Dc Comics · Golden Age

1954, Jan

Adventure Comics 196

Superboy

Mr. Lang and Mrs. Lang are set to become sacrifices to an idol who the natives believe will then free them from the rule of the Jungle Monarch. Before the two could be killed however the Monarch appears, and we find he is a fierce and powerful gorilla. Abruptly we cut to Lana who is crying in worry about her folks being so long without contact. She confides in Clark and that night she leaves home. Knowing of her fears Clark knows where she has headed, and so stows away on the same plane as her, as Clark. When he ‘trips’ and reveals himself to her she is very touched that he would do this for her.

Of course their trip can’t be easy and the pilot loses control of the plane and Lana is knocked out, and we also see the sacrifice ceremony is about to restart. Clark changes clothes and brings the plane in for a landing. While scoping for a place to land he sees the Langs. Because Lana would be suspicious if he went in as Superboy, he knew he must save them as Clark Kent. So Clark landed them in a clearing nearby, and the three of them were captured by the tribe that had her parents. Both were shocked to see Lana, and scared for her life. The prisoners draw lots to see who will be sacrificed. Lewis being a brave man and wanting to protect his family tries to rig it so he will be the on to die, but Clark undoes his trick and make it be him instead. (Lana feels very guilty that he was only there because of here.)

Good thing Clark was lead away from where the other can see as he is tied to a stake and they try to burn him, but only destroy his Clark clothes. He stands before them in his colorful garb and resists all their attempts to harm him. Soon enough the Kinggorrila arrives. As we all know, he has the same amount of luck in harming our boy. So he quickly makes a suit of clothes that match the ones burned away, and is brought back to the Langs and the pilot, being praised as a hero. All the natives had said was that he had defeated their enemy.

Aquaman

It is a perfectly ordinary day for the king of the sea when he is stopped by a group of criminals with a rocket. They tell him they stole it, and plan to shoot it off with Aquaman inside. Held at gunpoint Aquaman is forced into the ship, and it rushes into the air. Due to the g-forces he passes out and when he wakes he is wearing a helmet, and is surrounded by little green men, who tell him he is on planet Sea. (This is so a dreamed tale.) He sees he has Iron balls attached to his ankles and asks if he is a prisoner. They reply that he is not, and that they are so he will remain on the ground.

But the biggest difference isn’t the unbreathable air or the lessened gravity, but rather the consistency of water and dirt has been switched. While eating a magnificent feast the city if hit by a tidal wave, something the residents of Sea have been having a problem with lately. Rushing to help he calls the dirt dwelling whales to break up the wave. (They do this by praying it, and making it into smaller waves, but I think the author believes that they suck in water/dirt to spray, which whales don’t)

Anyway they send him home then, with a gun that shoots compressed atmosphere. He blacks out again on the way back, and believes everything that happened to be a dream. He then heads back to the crooks who sent him away, and find them having taken over a ship and the coast guard is not returning fire due to the fact the stolen ship contains a cargo of gold. Aquaman then pulls out the gun he was given, and by shooting it at the criminals they are shot into the air. Though this plays out as a dreamed tale, the gun is proof enough for me to believe it happened, and hence I will forgo the dream tag.

Johnny Quick

There was a fire on the outskirts of town, which thankfully was put out without too much trouble. unfortunately the entire police force had some smoke inhalation, and would need time to recover. over hearing Johnny volunteers to be a one man force for the next day, by which time they think the men will have recovered. As the town isn’t rife with crime Johnny is asked to help with traffic, and specifically the shipments of fish that were going out that day. We cut to our baddies, who want to foul up the shipment because they didn’t pay  the protection racket.

And so they cause the speedster problems he wouldn’t have other wise encountered, such as spilling tacks over the road, fiddling with the traffic lights, and finally a helicopter that is going to shoot buckshot at the windshields of the cars carrying the fish.. Johnny hears of this last one before it occurs, from a captured member of the gang. Well Johnny paints over the trucks to disguise them and then, when he spots the ‘copter, surrounding it with bricks and catching the gang.

Green Arrow

Last but definitely not least in this issue is Green Arrow. (that would be Johnny in my opinion) GA and Speedy are out on patrol and they spot some jewel thieves heading for their get-away car. Oliver asks Roy what arrow they should use, and I thought it was a test thing, but Roy was confused. After the solder the getaway car shut so the crooks can’t enter he again asks Roy how they should proceed. When the reporters appear GA leaves his partner behind, so he was the only one to show up in the news the next day. When questioned liver merely said he had wanted to return home to finish a story he had been reading. (I feel you there Ollie).

However that night was not a one-off, and the next night Green Arrow once again asked the boy what they should do in order to capture the criminals they came across. Like before the older man fled before the reporters could get a glimpse of him. When Oliver mentions seeing a story about Speedy in the papers Roy thinks he is acting jealous, which makes no sense, as if he was wouldn’t he stay for the press? Queue a montage of crooks, and Speedy, alone with reporters.

