Comic Books · Dc Comics · Golden Age

1953, May Part 1

  • Action Comics 180
  • Adventure Comics 188
  • Captain Marvel Adventures 144
  • Detective Comics 195
  • Plastic Man 41

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Action Comics

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Superman

Superman has decided to do a telethon for charity, but as always crooks try to use him for their own ends. The story was that this gang had knocked off their boss, in order to get at his loot. But they found that he had hidden it, and decided to have Superman look for it. He scraped up a river, melted an ice mountain, and many other tricks, but he does find out their motives. Knowing this he turns up at the place the loot was hidden with the camera to record a new stunt and catch the criminals on film, as they confess to the murder.

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Congo Bill

There are those who will take advantage of anything. This elderly man’s son was missing and he joined a group of outlaws in order to find him. But before he would tell he told the man to capture or kill Congo Bill. Obviously Bill realizes his danger and gets an explanation from the man. Well Bill comes up with a plan and they head back to the gang. But the boss was expecting this and trapped Bill in a cage. Then they try to kill the man for betraying them only for the man to take charge and fight his way free, capturing the gang. Then they reveal that they had switched places and it had really been the man in the cage.

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Tommy Tomorrow

A scientist find a planet that used to be inhabited and has Tommy bring him and his assistant out there to learn what they may. Well It was a pretty typical planet, a bunch of ruins and the like- but the moons, of which there were there three, had faces carved in them. When they reached the nearest ruin they learned the story of the moons; how a man had been banished to the middle moon and he carved his face upon it to frighten the people below. But that was not all he created powerful weapon while up there and planned to take over his former world. The other moons were carved to resemble those who saved them from the moon man. Then of course the assistant had to take over the moon and try to kill Tommy and the others so he could have it’s power to himself.

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Vigilante

We start out seeing Vig and Stuff helping a man who was being shot at by two strangers. While he saved the guy he shot off the shooter’s spur. Later that day Vig began arresting people for old laws that were no longer upheld. It is later revealed to Stuff (and the reader) that the spur gave away the identity of the shooter as a man that Vig and the men he had been arresting had captured. He had apparently sworn to kill all of them. Stuff suggested that they let them help but all the men were rather old now, and Vig feared they wouldn’t be able to handle it. So they picked up the last man and brought him to jail for chopping trees. But when they checked on his horse later they saw match strikes on the right side, which should not have been possible as he was missing that arm. He was the crook in disguise and he hid a bomb in the fake arm and left it there when he broke out.

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Adventure Comics

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Superboy

There is a contest going on in Smallville for the bravest father, and Pa Kent laments that he is out of the running as his adventures with Superboy are secret. But while putting away a gift of a bullfighter’s uniform and other things that have to do with the sport he hits his head and believes himself to be the world’s greatest bullfighter- Jose Kentadore. Well he set up a bullfight, wanting to win the contest, but as Superboy knows his father has never fought a bull in his life he changes the date and fights the bull himself. Meanwhile Pa won the contest by stopping a pair of crooks from robbing his store. During this he returned to himself.

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Aquaman

Are you both an aquatic being and hurt or sick? Probably not, but if you were Aquaman would look after you, as he does all beings of the sea. This story revolves around his underwater hospital and the crooks who happened to blunder across it. They saw that there was a seal under quarantine, and broke his containment, so that when Aquaman returned he too would be under quarantine. It worked, but Aquaman was able to lure them back with a lantern fish, and having some of his other friends hide their real symbol.

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Johnny Quick

Johnny and Tubby come back with pictures, but are told that Johnny Quick had gotten there before hand. Of course Johnny was confused and told his boss that Quick wouldn’t do that. But he was unconvinced. So the next day Johnny went out and did many feats across the country and photographed them all. But to his shock the other Quick had already sent in shots of everything.  Well he knew one person couldn’t have gotten to all the places he had been and figured out that a man was using his plane company to get the shots.

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Green Arrow

A man opened a Green Arrow hotel, but GA had to put off going as he had to capture a crook by the moniker of the Question Mark. While chasing him they end up at the hotel and know he is hiding there. They have three clues, he’s a marksman, has an injured ankle, and is color blind. So using these clues the two of them try to find the man.

