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1954 Feb

Wonder Woman 64

“The 3-D Terror”

Okay so we’re at the movies, and the young couple we are focusing on are praising the special effects (1954. I can’t even imagine how bad they were) when the monster on screen really  jumps out of the screen. Wonder Woman is going by the theater, and she tries to calm the fleeing crowd, thinking it was only an effect that frightened them. The owner of the movie house explains everything to Wonder Woman, and plays the film from the first for her. As the film is projected the monster comes out again, and WW leaps up and fights the beast.

Riding the creature she ends up in the air where she finds another, and saves a plane from it’s grasp. In anger it rushes toward her and she has the two monsters crash into each other, and fall down dead. When she also has to fight a seas monster she is convinced we are being invaded, and asks for military help. Because of her great influence she is able to avoid the question of how this invasion is occurring.

Wonder Woman had all the 3-D film spliced together, and began to play it, where the alien invader briefly explained through really fake science, how they had managed this. But before they could leave the tape, the strip of film WW had added of a powerful hydrogen bomb went off and killed all the creatures on the film.

“The Doom Dolls”

It is an exceptionally windy day. So windy that Wonder Woman must halt her normal activities to catch a falling water tower. Then it skips to the next day, when Wonder Woman is at her newspaper job. Two men come in, saying they are the president, and secretary of one of the many Wonder Woman fanclubs. They tell the woman they are putting on a parade in her honor. She says she has only done as much as any other person in her position would do, but she wouldn’t want to disappoint anyone, so the parade is a go. As the men walk away they reveal they are actually from a Wonder Woman hate club- made of criminals.

A think we get a hint of their evil plan as we see people shutting down shops so they can attend the parade. Almost all of the city has turned out! Wonder Woman herself is there, sitting next to the men who made the parade as giant Macey day balloons move past. As they do so the crowds drift into slumber, except for the gangmen who have small air filters in their noses. Wonder Woman is placed inside of one of the balloons (which must have a smaller container inside so it doesn’t let all the air out) and then they let it loose. Gang members start looting the town, and we have a panel where we see them carelessly stepping upon the unconscious figures on the ground. Then they fly away by letting remote controlled balloons lift them into the air.

We cut to our hero, who has woken. She calls her jet, and it zooms through the balloon, but it is made of auto sealing rubber, and closes back up. Instead WW starts vibrating, until the balloon pops. She jumps onto her plane, and gets hunting. She ropes the flying balloons, and brings them to earth with her. We close upon the crowd, awake once more, and marching for their hero.

“Wonder Woman’s Last Hour”

Wonder Woman is facing down a group of criminals, bouncing back bullets, and as they try to run her over she lies flat and the vehicle goes over her. Then, returning to her feet Wonder Woman lassos her prey from behind. Handing them over to the cops Wonder Woman calls her plane and makes a miraculous leap from the ground to it. Once seated in the cockpit Wonder Woman takes stock of her  surroundings and with her powerful vision (is this a new power or has she had it before? I’m gonna tag it because I don’t remember it.) she sees a jet plane on fire. The pilot has bailed out, but their chute got caught in the engine; and the pilot is Steve!

Once she is near enough she neatly jumps out of her plane, plucks him out of the air and gently lands on an invisible wing. The she spots an office building that has a hold up going on in a lower floor and she runs down the side of the building to get to it. (never seen her do that before either.) She dodges the bullets of the crooks and smacks them all over head with a large painting.

The next day gangland has called their brainiest member to solve the Wonder Woman problem, and from the headlines about the day before gave him an idea. We cut to WW as she walks down the street, and she sees the same gang she had captured on the first page. For some reason the bullets didn’t bounce off her bracelets (though she was still unharmed) so she went to lie under the car as it went for her. She lassos it like the day before, but her lasso doesn’t hold. She calls her plane to follow the gang, but mixes up her commands and leaves her face first in the road.

Steve lands safely before her and after she explains what has been going on he tells her she must be in a world of illusion. To get out she must seize the one real thing in it. (How would he know that?) But before she can figure out anything more she hears the hold up in the skyscraper, and starts to run up the side of the building only to find she can’t. Her greatest tools not functioning, and Steve having run into the building to face the gang Wonder Woman knows she must fight bare handed to save him.

She runs into the room, picks up two men, who promptly vanish. Feeling as though she can’t do anything right today she sits down and buries her face in her hands. Steve tells her something must be real, she just has to find it. She grabs Steve and he begins to change shape, becoming her true foe- the Thought-Master (she says she’s faced him before, but I don’t recall him.). She says she started to suspect him when Steve skipped the danger he had been in yesterday. With the capture of the Thought-Master the illusions end, and leaving the building Wonder Woman lassos the real Steve and pulls him to her, just to make sure.

