Had an interesting situation come up: I didn't have access to Pep Comics #17, so I used the image at comics.org as I often do because this was the first appearance of the Hangman character and I wanted to at least see what the issue looked like.
Well, imagine my surprise when I open up Pep #19 and learn that I had missed the final fate of the Comet!
I begged and cashed in some favors to get some images. Sorry they're in black and white, but think of them as being all tragic and Sin City-esque.
Why is it that I all the holes in my collection are when something huge like that happens? Am I right? Am I right?
Anyway, we segue right into the origin of the Hangman:
Criminals are a suspicious, cowardly lot... I mean, criminals are all cowards! I am not a Batman rip-off in any way, shape or form!
All kinds of scary... except the "gallows" are those that come about by the legal system after he catches them. He doesn't actually throw a noose over a tree limb and save the taxpayers a lengthy trial and appeals process.
Two issues later, readers got a direct response for the change:
Of course, the Comet killed the officer while he was under the hypnotic control of Doc Zader so he really didn't have any retribution coming to him, neither legally nor morally, but the Shield isn't exactly Matt Murdock in any sense of the word. Basically, the Comet is dead, kids. Get over it.
Until the character was revived 25 years later, and then again in the Impact comic line back in the 1990s.
So... dare we say that the Comet is only visible about every 20 years?
Get it? A little Astronomy humor there. No extra charge.
See you tomorrow!