These are cool. I haven't seen this one before. I wonder if the stories were any good.
The Black Bat and DC Comics' Batman debuted at almost the same time. Each publisher threatened to sue the other, until DC editor Whitney Ellsworth (who had previously worked for the pulp magazine company) smoothed things over. There may have been some sort of agreement that DC would not try to publish a Batman pulp magazine, and Thrilling/Better would not publish a Black Bat comic book. It does not seem like there would have been enough time for one publisher to steal the others' idea and get a magazine into print so soon, so it appears to be a stranger-than-fiction coincidence. But a few years later, two DC characters, hero Dr. Mid-Nite and villain Two-Face, had origins suspiciously similar to Tony Quinn's.
I've heard from folks who count Tony Quinn, the Black Bat, as one of their favorite pulp heroes. I've had several issues for a coon's age and still haven't got around to reading one.
I have a Black Bat collection from Altus Press, unread
Thanks as always to these beautiful covers!
I had a complete set set at one time. The ones from 1939-41 are good reading. I found the issues after 1941 hit and miss. The books from about 1948 on are very dull in my opinion.
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