Still thinking his friend is envious of him, Roy decides to leave. We cut to some crooks, who attack a guard, and stunned to weakness he is only able to send out a signal via the light on his ship. Speedy spots the sos and heads over. He is doing very well when the Green Arrow shows up. Barely lending a hand (seriously Roy had this, good job) GA then leads the press and police up onto the boat, explaining he had been following him, and called them. GA then explains that he had nominated Speedy as the world’s most heroic boy, and that he had to step back in order to prove that Speedy was just as capable without him.

Dc Comics · Golden Age

1954, Jan

Action Comics 188

Superman

Clark heads into the office but nearly the same time as his arrival the civil defense siren goes off. Knowing there was no air raid drill planned that day Clark and the other members of the planet turn on the radio. The announcer warns that a nearby nuclear project had gone out of control and Metropolis was set to be destroyed at any time. The radio continues to talk about evacuation, but Clark Kent is gone.

Superman arrives at the scene of the nuclear project, and does what no other man could have done and manages to raise the rods before any explosion tales place, and while the city celebrates its survival Superman slowly leaves the room, filled with enough radiation that none can get near him. There is no telling how long the is will remain deadly, and so he has to take himself away from all people. Clark calls in the story and tells Lois that he’s gonna be gone for a while too, which alerts her suspicions again.

Even far in the country where there are no humans Superman is bringing death with him, trees wither and grass burns beneath his touch. And of course, criminals take advantage of Superman’s absence. Clark does what he can, foiling a crime by using his glow to write in the sky after over hearing a crooks plans. Days later there had been no news of either Clark or Superman, and so Lois gets in a car with a stranger who promised her a big Superman story. To no ones shock she is once again kidnapped. Meanwhile Superman is told via the phone that a large shock may cure him. He ignores this for now and flys out to a bank robbery in progress, having heard about it over the radio and wanting to see if there is anything he can do. The crooks are just then leaving on their helicopter, and Superman tells them to land or he will grab the copter. Guessing this might happen the men show Superman that they have Lois. Giving in Superman hides and secretly follows the men into a storm, fearing for the innocents Clark tries to protect the craft from the worst of the storm ans gets struck by lightning. Nearly passing out Superman regains his senses, and find a himself free of the radiation and he brings the copter in for a landing where they will be caught at once.

He doesn’t let himself be seen in his blue and red though, and comes up to Lois as Clark, telling her he had been staying near Superman’s hideout for a story, and that the man of steel would be cured within a week.

Congo Bill

Our story opens on what they are calling a sea lake, whether this is a salt lake, or a bay I don’t know. What I do know is there is a whale there that has been killing people, they call it Sinbad. Note it is not an orca. We then have a montage of people trying to kill the beast, only to perish themselves. Congo Bill is hired to deal with the whale, but the owner of the lake isn’t sure of his skill and so offers a 5000 dollar reward to take out the gigantic mammal. Next we see Bill stop two men from shooting the whale but destroying their scope. he then takes his motor boat closer and changes into a diving suit.

Um he lassoes it, that’s a bit weird. Then he lets the thing pull him beneath the waves. Another boat tries to kill Bill and the whale, as ‘That Jungle man is wise to our little game’. While trying to escape the killers the whale dives and ends up in the sister lake, by means of an underwater tunnel. Bill then throws his air tank at the helicopter of his followers, and the whale attacks it? I don’t think a whale would really do that, but hey what do I know. Bill then explains that smuggling had been done through the tunnel, but only the whale knew where the tunnel was and so he had to save it.

Tommy Tomorrow

Okay Tommy’s friend has a name. Brent. So anyway. Brent hears his friend Tommy has gone missing and heads out to look for him and to his great horror, he finds Tommy floating in the dead of space. And now for a flashback. He was looking into smugglers bringing precious artifacts from Earth. He stops by a wax museum while searching and is a bit tickled to find a statue of himself. While looking he has a thought and checks inside the body of a large figure and finds the loot he was looking for. While inside the figure he hears the owner talking to his cohort and finds out neither of them are the leaders of the ring.

So he remains where he is as they take off, and tries to figure out a way to signal the Planeteers, since he can’t get near the radio. So he started to throw some figures out into space, to form a set of clues for his fellows. But as he tossed them out it moved the ship slightly and the men came to see what was going on. Tommy manages to push them  back to the pilot room, but knew he was doomed if his message wasn’t understood.

Back with Brent he pulls in the figures. Tommy Tomorrow, and ape to denote ‘calling’, and pair of criminals, a head, a body in quarters, and a Plutonian sea monster marked with craters like the moon. Together they meant Tommy calling, criminal’s headquarters on monster moon. Brent’s ship came down shooting and captured the criminals outside the ship, and saved Tommy, and then all was well.