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1954 Feb

All-Star Western 75

Johnny Thunder “The Scarecrow Hero”

We open in Mesa City where the ‘crazy hat gang’ had stuck a scarecrow version of Johnny Thunder on main street. They then ride down the street, shooting the effigy. They say that is what will happen if Thunder shows his face, and tells the townsfolk the sheriff is their prisoner. John, while still dressed as a school teacher, walks up to them and tells them they will never escape the law and that their kind had no place in the west. Two of the gang literally pick John up on their leader’s orders and toss him through a window.

Somehow unhurt he waits for a bit and then calls his horse, and changes to the western hero. To keep hidden, and for the surprise of it I guess, John takes the scarecrow’s place and manages to get a few before a bullet hits him. He flees, but it is a ruse, and as the gang chase his horse he drops on one of them. He then leaps at the two remaining men and does the classic riding two horses by standing on their back trick. Then he has the men lead him to his father (the sheriff).

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1954 Feb

Strange Adventures 41

Captain Comet “The Beast from out of Time”

As Adam is an information clerk at a library, it’s quite normal to have people come ask him things, especially as he is quite knowledgeable and can save you the trouble of actually getting a book most times. However when some chick asks him where she can find Captain Comet he doesn’t answer her straight off, instead wanting to find out why she required the hero. She explains that her father, a famous nuclear physicist, had gone missing. So Adam does a quick, ‘oh yeah I had a meeting with him planned, go outside’ and rushes to change.

After they remeet up she tells him she hasn’t gone to the police, as they would never believe her story. Before she explains what happened she explains that she always sat next to her father as he slept, and wrote down what he says. One of the ideas he came up with in his sleep was a time machine, and he became obsessed with making his dream a reality. That morning the man had finished, and when he turned a dial, both he and the machine vanished.

Unsure if her father would be able to return she got Comet. He quickly reads through the scientist’s notes and makes a time machine all his own. He sets the dial to the same year as the man had (50,000 A.D.). The girl goes with him, and they find themselves in the time of the dinosuars! Adam says a circut got crossed and has to fix it before the T-Rex gets them. This time they are greeted by a balding man, who says he has been expecting them, and asks them to follow him.

They are brought to an elderly man, who explains that all is now peaceful, but thirty years ago a comet was going to pass close to Earth killing 4/5ths of the population. Knowing this they sent their brightest minds into different eras to save them. We see the girl’s father as he is being told he won’t recall being from the future after an hour in the past. Now having gone back to his own time his memories of his daughter, and the 1950s had vanished. The girl refused to return, and Adam had to leave before he lost his own memories.

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1954, Jan

Adventure Comics 196


Mr. Lang and Mrs. Lang are set to become sacrifices to an idol who the natives believe will then free them from the rule of the Jungle Monarch. Before the two could be killed however the Monarch appears, and we find he is a fierce and powerful gorilla. Abruptly we cut to Lana who is crying in worry about her folks being so long without contact. She confides in Clark and that night she leaves home. Knowing of her fears Clark knows where she has headed, and so stows away on the same plane as her, as Clark. When he ‘trips’ and reveals himself to her she is very touched that he would do this for her.

Of course their trip can’t be easy and the pilot loses control of the plane and Lana is knocked out, and we also see the sacrifice ceremony is about to restart. Clark changes clothes and brings the plane in for a landing. While scoping for a place to land he sees the Langs. Because Lana would be suspicious if he went in as Superboy, he knew he must save them as Clark Kent. So Clark landed them in a clearing nearby, and the three of them were captured by the tribe that had her parents. Both were shocked to see Lana, and scared for her life. The prisoners draw lots to see who will be sacrificed. Lewis being a brave man and wanting to protect his family tries to rig it so he will be the on to die, but Clark undoes his trick and make it be him instead. (Lana feels very guilty that he was only there because of here.)

Good thing Clark was lead away from where the other can see as he is tied to a stake and they try to burn him, but only destroy his Clark clothes. He stands before them in his colorful garb and resists all their attempts to harm him. Soon enough the Kinggorrila arrives. As we all know, he has the same amount of luck in harming our boy. So he quickly makes a suit of clothes that match the ones burned away, and is brought back to the Langs and the pilot, being praised as a hero. All the natives had said was that he had defeated their enemy.


It is a perfectly ordinary day for the king of the sea when he is stopped by a group of criminals with a rocket. They tell him they stole it, and plan to shoot it off with Aquaman inside. Held at gunpoint Aquaman is forced into the ship, and it rushes into the air. Due to the g-forces he passes out and when he wakes he is wearing a helmet, and is surrounded by little green men, who tell him he is on planet Sea. (This is so a dreamed tale.) He sees he has Iron balls attached to his ankles and asks if he is a prisoner. They reply that he is not, and that they are so he will remain on the ground.

