Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Crossover Cover: Mystery Woman

Fantomah manipulates Cassie Hack and Vlad into attacking the woman responsible for despoiling her jungle home. Fantomah’s mistress attempts to replace her with Cassie, but Vlad convinces his friend not to abandon her humanity. Fantomah, created by the infamous Fletcher Hanks, appeared in fifty issues of Jungle Comics, published by Fiction House. She was an incredibly powerful being who dealt bizarre punishments to those who threatened the jungle where she dwelt; when she used her powers, her face sometimes assumed the form of a skull. Cassie and Vlad previously encountered her in the “Super Sidekick Sleepover Slaughter” storyline.


  1. Fantomah at first seems a bit too powerful for a superhero in the CU. But really, she's more like a Lovecraftian eldritch abomination than a regular superhero.

  2. Fantomah's career in the CU would also be very brief given what happened in the Hack/Slash stories. "Mystery Woman" seems to imply that she was captured by the Crime Cabal after dealing with a team-up between Arco (from Jungle Comics #11) and Zomax (Jungle Comics #14) in 1941. Fantomah would stay imprisoned till the "Super Sidekick Sleepover Slaughter" story decades later.

    Fletcher Hanks only did fourteen Fantomah stories, and the last one was published in Jungle Comics #15, cover dated March 1941. The post-Hanks Fantomah was so different that she may as well have been an all-new character, so you're welcome to ignore those if you want.

  3. I never got around to the "Super Sidekick Sleepver Slaughter" issues of Hack/Slash for one reason or the other. Still what you say makes sense.