Thursday, June 17, 2010

Dare You Meet--the Domino Lady?

Saucy Romantic Adventures was a "spicy pulp" magazine, a genre that typically featured semi-pornographic short stories.
For several months in 1936, SRA also featured one of pulp's' first heroines...
College-educated socialite Ellen Patrick decided to avenge her District Attorney father's murder by donning a domino mask and a backless black dress to battle evil men!
Thus disguised as The Domino Lady, she distracted and entranced opponents (or at the very least led them to underestimate her) allowing her to outwit them.
When subtlety failed, she had a .45 pistol and a syringe of knockout drug to get her point across.
She stole from her enemies, donating most of the cash to charity (after deducting expenses), and left a calling card with the phrase "Compliments of the Domino Lady" attached to her bound victims awaiting police pick-up.

Since her short run in 1936, The Domino Lady has become the stuff of pop culture legend.
Her pulp stories were reprinted in various limited-run magazines in the 70s and 80s, and recently, both a hardcover and trade paperback reprinted the complete series under a new cover and interior illos by comics legend Jim Steranko!
And an anthology of new text stories as well as a comics mini-series recently hit the racks.

We at Atomic Kommie Comics™ inititally wanted to include her in our Heroines™ section, but decided she fit better into the Menacing Maidens™ department of Seduction of the Innocent™, where our somewhat-naughty stuff goes...

Combine one of the new Domino Lady books with one of our kool kollectibles to make a fantastic gift set for your June graduate, your dad on Father's Day, or for a sumertime birthday present for a loved one!
They'll thank you for it!

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