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Most often the first tag will be a year. This is the cover date. There are two dates for comics as you might know. Publish date which is when the comic is done and it goes to the printer. People who have subscribed get it around this time. Then there is the cover date, which is about two months later, and when it is on shelves. So this mean Christmas tales or whatever will appear in the posts marked as February.

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Comic Books · Golden Age · Marvel

1954, Jan

Black Rider 20

It appears that Marvel was playing with how the Black Rider looks right now because he has another change in appearance already. Now he wears a hood with holes for his eyes.

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Okay, Black Rider is being charged with high treason, and being sentenced to death. Now we may not know what the hell is going on, but we can guess this is all some sort of misunderstanding, or a setup. As he is tossed in  a cell he is to pray for the lives of thirty-six people he had betrayed, and Black Rider thinks ‘I don’t mind dying, but not as a traitor! Who did this to me? How was it done?’ and finally a flashback begins. Black Rider is watching as a group of outlaws is chased from Texas into New Mexico, and thinking how now they’ll just have a new group of people to terrorize. He lightly scolds the men for not caring about their neighbors and rides on.

We now jump to the men who we saw being run out, and others who had been before hand. They know they can’t go at it alone and decide to gang up, and soon there is nowhere safe in New Mexico, as they blaze a trail of destruction. When some of them ride into Leadville (where Doc lives) Doc is asked to fight with the other men, but he refuses because of his oath. Of course he somehow feels that his Hippocratic oath doesn’t apply to the Black Rider, and changes to fight. He arrives before his townsmen, and cleans up the invaders.

Next we see he is talking with some bigwig he calls colonel. He tells the Rider that all of the west is filled with rannys like the ones he took out and asks him to help take them out. He sends him to a man who would lend him men (and was supposed to lead them but was super drunk). Knowing where the leaders of the entire gang are (he doesn’t explain how) he takes some troops and ride for the hideout. Doc takes out the sentries and they ride into the Hallow where the leaders were supposed to be, to find no one there, and once trapped, the criminals descend upon the troops. Black Rider is able to fight clear, but the rest die.

We are back in the cell with Black Rider, who wonders who had leaked the info. He hears a whisper at his barred window and finds Bobby, the one person who knows his true identity. He tells the Rider that he heard the criminals were going to ‘blow the fort’ but no one would believe him as he is just a kid. He hands the Rider his guns, and Satan (Rider’s horse) pulled out the bars. Black Rider goes to the place the criminals were waiting to make their move and kills them. Then he is given an apology, as the drunk man who gave him the troops was the real traitor (never says how this is exposed).

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Black Rider is against a wall before a firing squad, but as the countdown begins someone leaps over the wall, and shoots those who were about to shoot the Rider. He grabs his guns, and the stranger leads him to Satan and together they flee. When they gather with the man’s friends they explain just what is going on. Apparently a ‘god’ (I doubt it this early, and in this sort of tale) appeared in a temple and threatened the people with famine and illness if they did not give him gifts. All who rebelled against this god were killed, and it was the gang of cutthroats that were going to kill Black Rider that enforced everything for the god.

So Black Rider goes with the people when they enter the temple, pretending to be bearing gifts for the fake god. A riot breaks out and the leader of the cutthroats runs free and BR goes after him. Obviously he kills him and the town is free of their fake god.

Two-Gun Kid

Two-gun stand before another man, hands on hilts, ready to draw. Around him snipers were also ready to shoot the western hero. Before they draw a flashback begins, and we see him astride his steed, about to enter a place called Sagemore City. A bullet narrowly missed him, and he shoots the offending gun out of a young boy’s hands. He had mistaken Two-gun for a killer named Black Bart (the man he is about to duel pre flashback) who had been hired to kill his pa. He, doesn’t wait for an explanation though and runs back into town to warn the people.

While the townsfolk try to run him out he gets greeted by the man who had hired Bart, and gives him the lowdown. Two-gun approaches the man Bart is meant to kill, and explains that he is not Bart, and it is proven soon when the real one arrives. He told the man to take his son and flee, and he faced down the man he had been mistaken for. Black Bart was nothing to our lad, and the rest of his posse was taken out by the angered townsfolk. Then the man who hired Bart tried to sneak up on Kid. He didn’t last long. Two-gun rode out as the battle dwindled.

