Comic Books · Dc Comics · Golden Age

1953 Oct

Captain Marvel Adventures 149

Billy is covering a U.N. meeting where he hears about a great new program they have devised to end huge problems in the world. But there is little funding for the project and can only send one man, so Cap volunteers. Each task would have been most difficult for most people, but Captain Marvel douses the coal mine fire, eradicates the plague carrying gnats in India, and and stops the rapid expansion of swampland and turned it into fertile land for farming.

At each stop he found clues that pointed out that King Kull was behind the disasters. Finally he headed north, where fire had been reported in icebergs. When he arrived he was met by friendly robots, who told him they were working with scientists who were on their way. Wanting to report this he changed to Billy and reached for his radio, only to be knocked out by Kull! It was another plan of his to destroy humanity as there was a rocket containing poison gas set to launch from the space the robots had carved from the berg. (why they needed to do that I don’t know) Thankfully Billy woke and changed before the rocket set off and he was able to save the world.

2

Tawky Tawny the talking tiger has a good life over all, but like all those who have fame it can sometimes be too much. This is one such time. After being hounded for autographs and some people that wanted to tear up his cloths for a souvenir, he scares away his neighbors when they come over, thinking it is more of the same. But, he scares them by wearing his lion rug, so they think the lion has eaten him. So naturally they call the police and Captain Marvel gets involved. He ends up fleeing the city. But he soon finds he has become accustomed to living in a house and that he no longer can live well in the woods. After many disaster which put his life at risk Cap found his friend and brought him home, where he and his neighbors celebrated Mr. Tawny’s birthday.

3

Billy is hanging out with the forgetful Professor Edgewise, when he hears a cry for help. Rushing out he saves the life of a small-time member of a powerful gang. He had been dropped in a pit of sand by his gangboss as he was deemed useless. Shaken by this experience Edgewise gave him an aspirin. We find out soon that it wasn’t an aspirin, after all but the new pills he had developed which give the taker strength to rival Marvel’s. Of course the first hing he does with his new found abilities is attack his former boss. But it is Cap who takes the blame, as who else could shake an entire house down? The runty crook continues along this path, making our hero be blamed for more and more almost impossible crimes. It comes to having detectives follow Billy, as people know they are friends. He ends up getting on a roller-coaster to put himself out of their sight so he can change.  It only gives him five minutes to find and capture the crook though, a though task even with the speed of Mercury.

Comic Books · Dc Comics · Golden Age

1953 Oct

Batman 79

A man has come to Gotham, he is the leader of the country that contains the most uranium on Earth, and so it is vital that he be one good terms with them. Everything was going swimmingly until the Shah proposes to Vicki Vale as she is his ideal beauty. In a panic, she refuses by saying she is engaged to Batman. Now Bruce knows that if he tells the truth it is likely that the Shah will be offended. There are both good and bad things about being engaged to a superhero, they are always on call, are often late, and of course the fact that criminals go after you. But it is not a superhero problem that escalates the situation.

There is a woman who hates Vicki, though we don’t really know why, and she sends out invitations to the wedding and sets a date, planning to have them really marry or admit the hoax. Well the red head is all for making it real, until she hears that to marry Batman she would have to change her face and identity for her own safety. At this point the Shah no longer wishes them to wed as it would change Vicki, even though the law states he cannot marry someone who has been betrothed to another. And so Batman is able to resume his life of a bachelor.

*I hesitated tagging this as BruceVicki because the whole thing is very onesided.

2

First thing I find it necessary to introduce you to Professor Nichols. I’m fairly sure you haven’t met him yet. Honestly I though he might be gone for good, but I see that is not the case. He is a scientist who once developed the ability to send people back in time via hypnosis, but by now he has made an actual time machine. He believes that Bruce and Dick are simply history loves, as they go to him often, but he’s not sure if his invention works as they always talk about Batman and Robin in their sleep.

This time they are sent back to 1753, because they believe that the gold a man was claiming to be the treasure of Captain Lightfoot, was really from a gold theft a month before. The only way to prove it wasn’t the real treasure was to find the real one, and so Batman and Robin head to the past. Once there however they discover that Lightfoot wasn’t truly a highway man, but that was an identity he had taken up to keep shipments of guns going to a hostile tribe nearby. He explains that the tribe was once peaceful, but the merchant who was selling the guns was spuring them on the warpath for profit. Bruce and Dick join with Lightfoot to destroy the merchant’s supply of powder and rifles. While on this mission they find the powder is fake, and show it to the natives, as proof of the merchant’s treacherous tongue. Lightfoot was given a document that told of his great deed and the fact that he was no highway man, and this was his treasure. Returning to their time they found the document and the gold thieves went to jail.

3

Batman and Robin are asked to escort a group of convicts to the new prison that they were being transfer to. A relatively easy task for the Bat. Unless a hurricane starts up and sweeps them to seas where they are forced to crash land on an island. That complicates things; especially since the island they land upon is the hideout of a pirate that Batman has faced before (not in an issue). One of the criminals sided with the pirate, only to be killed by the vengeful man. After that the crooks were more than happy to use their special skills to help defeat the pirate.

However the still planned to doublecross  the duo as soon as they may. So once Batman found the pirate’s sub he and Robin hid in the torpedo tubes for a few days while the criminals brought them to shore. When they were close the crimefighters opened the tubes into open sea and alerted the police to the crooks arrival.

