Saturday, September 13, 2014
Crossover Cover: Bitter Fruit
The beginning of a story arc running from issues 19-23. Near the beginning of this issue, a friend of Margo Lane’s asks her when she plans to finally marry Lamont Cranston, saying “You think that marriage means the good times are over, don’t you? But look at Nora! Has she slowed down any since she got hitched?” Margo replies, “What about Dian? She and her beau are thick as thieves. Does the fact that she doesn’t have a ring on her finger make a bit of difference?” Nora is heiress Nora Charles, who investigates crimes alongside her husband Nick, a former private investigator, as seen in Dashiell Hammett’s novel The Thin Man and the subsequent film series starring William Powell and Myrna Loy. Dian is Dian Belmont, the girlfriend and companion of Wesley Dodds, aka the Sandman, whose exploits appeared in Adventure Comics in the 1940s.