Wednesday, May 10, 2017
RAR #24: LAKOTA RAINFLOWER
Lakota Rainflower was a supporting character in most of the issues of Gold Key's 1970s series THE OCCULT FILES OF DOCTOR SPEKTOR. In keeping with her first name, this secretary to the supernatural sleuth-- beautiful enough to have made more money modeling clothes than filing papers-- was dominantly Sioux, but had a smattering of Apache heritage. Once or twice writer Don Glut made reference to her "fiery Apache blood," but this was surely intended as a compliment.
The page above comes from Lakota's only solo story, a backup tale taking place before she met Spektor. In the early issues of the comic, she functioned as a skeptic who couldn't credit her boss's wild stories, but that routine faded after she's had a few encounters with mummies, vampires, and so on. Lakota had no real depth but writer Glut and artist Jesse Santos gave her courage and style.