Monday, April 03, 2017
Number 2031: “You’ll never get me, Diamond Jack!”
There were all sorts of magicians in early comics, all patterned after Mandrake. Diamond Jack need only point his magic diamond ring and wow, as the comic book title suggests, he can take care of the mad scientist who is turning men into vulture men for the purposes of taking over the world. What lofty goals these villains have. They don’t want to knock over a grocery store or have a more modest and attainable goal...they aim at taking over the world. No wonder, like the villainous mad scientist, Kruger, they are sent to their doom. And all Diamond Jack had to do was order his magic ring to knock down a dam! No wonder he didn’t show up in comic books anymore. He probably hocked that magic diamond and laid low.
Grand Comics Database lists Gus Ricca with a question mark for both pencil and inking. Gus Ricca has credit for creating Diamond Jack, and looking at Slam Bang Comics #1, where Diamond Jack first appeared, the differences are obvious. I don’t know who drew this final Diamond Jack story.