Comic Books · Dc Comics · Golden Age

1953 Oct

Detective Comics 200

Batman

Batman and Robin manage to capture a crooks car that had been left careening down the road. One the radio there was a voice giving out warnings. Number 23 signal 47, things like that. It warned crooks of what the police, and the Bat were up to. They searched the police HQ thoroughly but found no trace. So their next thought was there must be a spy. Buy when Commissioner Gordon told only them of a likely target to watch that information was broadcasted as well. They captured those crooks, though they knew nothing, and learned the code that was being used. It was just like the police radio calls but with different meaning and code. Again Gordon tried to tell only them the location, but once again the crooks were warned by the radio. This was the result of an anonymous tip. Betting it was an old friend turned enemy the criminal gave up a list of hideouts. Robin was sent after the guy while Batman continued after their suspect for the voice. Both were lucky, though Robin was trapped by the man he was after. Batman learned that at the voice’s previous place of work everyone could read lips. Batman then found the man’s hideout, and used the code to trap the man who had captured Robin.

Impossible but True

A man comes to Roy with a machine that he says will make anyone a genius, as long as they are connected. It seems to work too, or at least Roy couldn’t prove it fake. And so it went on the show. A man was randomly picked from the audience to be hooked up, and a person asked a question about an object dropped in the sea and where it would be after 90 days. After the show Roy and the police hurry to that place the man had said it would be. See the whole thing was a hoax, it was just one perpetuated by Roy. The man was given the answer via a radio, and the man told Roy as soon as he was contacted about using his machine…

Robotman

Paul/Robert was looking for diamond smugglers, and how they were managing to do this with such small amounts of trace. Then he gets invited to join the superstition club. For some reason this is an honor, though its not explained why. So he feels bad refusing right off, but fears it will be exposed that he is made of metal if he joins. But he goes anyway, and begins to go through their tests, first swimming through a pool and picking up everything that is considered lucky. Turning this he flashes back to a case I actually read, and in the second task he flashes back to one of the cases you have seen. The one with the person who wanted to own Robotman to complete his armor collection. Anyway. The third task was for him to go around town and find lucky symbols. He was of course secretly followed by one of the members. The member was shocked that one of the items, a magnetized box, literally jumped into Paul’s hand. He knew it was because he was Robotman and set a trap. But the trap failed because Paul knew that it was unusual to have such a box magnetized and found the diamonds inside.

Comic Books · Dc Comics · Golden Age

1953 Oct

All-Star Western 73

To the children John Tane teaches, Johnny Thunder is a hero, to be looked up to and imitated. One of his students, a young Cheyenne named Swift Deer, goes on a personal quest to become recognized as a great man like Thunder. He dresses for the part, taking his father’s war bonnet with him as he heads into the plains. John, who had been looking for his wayward pupil, saved his life- though Swift Deer was unaware. Still he was able to pay back the favor, when Johnny was ambushed by a gang of outlaws he had been hunting. The boy quickly made arrows, using the war bonnet, and was able to give Johnny time to shoot back.

Comic Books · Dc Comics · Golden Age

1953 Oct

Adventure Comics 193

Superboy

Clark goes swimming one day, and he hides his suit rather hastily. So naturally it is found by on of his classmates, a boy even more timid than Clark. His first thought was to return it, but all he wanted was his girlfriend to like him again. She had gotten fed up with his cowardice and dumped him. So he wore he suit and told her that he was Superboy. Clark let him run with it, knowing the boy’s timidity would force him to give up the truth, which it did. But Clark set up a scene where the girl seemed to be in danger, hoping that the boy would save her. He did of course, and learned some bravery from the experience.

The nest person to cross paths with the costume was a man who had fallen on hard times. He stole the suit through the boy’s window and used it to commit a robbery. Superboy had been watching, and had set up the store from which the man had stolen. He knew the man was good at heart, as he was his neighbor. He knew the man’s conscience would not allow him to keep what he had taken.

Finally the suit crossed paths with a conman, who used it as an example of the fabric he was selling. Of course the fabric he sold did not have the same properties as the alien suit. Clark didn’t bother trying to teach this man a lesson, but hurried to save those who thought their newest purchase would protect them, and he sent the conman to jail.

Aquaman

I love Aquaman! He might be my family’s favorite DC hero. (Combined, what with my brother’s hatred of most of them and how much my Mom likes him) While clearing a path for a ship who was traversing the northwest passage he found a giant beast. At first he was afraid, but soon found the creature just wanted to be his friend. His only problem was that his new friend would attack every passing ship. Eventually the Navy threatened to kill  the creature next time he harmed a ship. Lucky for Aquaman the next ship belonged to a criminal, and the creature’s help caught him. They discovered that the creature ate coal, and all Aquaman needed to do to prevent the danger to ships was to keep him well fed.

Johnny Quick

Tubby heads to a museum where he and Johnny are to be shooting later that day. However he has arrived early, and as he is admiring the artwork of the Greek gods he is blindsided by Hermes, who Tubby had thought was nothing compared to his friend. Insulted Hermes decides to challenge Quick to a battle of wits and speed. The god pulls out many tricks; turning invisible, making him forget his formula, and putting him to sleep. Hermes could have won, if he had put on the speed before Johnny was able to reverse the trickery, but like in Aesop’s fable of the tortoise and the hare, his confidence and laziness make Johnny winning inevitable. Of course, Tubby wakes up after Quick has defeated Hermes for the last time, revealing the whole thing as a dream.

Green Arrow

We all know about those slippery crooks that you just can’t get enough evidence on. By pure chance a passing photographer got a picture of one such man killing someone. Scared he had fled, but decided to come back for the sake of justice. While trying to save him from crooks GA missed several important shots, leaving Roy both worried and confused. Of course, we find out at the end that each of the shots went exactly where he wanted, but he didn’t have the time to explain to Speedy (there was totally time).