Let's take a look at Yellowjacket! No, not that Yellowjacket.
I admit I was a little thrown for a second when I read "the Scourge of Sinners." So, does he go around to buffet restaurants and fat-shame the gluttons? "Sin" has a much wider definition than "crime," so he probably should reconsider taking on that wide of a playing field.
Yup. That's him in the bottom right corner there. I'm not 100% sure who the guy in red is yet. But whoever he is, he gives not a single hoot whose name is on the marquee.
So, what of this Yellowjacket? Well, he was a crime fiction writer who became a costumed crime fighter to get better at writing crime fiction. Just like the original Tarantula did a few years earlier.
Anyway, borrowed origin aside, here's a look at his origin:
Yeah... what about de goil?
Well, not really. I see at least a forearm exposed, and they're totally steering clear of his pants. Just like a dame to exaggerate and make things sound worse than they are.
Anyhoo, the yellow jackets hop right off and go back into their nest. Or hive. Whatever we call that thing where they live.
Hmmmm... actually, a yellow jacket is a wasp. I'd think you would know that, seeing as how you're keeping a swarm of them around your house.
Anyway, he slaps together a costume that he had to just have laying around for just such an occasion and (for no reason whatsoever) appears to have powers:
Hey? Is he flying? It's silly enough that he's taking out multiple armed gunmen by himself, but how is it that he's flying?
Seriously... he's flying, isn't he?
And then this happened:
Okay, both the Golden Age Tarantula and the Red Bee are going to come after this guy with a cease-and-desist order, if not a baseball bat.
You must "protect the law from your sting"? What does that even mean?
Anyway, this all apparently makes him a much better crime fiction writer so he decides to keep it up. Annnnnndddd... scene!
So, we have another case of Recycled Names! (tm!) Personally, I always thought the name was pretty badass, although I was completely confused by Marvel's character when I first saw him. Then again, this was my first encounter:
I knew nothing about Henry Pym, so I was totally confused as to why the bug guy was a giant. I thought the Beast and the Vision were super-cool, though.
Anyway, I read through the end of the issue, and there were no other costumed heroes in the whole thing. So I'm not 100% sure at this point who the red-shirted guy was on the cover of Yellowjacket Comics #1, but if you're getting elbowed out on the cover of your own title by someone who doesn't even appear inside the comic itself, you're in trouble.
See you tomorrow!