Comic Books · Dc Comics · Golden Age

1953 Dec

Adventure Comics 195

Superboy

Was the previous appearance of Marsboy before this blog was started? I don’t know, so I’ll give you a quick rundown. He is a boy from Mars with similar powers to Superboy, and he came to Earth a while ago and became friends with Clark. The title of this story reveals he is back again.

We open with Lana looking over pictures of Superboy and sighing over how perfect he is. But Lana feels as though she has no chance with the boy of steel as long as he is so busy using his powers for good. Trying to get her mind off of her troubles she goes to the movies and gets an idea from the women in the screen. She wants to make him jealous, but almost tosses the idea away as no one can compare to him.

Meanwhile Clark is going down the street and someone begins to play tricks on him. If I didn’t read the title, and this was Superman not the boy, I would suspect Mr. Mxyplyzyk. But it is obviously his friend Marsboy, and he tosses a giant boulder with an address on it to Superboy. He hurries there and greets his friend happily. But Lana Lang is at the place they met, and overheard both his identity and the resin he came to Earth; that being two escaped criminals.

One of them he had recaptured, but he needed Superboy to get the other, as he was hidden in a cave lined with copper, which blocked Marsboy’s vision like lead does with our hero. Knowing Marsboy keeps his identity secret, as Superboy does she follows him to his prisoner and tells him she will tell the crook his identity if he does not obey her. (Lois would never do such a thing) She of course wants him to pretend to be smitten with her, but her plan is doomed to failure as Superboy is heading to see his friend and hears the tail end of the conversation. Soon Clark, the prisoner, Lana, and Marsboy are heading to the red planet.

Clark gathers up the other crook with ease, copper being no problem for his x-ray vision. Lana begins her game in earnest, but Clark pretends to be bored with the proceedings and asking why he can’t use his powers for something more important than pleasing Lana. While Marsboy is busy playing to her tune Clark steps up as the hero of Mars.

Clark turns the situation back on her, pretending to fall for one of the Martian girls. She fills with anger as she sees him doing every tiny thing asked of him by the other girl. She demands he use his powers for more important things, to no avail. Next she pretends that she can’t handle Mars’s atmosphere, but he makes he a helmet and turns back to the girl.

She pulls him aside and tells him the truth and then says he must promise not to talk to the Martian girl ever again or she would tell Marsboy’s identity. So they fly home, and Clark smiles back at a message from his friend saying that the girl had explained the plan, and saying thanks.

Aquaman

A gang of crooks on the run purchase a boat, and begin to strip the other sea goers bare. After a few goes like that they begin a protection racket. One of the Captains refused to pay and so they came up with a plan.  The tug sprung a leak during a storm (I suspect sabotage) and during this crisis they drew close to some rocks. Hearing of this danger from one of his friends Aquaman rushed over and sees the bandits cut the cargo from the tug.

In order to save both Aquaman must let the criminals flee, but at least their work was useless this day. A close shave with the sea-king does nothing to make them slow down their aquatic crime wave. He keeps coming after them though, and with the help of some electric eels he gets them to surrender. But it was a ruse, so he would get close enough for them to wrap him in a net and then drop him to the ocean floor. (Stop trying to drown Aquaman you stupid assholes! Even if they just thought he’d be trapped, he can talk to fish! They could bring him something to cut his bonds, or a cephalopod could do it, or any number of ways.) Soon after their boat springs a leak, and they have to abandon it for an ice flow. When it gets dark, it also get unbearably hot on the flow. they figure they must have hit a fast current, as well. In the heat the ice melted quickly, making the three wish for rescue and that they had not ‘bumped off’ Aquaman.

As the last of the ice melted they  found themselves on the back of a whale, facing Aquaman. He tells them how he escaped, (he got caught in a fishing net) and how he had played with them by pushing them to the equator. He told them the coast guard would be by soon, and he was gonna give back the money.

