Comic Books · Dc Comics · Golden Age

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.

Comic Books · Dc Comics · Golden Age

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).

Comic Books · Golden Age · Marvel

1954 Feb

Young Men 25

Human Torch “The Return of the Human Torch”

There is a sudden crime wave, and the thing that sticks out about this (though the art style truly doesn’t show it well) is that all the crooks are 20 or younger figuring out that bullets are useless against the flaming heroes, one of the boys take a hostage and the force the two into the vault of the bank they were robbing. It takes a while, but within a few minutes Jim and Toro melt their way out of the vault and are after the boy criminals.

They play with the criminals in their getaway car, making them flee for fear the gas fueled machine might blow. They then try to scatter but can’t make it past the flaming loops the two draw around them. They bring the boys in to jail, but they are far from upset. In fact the officer mentions how strange it is that none of the young gangs brought in seem displeased with the situation.

While crossing over town they note that an old-folks home is being boarded up and stop by to ask some questions. They find out that all of the old folks homes are shutting down, as all their residents had left. Thinking there might be a connection he and Toro disguise themselves as old men and wander about town. They are approached by a man who says he was once old, and he takes them to be changed to youngsters, in return for turning to crime. If they don’t they will be killed.

Tired of the deception the two flame on, and strapping the man holding the meeting into the machine he is threatened with it unless he tells them what is going on. Scared the man admits that his machine only returns youth for thirty days, and then those who have had the machine used on them turn to dust. Angered one of the old men turned young shoots the man, and it destroys the machine as well.

Captain America “Top Secret”

A news paper headline calls for Captain America’s help in Washington, and so he and Bucky head that way at once. They are shown an atomic cannon, and told that there are wanted to protect it and its secrets from foreign agents. We cut to the foreign agents- Arnold and Lupa. They are worried about the Executioner, a man who kills all who fail, and nothing else is known about him. Cap and Bucky see off the man who holds the key to the cannon, as he heads to Vegas to see his girl. He drops a picture and Cap recognizes the woman as a spy (it’s Lupa).

As they hurry after the man Lupa and her husband tell their hired hands to kill Captain America if he turns up. Something is slipped in the man’s drink as he talks with Lupa and he is then helped to a car by Arnold, and as they drive away they unknowingly bring Bucky who is atop the car. Cap sees him going and leaps off the roof, presumably to get his bike and follow but some men see him and try to fight him, and he gets the destination out of them instead.

The man is refusing to give Lupa and Arnold any information, and so they are about to kill him so Bucky attacks, and is narrowly beaten by them. They are pleased to see him,as they believe that killing  him will save them from the Executioner. They also tell Bucky that Cap is dead, only to eat their words as the shield bearer smashes a fist into Arnold’s face. Then Lupa turns a gun on Arnold, revealing herself as the Executioner, and then killing herself as well.

Sub- Mariner

A woman is running through a crowd saying that she desperately needs to get through, pushing and forcing her way. Her destination is the sea itself, and she leaps- fully clothed- into the wet. A policeman jumps after her, but despite much searching all he can find is her clothing. He even has the bay drug, to no avail.

We cut to Betty, who is reading about the incident in the paper, and the following identical cases. Namor agrees with her that it’s odd and begins investigation. While walking the dock he finds a dead body, torn up by what Namor knew to be a shark. But sharks don’t live in this area, he was too far from the bank to have washed up, and the wounds too fresh for someone to have dumped him.

Again we cut to another scene, this one a far away shark attack. There are no survivors. Also, there is no sign as to why the boat they were on capsized. While talking with the police a strange man talks about the sharks starving and turning the boat over for food. Note, this dude looks like a shark. Later Namor sees this guy strip down and head into the sea.

He follows but he only finds a great white, which attacks him. Namor kills it by ripping it’s jaws apart. Brutal. When a human body washes up, with the same wound Namor gave the shark the Sub-Mariner figures it out. Namor waits by the beach late into the night, and when a woman suddenly appears and comes on land he tells her he has a plan to kill all the sharks. In anger she hurls herself at him, but he bests her and says he will keep her on dry land if she doesn’t tell him what he wants to know.

Apparently they are aliens, astral projected to Earth where their minds gained the bodies of sharks, but they can shift to look human. Knowing no one would believe this tale without proof, Namor aims to bring the girl to the police. (oh and they want to rule the world) She escapes his grip and dives into the sea where she then becomes a shark and commits suicide. So Namor brings out a fleet of fishing boats and they haul up a shit ton of sharks. He tells them to go home, or they will dry up on land. So they go.

Comic Books · Dc Comics · Golden Age

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.

Comic Books · Dc Comics · Golden Age

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.

Comic Books · Dc Comics · Golden Age

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.

Comic Books · Golden Age · Marvel

1954, Jan

Girls’ Life 1

Patsy Walker is a very important character, and I am missing a lot of her early stuff. Thankfully the golden age Patsy works are retconned to be fictional in-universe works of the 616 Patsy. For lack of a better tag I will tag it simply as 616, but know she doesn’t really appear until the 60s.

Mr. Walker comes home and is greeted by the sound of loud music, and is told it is Patsy and her friends, who are there to study. He complains he has had a long day and wants his wife to get rid of them. She refuses, saying he had gotten them into this mess that morning when Patsy had asked if she could have friends over that morning and he had overridden his wife’s refusal. She tells him, he must get rid of them if he truly wishes it.

