Comic Books · Dc Comics · Golden Age

1953 Dec

World’s Finest 67

Superman

One of the richest and meanest people in Metropolis  is the first we see here. He is constantly in the papers for things like failing to pay taxes or trying to evict people. He hates every on in the city, ironically it was his own ancestor who founded it! Musing on this hate he is hit by a car, and his doctor tells him his chance of survival is slim. So he decides to get revenge on the city before he dies.

Now we finally get to see Clark. He is asking Lois about the condition of Galloway (the man from above) who is still living a few days later. She heads out to get the information for the paper and Clark heads downstairs to the printing room, because he heard a shot. He has to stop a hold up there, though two crooks escaped before he arrived. Oddly what they stole were newspapers from the day before, basically valueless. That’s just the beginning too, from here on every where he turns there are crooks stealing random worthless things. They’re coming from all over as well, and Superman has to build a new jail to hold them all!

But it isn’t just Superman and the police after these petty crimesters, a gang shoots down a few who stole some glass beads from the museum, for reasons yet unknown. Superman gets his first clue when bank robbers steal a box of pennies from the vault. Each coin had a nick on it, and by stacking them by order of date he was able to see, well something. It hasn’t told me yet. But we shoot over to the crooks, who had shot the other gang. They too have figured out a code from the beads, but they said it was useless without all the clues.

But they learn that Superman has learned of the real reason behind the robberies and so decide just to go after who put the clues out there in the first place- Galloway. So they kidnap the man, who cleverly/stupidly drops a pill every once in  awhile to leave a trail. (Stupid because what if he needs one immediately? I mean I don’t know what kind of pills they are, but it sounds dangerous to toss them) Due to a hunch Superman was at Galloway’s very soon after and finds out about the kidnapping. he then goes to the police and explains about what we have learned. Galloway invited all criminals to find the clues which lead to a five million dollar treasure hidden in Metropolis.

Using a information line Superman was able to follow tales of those who saw the car, the line of pills, and a light in an abandoned building. Superman found the treasure and picked it up on the way to save the man. The crooks gave up at once. He then explained how he wanted to  rial the town up, cause gangwars, and make life hard for the citizens. But after hearing about the phone line that saved him, and the numerous cards wishing for him to recover soon, he changes his world view. He donates the money to charity and devotes the rest of his life to doing good.

Tomahawk

Tom and Dan and sneaking through town, on a mission for the rebels. They have to sneak as they have been ordered to be arrested on sight, and they have a list of minutemen on them hey dare not let the British see. They are seen however, and while ducking into a place to hide they over hear that there is a traitor. Taking a few instruments off the wall they march into the room, playing Yankee Doodle. The leader of the group in there thinks i is a great joke for a Tomahawk imitator to be playing the insulting song, until he is told it’s the real Tom. But it was too late at that point, as they were behind the man, and slammed the drum down on his head.

They also saw the traitor’s face, and so when they managed to leave their pursuers behind, they went to their meeting and told them what the man looked like. It was the owner of where they were meeting right then! and he lead the redcoats straight to them. By dropping the curtain on them Tom and some other rebels escape, and the traitor is left to make a comic parade for the prisoners, and more the British were going to pick up that night. Tom and Dan come back though and capture the man, and then take him to one of their men where he is bound.

Knowing that the parade will incite anger Tom plans to turn that anger to free their men, and changing a few words in Yankee Doodle would be their cue. After spending the night making signs and the like Tom and Dan start the parade. Their signs do the trick and the watching crowd is filled with anger at the procession. The prisoners begin to sing, and as it is a song written to mock them they aren’t stopped, but the words are new and call men to action.

The town fights and sings, and the prisoners are freed, and run to safety. They new words still booming through the air, Tom and Dan return to the woods until the next time they are called upon.

Green Arrow

A prison break, lead by a crafty man by the name of Micheals brings Oliver and Roy from their beds in the middle of the night. Because eight people escaped with him on the eigth of August Micheals decides eight is their lucky number. He dresses as an octopus, gets an octopus, and lets his new pet choose what crime they are going to pull. They go to an ice show and as the star makes a big figure 8 her skates melt an opening for the gangsters, and they begin to snatch gems. Oliver and Roy were in the stands though and manage to run off the crooks and make them drop the loot.

