The Ominous Octopus

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Superman Serial That Was Never Made

Republic wanted to make a Superman serial, but couldn't get the rights to the character.


Monday, February 19, 2018


This time Torchy has written something, or then again, maybe she hasn't.


Friday, February 16, 2018

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Superman Recycling Ad

A wartime ad encourages readers to recycle paper to help the war effort.


Thursday, February 8, 2018

The Spider Woman Strikes Back

The Spider Lady strikes back, sort of.

A sort of Spider Lady character appeared in the first Poison Ivy story, in BATMAN #181

Along with a couple of other supervillianesses, all of whom were shown up by Poison Ivy.

Dale remarked that Bruce Wayne appeared to be looking at a collection of pin-up pictures here. They could all be pinup girls. Writer Robert Kanigher said Poison Ivy was inspired by Bettie Page.

The rivals of Poison Ivy are caught in her trap, and taken into custody by the police. Poison Ivy herself will be in custody by the end of the story. Batman always wins. It's his comic book.

Tallulah Bankhead played a character called "The Black Widow" on the BATMAN show in 1967. Although this was the same name as a character that Carole Forman played in a serial, it was not supposed to be the same character.

Another Black Widow appeared on SPACE GHOST during the same period. 

Actually she was called "The Spider Woman" in her first appearance. 

The names "Spider Woman" ( or "Spider Lady" ) and "Black Widow" had been used more or less interchangeably before, as for the characters Carole Forman played in different serials. The characters were supposed to be villainous villainesses either way. Likewise the ugly versions were supposed to be about as bad as the pretty ones.

Space Ghost Spider Woman / Black Widow; http://villains.wikia.com/wiki/Black_Widow_(Space_Ghost)