Johnny Quick

Johnny and Tubby are sent to a school for mischievous youths, to take videos, and keep the kids busy enough that they don’t play their pranks. They hear a cry and hurry to find a group of kids tossing a boy out of the window! Changing to Quick Johnny saves the boy to find it is a straw dummy. But the teacher has had enough and is determined to quit. Johnny tells him to take an hours break and when he returns the students will be well-behaved.

He leaves Tubby; who had just been bragging about knowing all the tricks they could pull, in charge and pretends to leave. Of course, he is taken down in minutes, sitting on the floor sopping wet with a bucket wedged on his head. But Johnny knew this would happen and his plan was to make the tricks backfire on the kids, and make it seem like Tubby was the one responsible. But I don’t see how a moving chalk picture that spanks a kid could be done by Tubby.

Next they send a toy plane loaded with sneeze powder down to the janitor. But Johnny just catches the plane and brings it back, spraying the kids with the powder. Tubby gets free as the sneezing slows down and heads to his desk. There is and apple there, somehow loaded with red pepper. And after he takes a bite a delayed reaction is triggered, making everything on the desk fly at him. So Johnny begins to juggle the kids, until they swear never to play another trick again. The Prof returns and every one is perfectly well-behaved from now on.

Green Arrow

Our boys are called to HQ, but rather than a missionfor the archers he asks them to leave town. Entering a new town they run into a group of thieves, so they stop to capture them. As they plan to leave the next day there is another attempted robbery they stop. they are glad to be soemwhere they are wanted and needed even though they don’t know why they were made to leave home. Wonder of wonders their room in the hotel is right next to a gang’s and they overhear their plans and head over to catch them. But the crooks flee and head toward Star City, where the archer have been forbidden to go.

But they also can’t let the criminals go, and so stay after them. When they get back home they find the cops welcoming the crooks! It turns out that Star City had wanted to throw a surprise party for the archers, and so ordered them out of town to prepare. All the criminals they captured were really stuntmen, hired to keep GA and Speedy busy, and also film a movie about the two.

Comic Books · Dc Comics · Golden Age

1953 Dec

Action Comics 187

Superman

Superman is following some crooks who had just pulled a job, but he notes a dynamite truck on the same road. He worries that something might happen with the truck during the chase and is relieved when the truck pulls onto a side road. But the road there is being repaired and Superman knows the heat might also set off the dynamite. Superman stops to bring the truck to safety, but he needn’t worry about the crooks as they had an accident and had perished. Superman laments that he doesn’t have enough power, or else he would known about the danger of the truck before.

One of the people watching this scene hears him and thinks ‘So– the great Superman admits he isn’t perfect, Eh? Well I mustn’t let that encourage me… I must remember that in all the years I’ve been battling him, I’ve always come out the loser.’ Which, okay what ever he’s obvo the villain in this piece, but I’ve never seen him before? Next panel he is called Silver by a man who works for him as they see Superman on TV, where he is on a show and is being told that in a few weeks the planets will be in the same position as when Krypton exploded. (Not possible in that amount of time but okay.)

The next day at a bridge opening ceremony Superman seems to hear a man say he is going, to jump, but he can tell the man is not speaking. Still, he rushes to be near the man. As he grew near the man did leap, and as Superman saved him he told the Kryptonian that he couldn’t help thinking about doing so as he walked across the bridge, and Superman comes to conclude that he might have heard the man’s thoughts. That night a similar occurrence- but this time a criminal who for some reason is stealing sand off a barge. He follows the man, and is lead to a lead lined cavern. Needless to say he is both shocked and pleased when he manages to see inside the cavern, though not as clearly as he does through other substances. But the men inside are doing nothing but piling up sand.

While helping set up for the news cast that will celebrate the solar system’s alignment with how it was on the day Superman’s planet died, he hears a man thinking that he had found some kryptonite. The man with the kryptonite goes to the cavern, and Superman feels it’s effect and thinks it must be true. Inside the cavern Silver is explaining to the men his plan and shows how he has had Superman ‘read’ minds by playing a radio message higher than a human could hear. And he changed the doors on the cavern to one with less lead, and then none, so Superman would now be able to see through ‘lead’. On his next visit to the cave the kryptonite has been switched for a fake, making Superman think he is now invulnerable to the mineral.