Vigilante

Vig has done many a good thing in his life, and we start off by seeing the fruits of his labor; a large group of former criminals who are now reformed. They are showing off their skills, and having a good time playing cops and robbers with Vig. Well some crime boss is finding it harder to find men from his gang, and others are trying to drop the life, as Vig’s group has shown it to be possible and rewarding.

When Vig leaves that day the crime boss decides to prove that if a man goes to crime once, he’ll do it again, for the right price. He heads in to give a proposition to the group. We cut to a week later, and crimes are being pulled with the unique talents of the reformed criminals. The public is suspicious, but Vig believes in them, only gaining a small amount of doubt when he sees the man who was going to try to sway them back to crimedom with one of them.

One of his the men, Pete, separates from the rest and Vig decides to follow him. Along the way they find a posse after, well, Pete. Vig explains that he had been following him, and that Pete couldn’t be the man they were after. However they just thought he was covering for him. Now he knows it’s a frame up. Next time he finds one of the phonies at work he doesn’t hesitate. But this one was the real McCoy! Vig takes off with the man, saying he’s going to jail, but the people around think he is aiding and abetting.

Well, during the ride the man gave Vig the low-down, that they were being hired to pretend to rob and steal like they used to, and there was going to be a movie made. The films were being used to train the fakes. (The place the real member was robbing belonged to the man who hired him, so it doesn’t count as a real crime)

Dc Comics · Golden Age

1954, Jan

Detective Comics 203

Batman

This is an earth-one tale, as earth-two Selina Kyle never returned to crime. Anywho, a newspaper decides to run a series about some of Batman’s greatest achievements; including one on Catwoman. To Selina Kyle, currently running a pet store in Gotham, this seemed like egotistical boasting, even though Batman had nothing to do with their running the story. That alone probably would not have tipped her hand, but two crooks came in just as she finished the story, and gave her a ribbing. Again, she’s tough, she can take some teasing, but before she could refute or fight back Batman and Robin ‘saved’ her, doubtlessly putting another blow on her pride.

He had come to tell her he had nothing to do with the story, but as she strokes one of the cats in the shop she looks especially catlike. As the duo drive home Batman worries that she is missing the excitement, the danger, and indeed in the very next panel Selina dons the iconic purple dress and green cape again. That night she pulls a daring crime, ‘cat’apulting onto a mail helicopter and trussing the pilot in her cat o nine tails. Batman, while watching over the city, sees the helicopter land somewhere it was not due, and drops down to see what’s going on.

Batman sees Selina and calls out to her to surrender, but she flees, correcting his use of her name to Catwoman. The next day the papers are full of her return, and the underworld once more respects and fears her. Commissioner Gordon asks if Batman would rather stay off the case, as he had once tried to make her go straight, but he refused. ( I adore Batcat, oh god I just stopped reading for an hour to go through the tag, oh shit these two are gonna kill me) Batman goes to investigate a possible crime at a circus and sends Robin to another potential target.

At the circus he hears what sounds like cats at the top of the tent and headed up to find the canopy filled with catbirds, to lead a false trail. Catwoman is really below, feeding gas into the tent that makes people sleep while she and her men steal the days take. Drowsy though he was Batman swung down from the tent top and locks the safe while hitting the alarm. He then succumbs to the gas. Her crony wants to kill Batman, but she says she couldn’t bear to have him die and instead they take him prisoner. She tells him that next she is going after the target Robin was to secure, a collection of cat’s eye gems.

While she leaves him alone Batman begins a plan to free himself. As he knew he would be dealing with Catwoman he had filled a pouch in his belt with catnip, and by holding his bound hands in front of that the cats themselves wore away his ropes. He then calls Robin, and warns him. Robin brings around the batmobile and they head for the yacht of the collector. not worried, as he believes his gems safe out on the water with the Bat on his way the owner of the boat starts fishing, which Selina says she will use to get aboard. Okay, she just made a giant catfish dummy and hid as he pulled her in.

Just then the duo leap from the bridge onto the ship. By lifting the anchor and forcing Batman and Robin to bring the ship under control she gains time to escape, though with no loot. Later they find the wreck of her boat, and are left to wonder if she perished, or truly escaped. (spoiler she escaped)

Roy Raymond Tv Detective

Audition time again, and our story is introduced with a man who claims to be fireproof. To prove this he stars a fire with a large magnifying glass and then replacing the burning log with his arm. After long minutes he is still unaffected, as are his clothes I might point out. Next the man prepares a tub of boiling oil, and dives on in. Startled Roy asks the man how this came to be and the man explains.

