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1954, Jan

Wonder Woman 63

We begin in a police station where some egotistical ass has called to alert the police to his impending crime. But unlike a cool phantom thief the dude just walks out of the bank he just robbed and happily laughs as the bullets bounce off him. He drops a gas grenade and walks away from the stunned officers of the law. Days later Steve thinks that such a thing is impossible and is conversing with Diana when suddenly the man- who calls himself the human tank- runs out before him with his new illegal gains. Steve of course tries to shoot him. Diana dashes to an alley and changes clothing, but she is unable to stop the Human Tank as she is to busy making sure the ricocheting bullets don’t hit the civilians.

He takes a car and drives off, Wonder Woman chasing him. But her lasso does as much good as the bullets had, bouncing off of him. (That’s not how lassos work…) Instead she ends up leaping on the car and lifting the man over her head with one hand and taking him to jail.

He’s not there for long however. That night he literally punches his way through the prison walls with the help of his toughened skin. She knows she must somehow weaken him before she can capture him for good. When she sees some sand blasters at work she gets an idea. The next time she is notified of his whereabouts she is ready for him. She steals back his loot with her lasso, and so the man chases her. She runs into a carnival, and then it’s fun house, still being chased by the criminal. The tunnel he follows her into shoots jets of pressurized air at them, and though they quickly fell the Amazon, the Tank seems unaffected. Gritting her teeth Wonder Woman holds on, waiting until the Tank cries out as the chemicals on his skin wear away.

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Diana wakes one day, and looking out the window is shocked to find herself in San Fran, not New York. She went to be in her own apartment the night before and now she is at the other end of the country. She changes into Wonder Woman and calls her plane, noting by how quickly it arrives that it was also in San Francisco. She decides to fly back to NY and follow her footsteps to find out she had ended up in California. But as she flys back she finds that 3000 miles later she’s in San Fran again. Intrigued she returns to the apartment where she woke, and there was a man there, who asked her how her trip had been and told her he was the one who made her come out this way.

He shows her how he had projected images into her mind, and changed what she saw so when she woke she thought she was in San Fran, when really she was in NY. He explains that he has this ability due to the alien race that was using him to spy on Earth before invading, and he called her to help prevent it. Once she leaves to stop the invasion the man reveals he is really the Duke of Deception.

Wonder Woman finds and destroys fake space ships, and uses her radar to hopefully hide the real ones. She is directed into a cloud, but she finds none. The friction of her flight causes the cloud to rain, and it was radioactive. Flying in front of the drops she causes a draft to sweep the deadly water with her, she then goes higher so it freezes and turns into a ball of snow. When she finally sees the real invaders (the duke and his men) she lassos the snowball and throws it at them, therefore removing the threat with their own weapon.

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There is a picture of Wonder Woman in a history book, not too abnormal, except for this painting was done more than four hundred years ago. She says she is going to clear up the mystery by going to the past, which I think clears it up pretty well, but I guess she wants the full story. So she goes to see Paula and is sent back to when the portrait was done, Steve jumping in right after. Though it was a very small amount of time in 1954 Paula worries the time machine will have sent him to vastly different era.

Wonder Woman appears near a castle and decides to ask the people there for answers, only for them to try to kill her as she approaches, mistaking her for another. She is moments from taking them all down when an unseen enemy hits her from behind. She manages to remain standing, though her vision goes black. When she recovers she finds herself alone, though not for long as another group of knights come up to her. They call her Queen Niada and say how worried they had been.

They explain that they must hurry as her uncle is about to crowned, so she turns and runs back to the castle planning to continue the ruse until she could find the real queen. She shows up in the throne room, and is all like ‘uncle you look as though you’ve seen a ghost’ a picture is painted of her return and a feast is held. During the feast the amazon faints and her ‘uncle’ takes her to her room and calls a physician. Then the two throw her out a window.

She manages to wake during the fall and punch a way into the castle via the moat where she landed. She happens to come through in a dungeon where the real queen, and Steve were being held. WW breaks down the door and takes them both with her. The Prince’s men try to stop them, but she easily defeats them and then the two time travelers go home.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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1953 Dec

Batman 80

I don’t know where we left the Joker, but he opens the issue by robbing a circus train. But wait, oddly- even for him- he is filming it. The Joker has started a movie company to get himself publicity, and to show criminals how to pull crimes he devises. I see a problem with this already. If he produces these movies won’t the police know how to guard against these?

Bruce and Dick hear about the odd crime very soon, as they are always on the look out for the clown. They get called to a museum where the Joker is filming another movie. The Bat is able to capture some of the crew with the use of some fake mummy bandages and his batarang, the Joker however made it away.