Next they aim to rob a boat race, and by pretending to be one of the racers and saying they sprung a leak they are brought aboard a large ship. Though they ship gets a message off, the police (and the heroes) don’t get there on time, but Oliver begins to piece together the pattern of 8. He sees the eight escapees on the tv at some sort of show, and so he and Speedy head over. They manage to capture the entire gang, except for Micheals, who then swears to kill GA.

He posts his threat in the newspaper, and says the number 8 will be they undoing of the archer. When there is a robbery on route 8 GA heads out, even though it was almost the time set that the Octopus said he would perish. Turns out they had found the bomb that was left in the Arrowcar- which has 8 letters- and road out there cause they knew he’d want to watch them die. They chase him to the hideout, have a brief tussle with the pet octopus, but get him in the end.

Batman

A man gets access to his full inheritance, and at once he goes out on dangerous expenditures, like big game hunting, and climbing Mount Everest. Being that he is a wealthy man in Gotham, naturally he knows Bruce. Though he hates to leave a case unfinished, Bruce goes to one of this man’s parties to keep his cover. Naturally criminals try to rob the wealthy guests and the host, but with Batman on hand I have no fear they’ll lose their stuff.

And I was right, Batman takes them down, and the thrill the young man gets fills him with a burning desire to fight crime, ya know for the fun of it. I do get a kick over how Robin thinks it’s impossible to have a millionaire detective. Have you forgotten who you live with? Mostly this causes Bruce alarm because the man is sure to get hurt, and possibly get in Bruce’s way as he has announced he is going after the same man Batman is hunting.

A rare book is being brought into the city and both Batman and the new detective think that it is a likely target of robbery for the Zero (the man they’re hunting). So while Batman and Robin take up guarding from afar, the new detective buys the entire store the book is being delivered to, and sits down to wait for the thief. Zero had himself delivered in a crate, and Batman could have gone after the man as he left with the loot, but he had to save the life of the millionaire instead.

The next day Bruce goes to see the man (as Bruce) and pretends to be interested in becoming a detective himself. He hears the man is offering thousands for information on the Zero. He is told that he himself will be robbed, and so he and the tipster (who I think is Zero) head to his estate. The place is empty as he called the servants and told them to leave. The tipster collapses, and while bending over him the new detective is hit. (I still think it’s him. The panel isn’t quite clear enough to prove it’s not.)

Batman and Robin, who are arrive in time to run off Zero without the gems he was after, but another point to my thinking it’s that guy, as the Zero’s mask is found in the house, and he claimed his head hurt, even though he was clutching his stomach when he fell. I mean he might have hit his head when he landed, but…

To keep a better watch on him Bruce joins the detective agency that the man had set up. As his next step the detective had issued a challenge in the paper sating that he would have a million dollars in the office that night if Zero wanted to try for it. His men had orders to keep Batman out, but haha, jokes on them he’s right next to you! Fucking Called It! Sorry a bit ahead of myself. Batman goes out of the room to change, he had figured out that the tipster was Zero, and so had no qualms diving in the window despite the fact the tipster was supposedly a hostage to Zero. (It was dark, like a fuse was cut or something) Batman explained how he had figured it out (dust, prison records) and in showing the skills needed to be a detective Batman finally put the man’s dreams of being a detective to rest.

Comic Books · Dc Comics · Golden Age

1953 Dec

Strange Adventures 39

Oh no! Adam’s scientist friend is dead! This story is the tale of the court case against the murderer- a gorilla from a super race, just as intelligent as ourselves. Comet claims that his friend swapped his brain with that of the primate and it was his body that shot the professor with a gun. He tells the court that he tracked down the killer and switched their bodies back, and now demands justice. Then we see the gorilla’s thoughts. He knows it would be easy enough to get free from the humans with it’s great strength, but doesn’t dare with Comet so near.

