked the character's look. He also has a couple of sidekicks - one I've seen variously reported as a hawk or falcon named Whiz (depicted to left) and a kid sidekick at first named Mercury and later Meteor, but I have no depictions of him. The action figure was made using a Toy Biz Silver Surfer body and the head from a Galoob Starship Troopers Ace Levy head.
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