Dc Comics · Golden Age

1953 Oct

World’s Finest 66

Superman

Clark gets the goods on a major criminal, King Sapphire. When he reaches the apartment of the man however, he has vanished. But there was a card on the floor, calling Sapphire to a meeting with a man called ‘the Mask’. In order to catch more crooks Superman decides to take Sapphire’s place for this meeting. He and a couple of other crooks are there and they are each given a task. Superman is asked to build his strength, while the others work on a radio and with blasting powder. Because the Mask keeps mentioning further plans Clark goes along with the bank robbery that was planned. But he is stopped by the cops and his suit torn, revealing the blue costume underneath.

He tries to explain to the judge, and as he is Superman he is let off, but he cannot find the real Sapphire to prove his innocence. Soon a vast a majority of the population was doubting Superman, thinking that maybe he really was a criminal, and his previous captures were just to bolster Sapphire. Finally Clark ‘admits’ he is Sapphire and gathers a gang of his own, as he wants to catch them. The only one who doesn’t come is the Mask… Quickly he pieces together that the Mask is Sapphire and brings him in, saving his reputation in the process.

Green Arrow

This one cheats a bit about the archers never using guns. I’m not actually sure that they didn’t break it. I’ll let you decide. See Roy and Ollie were at sea, and their ship got attacked by pirates. We didn’t see much of the fight as Oliver was knocked out in the first minute, so I don’t know if they got away with anything. The thing is he was knocked out from behind, before he even drew his bow. Whatever, later they land and he and Roy are talking about all the things they’re gonna see and do. But they come across a group of men who were being attacked by raiders, who were also the pirates from earlier. They run in to help and chase the bandits off.

The men they fought with were members of the foreign legion, sent to take down the bandits, but they had been separated from their regiment by a sandstorm. Then they had been sabotaged, and had no ammunition, so their job looked hopeless. GA and Roy quickly make them bows and arrows at the oasis, and taught the men how to use them. Then they charged they hideout of the pirates. They fought valiantly, taking out cannons with their arrows, but a small accident left them with their bows incapacitated. So GA took one of the guns and used it to shoot his flaming arrow into the powder room. It probably killed several of the pirates… And it’s never found out who sabotaged the group, or hit Ollie before the battle started.

Tomahawk

The British capture a coastal town and force the men to work at making them new ships. It is no coincidence that the American’s best sea fighter came from that town, and that he was heading that way. Tom and Dan stepped in to free the town, but after they take down the leader back up comes, and he adds the frontiers men to his group of workers. It seemed hopeless to fight back. Even the man who fought back the hardest ended up offering to make them fine figureheads. Of course Tom and Dan were given the dangerous task of hitching the figureheads up. Once the ships left for battle though they were soon given away, as the figureheads called out warnings to the approaching Americans. Then using the surprise our heroes leap from their hiding places and team up to take down the enemy ships.

Batman

In this last story of the month a dangerous criminal was diagnosed with a rare heart disorder. Only four others in Gotham have it. Well obviously the crook cannot tell the doctor what he does, and so gets a list of restrictions that don’t really apply to him. A story in the newspaper gives him the idea that he should use the other men with the condition to see what he can and can’t do. Luckily for those men, Bruce’s name had been put in the folder by mistake, and so Batman knew about the kidnappings at once.

But Bruce couldn’t just sneak out the prisoners, as there was another hostage at a different location. He secretly contacted Robin, and put him on finding the woman. Meanwhile Batman had to keep the other men safe. He did this by slightly sabotaging each test, first turning off the power so the elevator wouldn’t work, and they didn’t want to walk 50 flights of stairs. Then he secretly took the place of the man sent underwater and cut the rope on barnacles. Finally he turned on the sprinkler system so there was no way the man could climb a slippery surface.

Seeing how everything went wrong the man figured someone was behind it, and so tried to flee. But he put too much faith in his human guinea pigs, and thinking he could swim because Bruce had done so, he tried to swim to his boat and perished.

Dc Comics · Golden Age

1953 Oct

Strange Adventures 37

A lady Adam works with has been acting oddly lately, so he asks her what is wrong. She tells him a fantastic tale about finding an old family heirloom (a gold ring) on her finger, and how she dreamed she had followed orders from it to build a machine, and the machine was there when she woke. Adam told her he knew someone who could help and came by her place as Captain Comet that night. Once there he was attacked by the beings within the ring, but his body was able to overcome they strange science.  Next he shrunk himself down, and allowed himself to be captured as he observed them. Truthfully they never had a chance to invade Earth, as carbon dioxide was poison to them, and the longer Adam was in their world, the sicker they became. Comet agreed to leave, if they swore never to try to control a human again.