Seeing this he heads in, only for them to bring out the real thing, and they then tie him up. They taunt him with their plan to blow up Metropolis, if the city doesn’t pay ransom for it’s hero. Before they go one of the men wants to beat up the helpless Superman, so Silver moves the kryptonite away just enough so Superman can barely defend himself. Since he has little to to no strength he knows he must use his brain to get out of this situation. After he is beaten they leave him alone, but the do have a camera watching him. Silver tells his men that he’s not actually planing on turning off  the bomb, even if they get the cash.

But Superman just stands up, rips off his bonds and finds the bomb, in like five seconds and gets to the controls even though their covered with lead. Oh, oh see Superman managed to switch places with the man during the fight, who then rushed to destroy the bomb, as it he didn’t have the time to flee if the bomb went off. Then he headed to his gang and as they fled from the ‘Superman’ they left the kryptonite, so Superman was able to head in a pick them up. (The bonds were just weak, though strong enough to hold a kryptonited Superman.)

Congo Bill

Bill goes to see a friend, who is the new king of a small European country. Well not king yet. He tells Bill that he must first win a joust to get his crown. Well, not a real joust as the lance is rubber, but enough to fulfill the law. Bill’s sharp eyes see that his friend opponent is not using a rubber lance at all, but one made of steel. He tells his friend, who is worried. If he fails to win this joust, the man who beat him shall be king. Bill takes it upon himself to teach his friend to joust, in the short week before the duel.

When it is learned how skillful the king to be has become they drug his drink before the final showdown. Though he does wake before hand he is far too weak to properly fight. Then the fight begins, and masterfully the knight dressed in the white armor of the king to be wins. The man who drugged the prince declares a foul and states it is Bill in the armor. Bill doesn’t deny it as he takes off the helm. But he sites the law that if the prince is unwell he can ask a knight to take his place, and as Bill was knighted right before the duel, it was valid. Also, the fighter who was going to fight with the steel lance and the drugger were captured and I guess thrown in jail? Who knows, maybe they were beheaded.

Tommy Tomorrow

Tommy and his still unnamed partner (seriously he’s in almost everyone of these stories give him a name you fuck wits!) are out in space and they are passed by an alien craft. They send out a message but there is no response. As the ship seems to be heading to Earth Tommy follows it. It lands on our planet, but nothing leaves the dark ship. Tommy offers to go in first, to check it over with special equipment. It is full of wonderful machines, such as one that makes water from air.

As soon as the machines were removed the ship flew away. It was thought to be a benevolent gift from another race, but Tommy isn’t so sure. When the ship returns later, people pile inside to see what has been brought this time, but there is nothing, and the doors seal. Finding that they look just like us they decide to go to our home and take or places, to escape their police and become the important people who had been chosen to examine the new gifts. Left in a cage there seemed to be no hope, except for something Tommy has kept hidden.

With the mini acetate torch he burns out of the cage and sets a fire to the dry grasses, which brought the police. The criminals were captured, and the Earthmen sent home.

Vigilante

During a show of Greg’s Stuff notices a man they suspect to be tied with the gang they’re hunting leave the place, and keeps an eye on him while Greg wraps up and changes clothes. By following this man the two were able to see a bank robbery in progress. They see on of the crooks ‘drops’ the loot on the man they had followed there, obviously double crossing his own gang. Vig jumped at the man with the money, and we see in the other man’s thoughts that he is surprised that someone was right where he was going to dropped the loot.

They manage to shake Vig, but the man who had dropped the gold had been proven to be a traitor to the gang, and so the boss told him to either kill the Vigilante, or have proof of his crimes given to the cops. The doomed man has two men lead Vig to where he can shoot at him, but he sees the reflection and dodges in time. Knowing he has no chance the would be killer jumps off a small cliff to a river and manages to cling to a tree above the falls.