But the biggest difference isn’t the unbreathable air or the lessened gravity, but rather the consistency of water and dirt has been switched. While eating a magnificent feast the city if hit by a tidal wave, something the residents of Sea have been having a problem with lately. Rushing to help he calls the dirt dwelling whales to break up the wave. (They do this by praying it, and making it into smaller waves, but I think the author believes that they suck in water/dirt to spray, which whales don’t)

Anyway they send him home then, with a gun that shoots compressed atmosphere. He blacks out again on the way back, and believes everything that happened to be a dream. He then heads back to the crooks who sent him away, and find them having taken over a ship and the coast guard is not returning fire due to the fact the stolen ship contains a cargo of gold. Aquaman then pulls out the gun he was given, and by shooting it at the criminals they are shot into the air. Though this plays out as a dreamed tale, the gun is proof enough for me to believe it happened, and hence I will forgo the dream tag.

Johnny Quick

There was a fire on the outskirts of town, which thankfully was put out without too much trouble. unfortunately the entire police force had some smoke inhalation, and would need time to recover. over hearing Johnny volunteers to be a one man force for the next day, by which time they think the men will have recovered. As the town isn’t rife with crime Johnny is asked to help with traffic, and specifically the shipments of fish that were going out that day. We cut to our baddies, who want to foul up the shipment because they didn’t pay  the protection racket.

And so they cause the speedster problems he wouldn’t have other wise encountered, such as spilling tacks over the road, fiddling with the traffic lights, and finally a helicopter that is going to shoot buckshot at the windshields of the cars carrying the fish.. Johnny hears of this last one before it occurs, from a captured member of the gang. Well Johnny paints over the trucks to disguise them and then, when he spots the ‘copter, surrounding it with bricks and catching the gang.

Green Arrow

Last but definitely not least in this issue is Green Arrow. (that would be Johnny in my opinion) GA and Speedy are out on patrol and they spot some jewel thieves heading for their get-away car. Oliver asks Roy what arrow they should use, and I thought it was a test thing, but Roy was confused. After the solder the getaway car shut so the crooks can’t enter he again asks Roy how they should proceed. When the reporters appear GA leaves his partner behind, so he was the only one to show up in the news the next day. When questioned liver merely said he had wanted to return home to finish a story he had been reading. (I feel you there Ollie).

However that night was not a one-off, and the next night Green Arrow once again asked the boy what they should do in order to capture the criminals they came across. Like before the older man fled before the reporters could get a glimpse of him. When Oliver mentions seeing a story about Speedy in the papers Roy thinks he is acting jealous, which makes no sense, as if he was wouldn’t he stay for the press? Queue a montage of crooks, and Speedy, alone with reporters.

Still thinking his friend is envious of him, Roy decides to leave. We cut to some crooks, who attack a guard, and stunned to weakness he is only able to send out a signal via the light on his ship. Speedy spots the sos and heads over. He is doing very well when the Green Arrow shows up. Barely lending a hand (seriously Roy had this, good job) GA then leads the press and police up onto the boat, explaining he had been following him, and called them. GA then explains that he had nominated Speedy as the world’s most heroic boy, and that he had to step back in order to prove that Speedy was just as capable without him.

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1954, Jan

Action Comics 188


Clark heads into the office but nearly the same time as his arrival the civil defense siren goes off. Knowing there was no air raid drill planned that day Clark and the other members of the planet turn on the radio. The announcer warns that a nearby nuclear project had gone out of control and Metropolis was set to be destroyed at any time. The radio continues to talk about evacuation, but Clark Kent is gone.

Superman arrives at the scene of the nuclear project, and does what no other man could have done and manages to raise the rods before any explosion tales place, and while the city celebrates its survival Superman slowly leaves the room, filled with enough radiation that none can get near him. There is no telling how long the is will remain deadly, and so he has to take himself away from all people. Clark calls in the story and tells Lois that he’s gonna be gone for a while too, which alerts her suspicions again.

Even far in the country where there are no humans Superman is bringing death with him, trees wither and grass burns beneath his touch. And of course, criminals take advantage of Superman’s absence. Clark does what he can, foiling a crime by using his glow to write in the sky after over hearing a crooks plans. Days later there had been no news of either Clark or Superman, and so Lois gets in a car with a stranger who promised her a big Superman story. To no ones shock she is once again kidnapped. Meanwhile Superman is told via the phone that a large shock may cure him. He ignores this for now and flys out to a bank robbery in progress, having heard about it over the radio and wanting to see if there is anything he can do. The crooks are just then leaving on their helicopter, and Superman tells them to land or he will grab the copter. Guessing this might happen the men show Superman that they have Lois. Giving in Superman hides and secretly follows the men into a storm, fearing for the innocents Clark tries to protect the craft from the worst of the storm ans gets struck by lightning. Nearly passing out Superman regains his senses, and find a himself free of the radiation and he brings the copter in for a landing where they will be caught at once.

He doesn’t let himself be seen in his blue and red though, and comes up to Lois as Clark, telling her he had been staying near Superman’s hideout for a story, and that the man of steel would be cured within a week.