Dc Comics · Golden Age

1953 Oct

Marvel Family 88

Freddy and Leroy Marks start a prank battle, good clean fun, you know? Until that is Billy is almost bit by a snake, and Mary’s bed catches fire, and tear gas in Freddy’s room! These three are more than able to deal with such dangers though. They confront Leroy, but he too proclaims his innocence. Cap and Mary Marvel secretly take the two pranksters away and wait to see if the attacks continue. They do, and they find it was a man who was trying to live at the boarding house, and wanted one of the boys to get kicked out. Freeing Freddy the Marvels find the man sneaking about the house again, and that he was dropping off papers to be picked up by helicopter. They were secret plans, and that is how a prank war caught a spy ring.

2

Okay, we start off during a fake bomb raid, which the evil Zotan uses to sneak in real planes and bomb Fawcett. But these are not normal bombs. They harm not the body, but the mind, making the people wish for dictatorships. The Marvels manage to get a few of the planes out of commission, but the others escaped. Heading to the rock of eternity, they meet with Shazam, who tells them Zotan is a criminal from the future, who was banished to the past for his heinous crimes. But when they return home they find the evil man has taken advantage of their absence and taken over the world.

In this second part we find that Zotan is really a precursor to Kang the Conquerer, in that he wants to rule all of Earth, for all of time. Now that ‘53 is under his control he heads to the past, evading the attempts of the Marvels to save the people. Soon, he ruled all of time, up to 1953. Cap and the rest rushed to the future to warn them of the upcoming danger. But that was not Zotan’s next move. He went for Shazam. Forced to it he ‘destroyed’ the three Marvels by making them the kids again.

Hiding from those enslaved by Zotan they headed for the tunnel where Billy first got his powers. There they were able to summon Shazam, and then their words worked! The Marvels headed back to the future where Zotan was launching his attack. But even the hoards of the past cannot stand against our mighty heroes! Soon Zotan and his men had been chased back to 53 and earlier. Cap and the other two gathered up weapons from the future that would reverse the foul ones used by the villain. Soon enough he was alone, in every time period.

Golden Age · Marvel

1953 Oct

Kid Colt Outlaw 31

We start off seeing Colt asking some folks for some water. But the sneaky bastards give him whiskey instead. You may or may not know this but Colt does not drink. So he says some spiteful words and says he’s gonna get back at them. He meets up with them next while they are trying to get a clerk to give them Comanche lands. Colt manages to run them off but its not the last we see of them. We find that, since force didn’t work the gang decided to give the Comanche their whiskey, practically drowning them in the liquid. Then when they are properly sloshed they signed over their lands. When they came to claim their new lands, Kid was with his friend the chief, and he shot them all dead.

Sometimes I suffer while going through this age, but there is some real good stuff in the golden age too. I’m glad I came back and got to read these stories, and not just for the early stories of the people who I already love, or will be super important, but also for people like Kid Colt.

2

Here we see a man driving his horse toward a cliff. Colt jumps into action and bring manages to grab the reigns of the other man’s horse. The man curses him out for saving him, and explains that he is the sheriff of a town and he had lost his sight and was now useless. Colt tells him he can just turn in his badge, but the man says there is a gang in his town, who would wreck the town if they knew what the situation was. So Colt came up with a plan. He went into the saloon and picked a fight with the gang all, ‘only one man has ever out shot me’. Then the sheriff came in and Colt basically rolled over for him. He went peaceably to the jailhouse.

Now this scared the gang good, but they feared the loss of reputation more and decided to set up and ambush. They called Vance (the sheriff) out for a duel, and of course he and Colt changed clothes, so it was our boy out there. Sharp-eyed and quick as lightning he saw the ambush coming and ferociously fought back, managing to get the entire gang. At the end, Vance turned in his badge and told the full story to his town.

3

So- So cute! Colt is riding along and he sees that this town is searching for something, but he figures its not his business and moves on. Only for a kid to hold him at gun point a few moments later. We all know that Colt could shoot the gun out of his hand before the kid could pull the trigger. But he plays along, acts like the kid is one tough desperado, and gets the kid to join up with him to protect him from wolves and the like. In the dark of night the boy tells why he has left home, he was accused of an awful crime; stealing and entire barrel of candy! Well Colt convinces him to go home and face the music and goes with him. Well we see that everything is cleared up at once, others having confessed while he was away. There was a brief scuffle where the sheriff wanted to take Colt in, but he managed to weasel out of it.

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).