Biff Bronson‘s series plays out much the way it had begun. Decent art on passable stories, but virtually no characterization of the lead. In his final appearance Biff defines himself as a “freelancer,” but if this means he is a private detective it’s the only indication of that. He is just a guy, quick with his fists, who winds up in the midst of a lot of criminal activity.
Dan Druff fares no better in the sidekick position. We see in More Fun 57 that they share a home, though whether it’s a house or apartment is not clear. Dan’s mother appears briefly in issue 55, and Biff’s Uncle Jim is in 64. Uncle Jim lives in Connecticut, and that’s about his only distinguishing trait.
Most of the stories only run one issue, but there is a three-part story, running from More Fun 53 – 55 that pits Biff and Dan against The Wizard, a little old mad scientist who has built an army of “thousands” of robots (we don’t actually see that many) with which he intends to conquer the US. Biff figures out how to disable the robots, knocking their brain batteries out, and guts one to wear its “body” and infiltrate the Wizard’s base to blow up their power supply. He succeeds, but the Wizard uses a paralysis gun on him, and Biff is paralyzed from the waist down, trapped near the bomb he has rigged. Dan saves the day, coming to rescue Biff in another hollowed out robot body.
There is also a two-part story, in More Fun 60 and 61, with Dr. Zabkin, who has developed serums that turn ordinary people into sideshow freaks, who he then sells through his associate Kapek. Biff almost gets turned into one himself before turning the tables on Zabkin, who gets thoroughly trounced by his victims after their normal bodies are restored.
There is not much else to say about the character or the series. Biff exposes the chief of police as the mastermind behind a protection scam in issue 66, and stops the assassination of a government minister from Bulovia in 67, his final story. The FBI offer him a place in their organization, but Biff insists he wants to stay freelance.
But then we see no more of him. Odd, isn’t it? Did the FBI not take kindly to being rebuffed? Was their offer not actually a choice? Will we ever know the ultimate fate of freelance freelancer Biff Bronson?
Since I am going to close it on that note, probably not.
Biff Bronson: More Fun Comics 51 – 67 (Jan 40 – May 41)
All-Star Comics 1 (Summer 40)