- Action Comics 172
- Adventure Comics 180
- Captain Marvel Adventures 136
- Detective Comics 187
- Marvel Family 75
Action Comics 172 Superman, Congo Bill, Tommy Tomorrow, Vigilante
Clark comes into work and his shirt is all wrinkled because he left his clothes in a pile when he had to dash off as Superman. So Lois goes to Clark’s place and takes his clothes to the cleaners for him. She briefly considers marrying him at this point. Later she finds a talaismin in her car and thinks it’s cute and she may need to return it so she decides to keep it with her. Suddenly her luck turns and elevator cables snap, handrails fall, girders lean. Lois becomes convinced she’s cursed and decides to use her jinx for good. She goes to people the law can’t touch but she knows are criminals and threatens to curse them if they don’t stop their immoral deeds. Superman at this point has figured out that she has his talsmin, which Jor-el designed to dissolve metal and protect young Kal-el’s ship from meteors. Superman can’t tell Lois this because she might connect Clark and Superman, so he makes a duplicate of the talasmin and switch them when Lois is distracted. But he wants her to succeed in scaring those dudes, so he makes it seem like Lois is still cursed. When Lois is finished she decides it’s too dangerous to stay in Metropolis and intends to leave. Superman convinces her that her luck has turned by planting a field of four-leaf clovers, making a giant horse-shoe and shining a rainbow on her.
Bill is dropped off in Alaska to find two jewel theives, but once he has captured the men the sled cracks through the ice and they lose the sled. Thinking quickly Bill makes an igloo and starts a fire. Using the only thing that surivived the wreck (besides the living things) which was a hunk of whale meat, he was able to kill a bear, which he used to feed the humans and dogs and make a sled from the bones. Wish these stories were longer.
A mysterious eyeball floats down to Saturn and observes everything. Any resistance was hypnotized by the ocular device. Tommy pretends to be hypnotized and reverse engineered the eye so he could see out the other side. He found that a race of aliens was planning to invade the solar system in order to escape from the inorganic space spiders. Tommy disguises everyone’s ships like space spiders and the eye leaves to look for a safe place.
Vig finds out a horse is about to be put to death because he had killed his only three riders. Greg was determined to prove the horse was not a curse and to do so promised not to get off of the horse for 24 hours. I want to address here that every hero now is completely honor bound. I would think one of them would go back on their word and be like ‘sorry I don’t make deals with criminals, thanks for releasing Lois’ but i guess it doesn’t really apply here I just wanted to get that off my chest. Also if he’s planning to be on a horse for that long how does he plan to pee? Anyway, some crooks find out about his deal and decide to take advantage. They should really learn that it doesn’t work, though he did have some hard times. He ended up sending the vigcycle around them and kinda boloing them with the two horses (one Iron) Oh, and the horse wasn’t a curse, he just had some bad luck, like rattlers spooking him to buck and the like.
Adventure Comics: Superboy, Aquaman, Johnny Quick, Green Arrow
Now, I don’t know this from experience, but I assume that all of crimedom doesn’t get together on a regular basis. Maybe a single gang or a group of mafia or something- but a crimedom wide award thing? Okay suspending disbelief So this guy is upset he didn’t get the ‘blackjack’ award, for best over all crime so he decides to go for the only award that has never been given out. The Superboy award, which is for someone who beat the lad. During his first attempt there is an accident and he is rendered temporarily blind. You know that saying ‘if at first you don’t succeed…’ well i want to change the end. If at first you don’t succeed, reevaluate. after all the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Eventually Clark figures out what’s going on, lets the dude think he won, followed him back and nabbed all the crooks there.
So I found the safest place to store your valuables. Aquaman’s under sea bank. It’s a pretty neat set up, a giant clam is the vault and when Aquaman isn’t there is some cool tricks to keep out crooks. Like a net of electric eels, and a normal burglar alarm. Of course somebody tries to break in while our hero is away, and they’re just waiting above the bank with the coast guard.
Johnny is relaxing at home when a bulletin comes in that says Johnny Quick has helped rob a payroll across town. One of the witnesses says that it wasn’t quite Johnny, and the king of speed hops over to the station and the witness confirms that, no, wasn’t him. So Johnny goes after the impostor the next time he shows up. Everyone is very relieved that he hasn’t turned criminal. He follows the fake for a bit, and then fakes his death so he could get to the headquarters. There he has a tough battle with the robot Quick where some clever thinking was all that saved him. When the criminals came in to gather up their robot, Johnny (wearing the mask of the bot) pretends to be it until he can grab them all.
These crooks use people’s superstitions to rob them. Nice. Like they swap umbrellas with this dude so when he closes it it releases gas. In rebuttal GA swears to catch them with thirteen arrows. The main thing here was that the last arrow exploded, then Roy and he just rolled a bunch of rabbit’s feet down the stairs and made them slip. Oliver says they studied his style and switched out the correct arrow, but really- what if he had grabbed a bolo arrow? or any of his others? how would they know which type of arrows he would use.
Captain Marvel Adventures
So this story brought up questions I have had before, such as is the Captain a separate entity, or is he just Billy with powers? One would think he was just Billy but the way Billy always thinks about him makes me question that. In this tale Captain Marvel starts seeing Sivana when no one else does. Everyone comes to the conclusion that Cap is now crazy s Billy decides to no longer turn into him. Then Billy sees Sivana and no one else does. Billy freaks and goes to an asylum but Dexter convinces him that it’s not likely that two people would have the same hallucination. But if they’re the same person… anyway Cap finds Sivana and his selective invisibility belt, takes him to jail.
