Fox (comics)

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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
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 – March 2014
(vol. 2)
April 2015 – Present
Number of issues (vol 1)
(vol 2)
5 (as of August 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 later Dark Circle Comics.

Publication history[edit]

The first Fox (Paul Patten) 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).

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).

In October 2013, Archie Comics released The Fox under its Red Circle Comics imprint as a five issue mini-series which ended in March 2014.[2][3] The series was written by Dean Haspiel, Mark Waid and J.M. DeMatteis with art by Dean Haspiel, Mike Cavallaro and Terry Austin.[4] The mini-series was later collected into trade paperback in July 2014 under the name The Fox: Freak Magnet.

In 2015, The Fox returned as a full-fledged series in April 2015 under the relaunched Dark Circle Comics imprint. The series has the same creative team from the mini-series.

Paul Patten[edit]

MLJ Comics[edit]

Fictional character biography[edit]

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[edit]

The Fox has no superpowers, but is a highly trained athlete.

Dark Circle Comics[edit]

Paul Patton is revealed to have been the original Fox who later passed down the identity to his son, Paul Patton Jr.

Paul Patten Jr./Paul Patton Jr.[edit]

Archie Comics[edit]

Fictional character biography[edit]

The second Fox is Paul Patten Jr., the son of the original Fox who made his debut in Blue Ribbon Comics vol. 2, #6 (March 1984). His girlfriend is Delilah Monaco, who is secretly the She-Fox. Paul and Delilah are unaware that the other person has a secret identity.[5]

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

Powers and abilities[edit]

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

DC Comics[edit]

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,[6] 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.

Paul Patten Jr. is a film director from Seattle in this version.[7]

Red Circle Comics/Dark Circle Comics[edit]

Fictional character biography[edit]

Paul Patton Jr. was raised as a child in the town of Beaver Kill where his father, Paul Patton, operated as the Fox.[8] Patton took up a career in photography and eventually got a job as a photographer in Impact City. His wife, Mae Patton, operates as the She-Fox while his son, Shinji Patton, follows in his father's footsteps as the Ghost Fox.[9][10]

Patton wears a black full body stocking with a yellow fox head emblem on his chest with a covered face and pointed fox "ears" as his costume.

Collected editions[edit]

Cover to The Fox: Freak Magnet
Art by Dean Haspiel

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

Trade paperbacks[edit]

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. ^ Smith, Zack (23 September 2013). "Waid and Haspiel trap THE FOX for Archie". Retrieved 5 February 2014. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Preview: The Fox #4". 3 February 2014. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  5. ^ Blue Ribbon Comics vol. 2, #7 (April 1984)
  6. ^ "DCU IN 2010: THE FOX, by Michael Avon Oeming unveiled". 13 January 2010. Retrieved 5 February 2014. 
  7. ^ Gluckstern, Rachel. "Editor Rachel Gluckstern on the next wave of Red Circle characters". 
  8. ^ The Fox (vol. 2) #1, April 2015
  9. ^
  10. ^ The Fox (vol. 2) #2, May 2015

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