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The Fox

The Fox is the name of two fictional superheroes that appear in periodicals published by MLJ Comics.

Fox I

Publication history
The first Fox debuted in MLJ Comic's Blue Ribbon Comics vol. 1 #4 (June 1940), in a story written by Joe Blair and drawn by Irwin Hasen. He appeared in that title until the series ended in March 1942, in the 22nd issue. He only appeared on the cover of one title, #16, in conjunction with all the other heroes that appeared in the comic series.
He later made a guest appearance in Mighty Crusaders #4 (April 1966), as part of a crowd scene featuring nearly every superhero published by MLJ (the story, somewhat ironically, was titled "Too Many Super Heroes!"). He returned in issue #5, where he forms a team called The Ultra-Men with heroes Captain Flag and The Web. This was the sole appearance of that group. Some of the Fox stories from this period were written and illustrated by Alex Toth. The first Fox's final appearance was in Black Hood #3 (October 1983).

Fictional character biography
The Fox is secretly Paul Patten, a young news reporter and photographer for The Daily Globe, and a former athlete at Penn State University. He has a camera that attaches to his belt. His editor and girlfriend is named Ruth Ransom. Patton's main reason for becoming the Fox was to further his career; as a crimefighter, he is the first on the scene with his camera.
Whenever dangerous situations arise, Patton quickly changes into his costume, which consists of a black, skin-tight body suit, complete with pointed ears and (in some adventures) a golden fox head logo on his chest. Although the transformations from photographer to superhero are never illustrated (artists favored a simple panel with the caption "Paul Patton becomes The Fox!"), it is assumed that the costume is worn under Paul's street clothes.

Powers and abilities
The Fox is a highly trained athlete, but has no special superpowers.

Fox II

Publication history
The second Fox debuted in Blue Ribbon Comics vol. 2, #6 (March 1984), although Mighty Crusaders vol. 2 #13 (September 1985) retcons an earlier appearance of the Fox in Mighty Comics #49 (July 1967) as being the "true" first appearance of the second Fox. The Fox appeared in several issues of Blue Ribbon during the mid 1980s. He also appeared in issues 9 and 11-13 of Mighty Crusaders as a member of that superhero team. His final appearance was in Mighty Crusaders vol. 2 #13 (September 1985).

Fictional character biography
The second Fox is Paul Patten Jr., the son of the original Fox. His girlfriend is Delilah Monaco, who is secretly the She-Fox; Paul and Delilah are unaware that the other person has a secret identity.
The second Fox wears a black fullbody stocking with a covererd face and pointed fox "ears". His appearance is very similar to that of Marvel Comics' Black Panther.

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