The fireproof man used to work in Vaudeville, but his fame turned, as happens and soon he was on the down and outs. A scientist who had seen his act and was a fan came up to him with a serum he had devised, and both planned to gain fame via Roy’s show. Roy feared it would spook the audience however, and truly he didn’t believe. Later he took a closer look at the gear the man had used. The magnifying glass had a filter that could be removed or placed via a button, and the boiling effect on the oil had been caused by dry ice.

Just then a man rushed in to tell Roy and Karen that the Fireproof man’s scientist had built a bonfire and the man was going to walk into it. Fearing that the scientist had tricked the Fireproof man into believing he was just that, Roy sped to the scene. They saw a figure walk into the flames, and when the fire died there was no trace. Here Roy knew something was wrong. No matter how hot the flame there would have been some sign. So he gives the police a picture of the man and has them start a drag net. Soon he is found and brought in to the station. Roy opens his bag to find a large amount of money stolen from he man’s work, and the man goes to jail.

Golden Age · Marvel

1954, Jan

Girls’ Life 1

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

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

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

Golden Age · Marvel

1954, Jan

Kid Colt Outlaw 33

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

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

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

2

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

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

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

Black Rider

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

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

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

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

Kid Colt

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

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

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

Dc Comics · Golden Age

1954, Jan

Strange Adventures 40

Huh? okay this must be set before last issue as Adam’s scientist friend is alive again. They are on the roof messing with a telescope when they see the police arriving. They tell the hero and the professor that a criminal has come this way, and while they have Captain Comet there they decide to tell him about the confusing case.

A woman walked up to a man secretly transporting 250,000 in bonds and he was paralyzed and the woman took the briefcase and walked away. Apparently the man is only now becoming able to move again. Comet seems to think there is a connection between the woman and a nova that had just occurred. So he goes to look over the exploding star again. While there he sees a spider bathed in he radiation of the nova. When he turns his back we see the Spider become the woman.

Later he comes across the woman as she is fleeing from another theft of hers. She attempts to paralyze Comet as she had done with the bank man, but he is no normal human and is able to fight through it. He follows her to his friends house, but the only thing in the room is a spider. By pure instinct he knows it isn’t a normal spider and watches as it changes from spider to lizard to woman to a floating brain. She tells him her tale, of how she had been just a normal spider, but the radiation of the nova- heightened by the professor’s machine- had changed her.

While she had been talking Comet was under the ray that had changed her, and he too changed into a brain. She wants to rule the world with him. They will themselves back to human form, and he tells her he would like her better in prettier clothes and so sends her out to shop while he configures the machine to reverse the process. When she returns she is changed back into her true form.

Dc Comics · Golden Age

1954 Jan

Superboy 30

A giant turtle decides the Mayor’s back tire would be a good snack, delaying his departure to work. Superboy sees the man’s dilemma and comes to help. He comes by and promises to bring the turtle back to the man who bred it, and school teacher named Willis. Willis is saddened by the fact that no one in Smallville is pleased with his growth serum, and have plans to move out of town.

We jump forward two years and Willis and his wife perish just after he has perfected his serum, leaving their child alone on the island they had moved to. Hungry and unwatched the babe drinks the serum. Eventually the child sees a city on he main land and strides across the ocean to it. When Superboy hears of the boy playing with a ship in the bay he rushes over, seeing the airforce, waiting for an opening, once the ship is safe. Superboy has another plan though and he has the giant let go of the boat in favor of a spinning (and empty) ferris wheel, he then deflects the attacks, asking to be let to take care of the situation himself.

Superboy makes a giant mirror and leads the child further into the mainland, to a place he can make into a play pen for the boy. As they pass the boy accidentily destroy’s the mayor’s barn, and angry he rounds up a posse to take out the giant. Meanwhile Clark traps the child in a canyon and heads out to find Willis, who he thinks must be behind this. Finding the parents dead and the notes destroyed Superboy drinks the serum to learn it’s full effects. The posse begins to blow the barrier he had put up to keep the child inside. It scares the poor boy, who goes running into Smallville.

He calms with the cool new sights and picks up a house and a train, with some people. Just then Superboy, as large as the child, flys in and lands next to him. Happily he gives his toys to Superboy, just as a normal child will hand you random objects. The posse is heading home when they find a small child in the hills and the mayor decides to adopt it, not knowing it was the giant he tried to kill not an hour before. Also we see that there is a giant Superboy robot. Then he comes home and tells his parents the story.

2

Clark is minding the store one day when a man, in a huge hurry comes in and calls Clark Superboy, and says he needs him to follow him. Clark protests being called Superboy, especially since Lana is right there, and the man pulls out a photo of Clark changing into the hero. He is told that a classmate of his took the photo, and was no in danger. Clark said he’d come with, as Henry was his classmate and he didn’t want him in danger from the ‘trick’ photograph. Lana of course comes with. Apparently Henry had taken another man’s photo, and he had broken in to steal it back, and had gotten the one of Clark instead.