Black Rider

Back to the main character I guess. Black Rider is being shown along by a Native chief, where all the wildlife has mysteriously vanished. The chief worries for his people, but the Black Rider promises the white men will not let the tribe starve. Returning home Doc petitions his town to lend aid to their neighbors, to resounding ‘ayes’. We then cut to a group of strangers who are driving the last herd of buffalo in the area away. When that is done the people sit down and talk about how they are planning on starving ‘them redskins’ off of their own land.

Black Rider isn’t done looking into the problem though and finds the watering hole that was used by the herd that was just run off, and follows the tracks. Guarding the pass through which they had run the animals, they talk about how the Comanches were unable to get enough food from Leadville and were moving. They planned to ambush an kill the entire tribe, the bastards. But having followed the buffalo the Black Rider had heard all of this and was able to launch an attack at the foul men.

The noise of him taking out the guard brings the rest of the gang, but they too are no match for the Rider. He then blows a load of dynamite to cause a stampede, bringing the herd back to their lands.

Comic Books · Dc Comics · Golden Age

1954, Jan

Wonder Woman 63

We begin in a police station where some egotistical ass has called to alert the police to his impending crime. But unlike a cool phantom thief the dude just walks out of the bank he just robbed and happily laughs as the bullets bounce off him. He drops a gas grenade and walks away from the stunned officers of the law. Days later Steve thinks that such a thing is impossible and is conversing with Diana when suddenly the man- who calls himself the human tank- runs out before him with his new illegal gains. Steve of course tries to shoot him. Diana dashes to an alley and changes clothing, but she is unable to stop the Human Tank as she is to busy making sure the ricocheting bullets don’t hit the civilians.

He takes a car and drives off, Wonder Woman chasing him. But her lasso does as much good as the bullets had, bouncing off of him. (That’s not how lassos work…) Instead she ends up leaping on the car and lifting the man over her head with one hand and taking him to jail.

He’s not there for long however. That night he literally punches his way through the prison walls with the help of his toughened skin. She knows she must somehow weaken him before she can capture him for good. When she sees some sand blasters at work she gets an idea. The next time she is notified of his whereabouts she is ready for him. She steals back his loot with her lasso, and so the man chases her. She runs into a carnival, and then it’s fun house, still being chased by the criminal. The tunnel he follows her into shoots jets of pressurized air at them, and though they quickly fell the Amazon, the Tank seems unaffected. Gritting her teeth Wonder Woman holds on, waiting until the Tank cries out as the chemicals on his skin wear away.

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Diana wakes one day, and looking out the window is shocked to find herself in San Fran, not New York. She went to be in her own apartment the night before and now she is at the other end of the country. She changes into Wonder Woman and calls her plane, noting by how quickly it arrives that it was also in San Francisco. She decides to fly back to NY and follow her footsteps to find out she had ended up in California. But as she flys back she finds that 3000 miles later she’s in San Fran again. Intrigued she returns to the apartment where she woke, and there was a man there, who asked her how her trip had been and told her he was the one who made her come out this way.

He shows her how he had projected images into her mind, and changed what she saw so when she woke she thought she was in San Fran, when really she was in NY. He explains that he has this ability due to the alien race that was using him to spy on Earth before invading, and he called her to help prevent it. Once she leaves to stop the invasion the man reveals he is really the Duke of Deception.

Wonder Woman finds and destroys fake space ships, and uses her radar to hopefully hide the real ones. She is directed into a cloud, but she finds none. The friction of her flight causes the cloud to rain, and it was radioactive. Flying in front of the drops she causes a draft to sweep the deadly water with her, she then goes higher so it freezes and turns into a ball of snow. When she finally sees the real invaders (the duke and his men) she lassos the snowball and throws it at them, therefore removing the threat with their own weapon.

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There is a picture of Wonder Woman in a history book, not too abnormal, except for this painting was done more than four hundred years ago. She says she is going to clear up the mystery by going to the past, which I think clears it up pretty well, but I guess she wants the full story. So she goes to see Paula and is sent back to when the portrait was done, Steve jumping in right after. Though it was a very small amount of time in 1954 Paula worries the time machine will have sent him to vastly different era.