Congo Bill

Our story opens on what they are calling a sea lake, whether this is a salt lake, or a bay I don’t know. What I do know is there is a whale there that has been killing people, they call it Sinbad. Note it is not an orca. We then have a montage of people trying to kill the beast, only to perish themselves. Congo Bill is hired to deal with the whale, but the owner of the lake isn’t sure of his skill and so offers a 5000 dollar reward to take out the gigantic mammal. Next we see Bill stop two men from shooting the whale but destroying their scope. he then takes his motor boat closer and changes into a diving suit.

Um he lassoes it, that’s a bit weird. Then he lets the thing pull him beneath the waves. Another boat tries to kill Bill and the whale, as ‘That Jungle man is wise to our little game’. While trying to escape the killers the whale dives and ends up in the sister lake, by means of an underwater tunnel. Bill then throws his air tank at the helicopter of his followers, and the whale attacks it? I don’t think a whale would really do that, but hey what do I know. Bill then explains that smuggling had been done through the tunnel, but only the whale knew where the tunnel was and so he had to save it.

Tommy Tomorrow

Okay Tommy’s friend has a name. Brent. So anyway. Brent hears his friend Tommy has gone missing and heads out to look for him and to his great horror, he finds Tommy floating in the dead of space. And now for a flashback. He was looking into smugglers bringing precious artifacts from Earth. He stops by a wax museum while searching and is a bit tickled to find a statue of himself. While looking he has a thought and checks inside the body of a large figure and finds the loot he was looking for. While inside the figure he hears the owner talking to his cohort and finds out neither of them are the leaders of the ring.

So he remains where he is as they take off, and tries to figure out a way to signal the Planeteers, since he can’t get near the radio. So he started to throw some figures out into space, to form a set of clues for his fellows. But as he tossed them out it moved the ship slightly and the men came to see what was going on. Tommy manages to push them  back to the pilot room, but knew he was doomed if his message wasn’t understood.

Back with Brent he pulls in the figures. Tommy Tomorrow, and ape to denote ‘calling’, and pair of criminals, a head, a body in quarters, and a Plutonian sea monster marked with craters like the moon. Together they meant Tommy calling, criminal’s headquarters on monster moon. Brent’s ship came down shooting and captured the criminals outside the ship, and saved Tommy, and then all was well.


Vig has done many a good thing in his life, and we start off by seeing the fruits of his labor; a large group of former criminals who are now reformed. They are showing off their skills, and having a good time playing cops and robbers with Vig. Well some crime boss is finding it harder to find men from his gang, and others are trying to drop the life, as Vig’s group has shown it to be possible and rewarding.

When Vig leaves that day the crime boss decides to prove that if a man goes to crime once, he’ll do it again, for the right price. He heads in to give a proposition to the group. We cut to a week later, and crimes are being pulled with the unique talents of the reformed criminals. The public is suspicious, but Vig believes in them, only gaining a small amount of doubt when he sees the man who was going to try to sway them back to crimedom with one of them.

One of his the men, Pete, separates from the rest and Vig decides to follow him. Along the way they find a posse after, well, Pete. Vig explains that he had been following him, and that Pete couldn’t be the man they were after. However they just thought he was covering for him. Now he knows it’s a frame up. Next time he finds one of the phonies at work he doesn’t hesitate. But this one was the real McCoy! Vig takes off with the man, saying he’s going to jail, but the people around think he is aiding and abetting.

Well, during the ride the man gave Vig the low-down, that they were being hired to pretend to rob and steal like they used to, and there was going to be a movie made. The films were being used to train the fakes. (The place the real member was robbing belonged to the man who hired him, so it doesn’t count as a real crime)

Comic Books · Dc Comics · Golden Age

1954, Jan

Detective Comics 203


This is an earth-one tale, as earth-two Selina Kyle never returned to crime. Anywho, a newspaper decides to run a series about some of Batman’s greatest achievements; including one on Catwoman. To Selina Kyle, currently running a pet store in Gotham, this seemed like egotistical boasting, even though Batman had nothing to do with their running the story. That alone probably would not have tipped her hand, but two crooks came in just as she finished the story, and gave her a ribbing. Again, she’s tough, she can take some teasing, but before she could refute or fight back Batman and Robin ‘saved’ her, doubtlessly putting another blow on her pride.

He had come to tell her he had nothing to do with the story, but as she strokes one of the cats in the shop she looks especially catlike. As the duo drive home Batman worries that she is missing the excitement, the danger, and indeed in the very next panel Selina dons the iconic purple dress and green cape again. That night she pulls a daring crime, ‘cat’apulting onto a mail helicopter and trussing the pilot in her cat o nine tails. Batman, while watching over the city, sees the helicopter land somewhere it was not due, and drops down to see what’s going on.