Clark manages to have Lana leave, by making a fire alarm go off in a store as they passed, and asking her to call the police, so he is able to speak freely with Henry. Clark is able to cast doubt upon the picture of him changing identities, by suggesting that Henry had accidentally double exposed the film, by accident, and as the shot was taken in the dark Henry hadn’t seen the change himself. Still he said he wanted to help and asked Henry to show him the photo the man had meant to steal.

Before it could be shown though, a gang of crook came in and held them at gunpoint. Inhaling sharply Clark caused a downdraft in the chimney, and filled the room with smoke so he could run the crooks into each other and knock them out. They question the men when they wake and find it is a third man who hired them. But the picture showed nothing out of the ordinary. Clark offered to hold on to it, as the man was sure to think he was Superboy, and fear taking it.

Instead he came in, to blackmail Clark, as our hero had hoped. But Lana, who came into the store just then, stole the photo, and fled. Lana headed to a train, and Superboy secretly hindered the man by busting a pipe before him. The man calls into someone else and he plans to unhook the car Lana is on. Clark leeches the power from the train via the third rail and makes it stop before it reaches where a man waits. Lana explains her tale, and he police get called in and they find he man in the photo is supposed to be dead, and some of his men had even gotten insurance money from his ‘death’.

All those who gained from the death were brought in, and they broke quickly, letting the police know where the ‘dead’ man was. Superboy flew to the location, having been listening to everything as it occurred and burned up the negative with his x-ray vision.

3

We star by seeing a newspaper, proudly proclaiming Superboy’s victory against a group of criminals the day before, and mentions he had saved a classmate of Clark’s. Well the boy, Tommy Tuttle had his own things to say- namely that he had helped Superboy, and he begins his tale. Here the narration and the actual panels differ greatly, mostly just to make Tommy seem braver.. He and Clark had been walking together, and Clark sees a crime taking place leaves to ‘get the police’. Before Superboy can arrive the crooks come down and capture Tuttle as a hostage.

Clark saved the boy by lifting a bridge as the criminals reached it, causing them to leave the car. Superboy finds a layout for the crime on one of the men and concludes that it had been made by the Crime Professor, a man who used his great intelligence to form and sell crimes to lesser men. The next day Tuttle got involved in the case again, when he happens to check out a book from the library that I’m guessing something was hidden inside, else-wise why would they capture a little kid?

They take Tommy with them on their job, and once more Superboy showed up and saved him. Having been listening to this tale Superboy also thought there was something odd about the second gang grabbing Tuttle, and went to look for the book. Not finding it outside he rushes through the library and finds it there, and then confronts the librarian, who is evidently the Crime Prof, and he had hidden the plan in the book.

Dc Comics · Golden Age

1954, Jan

Marvel Family 89

Last Issue. Next time we see any characters of earth-s will be in the 70s, which won’t be for a long while. It is a real shame, since I adore the Marvel family, but we must look forward to what we will be getting soon, and currently have, instead of what we are losing.

1

Billy is deep under the sea, bringing his viewers images of the reefs of the Caribbean sea. He watches as a professor goes down in a suit, and finds a temple with an inscription warning people not to enter. Naturally he ignores this, and as he moves to leave with a vase like thing the arm of a giant statue begins to fall upon him. Billy sees and so do his sister and best friend, up on the ship. They call out their words and race down to help. The temple collapses while Mary Marvel and Jr save the prof. They also manage to bring out the vase, upon which is another warning, saying that should it be opened the dark curse would strike them all.

To look for any traps the thing is x-rayed, and the kids return to the deck. They come up with nothing but then the man who retrieved the item fell over board, as he had been struck blind. Later Cap had to save him from falling boxes. Scared of the curse the man’s partner refused to be the one to present the urn on tv to a museum, So Cap offers to do so. But terror strikes during the presentation, when a model of a whale starts to fall on the crowd. But the show goes on, and they find the urn is full of jewels. Happy the professor says he’ll donate them to the museum, and that it was worth loosing his sight.

But, they were only glass. There was another message on the bottom however, saying that the curse would only keep away the ignorant, and those brave enough to open the vase were welcome to their treasure. Cap then announces that the partner was really responsible for the accidents and blindness, as he was the one who x-rayed the urn, and so  knew what was inside, and that he had switched the jewels for fakes while the Marvels were busy with the whale. He tries to flee, even setting a fire in the museum, but he is easily caught by our heroes and sent to jail.

