The cover of Torchy #5 (July 1950). Cover art by Ward.
|First appearance||comic strip: Fort Hamilton base newspaper (1944)|
comics: Doll Man #8 (Spring 1946)
|Created by||Bill Ward|
|Full name||Torchy Todd|
|Publication date||(Torchy solo series)|
Nov. 1949 – Sept. 1950
|Bill Ward's Torchy, vol. 1||ISBN 1-56685-048-7|
|Bill Ward's Torchy, vol. 2||ISBN 1566850576|
Fictional character biography
- Frankenhoff, Brent (2011). Comics Buyer's Guide Presents: 100 Sexiest Women in Comics. Krause Publications. p. 60. ISBN 1-4402-2988-0.
- "Bill Ward: 50 Fabulous Years of Torchy" Checklist
- ComicStripFan.com: Bill Ward
- The Uranium Cafe (June 18, 2007): "The Sexy and Patriotic Cartoon World of Bill Ward"
- Did You Know? (Dec. 24, 2003) Torchy
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Here is an early Torchy adventure, from MODERN COMICS #58.
Thelma Todd had an adventure with Zasu Pitts that had similar settings, RED NOSES. An abridged version sold on the home movie market had the title LADIES IN A TURKISH BATH. Here are some frames from that version for comparison to the story above.
This story has the same sort of setting and involves massage, violent exercise, etc. all of which puts the heroine ( s ) through some discomfort in the name of health.
Somehow I find the ending of the Torchy version more satisfying, but then, Torchy is a comic book character and practically counts as a superheroine. Thelma Todd usually had to settle for just getting out with her skin intact at the end of her adventures.
*Lola Lane also played Torchy Blane, later married Roland West, and eventually inherited the Sidewalk Cafe from him. She eventually gave it to the Paulist production group which still owns it today.
Bill Ward ( Official Website ):
Bill Ward Biography ( Blackhawk Site ):
LADIES IN A TURKISH BATH / RED NOSES - Thelma Todd and Zasu Pitts:
Torchy Todd Blog:
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