Next he goes to Vig’s hotel. (Did he get a room in both identities? Why does the Vigilante get a hotel room?) Anyway, he comes in and starts shooting. When his first shots missed he jumped out the window into a hay cart he had placed there, and it rolled him down  hill where he was able to change clothes and hide. Seeing Vig help out an old man he came up with a new idea, and the next day he disguised himself and pretended to be a weak person, that needed help. With his guard down, the man was able to shoot Vig.

Or so it appeared, for a few more panels and the gang who came to see if he was really dead, was ambushed by Vig, who looked hale and hearty. After he took them down he pointed out the mistake in the man’s disguise that had made Vig know he was a fake, (no callouses) and let him switch the bullets for blanks.

Comic Books · Dc Comics · Golden Age

1953 Dec

Detective Comics 202

Batman

The Duo is lying in wait for some smugglers and when they show they leap into action. Robin has a close call with a falling crate, but all the crooks are captured in the end. There was still the problem of where the smuggled goods came from, and none of hem would talk. So the two investigate the crates for clues, and find that they are watertight, and that the criminals had spectroscopic glasses on them. So they figured the smugglers dived to get the goods from the bottom of the bay. They were then able to judge the distance traveled by the boat’s fuel gauge.

Using this information Batman pinpointed a luxury hotel; the Jolly Rodger. Batman muses to Robin, that maybe it’s time Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson take a vacation. They first take a tour around the island, and are told about many hidden caves, lined with treasure to be found. In the village, they find a face, familiar from their crime files. Curious, they follow him. He leads them to a cave where the smugglers reside. A slip of the foot announces their presence, (failed your stealth roll) and the they have to fight. But they are over taken, and forced to walk the plank- the plank being a cliff over the sea.

It is only their training and knowledge that make them break the water’s surface in they only way that keeps them unharmed, but then they have to deal with the rocks. Narrowly avoiding the sharp peaks Batman and Robin then use the sharp edges to cut their bonds. They return to their other identities and subtly begin poking around. It was definitely one of the hotel boats being used by the smugglers and the lighthouse told them not ships had gone by the night before, nor were expected soon. Here have a picture I don’t want to explain this part.

But investigating as Dick and Bruce is dangerous as well, and soon Bruce narrowly saves his ward’s life. The way it was done just proves that there is an accomplice working in the hotel. That night they don their capes again, and watch as one of the hotel boats head out to collect another drop. The mystery of how the crates arrived was solved minutes later when a plane drops the boxes, with flotation devices and marked with chemicals so they could be seen with the glasses on.

Our boys don’t leave them hanging for long, and soon the leader tries to flee as they deal with his men. They follow the leader, but by the time they catch up with him, he has shed his disguise. But using the glasses Batman is able to find the crook, as he had touched the marked boxes. With him taken care of, and the thorough records the crook kept,  the entire ring is soon rounded up.

Roy Raymond TV Detective

We start with auditions, like usual. Unusually though this time there is a dummy; you know the creepy ventriloquist prop. The ventriloquist claims he made a voice box and a thinking machine for the dummy, but that it worked in an unexpected way. For lack of a better term it made the dummy ‘alive’. Roy thought it was just regular ventriloquism though, and tried to make them leave. But they didn’t care about the show, just that they figure out what is going on and would Roy please test them? So he shuts the dummy in a soundproof room and is surprised when it keeps talking to him.

Next they look inside the dummy with machines, but the only wires they find are the ones that fit with the story they were given. Unable to prove him a fake the dummy and his creator get famous over night, but it keeps niggling at Roy, until one day he comes up with another idea and heads off to test it. He lifts the top half of the dummy and pop! there is a midget criminal inside. With the ability to switch between the halfs of the dummy he was able to miss being seen by the scanning earlier.

Robotman

This is the last Appearance of Robotman for a while, so good-bye for now.

The army has opened up a new training center near where Paul is visiting. During a time when the training center is having a mock battle crooks dressed in uniform take advantage of the gun shots to pull a bank hold up. They even had a tank as a get away vehicle. Such a slow escape, was easily over taken by Robotman however, they went into the training field of the army, and used their knowledge of the terrain (and hidden mines) to dash Robotman badly enough so he can’t walk.