2

We open with Professor Edgewise who is working on some new theory. He said he’d be home for Supper, but when the time comes he is no where to be found. So the kids go  looking for him. But when they are supposed to meet up, Mary is now gone as well. Figuring something is up the boys transform and preform a more thorough search. However they find nothing, and when they return home, they find only Mrs Wagner remains. They report to the police and then find even their landlady to be gone. Jr changes back into Freddy in order to be bait for who or whatever is making their housemates vanish, while Cap hides.

Soon there is a figure standing over Freddy, but it isn’t a foe, only Professor Edgewise, returned safe and hale. He explained he had forgotten where he lived. Freddy says that explains the ever forgetful professor, but not the others. Just then in walk Mary, Leroy, and all the rest. They say they too forgot where they lived and Edgewise says his memory spray had broken, and instead of helping people’s memories, it wiped them. Cap wonders why it didn’t get Freddy and Billy, but dismisses it. They follow their cop housemate on his rounds and Billy and Freddy change to fight some crooks, but Mary doesn’t. She says after all, there are only two, she is hardly needed.

They ask her to return the stolen wares, but they are later told it was never received. Billy speculates that maybe Mary is still being affected by the memory potion and forgot about it. So he and Freddy go to get the jewels from her room and when Mary comes in they try to comfort her that they know the truth, but saying this makes her attack them.

She fails to kill them and then jumps out a window. Jr saves her, bemoaning that the potion must have snapped her mind. Billy cries over his sister’s fate. Sadly they bring her to a mental hospital, only for her to break out. Noticing that none of his housemates are eating, and when a cigarette burns down to Red’s fingers he doesn’t feel the burn Billy becomes suspicious. Sneaking back with Freddy he sees them all drinking oil and fixing up their gears as they are really robots! He turns to Freddy, and notices that his friend doesn’t have his crutch. When he points this out the fake lashes out.

Knocked out and tied up Billy is helpless as they gather all the money in the house and bring it and the prone boy to their master. When he first arrives Billy thinks it is the real Edgewise who is the villain, but he is only being used for his lifelike robots by an evil janitor. He plans to slowly replace many rich people, and leech their earning to himself. They transfer Billy’s memories to the robot of him and then the fake swings an axe at our boy!

But Edgewise has ‘forgotten’ to screw in the arms correctly, giving Billy time to free himself while he fixes him. When the robot returns to kill Billy he finds Earth’s Mightiest Mortal instead. But threatened with the killing of his housemates, Cap flees. He returns as Billy to try to free them, but is captured. Just before the fiend can shoot the bound and gagged prisoners the Kids charge him, untransformed. They make it past them and dive into a river, making the janitor think them dead, but they freed their mouths and came back in fighting form.

They destroy the bots, but their master escapes. When he tries to capture Edgewise again, the three are ready, and take the man in.

Dc Comics · Golden Age

1954, Jan

Superman 86

Clark, Lois, and Perry are in London, about to open a new branch there, and the older man is scoffing at a tale in another paper about a dragon. He says they would never publish a false tale like that, and Clark pipes up about, what if it’s not fake? He is laughed at and told if he ever brings in a story about a dragon he would be fired on the spot. The real story, according to Perry is a jousting tournament, put on by the descendants of famous knights.

Because all the details remain the same among-st the witnesses, Clark wants to investigate the dragon tale, but worries that his co-workers might wonder why Superman was in England. Clark hears some of the knights saying that they want to seek out the dragon as well, and so he challenges one of the knights, and of course wins. This allows him to become one of their group, and he goes with them to search for the beast.

They soon find claw marks upon the ground, and the dragon appears. In order to protect the knights Clark steps forward and his armor is melted from his invulnerable body when it breathes flame on him. But stray flame burned one of his comrades and so he rushes him to a hospital after trapping the dragon with a large canyon around it. But when it rains the creature is able to swim across the gap and is free.

In his delirium the knight mutters about Superman’s identity and reveals it to Lois and Perry. Clark has no time to come up with a story, as he must go fight a dragon. While he does this task, sidetracked by putting out fires and the like, they write-up the story. The dragon breaks into a museum and perishes next to bones that look like itself. Superman says that it was a prehistoric beast and the added carbon dioxide caused the flaming breath and instinct made it want to die next to its kin.

He was able to clear up the reveal of his identity by stealing a wax figure of Clark they had made to fit his armor, so the real Clark wouldn’t have to stay there. Thinking Superman hid inside the wax figure, in order to help his friend, his identity was safe.

2

Perry White wakes from a nightmare to Superman fighting, well is it really fighting when Superman is going after regular crooks? I don’t think so.. So I guess I’ll saw he was swooping down to catch them and being shot at. So he runs to the office to write-up the story, just as Clark dons his less colorful suit and does the same. To their shock they find Jimmy Olsen, (eeeeeeeee! Jimmy has been around, but this is his first month as a named character, and I am super excited) the cub reporter of the Daily Planet is now the editor. Lois explains that it’s just for a day, as it’s boy’s day when all the jobs are given to kids so they can learn how they are.

