Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!

From everyone here involved with Invisible Scarlet O'Neil, we wish you a Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for 2011!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Invisible Scarlet O'Neil Is Back!

Russ Stamm Jr. and New Legend Productions, Inc. is proud to announce the return of "The First Female Comic Character with Superpowers!" Russell Stamm's classic beauty reappears after a 50 year absence in an all-new, full-length graphic novel scheduled for 2011!

Written by Russell Stamm Jr.
Pencils by Wendell Cavalcanti
Inks by Rob Jones
Colors by Kathryn Parker
Edited by Michael A. Gordon

Keep watching this blog or go to for more details!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Comic Strip of the Week - Haunted House

The last Comic Strip of the Week we ran as many strips as weeks in an entire month, and it made me so tired, I had to take a month off. But we are back! This month is "Scary Scarlet" and every week, we'll spotlight a time when Scarlet was mistaken for a ghost! Sometimes it was on purpose, such as the first time it occurred in 1941. Scarlet was writing a newspaper column giving "Advice to the Lovelorn." In October of that year, she came to the aid of a husband wanting to get rid of his mother-in-law, not by killing her but by scaring her.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Aack! No More Cathy!

We congratulate Cathy Guisewite and her incredible 34-year run in newspapers worldwide. You can read the final Cathy comic strip at and read a couple of well written articles regarding her retirement at The Beat and NewsOK. With no more Cathy nor Annie featured on comic pages, maybe it is time for Scarlet to make a comeback to keep Brenda Starr, Mary Worth and Luann company!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Wizard World Chicago Comic Con 2010

Last weekend, I travelled to Rosemont, IL for the Wizard World Chicago Comic Con and had a blast! It is nice to know that folks in Scarlet's hometown still remember her. In addition to the many media guests, there were also a good amount of comic-related exhibitors and artists in attendance, including Dan Parent. Dan's been drawing Archie Comics for nearly his entire career as an artist and he's always been high on my list to see his vision of Scarlet. I'm pleased to say that it is even better than I'd imagined!

Comic Strip of the Week - Peppy

In our last "Dog Days of Summer," we spotlight Peppy, who Scarlet must protect from the cantankerous Mrs. Cranks as well as a couple of crooks! Stamm also uses this arc to promote the use of dogs during the war. Canines have always had an active role in our military. There are currently two War Dog Memorial statues in the U.S. (March Field Air Museum in Riverside, California and Sacrifice Field in Fort Benning, Georgia) and there is even a proposal for a National War Dog monument in Washington, DC. We think Scarlet would agree that our fine four-legged friends should be honored!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Comic Strip of the Week - Spooks

This week's "Dogs Days of Summer" entry refers back to one of the entries in our "March Madness" series a few months ago. Who was it that helped put an end to crazy Ambrose's plan? It was Spooks! I particularly love how Stamm features the pooch in the last panel confirming that Ambrose is no longer a threat. Good dog!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Comic Strip of the Week - Parched Pooch

We continue our "Dog Days of Summer" spotlight on Invisible Scarlet O'Neil comic strip canines with an unnamed furry fellow who unknowingly gets our gal out of an explosive situation. While visiting a friend in Barnsville, Scarlet comes across a student who wishes to blow up the school. And he might have gotten away with it too, if it wasn't for a parched pooch!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Comic Strip of the Week - O Captain! My Captain!

We celebrate the "Dog Days of Summer" by spotlighting some of the cute, courageous, and sometimes crazy canine characters created by Russell Stamm. Throughout Scarlet's history, she has always been kind to animals. And they often returned the favor by saving her from some perilous predicaments! One of her earliest adventures involved her befriending a blind boy named Mike and getting him a guide dog. It is the best day of the boy's life, but the danger is not over. Fortunately, Mike and Captain have Scarlet looking out for them!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Comic Strip of the Week - Scarlet Can Take the Heat

It has been a scorching summer most everywhere in the U.S. and this much heat makes it difficult to do just about anything. So here's a little inspiration from Scarlet. On a hot summer Chicago day, it can get even hotter still (especially if you run into a burning building!), but if there's a child that needs saving, she can still get the job done! Someone give that gal a tall cool glass of lemonade!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Comic Strip of the Week - Madame Scarlota

In this week's strip from 1954, Scarlet takes on the disguise of a fortune teller to help her friend Stainless Steel avoid marriage to a rather strong willed neighbor. At this time she hadn't used her powers of invisibility in years and her own future was not fortunate. Only a few months later, she did not appear in the strip and it was renamed "Stainless Steel: Public Hero No. 1."