The criminals then merge with the real trainees, but they separated to cross the border to Mexico. As a last resort Robotman gets used as a bullet for one of the other tanks and crashes unto the crooks before they can cross.

Comic Books · Golden Age · Marvel

1953 Dec

Kid Colt Outlaw 32

Colt is just riding along, heading to a nearby town when bam! a bullet flies by him. They keep coming too, making the gunman increase his speed. Oddly the bullets don’t chase him from the town but toward it, and when he arrives the gunfire stops and there is no one to be seen. He heads to the saloon for answers, and finds two, right across from each other. He chooses one and heads inside.

Those inside ask themselves if a gunman had been hired, and when they decide he’s not theirs they attack. Colt pulls his guns on them and demands answers. They explain there is another group that wants to take their land, but as they speak the leader of this other group enters and she says it’s the other way around. Taken by her beauty Colt goes with her. I think he’s just faking to get the real lowdown, but even if he’s not he is soon put on guard by the fact her foreman and ‘straw boss’ (what the heck is that?) are well known killers and thieves.

She takes him to her ranch and it seems she owns most of the valley herself. She explains it is because of her fighting back against the others. But he is fully awakened to the situation when she ordered he men to start a fire and burn some of the horses owned by one of her neighbors. He refuses to stand for it and tires to leave only to be shot at as he retreats. He goes back to the ranches saloon and tells them of the fire. They send men to put it out, however they refuse to take any help from Colt as they know the woman will know, and have reason to crush them.

Then the woman and her men file into town, and so Kid is set against them, alone. In a hail of bullets and full of anger he slays them all, except the woman. As he leaves Colt hopes she doesn’t use her great beauty to twist the men of the valley any further.

2

We open with Colt facing off against not just one, but three gunmen, all prepared to kill. Thankfully a flashback starts in panel two, so we can actually know what is going on. He was running from a posse, I assume lawmen and civilians who don’t know of his good heart but only the crimes of which he is accused. He heads into a cave to make a final stand where none get behind him. But rather than a cave, it is a tunnel, and when he comes put the other side he passes out from blood loss.

When he wakes he is in a bed with a woman watching over him. She calls for her father when she sees he has awoken, and groggily he asks where he is. He is in a small Quaker village, rarely entered by outsiders, they tell him he will not need his guns here. As he recovers he finds himself longing for this simple life, and falls for the woman who had nursed him. But a peaceful life is something that Kid Colt will never have, and as he settles in a group of dangerous men enter his new home.

It is the three we saw him having a standoff with before the flashback, and they want to use the peaceful and hard to find place as a hideout. Upon seeing them he rushes back to the house for his guns. Both the woman and his father beg him not to take up his weapons again, bu he knows that in order to maintain their life he must. The battle is swift, and soon the other outlaws lie dying in the road, and Colt rides on, feeling the woman he loves deserves better than he.

3

Two men sit in a carriage, one bundled and silent, while the other is nervous and suspicious. Oh, never mind change that it’s not two men. The bigger one is a gorilla, and he kills the other and then the driver. He then rides off with the carriage and the gold inside. Colt happens across the scene the next day and is accused of the crime by the sheriff, and is then thrown in jail. The man in cell with him had been accused of a very similar crime, done by a mass amount of strength, and a mass of money missing.

So they make their sheets into a rope and lasso a horse outside, then have it pull the bars off the window. Colt takes a ride in a carriage in the area and throws the other passengers out. The gorilla is driving the carriage. Not knowing that it is a mighty beast much stronger than he, Colt comes up behind it and tries to strangle it. The gorilla brings Colt to the hideout and his boss gets mad at him and whips him so the Gorilla attacks, and Colt shoots the gorilla after the boss is dead, and the crimes are ended.

Comic Books · Dc Comics · Golden Age

1953 Dec

Superboy 29

For once Clark is having a normal moment, playing baseball with some of his classmates. In someways this is harder than tracking down criminals for the boy of steel, as he could easily do any of the tasks asked of him in such a game. But he must hold back for the sake of fairness to the other children. (Quick kids spoilery thing: I can’t wait for the legion) When an athletic contest is announced Clark sighs to himself knowing he can’t truly participate only use his powers to cheer and help set up events.