There is a character called Timmy Tinkle who appeared once before. I considered introducing him to you before, but as I wasn’t sure if he would appear again and as Fawcett stops publishing in a little over a year I decided not to. But now he has appeared again, so basically hes a robot, and a friend of Billy’s. He works at Station Whiz. In this story he confesses to Billy that he has a secret wish to be a cameraman. In return Billy tells him that he wishes to have a regular spot with a puppet show (something that has never been mentioned before). Anyway, they both decide to ask Mr. Morris again. Timmy is Turned down right away, but Billy has a stroke of luck in that their other puppeteer was just fired. So Billy starts his new show, and someone throws a gas bomb in the area. Timmy helps the show go on by being the cameraman for the show. But this throws suspicion on the poor robot. Another show is sabotaged and once again Timmy goes to help. During this show Captain Marvel catches the true saboteur, the fired puppeteer. He reveals he never really though Timmy had done it, but had accused him to lure the other in to a false sense of security. For helping keep the shows going Timmy is given a new job: a cameraman.
So there’s this witch, and by use of magic she can make food in her cauldron for free. Lets face it- that would be very useful. But she is told that she is supposed to be making mayhem, not stew. She has until sundown tomorrow to convert 13 new witches, or her pot will be taken away. So she makes 13 brooms and heads out to sell them. Billy sees one broom sweep his neighbor into the sky to bring her to the witch and saves her. He causes trouble for the witch until the deadline when she loses all her power. Then she tells him her tale and he suggests she really sell brooms, as hers were of good quality.
Detective Comics: Batman, Impossible but True, Robotman
We start with seeing Harvey Dent again, the former Two-Face, in case the name is unfamiliar to you. He had been the duality obsessed villain, but after only two appearances he was able to recover with the help of Batman and Harvey’s fiance. Harvey is about to do up some make up to make it look as though he had scars again (plastic surgery had fixed it before) and go before a crowd in an anti-crime seminar. Two-face went on the stage and began to explain how he would decide on crimes or good. He flipped the coin, and the bad side landed up. He then left the room cackling madly and went on a crime spree. Batman was convince the Harvey was innocent, but he never said why, besides that they weren’t Harvey’s types of crimes. As it turns out it was the stage manager, and he had kidnapped Harvey before going on that stage. Batman had noticed that the scars had been made on the wrong side of the face. As a way to trap him he made the make-up permanent, so the crook went to jail still looking like the notorious Two-Face.
Roy has dealt with many odd things in his time, but never before has he seen a dog that can talk. I’m not writing about those who can wrangle out an ‘I love you’ or what ever you’ve seen online. Horace Updyke can speak English as well as you or I. Roy searches frantically for a radio, or a ventriloquist, anything to prove the dog a fake. When he finally realizes that he is going to be disgraced, and cannot prove the dog false- he wakes up.
“The Man Who Insured Robotman” is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. Some fresh faced guy goes into an insurance building and proudly shows his diploma. Saying that he’d like a secretary, and a office with a view if possible. He is promptly told to get out. Then the boss man changes his mind and says if he can sell 50, 000 dollars of insurance in two days then he could have the job. So the guy goes up to Robotman and sells him insurance paying out to $100,000. Robotman was legitimately convinced by this guy, and the payout was to go to the police force should anything happen to him. The Boss man came back from his trip and he was not pleased. He said Robotman was too much of a risk, and that if he should be harmed the seller would be fired. So he sets out to find Robotman and finds him being attacked by some crooks who were dropping thermite bombs on him. He produced a bunch of carbon dioxide and the bombs were disabled. In a hurry the insurer is taken hostage. Robotman short circuits the building and places the guy outside. Then, having figured out why the man was there told him he had decided he didn’t need that policy after all.
Marvel Family 75
They had such high hopes for us. Truly, it’s a bit sad. Dexter tells the Batsons and Freddy that by 1960 Earth would be free to explore space, and even have space patrolmen! Listen guys, man hadn’t even been to the moon by that point, weep for our ancestors broken dreams, weep. So anyway, to prove it he turns on his future scope, and they see the Sivanas terrorizing Earth. For some reason they assume that they had traveled to the future, not that their future selves were causing trouble. I mean they were right, but it’s only eight years, it’s not unreasonable to think it was their 1960 counter points. And where were the future Marvels? I guess they worried it might be to complicated.
So Mary, Freddy, and Billy head to 1960 via the Rock of Eternity. They find that the Sivanas have joined forces with the war-like Plutonians, and now rule all of the solar system except for Earth. Their forces completely block Earth off. The Marvels charge at the Sivanas, only to have a smoke screen come out of the ship and they lose their villains. Back home Dexter has a plan and takes his newly developed time pill to bring him to 1960, where he tells them they need trained men, and equipment to fight on equal terms. Hastily they build Planet Prep, and many men volunteer.
The next section is of the training, and the Sivanas try to wreck the place, but their every attempt in foiled by the mighty mortals. They take Dexter as a hostage and make the Marvels transform back into the kids, then the knock them out and place them in the target dummy. They wake in time and roll out of the dummy, and while falling Billy gets Freddy’s gag off. Soon all three are safe, and they are carrying Dexter, so he’s good too. They then lead their men into battle, despite the short training time. At first it seems they might lose, but their rally cry spurns them into action and they liberate planet after planet. They capture the evil family on Pluto, and take them back to 1952. The Space Patrolmen are created, to keep space free and safe for all time.
1960. Poor dears.
Choosing a favorite out this batch is hard. I adore all the Marvel tales, but I really like seeing how Batman had such faith in Harvey. I love how clever Congo Bill was, the idea of the underwater bank was cool. Still I’m going to go with Captain Marvel Adventures because I like the Hallucination story a lot, It’s good to see people achieve their dreams, and it’s great how quickly the witch goes from foe to person needing help and how Billy handles it.