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Comic Strip of Week- Trading Places

This week's Sunday strip from 1946 features Russell Stamm having fun with the 1880's story The Prince and the Pauper and is very similar to the 1980's comedy Trading Places. Two overly wealthy financiers, Mr. Lovcash and Mr. Smelbucks, wager on what is the secret of success - luck or skill - as Lovcash switches places with the owner of a vegetable cart. As Mark Twain, Eddie Murphy, and Dan Aykroyd all conceded, it is a recipe for wackiness!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

10 Other Scarlet Characters

This week saw the release of the first issue for a new comic book series titled Scarlet. She is definitely not to be confused with our girl! Just for the fun of it, we present some other popular characters through the years who have shared the name "Scarlet" (give or take a "t" or two).

Scarlet is a new creator-owned series by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Alex Maleev. In a recent interview with CBR, Bendis explained, "The book itself is about this woman Scarlet. She lives in Portland and she's a young woman whose life is literally destroyed by a insanely corrupted police force... She fights back against the corrupt cops and her push back starts almost a shoving war of wills between herself and almost all facets of the government that she's pushing back against. Every time she pushes back, someone bigger comes after her. That builds till it literally starts an American revolution."

Scarlett O'Hara is probably the most famous character on this list. She was created by Margaret Mitchell and made her debut in the 1936 novel, Gone with the Wind. There have been many other books, plays and movies made about her and even a film made about the casting of the character, but the definitive face of Miss Scarlet will always be that of Vivien Leigh from the 1939 blockbuster.

Agent Scarlett is one of the original members of the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero cartoon and toy line. She has also appeared in the live action movie (played by Rachel Nichols) and comic book series (above art by Phil Noto) . Scarlett is the first female member of the G.I. Joe team to be given an action figure in 1982. Her full name is Shana M. O'Hara and she was born in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Scarlet Witch is arguably the most popular superhero on this list, though there have been times when she was more villain than hero. The character first appeared in X-Men #4 (March 1964) and was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, but she is more notably associated with the Avengers (above art by George Perez). Her real name is Wanda Maximoff and she is the daughter of Magneto. Her mutant power is the ability to tap into mystic energy for reality-altering effects via "hexes." The Scarlet Witch can be presently be seen in the Marvel mini-series, Avengers: The Children's Crusade, the first issue of which also went on sale last week.

Will Scarlet is the oldest character on this list as one of Robin Hood's "Merry Men" from ballads originating in the early 1500's. He has been portrayed by numerous actors over the years (even by the Klingon Worf in a Star Trek: The Next Generation episode), but has seldom had the spotlight to himself, one exception being a recent novel by Stephen R. Lawhead. It is also believed that the character is the inspiration for Green Arrow's sidekick, Speedy.

The Scarlet Pimpernel was the fictional leader of a league of English aristocrats who took it upon themselves to rescue innocent victims during the French Revolution. Created by Baroness Emmuska Orczy in 1903, the character is one of the first "disguised superheroes" in fiction and has been the subject of perhaps more novels, plays, films, and satires than all the other characters on this list combined.

Captain Scarlet was the main character of a British "Supermarionation" series in the late 1960's. The character is actually a virtually indestructible, "retro-metabolized" reconstruction engineered by the alien Mysterons, who becomes an agent of Spectrum and defends humanity against the race that created him. Though the series only lasted one season, there have been numerous books, comics, and a later series that aired in 2005, Gerry Anderson's New Captain Scarlet.

Scarlett was a short-lived series from DC Comics about a cheerleader who discovered her parents murdered by vampires and becomes the "scarlet redeemer". Not sure if it was inspired by the movie Buffy the Vampire Slayer and DC decided to hide the character once the tv series became popular for fear of lawsuit, but I am surprised she's never been used since 1994.

Scarlet Veronica is another cheerleader fighting the forces of darkness. Only she's dead. Or rather undead. Horror has a hero! An independent comic series created by Jason Moody, Josh Ruggles, and Justin Greathouse in 2008, copies of the first mini-series are still available online.

Miss Scarlet was one of the original suspects of murder in the board game, Clue and since the game was first published in 1949, whoever chooses her moves first. Her look has changed over the years, though she always remains one of the mainly accused due to her youth, cunning, and attractiveness. You can check out her many disguises over the years at

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Comic Strip of the Week - Boom!

In 1940, Russ Stamm celebrated the 4th of July with a boom! In the last panel of this strip, a plane crashes into a daycare center, beginning one of my personal favorite Scarlet story lines ever. The only time it has been republished in the last 50 years is in The Untold Origins of the Invisible Scarlet O'Neil, though you can see a big portion of the story on the official Scarlet website.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Comic Strip of the Week - Scarlet Makes a Splash!

Summer is here and it is definitely pool season! I recently acquired some daily strips from 1947 featuring a storyline centered around the mild mannered Afly Speck, who is so desperate for a girl's attention, he decides to jump off the high dive at an amusement park. Scarlet tries to help the sad sack, but she only manages to get wet for her troubles. As hot as it has been here recently, when I read this strip, my main thought was, "That looks refreshing!"