While he events are going on though he notices small things. The opposing team have a helping hand in the contest, in the form of a slightly hollowed shotput, weight’s in Smallville’s runners’ shoes, magnets in the archery targets. He hesitates to expose the cheater, as he doesn’t know why the man would do such a thing, and decides to investigate. But he also can’t just let the contest be so unfair, and so joins in as Superboy. But he is disqualified, as he is told every person must do his best, and clearly he can’t as then the scores would be uncalculable, and would cause harm to those around him. For example, he accidentally knocked over some houses earlier- without doing his best. But they weren’t the closet to where he landed… he looks closely and sees something that is not explained to the reader yet.

Next he is to race a student in a swimming contest. It is timed, and not with the two in the pool at the same time. But he fails to win as he swims so fast, he boils away the water. Huh? Where’s the rest of the story? I’m missing pages! Crap. I’ll look up what happens next and go on to the next one I guess… I’m sorry I can’t find the ending anywhere. If you know it please message me.

2

Superboy smashes a giant meteor, that would have destroyed Venus, and stops down briefly to drink from a lake there. Then he returns home, and to his other identity. But what he doesn’t know is that seed from Venus had fallen from his cape when he landed and it was rapidly growing into a tree. Well a couple days later he has to save someone as Clark, and of course Lana sees, but she doesn’t think it odd as everyone has been acting oddly in Smallville that day. The  librarian invited a brass band to play in the library, a miser gave away his money, and the most prim and proper lady in town tossed a pie in her neighbor’s face. While looking for the source he finds the tree, and after the mayor sniffs one of the blossoms, he promptly kicks an excavator out of his machine and takes it for a joyride. Superboy knows he must fix all the trouble the tree has caused and begins by taking the mayor (and the machine) where they can be of use.

While Superboy works on the things he knows about a man forcibly takes over the business he works in. He tosses the tree into space and tries to repair the friendship between the proper lady and her neighbor. But he is so insulted he just can’t even acknowledge her again. Superboy hears a cry for help and goes to the business which I now know makes lamps. While the boss was trapped in his office the worked had produced the most ludicrous lamps. Superboy now needed to find a buyer for them on top of his other duties.

He sells them to the museum of the World’s ugliest objects, at a huge price, and both the office worker and boss are pleased. While he is going around town he finds the banker playing pirate and the Senator had stolen a train and was heading toward a dead end. Stopping those catastrophes he returns to Venus, to give the neighbor a sniff of the flower, so he’ll realize his friend had no power over her actions. He puts on an old west outfit and tries to stick up his friend. She pulls off his bandanna and scolds him, and then they are friends again, and Superboy considers his job done.

3

One boy, skilled at making puppets, and quite a fan of Superboy’s regularly puts on plays with his small puppet version of his hero. It is lamented that Clark couldn’t see the plays though, as he was out of town. We then cut to Clark, whose vacation had been interrupted by the need to stop a forest fire. While being thanked by the mayor of a near by town he mentions he’ll be around for a few weeks. Hearing this some crooks know that Smallville will be clear of the boy and head there to pull a few jobs.

But the puppet maker from earlier also knows Superboy is out of town, and plans to use his life-size puppet version of Superboy to help the police. Unfortunately for the puppet man, when he puts this plan into action the strings are broken by flying bullets, and the ruse is exposed. Guessing who had made and used the fake, the crooks headed to the man’s workshop.

They knew that if the cops thought Superboy was on their trail they wouldn’t interfere, and so the puppeteer and his creation were put to use holding back the cops while the crooks escaped. Clark wasn’t going to be gone forever though, and when he sees the papers, he hurries back to investigate. While looking for the fake he sees the man practicing his act, and the pleas for help he had sneaked into it. So Superboy flies in, saves the man, and heads to the crime that was about to begin. He briefly pretends to be the fake, and rounds up the fools who thought they could get away with criminal activities in Smallville.

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.