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Fox (comics)

This article is about the comic book character. For other people named Paul Patton, see Paul Patton (disambiguation). For Other Fox comics entities, see Fox Comics. For the furry comic strip, see T.H.E. Fox.
The Fox
The Fox (Modern Version)
Cover to The Fox (vol. 1) #3 (January 2014)
Art by Dean Haspiel
Publication information
Publisher MLJ Comics
Archie Comics
First appearance (Patten)
Blue Ribbon Comics #4 (June 1940)
(Patten, Jr.)
Blue Ribbon Comics vol. 2, #6 (March 1984)
Created by (Patten)
Joe Blair (script)
Irwin Hasen (art)
(Patten, Jr.)
Richard Buckler, Stan Timmons (script)
Tony DeZuniga (art)
In-story information
Alter ego - Paul Patten
- Paul Patten, Jr.
Team affiliations (Patten)
The Ultra-Men
(Patten, Jr.)
Mighty Crusaders
Abilities (Patten)
Highly trained athlete
(Patten, Jr.)
Skilled martial artist
100x180px Cover to Blue Ribbon Comics (vol. 2) #6 (March 1984).
Art by Rich Buckler and Rudy Nebres.
Series publication information
Publisher Archie Comics
Schedule Monthly
Format (vol. 1)
Limited series
(vol. 2)
Ongoing series
Publication date (vol. 1)
October [[2013 in comics#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.2013]] – March [[2014 in comics#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.2014]]
(vol. 2)
April [[2015 in comics#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.2015]] – Present
Number of issues (vol 1)
(vol 2)
2 (as of May 2015 cover date)
Creative team
Writer(s) Dean Haspiel
Mark Waid
J.M. DeMatteis (vol. 1)
Artist(s) Dean Haspiel
John Workman (vol. 2)
Jose Villarubia (vol. 2)
Letterer(s) John Workman
Colorist(s) Allen Passalaqua

The Fox is the name of two fictional superheroes that appear in periodicals published by MLJ Comics, and a supervillain that appeared in the mid-2000s Top Cow comic-book series Wanted.

MLJ Comics

Publication history

The first Fox debuted in MLJ Comic's Blue Ribbon Comics #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.[1] The first Fox's final appearance was in Black Hood #3 (Oct. 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 has no superpowers, but is a highly trained athlete.

DC Comics

In the wake of the continuity altering "Final Crisis" company-wide crossover, DC Comics licensed rights to the Red Circle and Milestone Media heroes, choosing to bring them into DC Universe continuity. It was announced that in March,[2] the Fox would appear in a back-up feature in the Shield comic book series, written by Brandon Jerwa and with art from Michael Avon Oeming.

This Fox is also named Paul Patten Jr., and is a film director from Seattle.[3]

Archie Comics

Publication history

The second Fox debuted in Blue Ribbon Comics vol. 2, #6 (March 1984). 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 (Sept. 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.[4]

The second Fox wears a black full body stocking with a covered face and pointed fox "ears".

Powers and abilities

The second Fox has no superpowers, but is a skilled martial artist.

Red Circle Comics/Dark Circle Comics

In 2012, Archie Comics relaunched its superhero imprint, Red Circle Comics, as an all-digital line under a subscription model with back issues archive access starting with New Crusaders. In October 2013, The Fox returned with a five issue mini-series which ended in March 2014.[5][6] The series was written by Dean Haspiel, Mark Waid and J.M. DeMatteis with art by Dean Haspiel, Mike Cavallaro and Terry Austin.[7] Dean Haspiel (co-writer of the Fox series) explains that "The Fox is a superhero with no superpowers whose civilian identity as a photojournalist keeps him in the business of getting into and out of trouble."

The mini-series was collected into trade paperback in July 2014 under the name The Fox: Freak Magnet. The Fox returned as a full-fledged series in April 2015 under the Dark Circle Comics banner. The series has the same creative team from the mini-series.

Collected editions

File:The Fox Freak Magnet Cover.jpg
Cover to The Fox: Freak Magnet
Art by Dean Haspiel

The series has so far been assembled into the following collection:

Trade paperbacks

Title ISBN Release Date Collected Material Issues Published
The Fox: Freak Magnet 978-1936975938 July 2, 2014 The Fox Vol. 1 #1–5 October 2013 – March 2014


  1. ^ Black Hood #2 (Aug. 1983) and #3 (Oct. 1983)
  2. ^ "DCU IN 2010: THE FOX, by Michael Avon Oeming unveiled". 13 January 2010. Retrieved 5 February 2014. 
  3. ^ Gluckstern, Rachel. "Editor Rachel Gluckstern on the next wave of Red Circle characters". 
  4. ^ Blue Ribbon Comics vol. 2, #7 (April 1984)
  5. ^ Smith, Zack (23 September 2013). "Waid and Haspiel trap THE FOX for Archie". Retrieved 5 February 2014. 
  6. ^
  7. ^ "Preview: The Fox #4". 3 February 2014. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 

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