Following World War I, a gun manufacturer named the Winchester Repeating Arms Company decided to use its surplus production capacity to manufacture various consumer goods like refrigerators, kitchen knives, and....believe it or not...roller-skates!
It's hard to comprehend now, but these clunky slabs of metal were once promoted as a wondrous form of personal transportation, capable of granting the wearer "super speed"!
Appearing in magazines since the early 1920's, ads for Winchester Roller Skates later made the jump to comic books through a recurring campaign starring Wings and Winnie Winchester. This brother-sister team constantly promoted the super-speed capabilities and civic value of their namesake roller skates. In fact, in November 1958 issues of DC Comics, Winchester roller skates were used by Wing and Winnie to "Bag a Thief"! Sporting the standard flat cap and suit coat from the Joe Chill Criminal Collection, a purse-snatcher disrupts the peaceful suburban serenity (click on the panels for a larger view)...
Attaboy, Wings! Leave the womenfolk behind and chase that creep down! What'll Wings do when he catches up with him? A spinning axe kick to the jaw? Quickly reassemble the skates into a tiny Winchester firearm? What?
Sadly, cooler minds prevailed and Wings merely staked out the purse-snatcher's house until the cops showed up. With typical Wings Winchester modesty, he credits his skates for his impulsive and somewhat dangerous act of heroism!
Of course, those of us who grew up on dirt roads out in the country could never realize the universal dream of roller skate crime fighting.
Also, is it just me, or does the criminal in the final panel look like a desperately-in-need-of-a-bathroom Leonard Nimoy? Okay, that was a cheap shot...but with the new Star Trek movie hitting Friday, you can't blame a guy for doing a little preemptive Google-baiting.