Aristocrats of War #3
Welcome back to another round of Aristocrats of war, this time we are going to bend the genre of war comics to a couple of World War II era leading ladies. While not directly war comics, the comics feature some Good Girl Art covers and were generally geared to our gents serving overseas. I am going to hit up a few obscure leading ladies, from small time publishers. These gals took on their fair share of spying, piloting, and adventure to entertain our troops.
First up we have our grenade tossing, Nazi fighting super spy Spitfire Sanders. Ms. Sanders debuted in Spitfire Comics #132 and made another appearance in issue 133. Spitfire was produced by Elliot Publishing and despite numbering of 132 and 133 it was the only two issues of Spitfire from them.
A very interesting note is that Spitfire Sanders seems to be the inspiration (or blatant recycling) for the popular Phantom Lady #5 by Ajax. Albeit, they converted Nazis to Commies.
Flyin' Jenny, or Jenny Dare, was another airborne gal whom was more into adventure and treasure hunting, but would seem to find her way stuck on Pacific Islands with service-members.
Originally published as a career test pilot in newspaper strip format in 1935, alot of her strips seemed to be included in the Heroic Comics series. Then, later in 1946, Pentagon Publishing released 2 issues in her own series, with #1 being NN(non numbered). While #2 featured a wonderful Matt Baker cover.
Here we have a little known Good Girl Art cover by the legendary Matt Baker. Typically not identified as Baker, although you will see that on CGC labels.
As of today, Flyin' Jenny #2 has 8 copies on census, ranging from 3.0 to 8.5.
As a guage, in 2002-2003 the only 8.0 sold for $259 then $264. In 2017, the copy went for $1,673.
Spitfire Comics #133 features a classic depiction of Good Girl Art, and it's value reflects both the classic cover and scarcity.
There are 8 universal labels and one restored copy on the census. Blue labels range from 4.0 to a lone 9.8
The 9.8 went for $15,200 in 2016 with one of the 6.0 selling the same month for $1,162. Back in 2006, you could have had an 8.0 for $131. Crazy ROI on this book if you can find a copy.
As you can see, the dames really bring some value today as they did back when they were entertaining the boys.
Till we meet again, Stay Frosty!