The Joker decides to take in a film and in a really crappy disguise he goes to see “The Return of Batman and Robin”. He is infuriated at the depiction of himself, or at least, of how Batman and Robin trounce him in the film. So he undertakes a new task, to film how to deal with Batman and his sidekick. Because of the captured crew members the crimefighters know what the Joker has been doing, but they refused to give up where he was. But they disnt have to find the Joker, for he found them.

In this battle it was the clown who came off better for sure. Somehow they managed to switch the utility belts to be filled with useless artifacts and even blew up the batmobile! A few nights later the Joker goes to a swank city party, and naturally it isn’t long before Bruce shows up to take hins down. But the Joker has many hostages, and so our heroes are helpless. He has them dance as he shoots the floor, and once again escapes. Now Bruce and Dick are quite discouraged, and the older is brooding upon it. And so it continues… Again and again Bruce and Dick find themselves out smarted by the wily criminal.

But wait, it seems as though Bruce had discovered the hideout long before, and waited to capture him until the list of people who were to receive the film was written, so he could go after them all. Then he makes a point of saying he only pretended to fall for everything the Joker pulled, but I think that unlikely. Evil, sometimes silly, insane, though he may be that man is a genius.

2

Batman is heading out of town for a murder trial, and he wants to get the mansion repainted while he is gone. Dick asks where he is supposed to stay, and how he’ll be active as Robin, since the entrance to the batcave will be unaccessible. But of course Batman has a solution. Dick is to stay at a friend of Bruce’s, who is currently out of the country. It is near enough so that Robin can use one of the other exits to the cave.

When he arrives though he finds the cabin to be, well, creepy. While resting in the house he begins to read a horror novel, as it is the only reading material around. The next day a woman he has never seen before calls him over and hands him an envelop full of money,  telling him he knows what to do with it. He hurries back to the cabin, where he narrowly dodges a knife thrown at him. He sees a face through the window, but when he turns to face it, it has gone, and so has the money.

So he goes to the police to explain what has been going on. But the other men there knew exactly what he was going to say, and blamed it on the stuff he’s been reading and where he was staying making his mind play tricks on him. He leaves, indignantly telling them all he’s going to tell Robin. So the signal is flashed and Robin goes to see the commissioner, who tells Robin not to bother with Dick’s story. So Dick goes home, well to the cabin, and there he sees a light on in the neighboring warehouse. He goes to investigate and finds a devil, a witch, and other such people stealing the art stored there. They pull off their masks and laugh at Dick, telling him how his story will never be believed, after the tricks they had pulled on him.

But, he is not just a boy, but the Boy Wonder. So he goes home, changes costume and hurries back to fight crime. He is dropped through a trapdoor, where they begin to pump gas. Identifying the type of gas with his training he lights it on fire before it reaches him. Sneaking out of the trap he decides to reverse the trick and pull on over on the crooks. So he lets one of the men see him. They cry out, and Robin vanishes. When they others turn away he knocks out that one. And so he takes out the entire gang, and delivers them to the police.

3

A bank robbery, preformed by a giant machine has Batman and Robin summoned to downtown Gotham. Thinking it was being controlled from within Batman tries to flood it with tear gas, but as it grabs for Robin they have to flee to the Batmobile. Even the awesome car has to dodge from the thing as it tries to bore into it. Having forced the dark knight to retreat the machine then digs into the ground and vanishes.

As it says in comic- this is only the beginning, and soon many more such crimes are accomplished. One failure- or even several- is not enough to stop our boys though. When they are following one of the machines and it’s loot back to base we catch our first look at the criminals behind this. They are aware that Batman is following, and unperturbed by this, saying that when he gets near their secret island they will turn on the electrical disrupted and crash the batplane.

The crash doesn’t kill our heroes, and they must swim to the nearest land- which happens o be the base of the crooks. Batman also knows the man who owns the island (Golar) has the skill to make the machines that had been terrorizing the city. Before they are on dry land the two are scooped out of the sea by fishing nets, held by machines, and then dumped in a tank of water. Knowing how likely it was that they could escape the boss sent two men to knock them off.

It was a smart move, but too late. When the gangsters got there the dynamic duo were already free. Of course the two crooks are no match for a bat and bird, but one of the machines evens the playing field, trapping them in giant claws. They were then placed in a holding cell with Golar. (Why didn’t they kill them?) He explains how the criminals, on the run from the law had set upon the island, and the scientist had happily shown him what he had accomplished, as he was very proud of his work. Seeing new uses for the machines their creator had never intended, Golar was captured, and the crimes began.