Monday, June 21, 2010

Comic Strip of the Week - The Kiss

Last week's comic strip featured one of many encounters Scarlet had with children. Some, such as Beansie, were mischievous and need to be taught a lesson. Others were poor and in need of help. However, one of her most popular featured a young boy named Hobble-De-Hoy. It is even documented in Crawford's Encyclopedia of Comic Books by Hubert H. Crawford.

"Perhaps the strangest episode - and one that rates as a Golden Age classic in creative fantasy - occurred when Scarlet discovered her invisible power was contagious. It began with a casual stroll down the street during an invisible state when a youth, coming the opposite direction, bumped into her and knocked himself silly. Thrown to the ground, the dumbfounded lad scratched his head and tried to figure out what had happened. As a gesture of apology, Scarlet kissed the boy on the cheek. Result: the boy became invisible!"

Here's that very strip from March 5, 1944.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

In Memoriam Al Williamson 1931 - 2010

This week saw the passing of another great artist, Al Williamson, who IMHO defined the term illustrator. There are too many credits to list here, but below are just a few samples of his long and varied career. I strongly recommend seeking out his work, and a great place to do so online is the Golden Age Comic Book Stores blog.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Comic Strip of the Week - Little Orphans

Yesterday, after 86 years in newspapers around the globe, the last Little Orphan Annie comic strip was published. You can see the final strip at There are plenty of online articles detailing the importance of Annie in American comics, and I do recommend in particular Phil Rosenthal's column in the Chicago Tribune. Although she was published in the crosstown rival newspaper, we salute Annie's incredible run and humbly offer this week's strip featuring Scarlet's encounter with an orphan not nearly as nice, Beansie. Leaping Lizards Scarlet, be careful playing cupid! You don't have a trusty dog like Sandy to save you!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

HeroesCon 2010

No comic strip this week, as I've been recovering from the awesome craziness that was HeroesCon! It is easily my favorite convention of the year and I strongly suggest placing it on your schedule for 2011. I did not have a booth (maybe next year), but spent the weekend visiting with various fans and pros and the subject of Invisible Scarlet came up quite a bit. I think there's some real interest in this character not only from the folks who remember her, but by those just learning about her as well. I would like to thank Shelton Drum, the hard working con staff, and all the guests and attendees for a wonderful weekend!

Of course, I did not come home empty handed! I always try to get at least one sketch of Scarlet at each convention I attend. The piece below is by Stephanie Gladden, artist with many years of experience drawing licensed characters (Looney Tunes, Ren & Stimpy, Wolf & Red, The Simpsons, Powerpuff Girls, and many Cartoon Network characters). Most recently, she pencilled Paul Dini's Jingle Belle in her last couple of adventures. Please visit her website for more information.

Love her take! To view visions of Scarlet by other artists, feel free to check out my gallery.

Speaking of conventions, I will be a guest at SciFi Summer Con this Saturday at the Crown Plaza NW at Powers Ferry in Atlanta, GA. I'm expected to be on a comics panel and possibly a few others. Will Scarlet come up in the discussion? Well, she did venture into outer space at least once (kinda sorta)! In any case, I look forward to seeing you there!

Monday, May 31, 2010

Comic Strip of the Week - End of Suspense

And I'm back! I apologize for the lack of updates, but there were some personal matters to attend to. Nevertheless, I shall try to make amends for my absence by posting the resolution to the Scarlet Kills? Sunday strip I posted at the beginning of March. Thanks to y'all for your patience and this one is for you, Steven from!

Comic Strip of the Week - Lest We Forget

Hope everyone had an enjoyable Memorial Day weekend, and I hope everyone took a moment to remember the brave soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Creator Russ Stamm had great admiration for our servicemen and drew this Sunday strip honoring the military about a year before he himself was drafted. During his service and years after, he helped promote the war bond program and always encouraged saying a prayer for "our boys" - a prayer of thanks.

Monday, May 10, 2010

In Memoriam Frank Frazetta 1928 - 2010

Today marked the passing of a true legendary talent, Frank Frazetta. An illustrator extraordinaire who made an impact on nearly every aspect of media - comics, novels, magazines, movies, television, and fine art. His style was both unmistakable and unforgettable.

One of his first projects of recognition was a series of Buck Rogers covers he did for the later issues of Famous Funnies comics. The Buck Rogers strip reprints began in issues of Famous Funnies beginning with issue #3 until the end of the comic magazine with issue #218 in 1953 (Scarlet's run was from issue #81 to #167). Frazetta's covers are featured on issues #209 - 215 and it is difficult to believe that they were not enough to keep Famous Funnies from being cancelled. See for yourself below and please seek out more of his art. There are many places to do so, and one I strongly suggest is the Golden Age Comic Book Stories blog.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

In Memoriam Peter O'Donnell 1920 - 2010

Last week marked the passing of writer Peter O'Donnell, creator of Modesty Blaise. One of the longest running comic strips starring a female action hero, it began in 1963 and ended in 2001. For more information about Peter O'Donnell and his work, visit