Wonder Woman appears near a castle and decides to ask the people there for answers, only for them to try to kill her as she approaches, mistaking her for another. She is moments from taking them all down when an unseen enemy hits her from behind. She manages to remain standing, though her vision goes black. When she recovers she finds herself alone, though not for long as another group of knights come up to her. They call her Queen Niada and say how worried they had been.

They explain that they must hurry as her uncle is about to crowned, so she turns and runs back to the castle planning to continue the ruse until she could find the real queen. She shows up in the throne room, and is all like ‘uncle you look as though you’ve seen a ghost’ a picture is painted of her return and a feast is held. During the feast the amazon faints and her ‘uncle’ takes her to her room and calls a physician. Then the two throw her out a window.

She manages to wake during the fall and punch a way into the castle via the moat where she landed. She happens to come through in a dungeon where the real queen, and Steve were being held. WW breaks down the door and takes them both with her. The Prince’s men try to stop them, but she easily defeats them and then the two time travelers go home.

Comic Books · Dc Comics · Golden Age

1953 Dec

Adventure Comics 195

Superboy

Was the previous appearance of Marsboy before this blog was started? I don’t know, so I’ll give you a quick rundown. He is a boy from Mars with similar powers to Superboy, and he came to Earth a while ago and became friends with Clark. The title of this story reveals he is back again.

We open with Lana looking over pictures of Superboy and sighing over how perfect he is. But Lana feels as though she has no chance with the boy of steel as long as he is so busy using his powers for good. Trying to get her mind off of her troubles she goes to the movies and gets an idea from the women in the screen. She wants to make him jealous, but almost tosses the idea away as no one can compare to him.

Meanwhile Clark is going down the street and someone begins to play tricks on him. If I didn’t read the title, and this was Superman not the boy, I would suspect Mr. Mxyplyzyk. But it is obviously his friend Marsboy, and he tosses a giant boulder with an address on it to Superboy. He hurries there and greets his friend happily. But Lana Lang is at the place they met, and overheard both his identity and the resin he came to Earth; that being two escaped criminals.

One of them he had recaptured, but he needed Superboy to get the other, as he was hidden in a cave lined with copper, which blocked Marsboy’s vision like lead does with our hero. Knowing Marsboy keeps his identity secret, as Superboy does she follows him to his prisoner and tells him she will tell the crook his identity if he does not obey her. (Lois would never do such a thing) She of course wants him to pretend to be smitten with her, but her plan is doomed to failure as Superboy is heading to see his friend and hears the tail end of the conversation. Soon Clark, the prisoner, Lana, and Marsboy are heading to the red planet.

Clark gathers up the other crook with ease, copper being no problem for his x-ray vision. Lana begins her game in earnest, but Clark pretends to be bored with the proceedings and asking why he can’t use his powers for something more important than pleasing Lana. While Marsboy is busy playing to her tune Clark steps up as the hero of Mars.

Clark turns the situation back on her, pretending to fall for one of the Martian girls. She fills with anger as she sees him doing every tiny thing asked of him by the other girl. She demands he use his powers for more important things, to no avail. Next she pretends that she can’t handle Mars’s atmosphere, but he makes he a helmet and turns back to the girl.

She pulls him aside and tells him the truth and then says he must promise not to talk to the Martian girl ever again or she would tell Marsboy’s identity. So they fly home, and Clark smiles back at a message from his friend saying that the girl had explained the plan, and saying thanks.

Aquaman

A gang of crooks on the run purchase a boat, and begin to strip the other sea goers bare. After a few goes like that they begin a protection racket. One of the Captains refused to pay and so they came up with a plan.  The tug sprung a leak during a storm (I suspect sabotage) and during this crisis they drew close to some rocks. Hearing of this danger from one of his friends Aquaman rushed over and sees the bandits cut the cargo from the tug.