So it sends a telepathic impulse to the judge, making him clear the room of most of the crowd, Adam included. Then it makes a break for it. Comet runs in, quickly reads the situation and goes after the beast. Being chased by the cops and the man of the future the gorilla decides to join the criminal underground in order to fight all humans, who it hates. He leads a few men on a crime wave, making them rich in exchange for their help in killing Captain Comet.

One of the men brings Comet to the Gorilla, but he gets them out of the way by tossing money to the other side of the room where thy scramble for it. Then the two both try to strangle the other. It was Comet’s great stamina that allowed him to be the victor of the short struggle. The gang was wrapped up as the bills he had thrown were marked, and the Gorilla went back to jail pending trial.

Comic Books · Golden Age · Marvel

1953 Dec

Two-Gun Kid 11

I live in a town where the original railway went through, we still have the tracks, the train and all that and it goes for quite some distance, though nothing compared to the original length. I know it to be true, but it is still hard to fathom that it was men, not machines that made this long lasting mark upon my town. I mention this because, here we see these men, working diligently upon the comic pages. Worn out from the days work they head to the town that moves with the workmen. It is here we find the Two-Gun Kid, talking to the president of the railroad.

We learn of a real troublemaker, the barkeep of this traveling town. It’s not just that he keeps getting the men drunk so they don’t work as effectively the next day (that would be on the men) but he had actually killed and hired a man to kill the gunmen who were to guard the workers. The president wants Two-Gun to replace them as he knows he won’t be so easily taken. He wasn’t gonna do it, wanting someone of real authority to step in, but when he is openly threatened by the fool he signs on. He is warned that he is making a mistake, but somehow I don’t think it’ll be the kid who regrets that moment.

The president takes Kid around, pointing out the foreman, who he believes has sold out to the barman. Kid walks up to the man, introduces himself, and tells him he wants the men to stop drinking. He is laughed at, so Two-gun hits him, and they fight. Having trounced the foreman Kid notes how he is looking at the president’s daughter. The men agree not to go drinking, and Kid goes to scout the area. Soon the hired gunman of the barmans’s appears and tries to kill the kid. It was the foreman calling out a warning that saved him, allowing him to turn and shoot the man before he could be shot. Apparently he respects Two-Gun now and didn’t want to see him taken down in an ambush.

Riding away he muses on what he has learned, but before he can reach a conclusion he is lassoed. With that the barman and his men start a fight with him. Though he is outnumbered and surprised, he is fighting valiantly until a blow lands on the back of his head. The bastards took advantage of his momentary distraction and hold him down, and he had his dominant hand beaten to a pulp, but he refused to cry out. In the end the barkeep decided to give Two-Gun the rail way, by tying him to it. Once again it is the foreman who saves him, and this time Two-Gun asks why the man goes to drink all the time.

The foreman is in love with the president’s daughter, but she loves another, so he says. He says he drinks to drown that sorrow. Hand bandaged, he and the foreman ride for battle, calling the other workers with them. Kid easily bests the barman, who then pulls out a hidden gun, which forces Two-Gun to kill him. It was the barman the girl loved, and so she told him everything he needed to get the men to his bar, so he controlled the men, and therefore the pass. But at the end it seems like she is happy with the foreman even though her lover was killed in the panel right before that- I find that off even if she was just written as the prize to be won by the foreman’s good deeds.

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El Toro rides into a Taos and proclaims it is now his. All who resist are killed. But I wouldn’t worry too much- both because I’ve been to Taos, and secondly because Two-gun Kid happens to be heading that way. As he travels he is warned of the man now ruling the town, but wanting a cool drink he pushes on anyway. One of the fleeing men, Pancho, joins him. They two ride up to a well and Two-gun asks for water. They fight him, as they are already bored, but it was only the leaders whip that truly turned the tide enough so he was captured. Pancho tries to save him by holding them, up but he has no gun. As they laugh their grip slackens so Two-gun can pull free and he and Pancho are able to duck into an alley.

Quietly the two begin to go through the town, killing the gunmen as they did so. Soon there were only four left. So he steps out of the shadows and guns them down as swiftly as a serpent. And he drinks greedily from the well.