There was a small window above the door where they were locked, and since it was a crossbar lock Batman was (after many tries) lift the bar with his batrope, and free them. They took out the men, and doused the machine that came after them with water, causing it to short out. Then all that was left was the boss. He tried to escape on a rocket thing, but Batman was on it as well, and good thing too, as the controls had been destroyed, and it was only by maneuvering with the air current both lived.

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1953 Nov

Superman 85

Clark was off dealing with a cut cable in the ocean, (I think the phone lines go through those?) and a building began to fall in Metropolis. Since Superman is away you would think that a bunch of people would die right? But they are saved by the most unlikely of heroes, not someone from the JSA or any other DC hero, but the notorious Lex Luthor. He steps out of his rocket and announces that he has had a brain surgery to remove his criminal tenancies and now wants to make up for all the evil he has done. And it seemed to be true. Luthor was saving people left and right, and even capturing wrongdoers himself.

Superman doesn’t believe it for a second. He wonders just how the genius is able to get to all the disasters he does, and decides to follow him. Lex erects some dykes around a dam and tells the people it is bound to collapse, he would take their valuables with him, so they could focus on saving themselves. Clark tells Lex there is nothing wrong with the dam, but as he speaks, the dam breaks. His first thought is that he must apologize. But then he sees traces of TNT on the dam as he repairs it. Clark catches up to him when he is creating an earthquake with a giant drill. He stops the disaster and then goes after Luthor, who had used the promise of a quake to ‘protect’ a collection of jewels. Superman brings them in, tells the evidence and the world is back to normal.

2

The Publisher of the planet has stepped away for a time, leaving his sister in his place. She has some very different ideas about what a newspaper should be however. She thinks it should be more dignified, stately. She even orders a change of dress and speech in the members of the staff. Lois is really funny about it, hard headed and brash as she can be.

Clark catches her use an odd term of Speech and looks into her past. He finds out the new publisher had once run away to join the circus, though her family had hushed it up. He figures she is extra prim to make up for her past escapade.

A swindler turns up and, using flattery, gets the publisher to run a feature promoting donations to raise a ship. Superman knows the man plans to just take the money himself so he raises the ship himself, and takes away the need for donations. But the swindler isn’t one to give up easily. He comes up with another ‘worthy cause’ for the public to fund. Superman does that too, and informs the man he will do any worthy cause he can think up.

He pulls aside his friend to talk up a new plan, but the way Superman has arranged the room they were in made it so their words were brought straight to the ears of his new boss. Pissed off the woman takes to the decorations around them and trounces the men with a cry of “Hey Rube”. Finding out from the next days papers that she as being hailed as a hero and not looked down upon she swiftly changes the Planet back to normal.

3

We open upon a man who has achieved his dream of getting a professorship at a prodigious school. Feeling successful, he asks his girlfriend to marry him. She tells him that while she likes him he is too meek, especially compared to Superman. After that every mention of the Kryptonian brings the poor professor anger. So he decides to become as strong as Superman. He announces his powers to his students, and when he is not believed he pulls up a tree and then flys home. It isn’t long before the Planet gets a hold of this news and Clark goes out to investigate.

He finds that the man truly is powerful, stronger in fake than he. But he suspects a gadget as his clothes were lined with lead to keep Superman from looking under them. His lab too is lead lined, but by diving underneath he is able to see through the floor and get the answers he needs. The powers he had gained were due to the fact it was a robot doing the feats. Of course a normal robot would not be as strong as Clark, but there is kryptonite in the thing’s alloy. (Where did he manage to get that?) Clark might even let the farce go on, if it wasn’t for the fact the prof didn’t have the control he needed for such power.

And so Clark undertook the task of making it seem like the real prof had the powers of a kryptonian. Believing it almost at once he destroys he robot, not wanting any evidence he once used it. He went to take his girl out, and slightly scares her by using powers he didn’t mean to (because it was Clark). She tells him it is too frightening to be out with him and she wished he were his normal self once more. Since he believed he had gained his powers by thinking he had them, he was able to “imagine” them away. The story ends with a wedding.

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1953 Nov

Detective Comics 201

Batman

A man’s life has been threatened, and he is warned not to publicly tour Gotham. The man is frightened, but feels as though he must go through with his tour, or be branded a coward. But a solution is given to him in the form of a man who would be his body double. (Not the human target introduced in the 70s) Batman looks into it and sees he has no criminal record, and an obvious reason as to why he needs the money, for his daughter requires expensive surgery. The tour goes on and Batman and Robin take in some attempted assassins. When a killer breaks free a few days later the two head to protect the man that had given the final testimony on the killer. They find their possible victim has already been replaced with the human target.