Batman sees Selina and calls out to her to surrender, but she flees, correcting his use of her name to Catwoman. The next day the papers are full of her return, and the underworld once more respects and fears her. Commissioner Gordon asks if Batman would rather stay off the case, as he had once tried to make her go straight, but he refused. ( I adore Batcat, oh god I just stopped reading for an hour to go through the tag, oh shit these two are gonna kill me) Batman goes to investigate a possible crime at a circus and sends Robin to another potential target.

At the circus he hears what sounds like cats at the top of the tent and headed up to find the canopy filled with catbirds, to lead a false trail. Catwoman is really below, feeding gas into the tent that makes people sleep while she and her men steal the days take. Drowsy though he was Batman swung down from the tent top and locks the safe while hitting the alarm. He then succumbs to the gas. Her crony wants to kill Batman, but she says she couldn’t bear to have him die and instead they take him prisoner. She tells him that next she is going after the target Robin was to secure, a collection of cat’s eye gems.

While she leaves him alone Batman begins a plan to free himself. As he knew he would be dealing with Catwoman he had filled a pouch in his belt with catnip, and by holding his bound hands in front of that the cats themselves wore away his ropes. He then calls Robin, and warns him. Robin brings around the batmobile and they head for the yacht of the collector. not worried, as he believes his gems safe out on the water with the Bat on his way the owner of the boat starts fishing, which Selina says she will use to get aboard. Okay, she just made a giant catfish dummy and hid as he pulled her in.

Just then the duo leap from the bridge onto the ship. By lifting the anchor and forcing Batman and Robin to bring the ship under control she gains time to escape, though with no loot. Later they find the wreck of her boat, and are left to wonder if she perished, or truly escaped. (spoiler she escaped)

Roy Raymond Tv Detective

Audition time again, and our story is introduced with a man who claims to be fireproof. To prove this he stars a fire with a large magnifying glass and then replacing the burning log with his arm. After long minutes he is still unaffected, as are his clothes I might point out. Next the man prepares a tub of boiling oil, and dives on in. Startled Roy asks the man how this came to be and the man explains.

The fireproof man used to work in Vaudeville, but his fame turned, as happens and soon he was on the down and outs. A scientist who had seen his act and was a fan came up to him with a serum he had devised, and both planned to gain fame via Roy’s show. Roy feared it would spook the audience however, and truly he didn’t believe. Later he took a closer look at the gear the man had used. The magnifying glass had a filter that could be removed or placed via a button, and the boiling effect on the oil had been caused by dry ice.

Just then a man rushed in to tell Roy and Karen that the Fireproof man’s scientist had built a bonfire and the man was going to walk into it. Fearing that the scientist had tricked the Fireproof man into believing he was just that, Roy sped to the scene. They saw a figure walk into the flames, and when the fire died there was no trace. Here Roy knew something was wrong. No matter how hot the flame there would have been some sign. So he gives the police a picture of the man and has them start a drag net. Soon he is found and brought in to the station. Roy opens his bag to find a large amount of money stolen from he man’s work, and the man goes to jail.

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1954, Jan

Strange Adventures 40

Huh? okay this must be set before last issue as Adam’s scientist friend is alive again. They are on the roof messing with a telescope when they see the police arriving. They tell the hero and the professor that a criminal has come this way, and while they have Captain Comet there they decide to tell him about the confusing case.

A woman walked up to a man secretly transporting 250,000 in bonds and he was paralyzed and the woman took the briefcase and walked away. Apparently the man is only now becoming able to move again. Comet seems to think there is a connection between the woman and a nova that had just occurred. So he goes to look over the exploding star again. While there he sees a spider bathed in he radiation of the nova. When he turns his back we see the Spider become the woman.

Later he comes across the woman as she is fleeing from another theft of hers. She attempts to paralyze Comet as she had done with the bank man, but he is no normal human and is able to fight through it. He follows her to his friends house, but the only thing in the room is a spider. By pure instinct he knows it isn’t a normal spider and watches as it changes from spider to lizard to woman to a floating brain. She tells him her tale, of how she had been just a normal spider, but the radiation of the nova- heightened by the professor’s machine- had changed her.

While she had been talking Comet was under the ray that had changed her, and he too changed into a brain. She wants to rule the world with him. They will themselves back to human form, and he tells her he would like her better in prettier clothes and so sends her out to shop while he configures the machine to reverse the process. When she returns she is changed back into her true form.

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1954 Jan

Superboy 30

A giant turtle decides the Mayor’s back tire would be a good snack, delaying his departure to work. Superboy sees the man’s dilemma and comes to help. He comes by and promises to bring the turtle back to the man who bred it, and school teacher named Willis. Willis is saddened by the fact that no one in Smallville is pleased with his growth serum, and have plans to move out of town.

We jump forward two years and Willis and his wife perish just after he has perfected his serum, leaving their child alone on the island they had moved to. Hungry and unwatched the babe drinks the serum. Eventually the child sees a city on he main land and strides across the ocean to it. When Superboy hears of the boy playing with a ship in the bay he rushes over, seeing the airforce, waiting for an opening, once the ship is safe. Superboy has another plan though and he has the giant let go of the boat in favor of a spinning (and empty) ferris wheel, he then deflects the attacks, asking to be let to take care of the situation himself.