Black Rider

A judge is berating the jury for being too cowardly to convict an outlaw. the Black Rider comes in and says to swear him in an he’ll testify. So he steps up and says a sad tale. A man who was being threatened by the accused and his men refused to give up his water rights and so was killed. The man’s son shot back, and was then killed himself. The jury declares the man guilty so His men stand up and start shooting up the courthouse. Doc dared not fight them in a crowd for fear of hitting an innocent and so waited until they left the building and then went after them.

The outlaw is tricky though and he manages to trick the rider onto a cliff with his tracks, and then set a fire between the hero and himself, blocking Doc in. But they had underestimated the Rider’s horse, and Satan manged to clear the flames before him. And he shot the outlaws off the cliff he had been trapped upon.

Two-Gun Kid

Out riding one day Two-gun sees a hold up, and so jumps in to stop it. He is able to save the man in the carriage, who is a fighter going to a match in a nearby town. The man did gain an injury though, which made the fight impossible. Because the driver was also injured Two-gun brings them to town. It seems a rough place, people brawlin in the street, and the like. But when they settle before the inn the fighter’s girlfriend pretends that Two-gun is the fighter; asking him to please play it her way. She had heard that people planed to kill her fiance in the ring that night. But when she finds out he can’t fight anyway, she tries to take it back. But the sheriff is determined, otherwise he know his town will riot.

Ignoring the draw guns all around him Two-gun draws, and shoots them all weaponless. He tells them he’ll fight, partly cause the girl wanted him too at first, but mostly because he wants to know what is going on. The fight was a tough one, but it was ended to early as a shot meant for Two-gun met his opponent. Having heard the gun he knew it was an automatic, which apparently told him something. Well we find out what that is in the next panel when the fighter’s manager and girl come in with guns, set to kill Two-gun. Apparently they had bet heavily on the fighter’s loss, and would have done anything to reap their reward. Again Two-gun disarmed them with bullets and then left town, leaving the gamblers in the hands of the sheriff.

Comic Books · Dc Comics · Golden Age

1953 Dec

All-Star Western 74

Johnny Thunder

John happens to be outside of a bank when it is robbed, and as the ride away he jumps from a rooftop, tackles them off heir horses and takes them in. The sheriff is thankful but starts going on about how he wishes it were his own son bringing in crooks, and that he’s wasted as a teacher. You know what fuck him. John does a good job as Thunder, but he does just as much good for the world as a teacher. Not everyone is meant to be a policeman or whatever, and it’s not like John is doing something useless!

Well rant over; back to the story. John Tane heads to work and he finds a man dressed as his other identity, who tells him his father has been thrown from a horse and he was sent to fetch him. He goes with the fake to learn what is going on and as they ride out he is hit on the back of the head, and when he wakes he is tied up. Oh dear. They tell him that he is bait for a trap for the real Thunder, who of course is John. If anyone else tries to save him John will be killed. Johnny knows he must reappear as Thunder and save himself, and wracks his brain for the answer. The feeling of the hot sun on his back give him an idea.

He shakes off his glasses and picks them off with his teeth, then focuses he sun’s rays through them onto the rope that bound him. Free, he gathers up a spare costume, darkens his hair and heads out to meet his kidnappers. In order to get the jump on them he lets them think they have shot him and comes up to them from under the river, and comes out shooting. It doesn’t take long for them to surrender.

Comic Books · Golden Age · Marvel

1953 Dec

Young Men 24

Ah it is good to see these faces again. Not that I don’t like their westerns, but these characters are good in a different way. A more Marvel way in my opinion. So without further ado:

Human Torch

The Torch burns through the wall and goes after a gang, who cry out in confusion saying that it couldn’t be him as they had buried the torch in the desert years before. (remember, in this time period Comics were always supposed to go in time with real time, so his long disappearance had to be explained.) He then gives and explanation of his powers, control over flame, and a mean punch.

