Thursday, April 7, 2016

Groovy Age Gold: "An Orchid for the Deceased!" by Kanigher, Infantino, and Giacoia

Dig it, Groove-ophiles! A Golden Age Black Canary strip from one of Ol' Groove's all-time favorite comics, DC 100-Page Super Spectacular #DC-20 (June 1973)! Talk about a Golden Age team of creators clicking on all cylinders! Robert Kanigher, Carmine Infantino, and Frank Giacoia gave us a fun, polished, thriller that really shows off what made the Golden Age so great! Here is..."An Orchid for the Deceased!"

Oh, yeah, the above mini-masterpiece was originally published in Flash Comics #95 (cover dated May 1948)!


  1. So Lance can't tell his wife is Black Canary when she puts on a blonde wig? I know in the Silver Age her background was that she left Earth 2 for Earth 1 after her husband died. Undoubtedly she killed him.

    1. Well, in all fairness, they weren't married yet. I just chalk it up to the "Lois Lane syndrome". ;D

  2. Groove! I loved those 100 page super specs. All that history blew my little mind in the 70's. This was an excellent choice. Those golden age Black Canary stories never failed to entertain. Her golden age adventures were typically much better than contemporary stories by The Flash, Green Lantern, Atom, or Wonder Woman. It's no wonder she replaced Johnny Thunder. Infantino's early art was excellent for such a young age, and Kanigher knew how to plot a story. What's not to like about a golden age gal with moxie who dons a wig and fishnets to beat people up?

    James Chatterton

  3. Heh! Who would think a flower shop would be such a center of nefarious goings-on? In her very first GA solo story, Dinah caught onto yet another criminal plot because someone ordered a funeral wreath for Larry.



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