Superboy makes a giant mirror and leads the child further into the mainland, to a place he can make into a play pen for the boy. As they pass the boy accidentily destroy’s the mayor’s barn, and angry he rounds up a posse to take out the giant. Meanwhile Clark traps the child in a canyon and heads out to find Willis, who he thinks must be behind this. Finding the parents dead and the notes destroyed Superboy drinks the serum to learn it’s full effects. The posse begins to blow the barrier he had put up to keep the child inside. It scares the poor boy, who goes running into Smallville.

He calms with the cool new sights and picks up a house and a train, with some people. Just then Superboy, as large as the child, flys in and lands next to him. Happily he gives his toys to Superboy, just as a normal child will hand you random objects. The posse is heading home when they find a small child in the hills and the mayor decides to adopt it, not knowing it was the giant he tried to kill not an hour before. Also we see that there is a giant Superboy robot. Then he comes home and tells his parents the story.


Clark is minding the store one day when a man, in a huge hurry comes in and calls Clark Superboy, and says he needs him to follow him. Clark protests being called Superboy, especially since Lana is right there, and the man pulls out a photo of Clark changing into the hero. He is told that a classmate of his took the photo, and was no in danger. Clark said he’d come with, as Henry was his classmate and he didn’t want him in danger from the ‘trick’ photograph. Lana of course comes with. Apparently Henry had taken another man’s photo, and he had broken in to steal it back, and had gotten the one of Clark instead.

Clark manages to have Lana leave, by making a fire alarm go off in a store as they passed, and asking her to call the police, so he is able to speak freely with Henry. Clark is able to cast doubt upon the picture of him changing identities, by suggesting that Henry had accidentally double exposed the film, by accident, and as the shot was taken in the dark Henry hadn’t seen the change himself. Still he said he wanted to help and asked Henry to show him the photo the man had meant to steal.

Before it could be shown though, a gang of crook came in and held them at gunpoint. Inhaling sharply Clark caused a downdraft in the chimney, and filled the room with smoke so he could run the crooks into each other and knock them out. They question the men when they wake and find it is a third man who hired them. But the picture showed nothing out of the ordinary. Clark offered to hold on to it, as the man was sure to think he was Superboy, and fear taking it.

Instead he came in, to blackmail Clark, as our hero had hoped. But Lana, who came into the store just then, stole the photo, and fled. Lana headed to a train, and Superboy secretly hindered the man by busting a pipe before him. The man calls into someone else and he plans to unhook the car Lana is on. Clark leeches the power from the train via the third rail and makes it stop before it reaches where a man waits. Lana explains her tale, and he police get called in and they find he man in the photo is supposed to be dead, and some of his men had even gotten insurance money from his ‘death’.

All those who gained from the death were brought in, and they broke quickly, letting the police know where the ‘dead’ man was. Superboy flew to the location, having been listening to everything as it occurred and burned up the negative with his x-ray vision.


We star by seeing a newspaper, proudly proclaiming Superboy’s victory against a group of criminals the day before, and mentions he had saved a classmate of Clark’s. Well the boy, Tommy Tuttle had his own things to say- namely that he had helped Superboy, and he begins his tale. Here the narration and the actual panels differ greatly, mostly just to make Tommy seem braver.. He and Clark had been walking together, and Clark sees a crime taking place leaves to ‘get the police’. Before Superboy can arrive the crooks come down and capture Tuttle as a hostage.

Clark saved the boy by lifting a bridge as the criminals reached it, causing them to leave the car. Superboy finds a layout for the crime on one of the men and concludes that it had been made by the Crime Professor, a man who used his great intelligence to form and sell crimes to lesser men. The next day Tuttle got involved in the case again, when he happens to check out a book from the library that I’m guessing something was hidden inside, else-wise why would they capture a little kid?

They take Tommy with them on their job, and once more Superboy showed up and saved him. Having been listening to this tale Superboy also thought there was something odd about the second gang grabbing Tuttle, and went to look for the book. Not finding it outside he rushes through the library and finds it there, and then confronts the librarian, who is evidently the Crime Prof, and he had hidden the plan in the book.

Comic Books · Dc Comics · Golden Age

1954, Jan

Marvel Family 89

Last Issue. Next time we see any characters of earth-s will be in the 70s, which won’t be for a long while. It is a real shame, since I adore the Marvel family, but we must look forward to what we will be getting soon, and currently have, instead of what we are losing.


Billy is deep under the sea, bringing his viewers images of the reefs of the Caribbean sea. He watches as a professor goes down in a suit, and finds a temple with an inscription warning people not to enter. Naturally he ignores this, and as he moves to leave with a vase like thing the arm of a giant statue begins to fall upon him. Billy sees and so do his sister and best friend, up on the ship. They call out their words and race down to help. The temple collapses while Mary Marvel and Jr save the prof. They also manage to bring out the vase, upon which is another warning, saying that should it be opened the dark curse would strike them all.

