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Friday, March 25, 2011

The Origin of The Fox (1940) by Irwin Hasen


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The Fox was created by writer Joe Blair and artist Irwin Hasen, and this story is his first appearance and origin from Blue Ribbon Comics #4 (June 1940). Hasen also worked on Johnny Thunder, the JLA, The Flash and The Green Lantern.

Irwin was frequently complimented in print by a Alex Toth who also illustrated some Fox stories for Red Circle Comics back in the '80's (you can see one here).


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Fortunately the goofy costume with the shirt shelves sticking out morphed into a more traditional crime-fighting costume over the course of the strip. As it stands, this story has a nice Bob Burden feel about it - one would almost expect The Flaming Carrot to show up!


Sunday, March 6, 2011

Happy Birthday To the Periodic Table

On this day in 1869, Dmitry Mendeleev was a Russian chemist who developed & published his first version of the periodic table of the elements. In his final version (1871) he left gaps, foretelling that they would be filled by elements not then known, and even predicting the properties of three of those elements. link

Here are some of the more interesting periodic tables out there:



Comic Books

And here's the entry for our favourite element:




SciFi & TV


Superpowers


Smells


Imaginary Elements


Watch short videos of the elements by real scientists