The Obscure Adventures of Comics' Greatest Generation!
Who can forget the great superhero catch phrases? Echoing down through the ages, these timeless "war cries" are almost as renowned as the heroes themselves...
At this point I know you're thinking, "Hold the phone, Mark! The 'Yah Yah Yah' guy...what gives?"
Why, he's none other than The Fox, who made his debut in MLJ's Blue Ribbon Comics #4 (1940). The epic tale begins as newspaper photographer Paul Patton "larns" a lesson from the evil Night Riders!
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Things went from bad to worse when Paul's editor demoted him to Inquiring Photographer, the paper's "most loathsome job". The reason for his rash of bad luck? According to Paul himself: Not foxy enough!
As the only superhero to be inspired by a song
on the radio, Paul gets down to business....
Was Paul's incorporation of the "synchro-flash automatic camera" into his costume the first example of high-tech superheroics? Sure, stuffing a camera (and bulb-flash) into a costume looks pretty silly by 21st century standards of miniaturized tech...but in 1940? Uber-Snazzy!
With his costume complete, Paul Patton stands before his mirror as The Fox!
Later: Behold! The sheer terror of a guy in a baggy outfit
with bunny ears yelling "Yah Yah Yah Yaahhhhh!"
So, the next time you hear that legendary cry of "Yah, Yah, Yah, Yaaahhh!", you'll know you're under the watchful eye (and hidden camera) of The Fox!
That, or you're about to be attacked by a crazy bag lady.