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Lady Luck is a fictional, American comic-strip and comic book crime fighter and adventuress created and designed in 1940 by Will Eisner with artist Chuck Mazoujian (1917-2011). Through 1946, she starred in a namesake, four-page weekly feature published in a Sunday-newspaper comic-book insert colloquially called “The Spirit Section”. The feature, which ran through November 3, 1946, with one months-long interruption, was reprinted in comic books published by Quality Comics. A revamped version of the character debuted in 2013 in DC Comics’s Phantom Stranger comic. Lady Luck was ranked 84th in Comics Buyer’s Guide’s “100 Sexiest Women in Comics” list.  ladyluck02

Created and designed in 1940 by Will Eisner (who wrote the first two Lady Luck stories under the pseudonym “Ford Davis”) with artist Chuck Mazoujian, Lady Luck appeared in her namesake, four-page weekly feature published in a Sunday-newspaper comic-book insert colloquially called “The Spirit Section”. This 16-page, tabloid-sized, newsprint comic book, sold as part of eventually 20 Sunday newspapers with a combined circulation of as many as five million, starred Eisner’s masked detective the Spirit and also initially included the feature Mr. Mystic, plus filler material. Writer Dick French took over scripting after these first two episodes. Later, writer-artist Nicholas Viscardi (later known as Nick Cardy) took over the feature from the May 18, 1941 strip through Feb. 22, 1942, introducing Lady Luck’s chauffeur and assistant, Peecolo. Though his Lady Luck stories were credited under the house pseudonym Ford Davis, Viscardi would subtly work in the initials “NV” somewhere into each tale. Writer-artist Klaus Nordling followed, from the March 1, 1942 to March 3, 1946 strip, when “Lady Luck” was temporarily canceled. After briefly being replaced by the humor feature “Wendy the Waitress” by Robert Jenny, “Lady Luck” returned from May 5 to November 3, 1946, under cartoonist Fred Schwab.

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“Lady Luck” stories were reprinted in the Quality Comics comic book Smash Comics #42-85 (April 1943 – Oct. 1949), whereupon the series changed its title to Lady Luck for five more issues. Nordling providing new seven- to 11-page stories in Lady Luck #86-90 (Dec. 1949 – Aug. 1950), with Gill Fox drawing the covers. Occasional backup features were “Lassie” by writer-artist Bernard Dibble and the humor features “The Count”, by Nordling, and “Sir Roger”, by Dibble or, variously, Bart Tumey.

Lady Luck was revived alongside Eisner characters John Law, Nubbin, and Mr. Mystic in IDW Publishing’s Will Eisner’s John Law: Dead Man Walking, a 2004 collection of new stories by writer-artist Gary Chaloner.

40 stories from different newspapers

Baltimore Sun 1941-03-30
Chicago Sun 1942-09-13
Chicago Sun 1942-12-20
Chicago Sun 1943-05-16
Chicago Sun 1943-05-30
Chicago Sun 1944-01-02
Chicago Sun 1944-04-09
Chicago Sun 1944-04-30
Chicago Sun 1944-05-14
Chicago Sun 1944-05-28
Chicago Sun 1944-08-13
Chicago Sun 1945-01-21
Chicago Sun 1945-01-28
Chicago Sun 1945-04-01
Chicago Sun 1945-06-24
Chicago Sun 1945-07-08
Chicago Sun 1946-02-24
Chicago Sun 1946-09-29
Detroit News 1940-07-07
Detroit News 1940-07-14
Detroit News 1940-07-21
Detroit News 1940-09-29
Detroit News 1940-10-20
Detroit News 1940-11-03
Miami Beach Daily Sun 1945-11-18
Minneapolis Star Journal 1940-12-15
Minneapolis Star Journal 1940-12-22
Montreal Standard 1943-04-10
Montreal Standard 1943-04-17
Parkchester Review 1941-12-30
Philadelphia Record 1940-07-28
Philadelphia Record 1940-09-08
Philadelphia Record 1940-12-08
Philadelphia Record 1941-01-12
Philadelphia Record 1941-06-15
Philadelphia Record 1942-03-22
Philadelphia Record 1942-12-13
Philadelphia Record 1943-05-30
Philadelphia Record 1943-07-25
Philadelphia Record 1944-02-13

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39 stories from different newspapers

Philadelphia Record 1944-03-12
Philadelphia Record 1944-07-09
Philadelphia Record 1944-09-24
Philadelphia Record 1944-10-08
Philadelphia Record 1945-01-07
Philadelphia Record 1945-02-25
Philadelphia Record 1945-04-15
Philadelphia Record 1945-07-15
Philadelphia Record 1945-07-22
Philadelphia Record 1945-07-29
Philadelphia Record 1945-08-05
Philadelphia Record 1945-08-26
Philadelphia Record 1945-09-02
Philadelphia Record 1945-09-09
Philadelphia Record 1945-09-16
Philadelphia Record 1945-09-23
Philadelphia Record 1945-09-30
Philadelphia Record 1945-10-07
Philadelphia Record 1945-10-14
Philadelphia Record 1945-10-21
Philadelphia Record 1945-10-28
Philadelphia Record 1945-11-04
Philadelphia Record 1945-11-11
Philadelphia Record 1945-11-18
Philadelphia Record 1945-11-25
Philadelphia Record 1945-12-02
Starledger 1940-11-10
Starledger 1941-02-09
Starledger 1941-02-23
Starledger 1941-03-02
Starledger 1941-09-21
Starledger 1941-10-05
Starledger 1942-02-22
Starledger 1942-06-21
Starledger 1943-02-14
Starledger 1943-06-27
Starledger 1944-06-11
Sunday Mirror 1945-12-09
Sunday Star 1940-09-01

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