They spray him with the chemical they had used before to turn off his flame, which for some reason they have on them even though they thought they were free of him for good. Seer force of will made him flame on again, an immunity was built against the substance. He takes out the crooks, the go to jail, and he is welcomed back to the living and begins to search for his sidekick- Toro.

It then retells his origin, and that of Toro as well. If you don’t know it you can either go to the first post where they are tagged, or look it up. It also shows some highlights of their years fighting crime, and finally gets to why they vanished. As we know they were sprayed with the chemical so their flame went out, and The torch was taken to the desert where he was buried for four years. He was only freed when and atomic explosion near his grave somehow allowed him to flame on again. He then asks the crime boss wherehe took Toro, and not nicely.

As a trade for the flame killing chemical, they had given Toro to a country behind the iron curtain. He quickly heads to where streaks of fire had been reported in the sky in Korea. He finds Toro, but he yells things about the Torch being an enemy of communism and they begin to fight. Torch knocks him out and bring him back to America where the Torch is told he was brainwashed. (No duh)

As this is going on a man bursts in and tells the Torch that his daughter was kidnapped and he was the ransom. So Jim heads to a specially prepared steel coffin, and seals himself in. Later a helicopter picks in up and drops it in the sea. As the copter leaves, Toro rushes on scene, proclaiming how glad he was the shock treatment had cleared his mind. He dives after the casket and unseals the coffin with a white hot finger. Together they free the girl, capture the crooks and vow to continue their fight against crime.

Captain America

Okay quick reminder before we begin. The characters here are called Steve and Bucky, but they are later retconned to be William and Jack.

Okay, so their fighting the Red Skull in a video, and the Red Skull is telling his men they are dead, elsewise he wouldn’t dare act upon his new scheme where he’ll be working with the reds. Then we cut to William/Steve in his class room where he happens to be teaching his students about Captain America. So we hear a retelling of his origin, look it up if you don’t know it. Bucky/Jack gets in a fight because the kids don’t believe there was such a person as Cap. Then he begs William to take the mantle back up, but is told that there is no longer a need for the star spangled hero.

Just then there is a radio bulletin about the Red Skull holding the U.N. hostage, and Jack helpfully pulls out their costumes, which he had been keeping in the backseat of the car all this time. So they bust in through the window, kick ass, are hailed as heroes and decide to restart their lives as crimefighters.

Sub-Mariner

One island has six shipwrecks happen near it in the span of one week, so the begin routing traffic away from the place. When divers are sent to look over the ships they find that all the equipment has been stripped from them. Betty Dean reads about this in the newspaper and decides to contact her old friend the Sub-mariner. (A retelling of origin again) She tells how after the war he decided to go back to his people, and rebuild his empire. He arrives, and she gives him the lowdown. A few days later the two are parachuting onto the island. Since all the land was pillaged and burned Namor goes Underwater.

He finds robots peeling everything from the ships. Once on shore he tells Betty to call the government, but her call is dismissed as a joke. So Namor goes back under and starts fighting the robots. He allows himself to be captured so he can find the leader, as just taking out the machines will do nothing in the long run. He is taken to a larger robot, who is from Venus. He shakes off his ‘captors’, traps all of them in a trap with only one exit til they ask to be let to go home. He keeps one, so to explain to the humans, and all the rest go home.  At least that was the plan but the leader blows itself up and all the rest die. When crews return to confirm Namor and Betty’s story they find no evidence of what took place.

Comic Books · Dc Comics · Golden Age

1953 Dec

Batman 80

I don’t know where we left the Joker, but he opens the issue by robbing a circus train. But wait, oddly- even for him- he is filming it. The Joker has started a movie company to get himself publicity, and to show criminals how to pull crimes he devises. I see a problem with this already. If he produces these movies won’t the police know how to guard against these?

Bruce and Dick hear about the odd crime very soon, as they are always on the look out for the clown. They get called to a museum where the Joker is filming another movie. The Bat is able to capture some of the crew with the use of some fake mummy bandages and his batarang, the Joker however made it away.

