I didn't mention this before, but much like the Golden Age Phantom Lady, the Golden Age Blue Beetle had runs from different publishers. I'm going through the Fox Publishing years right now, which appear to be from the 1940's.
And by the way, did you know that Joan Mason, the Blue Beetle version of Lois Lane, was also a reporter for a newspaper called the Daily Planet? The things we learn!
Anyway, today's panels are from Golden Age Blue Beetle #51. Here we see a rather rare installment of There Ain't Gonna Be No Trial! (tm!):
Now, it's not like this guy didn't go on a spree and murder people himself. A professor had discovered a way to convert living tissue into solid gold, so our enterprising and homicidal fellow went around turning people who had done him wrong into gold statutes. He would then melt them down and he'd have destroyed the evidence while making himself rich.
Anyway, he gets stopped before he can melt down his last three victims. So, what happens to these four solid gold statutes?
They sit in police storage:
I realize it's distasteful, considering these used to be human beings and all that, but isn't this kind of a waste of perfectly good gold? I have no idea who would have access to it, so maybe it was tied up in the courts or something. But I wouldn't have it just sitting outside the courtroom at police headquarters like it is here. And why is there a courtroom in police headquarters?
I'm not understanding much of this. Let's try some Fun with Out of Context Dialogue! (tm!):
Well, that sounds uncomfortable, and I don't think that would make you much of a hit with the ladies. Then again, I haven't been in the dating scene for over 20 years, so what do I know?
Joan's annual performance review didn't go as well as she'd hoped.
Joan also had relationship problems.
Here's one of the most interesting escapes on record:
WOW! That is dedication on both their parts!
And I'll be danged if it didn't work!
That was a pretty high-risk maneuver there. If she didn't faint at the sight of blood, they'd still be looking down the barrel of a gun, only with the Blue Beetle hemorrhaging all over Joan. That would certainly confuse the Medical Examiner: Cause of Death: Bullet wound. Although it appears that Joan stabbed the Blue Beetle in the arm for some reason...
See you tomorrow!