Thursday, June 9, 2011

Classic comic strip panel of the day: My pussy-visaged friend!

Mandrake the Magician, Lee Falk's and Phil Davis's classic comic strip character, is considered by many to be the first "superhero" to appear in the comics. He could either hypnotize people into believing he had magic powers, or he actually had magic powers; sometimes it was difficult to tell.

One thing that is totally certain about Mandrake: He had a flair for the dramatic, and a way with words, as evidenced by this panel from June 14, 1938:

"Pussy Visage" happens to be a great supervillain name -- or, if you prefer, "Pussy Face."

"Pussy Visagé" would be a nice drag name.

Context improves the panel only slightly: A young woman will inherit a large sum of money if she can remain in an old house for 30 days. The house is allegedly haunted. Some people don't want her to inherit the money, so they have taken to trying to scare her. One of the means employed to scare this young woman was to don a cat mask and leap out of corners, or something.

After Mandrake catches Pussy Visage, he reveals the motivations behind his seemingly nefarious deeds:

Bonus, perhaps somewhat related, the latest musical viral video that is sweeping the internets:

"I don't wanna be a crappy housewife" / "I don't wanna be a gigolo" -- the more things change... am I right?

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