The Joker decides to take in a film and in a really crappy disguise he goes to see “The Return of Batman and Robin”. He is infuriated at the depiction of himself, or at least, of how Batman and Robin trounce him in the film. So he undertakes a new task, to film how to deal with Batman and his sidekick. Because of the captured crew members the crimefighters know what the Joker has been doing, but they refused to give up where he was. But they disnt have to find the Joker, for he found them.

In this battle it was the clown who came off better for sure. Somehow they managed to switch the utility belts to be filled with useless artifacts and even blew up the batmobile! A few nights later the Joker goes to a swank city party, and naturally it isn’t long before Bruce shows up to take hins down. But the Joker has many hostages, and so our heroes are helpless. He has them dance as he shoots the floor, and once again escapes. Now Bruce and Dick are quite discouraged, and the older is brooding upon it. And so it continues… Again and again Bruce and Dick find themselves out smarted by the wily criminal.

But wait, it seems as though Bruce had discovered the hideout long before, and waited to capture him until the list of people who were to receive the film was written, so he could go after them all. Then he makes a point of saying he only pretended to fall for everything the Joker pulled, but I think that unlikely. Evil, sometimes silly, insane, though he may be that man is a genius.

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Batman is heading out of town for a murder trial, and he wants to get the mansion repainted while he is gone. Dick asks where he is supposed to stay, and how he’ll be active as Robin, since the entrance to the batcave will be unaccessible. But of course Batman has a solution. Dick is to stay at a friend of Bruce’s, who is currently out of the country. It is near enough so that Robin can use one of the other exits to the cave.

When he arrives though he finds the cabin to be, well, creepy. While resting in the house he begins to read a horror novel, as it is the only reading material around. The next day a woman he has never seen before calls him over and hands him an envelop full of money,  telling him he knows what to do with it. He hurries back to the cabin, where he narrowly dodges a knife thrown at him. He sees a face through the window, but when he turns to face it, it has gone, and so has the money.

So he goes to the police to explain what has been going on. But the other men there knew exactly what he was going to say, and blamed it on the stuff he’s been reading and where he was staying making his mind play tricks on him. He leaves, indignantly telling them all he’s going to tell Robin. So the signal is flashed and Robin goes to see the commissioner, who tells Robin not to bother with Dick’s story. So Dick goes home, well to the cabin, and there he sees a light on in the neighboring warehouse. He goes to investigate and finds a devil, a witch, and other such people stealing the art stored there. They pull off their masks and laugh at Dick, telling him how his story will never be believed, after the tricks they had pulled on him.

But, he is not just a boy, but the Boy Wonder. So he goes home, changes costume and hurries back to fight crime. He is dropped through a trapdoor, where they begin to pump gas. Identifying the type of gas with his training he lights it on fire before it reaches him. Sneaking out of the trap he decides to reverse the trick and pull on over on the crooks. So he lets one of the men see him. They cry out, and Robin vanishes. When they others turn away he knocks out that one. And so he takes out the entire gang, and delivers them to the police.

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A bank robbery, preformed by a giant machine has Batman and Robin summoned to downtown Gotham. Thinking it was being controlled from within Batman tries to flood it with tear gas, but as it grabs for Robin they have to flee to the Batmobile. Even the awesome car has to dodge from the thing as it tries to bore into it. Having forced the dark knight to retreat the machine then digs into the ground and vanishes.

As it says in comic- this is only the beginning, and soon many more such crimes are accomplished. One failure- or even several- is not enough to stop our boys though. When they are following one of the machines and it’s loot back to base we catch our first look at the criminals behind this. They are aware that Batman is following, and unperturbed by this, saying that when he gets near their secret island they will turn on the electrical disrupted and crash the batplane.

The crash doesn’t kill our heroes, and they must swim to the nearest land- which happens o be the base of the crooks. Batman also knows the man who owns the island (Golar) has the skill to make the machines that had been terrorizing the city. Before they are on dry land the two are scooped out of the sea by fishing nets, held by machines, and then dumped in a tank of water. Knowing how likely it was that they could escape the boss sent two men to knock them off.

