(From "Punch Comics" number 16, 1946.)
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The Secret Lair
Hmmm, if those rocket packs, though small, have the power to propel a person through the air, and are attached to that silver harness that we see around the flying man’s neck, the instant they are fired up, they would end up forcing the point of the silver harness downward and inward as they fire up into the back of his head. I think… I think this may be an even more dangerous means of flight that Bulletman’s gravity helmet.
I suspect you are correct, Kingmonkey. I definitely think this character was a direct rip-off of Bulletman, it’s very similar right down to the female partner.
In cases like this I pretend there is a harness under the body suit, maybe connected to the belt. It goes down the back so the exhaust doesn’t scorch their back-sides.
This proves I put more thought in to it than the artist.
Aren’t these two called “Rocketman” and “Rocketgirl”?
Yes, Rocketman and Rocketgirl.
Those rockets seem to be very far off centre. Why don’t they end up with their heads being driven in a circle arc straight into the ground at takeoff?