Clip Carson was created by Bob Kane, debuting less than a month after Batman. Clip travels to exotic locations, fighting even more exotic villains. This should have been a big hit, but maybe it’s the giant grin always on Clip’s face, or his constant upbeat chatter, but he fails to be a hero you are interested in.
Not that we find out very much anyway, at least in these early chapters. His first three-parter sees him in Egypt, meeting archaeologist Jim Blake, on the track of buried pharonic treasure. There is some great art in this: the sandstorm, the bandits on horseback, both the exterior of the pyramid and its internal traps and chambers. Clip shoots a robot mummy. The villain passes himself off as Cheops, but Clip unmasks him as police Captain Beatty, tricking the arabs into helping hunt for, and steal, their antiques. Clip literally throws him to the angry mob at the end.
Clip is in India for the next two issues, protecting a man from a Tiger Cult. Clip shoots a tiger. There is a Tiger-Man that Clip has a great fight with, a human sacrifice and ancient temple. Again, a lot of fun, and both these stories could easily have been re-written as Batman adventures.
Clip is in Africa as the era comes to a close. He is recruited in Kenya by Colton to protect his ivory shipments from the dreaded raider Wolf Lupo. Wolf does not appear in this chapter. Clip shoots a cobra. He heads inland and falls into the hands of cannibals (in Kenya?), but befriends them by sharing his harmonica with them. He heads off to hunt down Lupo as it ends.
Clip Carson continues in the Early Golden Age
Clip Carson: Action Comics 14 – 19 (July – Dec 39)