To look for any traps the thing is x-rayed, and the kids return to the deck. They come up with nothing but then the man who retrieved the item fell over board, as he had been struck blind. Later Cap had to save him from falling boxes. Scared of the curse the man’s partner refused to be the one to present the urn on tv to a museum, So Cap offers to do so. But terror strikes during the presentation, when a model of a whale starts to fall on the crowd. But the show goes on, and they find the urn is full of jewels. Happy the professor says he’ll donate them to the museum, and that it was worth loosing his sight.

But, they were only glass. There was another message on the bottom however, saying that the curse would only keep away the ignorant, and those brave enough to open the vase were welcome to their treasure. Cap then announces that the partner was really responsible for the accidents and blindness, as he was the one who x-rayed the urn, and so  knew what was inside, and that he had switched the jewels for fakes while the Marvels were busy with the whale. He tries to flee, even setting a fire in the museum, but he is easily caught by our heroes and sent to jail.


We open with Professor Edgewise who is working on some new theory. He said he’d be home for Supper, but when the time comes he is no where to be found. So the kids go  looking for him. But when they are supposed to meet up, Mary is now gone as well. Figuring something is up the boys transform and preform a more thorough search. However they find nothing, and when they return home, they find only Mrs Wagner remains. They report to the police and then find even their landlady to be gone. Jr changes back into Freddy in order to be bait for who or whatever is making their housemates vanish, while Cap hides.

Soon there is a figure standing over Freddy, but it isn’t a foe, only Professor Edgewise, returned safe and hale. He explained he had forgotten where he lived. Freddy says that explains the ever forgetful professor, but not the others. Just then in walk Mary, Leroy, and all the rest. They say they too forgot where they lived and Edgewise says his memory spray had broken, and instead of helping people’s memories, it wiped them. Cap wonders why it didn’t get Freddy and Billy, but dismisses it. They follow their cop housemate on his rounds and Billy and Freddy change to fight some crooks, but Mary doesn’t. She says after all, there are only two, she is hardly needed.

They ask her to return the stolen wares, but they are later told it was never received. Billy speculates that maybe Mary is still being affected by the memory potion and forgot about it. So he and Freddy go to get the jewels from her room and when Mary comes in they try to comfort her that they know the truth, but saying this makes her attack them.

She fails to kill them and then jumps out a window. Jr saves her, bemoaning that the potion must have snapped her mind. Billy cries over his sister’s fate. Sadly they bring her to a mental hospital, only for her to break out. Noticing that none of his housemates are eating, and when a cigarette burns down to Red’s fingers he doesn’t feel the burn Billy becomes suspicious. Sneaking back with Freddy he sees them all drinking oil and fixing up their gears as they are really robots! He turns to Freddy, and notices that his friend doesn’t have his crutch. When he points this out the fake lashes out.

Knocked out and tied up Billy is helpless as they gather all the money in the house and bring it and the prone boy to their master. When he first arrives Billy thinks it is the real Edgewise who is the villain, but he is only being used for his lifelike robots by an evil janitor. He plans to slowly replace many rich people, and leech their earning to himself. They transfer Billy’s memories to the robot of him and then the fake swings an axe at our boy!

But Edgewise has ‘forgotten’ to screw in the arms correctly, giving Billy time to free himself while he fixes him. When the robot returns to kill Billy he finds Earth’s Mightiest Mortal instead. But threatened with the killing of his housemates, Cap flees. He returns as Billy to try to free them, but is captured. Just before the fiend can shoot the bound and gagged prisoners the Kids charge him, untransformed. They make it past them and dive into a river, making the janitor think them dead, but they freed their mouths and came back in fighting form.

They destroy the bots, but their master escapes. When he tries to capture Edgewise again, the three are ready, and take the man in.

Comic Books · Dc Comics · Golden Age

1954, Jan

Superman 86

Clark, Lois, and Perry are in London, about to open a new branch there, and the older man is scoffing at a tale in another paper about a dragon. He says they would never publish a false tale like that, and Clark pipes up about, what if it’s not fake? He is laughed at and told if he ever brings in a story about a dragon he would be fired on the spot. The real story, according to Perry is a jousting tournament, put on by the descendants of famous knights.

Because all the details remain the same among-st the witnesses, Clark wants to investigate the dragon tale, but worries that his co-workers might wonder why Superman was in England. Clark hears some of the knights saying that they want to seek out the dragon as well, and so he challenges one of the knights, and of course wins. This allows him to become one of their group, and he goes with them to search for the beast.

They soon find claw marks upon the ground, and the dragon appears. In order to protect the knights Clark steps forward and his armor is melted from his invulnerable body when it breathes flame on him. But stray flame burned one of his comrades and so he rushes him to a hospital after trapping the dragon with a large canyon around it. But when it rains the creature is able to swim across the gap and is free.

