Lots of shade is thrown at Rick Raleigh’s gimmick of “trained bees”, but there are a couple of mitigating factors in play here: First, he debuted in 1940, at the very dawn of the Golden Age, when it wasn’t yet clear what would succeed with comic-book audiences in the long term.  The striped pants that get so much derision were phased out by the art team (which, it must be noted, was AMAZING) and Raleigh’s adventures played the concept entirely straight in his few 40s adventures.  In retrospect, it’s hard to fault The Red Bee’s creators in a world where The Blue Beetle and the Green Hornet were hits, and confronting mobsters and criminals with only your two good fists speaks well of Raleigh’s courage.

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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