Although the Hope Hazard story came sequentially before the other two stories from Detective Comics 3 (May 1937) that I am going to discuss in this entry, I am putting it last. This is because of the peculiar nature of the entry. Nuff said.
Claws of the Red Dragon picks up as Bruce Nelson manages to get through the walled and gated entry. He runs into an American gangster, Joe Stucchi, and discovers they are in the midst of a Tong war between Imperial and Republican Chinese, both of whom want the remnants of the Red Jade Dragon.
Bruce searches the house and sees quite a few murders before finding Sigrid, but as they try to find her father, they fall into the hands of Lu Gong, a descendant of the Mongol kings of China, and the one behind the kidnappings.
Siegel and Shuster’s Spy really features Sally Norris this issue. She has the title box all to herself! The marriage is called off, as Sally is stolen from the chapel.
The spy ring want to question her about Bart Regan’s true identity. Serves her right for exposing him, but when Bart finds out he rushes to her aid.
This just means the two of them are in danger as the chapter ends. But take note of the position Bart and Sally are in, and remember it for the endings of later issues!
This series is a puzzlement. Hope Hazard, G-Woman begins as a serial about an FBI agent, but runs only one instalment in Detective Comics. When it returns, nearly a year later and in the pages of More Fun Comics, Hope Hazard is the daughter of a retired secret service agent, and an amateur sleuth.
The first story has missing airplanes and a mad scientist, Xavier, King of the Underworld in a beautifully drawn cave with all his followers.
Hope and her pilot, Bill Littlejohn, are in danger of being caught by them, but this cliffhanger is just dropped when the series returns.
Her second and final story was in More Fun 30 (April 1938). But had I just entered it there, the contrast with this one would not have been clear.
Here, Hope has inherited a manor house, and is content to live a placid life, mostly sitting around watching while other people get involved in kidnapping, torture, theft and murder.
This one page shows her at her most active, wandering around like a gothic heroine. Hard to accept that this is the same woman from the caves.
And though she finds the stolen jewel at the end, this feels more like a romance story set-up with her and the cop, rather than a “G-Woman.”
To make things even more curious, in December of 37 (between the two stories), in New Adventure Comics 22 there was a one-issue tale, G-Woman, about a blond FBI agent. Given the change in artist, this could be meant to be Hope Hazard, but her name is June Justis. She is also described as the “only female agent” on the force.
This one fights dirty and shoots to kill. Much harsher than either of the Hope Hazard stories. But she is more suited to the “G-Woman” name than they were.
So here we have Hope Hazard, G-Woman and not G-Woman, with a pilot or with her dad, who maybe is also Justine Justis.
And if you can make more sense of this than I did, good for you.