In his delirium the knight mutters about Superman’s identity and reveals it to Lois and Perry. Clark has no time to come up with a story, as he must go fight a dragon. While he does this task, sidetracked by putting out fires and the like, they write-up the story. The dragon breaks into a museum and perishes next to bones that look like itself. Superman says that it was a prehistoric beast and the added carbon dioxide caused the flaming breath and instinct made it want to die next to its kin.

He was able to clear up the reveal of his identity by stealing a wax figure of Clark they had made to fit his armor, so the real Clark wouldn’t have to stay there. Thinking Superman hid inside the wax figure, in order to help his friend, his identity was safe.


Perry White wakes from a nightmare to Superman fighting, well is it really fighting when Superman is going after regular crooks? I don’t think so.. So I guess I’ll saw he was swooping down to catch them and being shot at. So he runs to the office to write-up the story, just as Clark dons his less colorful suit and does the same. To their shock they find Jimmy Olsen, (eeeeeeeee! Jimmy has been around, but this is his first month as a named character, and I am super excited) the cub reporter of the Daily Planet is now the editor. Lois explains that it’s just for a day, as it’s boy’s day when all the jobs are given to kids so they can learn how they are.

Clark types up the Superman story for Perry and then the two are called in to the editor’s office by Jimmy. As the town is pretty quiet right then Jimmy suggests that the two look into an old unsolved case that took place exactly seven years ago. As the statute of limitations would end tomorrow, Jimmy wanted them to solve it by then. He gives Clark the photos of the crime, and tells him to run the plates. Lois was in charge of the only witness and Perry was to look in the jewelry stores to see if  the stolen goods had been sold.

I think it was a tad silly that he switches to Superman to check on the plates, but I suppose he could just say Clark asked him to. He finds that one of the cars at the scene belonged to a criminal known as Snipe. Lois meanwhile has located the witness siting at the same table in a bar with Snipe! Blinded by anger and a need for justice she tells him that he is nothing but a crook and she bets his testimony was fake. But, she doesn’t have the strength or training to resist when they capture her. (Lois Lane, Karate Champ. I want it.) Still she does have a super (boy)friend, and he spots her as the crooks are about to throw her-bound and gagged- into the sea.

He saves Lois and gets the story confirmed that the ‘witness’ was a member of the gang, as was Snipe. The jewels had yet to be recovered though, so Superman headed out to see if Perry found anything. The usual editor was tired, and sore, and he’d been looking at the photos of the gems for so long he knew them each by heart. And so when one of them was right under his nose he knew it at once and headed out to the paper. The owner of the store where Perry found the jewel was run by a member of the gang though, and when Perry arrived to tell Jimmy what he had learned, they were both held at gunpoint.

He didn’t want to kill them, just hold them til the statute of limitations expired. Superman located his friends and, seeing their predicament blew Chloroform through the air system and put them to sleep. When they awoke they found themselves handcuffed and being brought to jail by boy police officers.


It was a normal day at the Planet, with Lois printing a story praising the man of steel, with Perry’s approval. The next day though things started going wrong. It started small, with a picture being changed into something ridiculous. Then Perry went to investigate the type machine which was spitting out sardine cans. When he exclaimed in shock the thing spoke! “Someone – Please- Get Superman at Once!” he calls and so Clark sheds his over clothes and asks his help. Before Superman can speak a voice comes from thin air, and says Superman is too stupid to explain anything.

Mr. Mxyzptlk appears and tells Perry he will continue to give the Planet a hard time til they retract the lie that Superman is the greatest person to have ever lived. He was, and he wanted that in print. Perry says he’ll think on it, and then begs Supes to get the imp to go home. Forming a plan Superman challenges Mxy to do better than him in  a series of tests. Superman smashed a rock, and Mxy changes another into rockcandy.  Superman collects an entire crop of grapes, and Mxy changes them to grapefruits, which cost more. Superman then unearths an old temple, claiming only he could possibly read the runes upon it. He ‘translates’ the first word and almost gets Mxy to say the second, but he catches himself in time.

Returning to the Planet Perry flatly refuses Mxy, and he leaves, saying he’s gonna put out his own paper and out sell the Planet. Perry tries not to worry, though he should, as Mxy has access to the fourth dimension, and  is able to print news from the next day. Crimes are stopped before they happen, stock is bought at great profit, and weather is watched with greater knowledge. But as many good things as it did, it did just as many bad. Knowing this has to stop Superman gathers up a bunch of goose feathers (?) and then changes the feed of future news to the printer.

Next Paper he puts out says that Mxy is going to become a laughing-stock, and when he leaves his office he sees everyone is indeed laughing at him. After circling the globe to find the same results everywhere he leaves. Superman explains to his friends that he used super speed to tickle everyone as Mxy came near them.