In order to save both Aquaman must let the criminals flee, but at least their work was useless this day. A close shave with the sea-king does nothing to make them slow down their aquatic crime wave. He keeps coming after them though, and with the help of some electric eels he gets them to surrender. But it was a ruse, so he would get close enough for them to wrap him in a net and then drop him to the ocean floor. (Stop trying to drown Aquaman you stupid assholes! Even if they just thought he’d be trapped, he can talk to fish! They could bring him something to cut his bonds, or a cephalopod could do it, or any number of ways.) Soon after their boat springs a leak, and they have to abandon it for an ice flow. When it gets dark, it also get unbearably hot on the flow. they figure they must have hit a fast current, as well. In the heat the ice melted quickly, making the three wish for rescue and that they had not ‘bumped off’ Aquaman.

As the last of the ice melted they  found themselves on the back of a whale, facing Aquaman. He tells them how he escaped, (he got caught in a fishing net) and how he had played with them by pushing them to the equator. He told them the coast guard would be by soon, and he was gonna give back the money.

Johnny Quick

Johnny and Tubby are sent to a school for mischievous youths, to take videos, and keep the kids busy enough that they don’t play their pranks. They hear a cry and hurry to find a group of kids tossing a boy out of the window! Changing to Quick Johnny saves the boy to find it is a straw dummy. But the teacher has had enough and is determined to quit. Johnny tells him to take an hours break and when he returns the students will be well-behaved.

He leaves Tubby; who had just been bragging about knowing all the tricks they could pull, in charge and pretends to leave. Of course, he is taken down in minutes, sitting on the floor sopping wet with a bucket wedged on his head. But Johnny knew this would happen and his plan was to make the tricks backfire on the kids, and make it seem like Tubby was the one responsible. But I don’t see how a moving chalk picture that spanks a kid could be done by Tubby.

Next they send a toy plane loaded with sneeze powder down to the janitor. But Johnny just catches the plane and brings it back, spraying the kids with the powder. Tubby gets free as the sneezing slows down and heads to his desk. There is and apple there, somehow loaded with red pepper. And after he takes a bite a delayed reaction is triggered, making everything on the desk fly at him. So Johnny begins to juggle the kids, until they swear never to play another trick again. The Prof returns and every one is perfectly well-behaved from now on.

Green Arrow

Our boys are called to HQ, but rather than a missionfor the archers he asks them to leave town. Entering a new town they run into a group of thieves, so they stop to capture them. As they plan to leave the next day there is another attempted robbery they stop. they are glad to be soemwhere they are wanted and needed even though they don’t know why they were made to leave home. Wonder of wonders their room in the hotel is right next to a gang’s and they overhear their plans and head over to catch them. But the crooks flee and head toward Star City, where the archer have been forbidden to go.

But they also can’t let the criminals go, and so stay after them. When they get back home they find the cops welcoming the crooks! It turns out that Star City had wanted to throw a surprise party for the archers, and so ordered them out of town to prepare. All the criminals they captured were really stuntmen, hired to keep GA and Speedy busy, and also film a movie about the two.

Comic Books · Dc Comics · Golden Age

1953 Dec

Action Comics 187

Superman

Superman is following some crooks who had just pulled a job, but he notes a dynamite truck on the same road. He worries that something might happen with the truck during the chase and is relieved when the truck pulls onto a side road. But the road there is being repaired and Superman knows the heat might also set off the dynamite. Superman stops to bring the truck to safety, but he needn’t worry about the crooks as they had an accident and had perished. Superman laments that he doesn’t have enough power, or else he would known about the danger of the truck before.

One of the people watching this scene hears him and thinks ‘So– the great Superman admits he isn’t perfect, Eh? Well I mustn’t let that encourage me… I must remember that in all the years I’ve been battling him, I’ve always come out the loser.’ Which, okay what ever he’s obvo the villain in this piece, but I’ve never seen him before? Next panel he is called Silver by a man who works for him as they see Superman on TV, where he is on a show and is being told that in a few weeks the planets will be in the same position as when Krypton exploded. (Not possible in that amount of time but okay.)

The next day at a bridge opening ceremony Superman seems to hear a man say he is going, to jump, but he can tell the man is not speaking. Still, he rushes to be near the man. As he grew near the man did leap, and as Superman saved him he told the Kryptonian that he couldn’t help thinking about doing so as he walked across the bridge, and Superman comes to conclude that he might have heard the man’s thoughts. That night a similar occurrence- but this time a criminal who for some reason is stealing sand off a barge. He follows the man, and is lead to a lead lined cavern. Needless to say he is both shocked and pleased when he manages to see inside the cavern, though not as clearly as he does through other substances. But the men inside are doing nothing but piling up sand.