He goes to his daughter’s room and finds himself greeted enthusiastically, and given much thanks for him allowing them to come over. Unable to kick them out after that he comes up with a new idea. The next day he offers to help them with their studies, having prepared a room for it. Cunningly Buzz Baxter asks him about a Dr. Himmelhock, causing the man to search for hours until he is told by his wife that he is the dentist who just opened shop in town.

Comic Books · Golden Age · Marvel

1954, Jan

Kid Colt Outlaw 33

A Marshall who has been hunting Colt for a long ass time finally catches up to him and has the boy in his sights before he’s even awake. He wouldn’t have gotten him if Colt hadn’t been on the runs from other law seekers for three days straight. He is cuffed and his guns are taken. The Marshall was vigilant, knowing just how good Colt was, but he was so focused on his prey his missed the landslide. Colt saved the man’s life with one swift movement, and to the shocked inquiry as to why, Colt replied that he had grown fond of the Marshall over the years.

They continued their trek to Colt’s future cell, with him being a model prisoner. But the Marshall fell asleep briefly and when he woke Colt was gone. He wondered why he was still alive, and thought Colt was aiming to kill him when he came riding back, but truly he was warning the older man of natives on the warpath nearby. They fought together against their enemies until the Marshal took a bolt in the shoulder.

Standing over the prone man Colt skillfully drove off the Apaches,and then cared for the wound. Colt brought him to his town, his own bed. And when he said “Miles City, my office? You’re a blasted fool, I’m a lawman!” Colt replied, “I wasn’t remembering that, All that I remember was that you were a man.” and the Marshall let Colt stroll out of the door and retired.


Colt rides into a den of outlaws, for once not to wipe them out. They welcome him, which I think is odd, because one would think his feelings about most outlaws would be well-known. Anyway he’s in rough shape, not looking nearly as fresh as he usually does. He is asked to join the group, and the narrator of this piece-one of the other men in the group- figures his boss was scared of the fact he was such a good gunhand, and wanting someone he could put against him should he turn. Angry he accuses the boss of this and it’s confirmed as he asks Colt to shoot the man.

He thinks if he is killed then Colt will just kill the current boss and take over, and so he proposes that they just kill the boss right off, and not have to fight. But the boss puts a gun to the narrator, and a girl comes out of a tent and pleads with Colt to take her home. It is explained she was kidnapped and even if the ransom was paid they had no plans to bring her home. So Colt punches the boss in the face. Colt says he’s riding out with the girl, and the narrator figures he just wants all the ransom and so teams up with him to kill all the rest, planning to kill Colt when he gets a chance.

The battle done the two turn to each other and then when the reason he joined him was explained the two drew and the narrator fell. Colt left with the girl to bring her home, leaving the bodies for the crows.

Black Rider

We seem to keep starting with cliff hangers these days. Black Rider is standing across from a man, posed as if to fight a duel, with the man across from him and the caption says that the gun in his hand was empty. The instant the man begins to pull the trigger the Black Rider recalls how he came to be here.

While riding along one day BR comes across a group of arguing men, one of whom was saying he wanted out as robbin banks and rustling weren’t his idea of an adventure. Hearing this he reveals himself, and gives the men time to reach for their guns, before shooting them down. The man who had wanted to leave fought on Rider’s side, but was injured in the fight. Two of the others manage to flee while BR tends to him.

He takes the man to town and fives him up in his other identity. After he wakes the men who had fled the Rider turn up to reclaim their wayward member. Doc warned the men about taking him, told them he would protect him, but they didn’t understand the true threat this country doctor held. As they took he injured man away from Doc’s office, the man changed clothing. He rode after them and soon found the men.

We are almost to the beginning now. The man he is going to face claimed the Black Rider’s guns are cursed, and so BR agrees to use one of the man’s guns, to ensure a fair fight. They turn and Black Rider gets one off first- or would had the gun not been empty. The man laughs, but it’s his last one, as the man BR had saved shot the man in the back then, killing him instantly.

Kid Colt

These Western tales don’t like to waste time! First Panel Colt is shooting a man, who seems to be terrorizing a town, r at least trying to kill and old man. Having stopped that Colt asks what is going on is told the man he killed worked for another man named Frog, who owned a big ranch in the valley, He had driven out every other rancher, besides the elderly man.

The man says he guesses he best move on as well, but his grnason suggests Colt work for him,and runoff Frog, or at least secure the man’s land. Though the man dind’t ask Colt rode along with them back to their ranch, clearly not wanting to leave them unprotected, bu with a resigned note in his voice. When they arrive all the cattle are gone, presumably taken by Frog’s men. Colt frowns and says he’ll be back, with the herd. He rode after them, killed the thieves and brought back the cows.

Two gunmen come to the ranch to kill our boy, and when he kills one in return the woman of he house says that colt is as bad as them, and wants him off their land. Her father shuts her down though, and Colt stays. That Night Frog and his men head in to finish this. During the battle the young boy is grazed with a bullet, and his sister thinks him dead. During this time Frog leaves, either run off, or thinking he has won. Back in town Colt has followed the evil men, and finishes them, then thinking the family will be better off without him and his guns, he leaves.

Comic Books · Dc Comics · Golden Age

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.