Clark types up the Superman story for Perry and then the two are called in to the editor’s office by Jimmy. As the town is pretty quiet right then Jimmy suggests that the two look into an old unsolved case that took place exactly seven years ago. As the statute of limitations would end tomorrow, Jimmy wanted them to solve it by then. He gives Clark the photos of the crime, and tells him to run the plates. Lois was in charge of the only witness and Perry was to look in the jewelry stores to see if  the stolen goods had been sold.

I think it was a tad silly that he switches to Superman to check on the plates, but I suppose he could just say Clark asked him to. He finds that one of the cars at the scene belonged to a criminal known as Snipe. Lois meanwhile has located the witness siting at the same table in a bar with Snipe! Blinded by anger and a need for justice she tells him that he is nothing but a crook and she bets his testimony was fake. But, she doesn’t have the strength or training to resist when they capture her. (Lois Lane, Karate Champ. I want it.) Still she does have a super (boy)friend, and he spots her as the crooks are about to throw her-bound and gagged- into the sea.

He saves Lois and gets the story confirmed that the ‘witness’ was a member of the gang, as was Snipe. The jewels had yet to be recovered though, so Superman headed out to see if Perry found anything. The usual editor was tired, and sore, and he’d been looking at the photos of the gems for so long he knew them each by heart. And so when one of them was right under his nose he knew it at once and headed out to the paper. The owner of the store where Perry found the jewel was run by a member of the gang though, and when Perry arrived to tell Jimmy what he had learned, they were both held at gunpoint.

He didn’t want to kill them, just hold them til the statute of limitations expired. Superman located his friends and, seeing their predicament blew Chloroform through the air system and put them to sleep. When they awoke they found themselves handcuffed and being brought to jail by boy police officers.

3

It was a normal day at the Planet, with Lois printing a story praising the man of steel, with Perry’s approval. The next day though things started going wrong. It started small, with a picture being changed into something ridiculous. Then Perry went to investigate the type machine which was spitting out sardine cans. When he exclaimed in shock the thing spoke! “Someone – Please- Get Superman at Once!” he calls and so Clark sheds his over clothes and asks his help. Before Superman can speak a voice comes from thin air, and says Superman is too stupid to explain anything.

Mr. Mxyzptlk appears and tells Perry he will continue to give the Planet a hard time til they retract the lie that Superman is the greatest person to have ever lived. He was, and he wanted that in print. Perry says he’ll think on it, and then begs Supes to get the imp to go home. Forming a plan Superman challenges Mxy to do better than him in  a series of tests. Superman smashed a rock, and Mxy changes another into rockcandy.  Superman collects an entire crop of grapes, and Mxy changes them to grapefruits, which cost more. Superman then unearths an old temple, claiming only he could possibly read the runes upon it. He ‘translates’ the first word and almost gets Mxy to say the second, but he catches himself in time.

Returning to the Planet Perry flatly refuses Mxy, and he leaves, saying he’s gonna put out his own paper and out sell the Planet. Perry tries not to worry, though he should, as Mxy has access to the fourth dimension, and  is able to print news from the next day. Crimes are stopped before they happen, stock is bought at great profit, and weather is watched with greater knowledge. But as many good things as it did, it did just as many bad. Knowing this has to stop Superman gathers up a bunch of goose feathers (?) and then changes the feed of future news to the printer.

Next Paper he puts out says that Mxy is going to become a laughing-stock, and when he leaves his office he sees everyone is indeed laughing at him. After circling the globe to find the same results everywhere he leaves. Superman explains to his friends that he used super speed to tickle everyone as Mxy came near them.

Dc Comics · Golden Age

1954, Jan

Tomahawk 21

The villain of this piece is a man who seems to have some amount of power over a nearby tribe, and uses it for ill. The tribe has been praying for a wrathful spirit to destroy the man, and while the men laugh and mock this, the news that Tomahawk is coming is met with more fear by them. The leader thinks that even should the Natives tell Tom of their mistreatment, he could find no proof as he plans to treat them well while he is there. Now we jump to Tom and Dan, who are told of the upcoming arrival of the wrathful spirit, and a few other things, such as the lack of rain and the cruelty of the colonel.

As night falls a glowing being rides up on a glowing horse and shoots an arrow at Tom, or maybe just past him since I know not the skill of the archer. Tom tells the others to hide and he and his friend run after the specter. However fast they run though, the distance between them and their quarry remains the same. When Tom throws his knife it passes through the figure, and it turns to mock him, and then fades from view. Tom is now outside of the fort ran by the cruel colonel. As they contemplate things the colonel comes running from his cabin, yelling about a ghost. He complains that he had been shot with and arrow, and shows a small wound on his arm, and says the weapon has vanished.