While helping set up for the news cast that will celebrate the solar system’s alignment with how it was on the day Superman’s planet died, he hears a man thinking that he had found some kryptonite. The man with the kryptonite goes to the cavern, and Superman feels it’s effect and thinks it must be true. Inside the cavern Silver is explaining to the men his plan and shows how he has had Superman ‘read’ minds by playing a radio message higher than a human could hear. And he changed the doors on the cavern to one with less lead, and then none, so Superman would now be able to see through ‘lead’. On his next visit to the cave the kryptonite has been switched for a fake, making Superman think he is now invulnerable to the mineral.

Seeing this he heads in, only for them to bring out the real thing, and they then tie him up. They taunt him with their plan to blow up Metropolis, if the city doesn’t pay ransom for it’s hero. Before they go one of the men wants to beat up the helpless Superman, so Silver moves the kryptonite away just enough so Superman can barely defend himself. Since he has little to to no strength he knows he must use his brain to get out of this situation. After he is beaten they leave him alone, but the do have a camera watching him. Silver tells his men that he’s not actually planing on turning off  the bomb, even if they get the cash.

But Superman just stands up, rips off his bonds and finds the bomb, in like five seconds and gets to the controls even though their covered with lead. Oh, oh see Superman managed to switch places with the man during the fight, who then rushed to destroy the bomb, as it he didn’t have the time to flee if the bomb went off. Then he headed to his gang and as they fled from the ‘Superman’ they left the kryptonite, so Superman was able to head in a pick them up. (The bonds were just weak, though strong enough to hold a kryptonited Superman.)

Congo Bill

Bill goes to see a friend, who is the new king of a small European country. Well not king yet. He tells Bill that he must first win a joust to get his crown. Well, not a real joust as the lance is rubber, but enough to fulfill the law. Bill’s sharp eyes see that his friend opponent is not using a rubber lance at all, but one made of steel. He tells his friend, who is worried. If he fails to win this joust, the man who beat him shall be king. Bill takes it upon himself to teach his friend to joust, in the short week before the duel.

When it is learned how skillful the king to be has become they drug his drink before the final showdown. Though he does wake before hand he is far too weak to properly fight. Then the fight begins, and masterfully the knight dressed in the white armor of the king to be wins. The man who drugged the prince declares a foul and states it is Bill in the armor. Bill doesn’t deny it as he takes off the helm. But he sites the law that if the prince is unwell he can ask a knight to take his place, and as Bill was knighted right before the duel, it was valid. Also, the fighter who was going to fight with the steel lance and the drugger were captured and I guess thrown in jail? Who knows, maybe they were beheaded.

Tommy Tomorrow

Tommy and his still unnamed partner (seriously he’s in almost everyone of these stories give him a name you fuck wits!) are out in space and they are passed by an alien craft. They send out a message but there is no response. As the ship seems to be heading to Earth Tommy follows it. It lands on our planet, but nothing leaves the dark ship. Tommy offers to go in first, to check it over with special equipment. It is full of wonderful machines, such as one that makes water from air.

As soon as the machines were removed the ship flew away. It was thought to be a benevolent gift from another race, but Tommy isn’t so sure. When the ship returns later, people pile inside to see what has been brought this time, but there is nothing, and the doors seal. Finding that they look just like us they decide to go to our home and take or places, to escape their police and become the important people who had been chosen to examine the new gifts. Left in a cage there seemed to be no hope, except for something Tommy has kept hidden.

With the mini acetate torch he burns out of the cage and sets a fire to the dry grasses, which brought the police. The criminals were captured, and the Earthmen sent home.

Vigilante

During a show of Greg’s Stuff notices a man they suspect to be tied with the gang they’re hunting leave the place, and keeps an eye on him while Greg wraps up and changes clothes. By following this man the two were able to see a bank robbery in progress. They see on of the crooks ‘drops’ the loot on the man they had followed there, obviously double crossing his own gang. Vig jumped at the man with the money, and we see in the other man’s thoughts that he is surprised that someone was right where he was going to dropped the loot.