It was a smart move, but too late. When the gangsters got there the dynamic duo were already free. Of course the two crooks are no match for a bat and bird, but one of the machines evens the playing field, trapping them in giant claws. They were then placed in a holding cell with Golar. (Why didn’t they kill them?) He explains how the criminals, on the run from the law had set upon the island, and the scientist had happily shown him what he had accomplished, as he was very proud of his work. Seeing new uses for the machines their creator had never intended, Golar was captured, and the crimes began.

There was a small window above the door where they were locked, and since it was a crossbar lock Batman was (after many tries) lift the bar with his batrope, and free them. They took out the men, and doused the machine that came after them with water, causing it to short out. Then all that was left was the boss. He tried to escape on a rocket thing, but Batman was on it as well, and good thing too, as the controls had been destroyed, and it was only by maneuvering with the air current both lived.

Comic Books · Dc Comics · Golden Age

1953 Nov

Tomahawk 20

During the revolutionary war Tom is sent somewhere  along the coast to lead a force of men who had just lost their leader. He is shown some British forces, apparently sitting ducks, and he hastily calls a retreat. His new men question it, but eventually they move back. They lose two cannons while retreating, but Tomahawk says they hold where they are for a rest then continue their retreat, though his men want to bring the fight to the redcoats. It is uneasy battle to make their way further inland, and they lose their last cannon to swampland. Finally, cold, wet, tired, and on the loose footing of the swamp Tomahawk says they’ll attack.

Of course he had a plan, another troop of  men had been following the British who followed them, and they trapped the enemy between them. One of the dissenters from Tomahawk’s men sneaked up behind him, intent to kill. Tom was ready though, as the man had slipped, and revealed information he ought not to have known. He then explained that he had been ordered to sound the retreat by General Washington, so others could sneak in and steal the ships the British left behind.

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One day Tom and Dan see a troop of redcoats retreating in a hurry, and lament the fact that they had not fallen for a trap, as the news had been spread by a newspaper in the area. Coincidence of coincidences they come across the the writer of the article just a little bit later. They bring him to a fort where the general there wants to have him locked up, as he was either a fool or a spy. But Tom vouches for him, saying that properly conducted the idea of a paper was sound. Like a puppy who has been shown kindness he follows Tom and Dan, wanting to write about where they go next. But he is quite a hindrance to the frontier’s men.

Tom allows the reporter to write out his story, but not to send it. This seems to be a mistake the next day when the three are captured by redcoats, and they send the story and Tom’s report, intending to use the advantage of knowing their enemies movements. Oddly Tom thinks he can still make this good news. When the sun rises the next day the writer says he wants to write of the current situation, and is allowed to by the Brits. Spraying he leader in the face with ink he causes the man to drop his sword, and Tom frees himself.

Dan ran to the nearby Fort and enlisted help from the men there. But even if Tom hadn’t been able to fix the situation it was just fine, as he had switched the labels on the carrier pigeons so the letters had gone to the wrong people. Getting the story instead of the okay the general had known that something had gone wrong, and was prepared for the British to know the plan. Does that make sense? It’s late so I’m not sure…

3

We start off seeing some strangers transporting goods along the Mississippi. They are set up on by pirates in the second panel, much to their shock. The cargo ships are left destroyed, their crews killed and their goods stolen. This is not the last time either. Ship after ship is taken, and we now see where the ships were meant to go, to be used as trade with a native tribe further up river. The chief suggests they call Tomahawk to help, as he will surely know what to do. With a chain of smoke signals the two are summoned. They ask for a few braves to help them, and with those men he would take back the trade route. He ambushed the pirates on the next shipment and as they fled Tomahawk called pursuit. They found the pirates had hold of a fort, so Tom and Dan step forward to investigate their force. But while Dan is counting cannons he is captured. The villains tied the boy to the mouth of a cannon and cried put a warning that an attack would mean Dan’s death. The group is led inside, but Tom has had one of the tribesmen wear his clothes so he can dramatically declare his position. He had used the time the other man gave him to lessen Dan’s ropes and to lock most of the pirates in their rooms. Now free of their need to help Dan the party attacks, and the criminals find they are helpless before the skills of Tomahawk and the Braves.