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Captain Marvel Adventures

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A scientist made a fog machine, but it wasn’t ordinary fog, it had many varieties and was thick and strong. It might not have been so bad if the Red Crusher hadn’t gotten a hold of it, and held the scientist as a hostage. Cap had to free many from the different types of fog and then was captured as Billy as he tried to save the scientist. But the Crusher wanted to use a type of fog to kill him instead of tried and true methods, which allowed Billy to get free. While freeing the troops though the Crusher escaped.

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Oooooooooh guys this one was so good! Sivana knowing he could never beat Captain Marvel with all his powers so he went to the rock of eternity and took Shazam hostage, having the people from whom the Captain got his powers from remove them, one by one. Cap didn’t know what was happening, til he saw Shazam. Well once Cap was powerless Sivana tied him and Shazam up in the desert to die. Well he changed from Cap to Billy and being smaller was able to get out of the ropes. He marched back to Sivana’s hideout and socked him in the jaw. Then he contacted his gods and regained the powers for the captain.

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Detective Comics

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Batman

A man comes into town wearing a familiar costume, and he is charged as there is a law that only that the original Batman can wear that costume in Gotham without permission. The man protests that he is the original Batman, as he had been using the costume in his circus act for years before Bruce donned the cowl. Well he gave Bruce the right to wear it, but tried to impress the people of Gotham with his own acts, and later crime fighting. He was being urged by a crime boss to take others out of the way, and the original was getting angrier and angrier at Bruce. Finally he revoked permission for Bruce to wear the cowl and Bruce went to the circus that the Original had previously worked at and failed at his act. Seeing this the Original decided to finish the act which let Bruce return to Gotham and take out the gang that thought he was the Original. Robin then found that the Original was never in Gotham, and Bruce held the only right to the name there.

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Impossible but True

So in this issue there is a man who claims this wand he had found would change base metals into gold. Well he changes a lamp from brass to gold, and an iron cup to silver. Then he changed Roy’s watch from stainless steel to platinum. Well when the man was on the show he changed a box of costume jewels into diamonds. Then Roy reached for the wand and tried to grab it, but with a flash of light he was gold. The man freaked and said the wand was fake and couldn’t do that sort of thing, and Roy removed the gold mask he had donned. The wand was a small torch and each of the items changed were covered in a small layer of the less expensive metal, which melted. (Roy’s watch had been switched) It was done to hide some stolen diamonds.

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Robotman

While working in his lab Robotman had an accident and his legs became out of order. Hearing about this there was a crime wave, and so Robotman got a radio guidance system put in so he was flown by the police department. Figuring this out a crook planned a job and had a emt machine to break the connection. But too bad for them, Robotman had flown out of town and gotten the parts he needed and was literally back on his feet.

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Plastic Man

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Woozy and Plastic Man go under cover as a gang boss (and his body guard) that have a connection with the reds. Unfortunately they were seen switching into their disguises and so their enemies knew who they were, and lead them into a chamber which held a gigantic mechanical dragon.  Obviously Plas was able to beat the dragon and the reds fled in fear. In order to get past the rest of them he changed into a made himself look like a higher up and simply ordered a plane to take off and then headed home

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I’ve read a similar tale before, the recycled story ideas a lot considering we still have decades of more material to read. A criminal scientist is trying to make a formula that will give him rubber abilities like those of Plastic Man. Well Instead of being able to stretch the man gained the ability to bounce, and was able to pull off a few crimes before our rubber man catches the man as he rarely looked where he was going to land.

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Plastic Man was asked to look after a rajah while he was harbored in New York. Well the man was suspected of dealing with America’s enemies behind their backs and they also wanted Plas to look into this. So he makes a distraction and has Woozy snoop through the rajah’s things. Well when he is done with that Woozy goes to see the rajah’s wives,which is of course a grievous crime. So they were put below deck and were to be killed later, but Plas easily escaped and did up as the man the rajah was to be meeting and made him regret siding with  the Russians, and so the two American’s were freed- Plas having sneaked back in.

Note

This is gonna be the last one for a bit, I’m taking a break right now and I don’t have the back load I want right now. So give me a little time to make that and hopefully this will be the last time I have to do this. Expect the next post September 1st. (just because I don’t know how long this slump will last, hp reasons, and it should give me plenty of backlog)

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