Anybody who’s been studying comedian books and/or watching comedian guide films for any size of time is aware of that superhero origins are topic to alter. This has been happening because the Golden Age. We mentioned some early Blue Beetle origin revisions lately, and an analogous scenario developed with one other Fox Options Syndicate hero named Inexperienced Masks. Each characters had debuted in Thriller Males Comics #1 in 1939 and received a comfortable reboot with added superpowers after they each obtained their very own sequence early the following 12 months. In Inexperienced Masks’s case, it was being bombarded by energy from a “Vita-Ray machine”, giving him unimaginable energy and different skills. Probably the most sought-after points from the sequence is Inexperienced Masks #6 on account of that spectacularly unusual cowl, and there is a Inexperienced Masks #6 (Fox Options Syndicate, 1941) Situation: Obvious VG in addition to many different problems with the Inexperienced Masks sequence up for public sale on this week’s 2022 Might 29-30 Sunday & Monday Comedian Books Choose Public sale #122222 from Heritage Auctions.
If that Vita-Ray origin sounds slightly acquainted, it is as a result of one other model of it’s identified immediately for being part of Captain America’s transformation from scrawny soldier to superhero. However not solely was Inexperienced Masks’s model of this on the newsstands effectively earlier than Captain America hit within the Golden Age, however Vita-Rays weren’t a part of the equation in Captain America Comics #1. Jack Kirby added that to the combo to go together with the unique super-soldier serum in Captain America #109 within the Silver Age, and the Vita-Rays have continued as a part of his origin lore since then.
After all, “Vita-Ray” is a reasonably generic-sounding identify to our ears immediately and doubtless was so even within the late Sixties of the Captain America #109 period. However it could have been fairly a bit extra acquainted to readers of the Nineteen Thirties and Nineteen Forties. The time period was utilized by a closely marketed cosmetics model and marketed as a scientific path in direction of a wholesome look. “Irradiation allows Vita-Ray to present one’s pores and skin the healthful magnificence… In the present day its benefit is a longtime scientific reality.”
With that type of hype behind it in newspapers and magazines frequently, with the ability to get superpowers from a Vita-Ray machine appears completely cheap — no super-soldier serum required. The Inexperienced Masks sequence has ridiculously low CGC Census numbers, and Inexperienced Masks #6 has been extremely wanted in latest occasions for that cowl. Fortunately, there is a Inexperienced Masks #6 (Fox Options Syndicate, 1941) Situation: Obvious VG in addition to many different problems with the Inexperienced Masks sequence up for public sale on this week’s 2022 Might 29-30 Sunday & Monday Comedian Books Choose Public sale #122222 from Heritage Auctions.