- Lady Luck (comics)
Lady Luck is a fictional, American
comic-stripcrime fighter and adventuress created and designed in 1940 by Will Eisner(who wrote the first two Lady Luck stories under the pseudonym"Ford Davis") [Horn, Maurice. "100 Years of American Newspaper Comics" (Gramercy Books, New York, 1996) p. 173)] , with artist Chuck Mazoujian. Writer Dick French then took over scripting.cite web| last =Markstein| first=Don|title =Toonopedia: Lady Luck | url =http://www.toonopedia.com/ladyluck.htm] Through 1946, she starred in a namesake, four-page weekly feature published in a Sunday- newspaper comic-bookinsert colloquially called "The Spirit Section". This 16-page, tabloid-sized, newsprint comic book, sold as part of eventually 20 Sunday newspapers with a combined circulation of as many as five million, starred Eisner's masked detective The Spiritand also initially included the feature " Mr. Mystic",cite web| last =Wildwood Cemetery | title =The Spirit Database | url =http://www.angelfire.com/art/wildwood/index.html] plus filler material.
Following the original team, writer-artist Nicholas Viscardi (later known as
Nick Cardy) took over the feature from the May 18, 1941 strip through Feb. 22, 1942, introducing Lady Luck's chauffeurand assistant, Peecolo. Though his Lady Luck stories were credited under the house pseudonymFord Davis, Viscardi would subtly work in the initials "NV" somewhere into each tale. [ [http://www.nickcardy.com/bio.php3 Nick Cardy official site: Biography] ] Writer-artist Klaus Nordlingfollowed, from the March 1, 1942 to March 3, 1946 strip, when "Lady Luck" was temporarily canceled. After briefly being replaced by the humor feature "Wendy the Waitress" by Robert Jenny, "Lady Luck" returned from May 5 - Nov. 3, 1946, under cartoonist Fred Schwab.
"Lady Luck" stories were reprinted in the
Quality Comicscomic book " Smash Comics" #42-85 (April 1943 - Oct. 1949), whereupon the series changed its title to "Lady Luck" for five more issues. Nordling providing new seven- to 11-page stories in "Lady Luck" #86-90 (Dec. 1949 - Aug. 1950), with Gill Foxdrawing the covers. Occasional backup features were " Lassie" by writer-artist Bernard Dibbleand the humor features "The Count", by Nordling, and "Sir Roger", by Dibble or, variously, Bart Tumey.
Lady Luck was revived alongside Eisner characters John Law, Nubbin, and
Mr. Mysticin IDW Publishing's "Will Eisner's John Law: Dead Man Walking", a 2004 collection of new stories by writer-artist Gary Chaloner.
Fictional character biography
Lady Luck was the alter-ego of Brenda Banks, a young
Irish-Americansocialite heiress, daughter of a mine-owner. Her costume consists a green dress, a large green hat, and a green veil in place of a mask. Like Denny Colt, hero of "The Spirit", she does not possess any supernatural abilities.
* [http://www.comics.org/search.lasso?type=character&query=Lady+Luck&sort=chrono&Submit=Search Grand Comics Database: Lady Luck] search results
* [http://www.johnlaw.us.com Will Eisner's John Law] official site
* [http://www.chancefiveash.com/ll86cover.htm Last of the Spinner-Rack Junkies: "Lady Luck" #86 (Dec. 1949): 11-page story by Klaus Nordling; cover art by Gill Fox] , [http://www.chancefiveash.com/ladyluck1.htm "Lady Luck" four-page story by Klaus Nordling] , and [http://www.chancefiveash.com/smash70ladyluckp1.htm "Lady Luck" four-page story by Klaus Nordling]
* [http://www.toonopedia.com/ladyluck.htm Lady Luck at Toonopedia]
* [http://pfeonline.tripod.com/21three1.html Pure Excitement Comics: "Lady Luck" four-page story with Count Dichange, by Klaus Nordling]
* [http://www.comicbookdb.com/character.php?ID=21383 Comic Book DB-Lady Luck]
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