They manage to shake Vig, but the man who had dropped the gold had been proven to be a traitor to the gang, and so the boss told him to either kill the Vigilante, or have proof of his crimes given to the cops. The doomed man has two men lead Vig to where he can shoot at him, but he sees the reflection and dodges in time. Knowing he has no chance the would be killer jumps off a small cliff to a river and manages to cling to a tree above the falls.

Next he goes to Vig’s hotel. (Did he get a room in both identities? Why does the Vigilante get a hotel room?) Anyway, he comes in and starts shooting. When his first shots missed he jumped out the window into a hay cart he had placed there, and it rolled him down  hill where he was able to change clothes and hide. Seeing Vig help out an old man he came up with a new idea, and the next day he disguised himself and pretended to be a weak person, that needed help. With his guard down, the man was able to shoot Vig.

Or so it appeared, for a few more panels and the gang who came to see if he was really dead, was ambushed by Vig, who looked hale and hearty. After he took them down he pointed out the mistake in the man’s disguise that had made Vig know he was a fake, (no callouses) and let him switch the bullets for blanks.

Comic Books · Dc Comics · Golden Age

1953 Dec

Detective Comics 202

Batman

The Duo is lying in wait for some smugglers and when they show they leap into action. Robin has a close call with a falling crate, but all the crooks are captured in the end. There was still the problem of where the smuggled goods came from, and none of hem would talk. So the two investigate the crates for clues, and find that they are watertight, and that the criminals had spectroscopic glasses on them. So they figured the smugglers dived to get the goods from the bottom of the bay. They were then able to judge the distance traveled by the boat’s fuel gauge.

Using this information Batman pinpointed a luxury hotel; the Jolly Rodger. Batman muses to Robin, that maybe it’s time Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson take a vacation. They first take a tour around the island, and are told about many hidden caves, lined with treasure to be found. In the village, they find a face, familiar from their crime files. Curious, they follow him. He leads them to a cave where the smugglers reside. A slip of the foot announces their presence, (failed your stealth roll) and the they have to fight. But they are over taken, and forced to walk the plank- the plank being a cliff over the sea.

It is only their training and knowledge that make them break the water’s surface in they only way that keeps them unharmed, but then they have to deal with the rocks. Narrowly avoiding the sharp peaks Batman and Robin then use the sharp edges to cut their bonds. They return to their other identities and subtly begin poking around. It was definitely one of the hotel boats being used by the smugglers and the lighthouse told them not ships had gone by the night before, nor were expected soon. Here have a picture I don’t want to explain this part.

But investigating as Dick and Bruce is dangerous as well, and soon Bruce narrowly saves his ward’s life. The way it was done just proves that there is an accomplice working in the hotel. That night they don their capes again, and watch as one of the hotel boats head out to collect another drop. The mystery of how the crates arrived was solved minutes later when a plane drops the boxes, with flotation devices and marked with chemicals so they could be seen with the glasses on.

Our boys don’t leave them hanging for long, and soon the leader tries to flee as they deal with his men. They follow the leader, but by the time they catch up with him, he has shed his disguise. But using the glasses Batman is able to find the crook, as he had touched the marked boxes. With him taken care of, and the thorough records the crook kept,  the entire ring is soon rounded up.

Roy Raymond TV Detective

We start with auditions, like usual. Unusually though this time there is a dummy; you know the creepy ventriloquist prop. The ventriloquist claims he made a voice box and a thinking machine for the dummy, but that it worked in an unexpected way. For lack of a better term it made the dummy ‘alive’. Roy thought it was just regular ventriloquism though, and tried to make them leave. But they didn’t care about the show, just that they figure out what is going on and would Roy please test them? So he shuts the dummy in a soundproof room and is surprised when it keeps talking to him.

Next they look inside the dummy with machines, but the only wires they find are the ones that fit with the story they were given. Unable to prove him a fake the dummy and his creator get famous over night, but it keeps niggling at Roy, until one day he comes up with another idea and heads off to test it. He lifts the top half of the dummy and pop! there is a midget criminal inside. With the ability to switch between the halfs of the dummy he was able to miss being seen by the scanning earlier.