Well they go to their cabin, and instead of going inside they wait, and soon men come, talking of killing Tom. Dan and his friend surprise their would be ambushers, but after the leader of the group is knocked down he pulls out a gun. But from behind Tom appeared  the spirit once more, and it shot an arrow again. Dan said the arrow was for Tom, but we can’t be sure as the panel is unclear. Tom however moves and it hits and kills the man with the gun instead. It flees, they follow, it disappears.

The colonel is frightened, as are his men, and all refuse to go with Tom when he investigates the trail in the morning. Dan and he soon find a phosphorus rock, and then a cave of it. They also find the figure they had followed, and discover it was made of woven reeds. As the glowing figure would catch all attention the actual fiend would be able to move it with a long stick or the like and not be seen. Tom voices his suspicion that the colonel is the man behind this ruse, and the wound he had received was from when Tom threw his knife at the reed figure.

Then they hear voices, and the men of the fort approach. The colonel cries for them to slay Tom and Dan, and that none would know it wasn’t the spirit. But it wasn’t the real ones they shot at, but they reeds re-woven to look like our boys in the dark. The men fled in fear, and together they took down the rotten commander. Taking the tale to those higher in command, the man is imprisoned, and the story ends.

2

Tom is reporting to a mayor of a frontier town, letting him know a tribe of hostile natives have changed direction as so the town is safe. There is quite a commotion in town that catches the eye of the frontiersman. The smith, Jamie Bean, had just invented a machine that moved forward powered by steam. The wagon also had a dream powered cannon upon it, but he let the pressure get too high, and the thing exploded.

Tom and Dan help the man back to his shop, while the townsfolk whisper harsh words about him. Can’t exactly blame the folks as it seems he has caused many accidents, and put himself and other in danger many times. Later that day he is told that they twin will forgwt everything if Jamie will just not invent things ever again, but he refuses, saying he’ll move to another town.

Tom and Dan leave before Jamie, but the soon hear his wagon, and they head back to warn him he is heading toward the hostile tribe. It is too late however and even as they speak they are being watched. They were able to scare off their attackers when the fifht began, by using the cannon on the wagon to scare them off. Dan and his friend must head out to warn a nearby fort, and for some reason Jaime just plans to stay where he is. In till he bemoans the fact that if he had another boiler he could take them up river faster. So Tom takes out some pota and with some of the scrap Jamie had brought with him turned it into a sort of boiler. Then they change the wagon into a rough raft, and viola thw first steamboat.

When they arrive at their destination however they find that the fort had been taken by the natives. Aiming to take it back Tom builds a stockade around the wagon, making a sort of tank. Knowing the doors to the fort were too strong to run down Tom heats the fire in the modified pots so the pressure built and it blew, opening the fort to them. The fort was soon recaptured and Jamie moved in, well he built a home just outside for the safety of the people. He planned to invent a safety valve, as the boilers were too dangerous for regular use.

3

Tom is speaking with a man who had just inherited a section of forest, and now he wants to clear it and open it for settlers. He has asks Tom there to guide a survey crew. We should note the man has a cane, as the tile of this is “The Man with a Cane” As a precaution the man sends gifts to be given to any natives they encounter. It seems to work as they pass by very quickly after giving the men the boxes. That night though Tom notes that they are being followed, and by the footprints the followers belong to the tribe of Tall Man, who is a known troublemaker.

The next day they are shot at, and once again it is one of Tall Man’s braves. Tom deduces that the chief wants to be on the warpath with them. They start to look for the brave and when they find him Tom hits the rifle in his hand to the ground with his tomahawk. He lets the man flee as he looks over the weapon, which still had packing oil on it. This means that the weapon had just arrived. Tom said he was gonna follow the native that fled and sent Dan to warn the others. Arriving back Dan noes many crates are missing and as he is about to investigate gets knocked out by people clearly wearing tricorner hats. The two then carry Dan into the woods.

Apparently having failed to find the man who shot at them Tom returns back and can’t find his young  friend. He asks the men if they have seen Dan, and notices what Dan had, and checks the bottom crates, finding more guns. He sees the markings of a cane, and figures that Dan had noticed the fact they were smuggling weapons and had the man who hired them had taken Dan. While talking to the men about the cane-marks something strikes him and he suddenly says that Dan is being held prisoner at Tall Man’s village. He hurries to the village and frees Dan, who confirms the man with the cane was behind the smuggling.

Then there is a fierce battle as Dan and Tom fight their way out suddenly joined by the tribes nearby who are friends with our frontier’s man. Naturally our side wins and Tom points out that they real man with the cane truly was good, and probably was the man who they met with before they began, and the smuggler was his twin, who had taken his place in order to stop the project and keep the land and money going into the project form himself. He figured out by the fact the twin put little weight on the cane, and so left small impressions.