Robotman

This is the last Appearance of Robotman for a while, so good-bye for now.

The army has opened up a new training center near where Paul is visiting. During a time when the training center is having a mock battle crooks dressed in uniform take advantage of the gun shots to pull a bank hold up. They even had a tank as a get away vehicle. Such a slow escape, was easily over taken by Robotman however, they went into the training field of the army, and used their knowledge of the terrain (and hidden mines) to dash Robotman badly enough so he can’t walk.

The criminals then merge with the real trainees, but they separated to cross the border to Mexico. As a last resort Robotman gets used as a bullet for one of the other tanks and crashes unto the crooks before they can cross.

Comic Books · Golden Age · Marvel

1953 Dec

Kid Colt Outlaw 32

Colt is just riding along, heading to a nearby town when bam! a bullet flies by him. They keep coming too, making the gunman increase his speed. Oddly the bullets don’t chase him from the town but toward it, and when he arrives the gunfire stops and there is no one to be seen. He heads to the saloon for answers, and finds two, right across from each other. He chooses one and heads inside.

Those inside ask themselves if a gunman had been hired, and when they decide he’s not theirs they attack. Colt pulls his guns on them and demands answers. They explain there is another group that wants to take their land, but as they speak the leader of this other group enters and she says it’s the other way around. Taken by her beauty Colt goes with her. I think he’s just faking to get the real lowdown, but even if he’s not he is soon put on guard by the fact her foreman and ‘straw boss’ (what the heck is that?) are well known killers and thieves.

She takes him to her ranch and it seems she owns most of the valley herself. She explains it is because of her fighting back against the others. But he is fully awakened to the situation when she ordered he men to start a fire and burn some of the horses owned by one of her neighbors. He refuses to stand for it and tires to leave only to be shot at as he retreats. He goes back to the ranches saloon and tells them of the fire. They send men to put it out, however they refuse to take any help from Colt as they know the woman will know, and have reason to crush them.

Then the woman and her men file into town, and so Kid is set against them, alone. In a hail of bullets and full of anger he slays them all, except the woman. As he leaves Colt hopes she doesn’t use her great beauty to twist the men of the valley any further.

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We open with Colt facing off against not just one, but three gunmen, all prepared to kill. Thankfully a flashback starts in panel two, so we can actually know what is going on. He was running from a posse, I assume lawmen and civilians who don’t know of his good heart but only the crimes of which he is accused. He heads into a cave to make a final stand where none get behind him. But rather than a cave, it is a tunnel, and when he comes put the other side he passes out from blood loss.

When he wakes he is in a bed with a woman watching over him. She calls for her father when she sees he has awoken, and groggily he asks where he is. He is in a small Quaker village, rarely entered by outsiders, they tell him he will not need his guns here. As he recovers he finds himself longing for this simple life, and falls for the woman who had nursed him. But a peaceful life is something that Kid Colt will never have, and as he settles in a group of dangerous men enter his new home.

It is the three we saw him having a standoff with before the flashback, and they want to use the peaceful and hard to find place as a hideout. Upon seeing them he rushes back to the house for his guns. Both the woman and his father beg him not to take up his weapons again, bu he knows that in order to maintain their life he must. The battle is swift, and soon the other outlaws lie dying in the road, and Colt rides on, feeling the woman he loves deserves better than he.

3

Two men sit in a carriage, one bundled and silent, while the other is nervous and suspicious. Oh, never mind change that it’s not two men. The bigger one is a gorilla, and he kills the other and then the driver. He then rides off with the carriage and the gold inside. Colt happens across the scene the next day and is accused of the crime by the sheriff, and is then thrown in jail. The man in cell with him had been accused of a very similar crime, done by a mass amount of strength, and a mass of money missing.

So they make their sheets into a rope and lasso a horse outside, then have it pull the bars off the window. Colt takes a ride in a carriage in the area and throws the other passengers out. The gorilla is driving the carriage. Not knowing that it is a mighty beast much stronger than he, Colt comes up behind it and tries to strangle it. The gorilla brings Colt to the hideout and his boss gets mad at him and whips him so the Gorilla attacks, and Colt shoots the gorilla after the boss is dead, and the crimes are ended.