Once more Batman and Robin are able to stop the murder, and bring the one responsible to jail. Then we see the target’s real face for the first time, and his sweet daughter, for whom he is risking his life almost daily. There is a montage next of a series of men he takes the place of, with narrow escapes each time. News begins to leak out about the man who’ll risk his life for yours and a criminal who had overstepped his bounds in his gang decides he’s going to use the target.

Having made the money he needed, the target heads home to celebrate with his child, Batman, and Robin. But that is not what happens next, his daughter has been kidnapped and he is forced into a role that could very well mean his life. Lucky for him our detective watches some surveillance that has the target on it, and as he did not have an allergic reaction to flowers (as the real gangster would have) Batman suspected it was him. They slip in to see the target an get confirmation on the situation. Then Batman takes the place of the gangster, and sends Robin to check likely hiding spots where the man’s daughter might be.

Batman heads to where the target was to meet with one of the gangsters men, but spots a trap at once. He ‘trips’ and renders the trap unusable in one simple motion. Meanwhile Robin has found the girl and the law has gathered up this branch of the gang. But Batman wants to get them all and goes back under cover. But his life quickly is in danger, and the target pays him back for all the times he was saved, by distracting them as ‘Batman’. It gives Bruce enough time to k.o. the bastards, and the target leaves with his daughter to get the operation she needs.

Roy Raymond, Tv Detective

This is Impossible but true, but they have renamed the feature. Worry not you will still see Roy on all his disbelieving glory.

Roy is going through frauds and features not interesting enough to have on the show, and finds nothing he can use. He heads out for lunch with Karen when a man speaks up from next to him. Not unusual, except for the fact the man could not be seen. He wasn’t hiding or anything, but actually invisible. The man goes about his day after letting Roy know about himself, and that’s that. Until the next morning when the invisible man is chilling in Roy’s house, handing him his hat and coat. He explains that he wasn’t always invisible, he was a scientist that had discovered a chemical to cause a person to vanish. But he didn’t have the funds to research a way to bring himself back to the visible spectrum.

He asked Roy to get him a loan from the bank, as he couldn’t do it himself legally, and he didn’t wish to steal. He told Roy that if he did not help, he would have no choice but to do so. Roy’s fame at seeing through frauds made it easy enough to get the money, but while they were driving Roy seemed to have figured something out, and told Karen to whisper. Soon they heard the voice again, but the man didn’t seem to notice that Roy had a group of cops with him, and a direction finder to seek the area of a transmission.

The explanation was a bit odd. Apparently all the movement had been done by magnets, and the man had coated Roy’s coat and hat with a light metal spray. The voice of course was from a tiny radio concealed in Roy’s watch. I really don’t think this would work in real life. Anyone want to Mythbust?

Robotman

A car crash, and a quick switch of a box in the mail truck and some crooks have stolen Robotman’s new body and have replaced it with one of their own making. Excited about his new body he changes at once, and soon has to go out to stop a crime. But the body doesn’t obey him as usual, and makes him rush into a fire. However this doesnt seem to be to harm him as water spouts automatically appear and put out the flames. His new form continues to make him quell the fires around him, makeing it so he has to let the crooks go. At the next crime this new body was programmed to pump out poison gas from the air instead of going after them. (Um I think he might have done those things anyway, I mean would he really leave a room luck of people in a room where they are breathing poison?) He tries to unwire the modifications, but it is too well done. He dare not go out for fear of what they may make him do, and it will take months for a new body to arrive. As he muses he is called into help a plane land, as it has run out of fuel and is in danger. We then see the gang that has caused all this trouble. They laugh as they loot the airport, glad their sabotage of the plane had gone well. Meanwhile Robotman finds himself unable to use his arms. He changes his legs into wheels and catches the aircraft on his back, as living landing gear. He then runs after the gang, freed from their modifications by an electric eye? Not sure how but okay.

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1953 Nov

Wonder Woman 62

Silly Crooks! In order to discover Wonder Woman’s secret identity they place shoes that very like hers in a window, proclaiming they had been found and WW could turn up any time to get them.What they didn’t take into account was that many people would give their eyeteeth for something their hero owned. As each girl entered the shop her picture was taken, and the flash scared them off before they could grab the shoes. First they went after a young actress, who wanted the shoes to help launch her career. They wiped her off the list when the real Wonder Woman saved the girl from their gunmen. The second girl was a reporter, who was lured to an airport by the promise of a story. As she was almost pulled into a jet Wonder Woman lassoed it and flipped the plane, while sealing the jet.

Well finally they went after Di. But, as she has done many times in the past she runs fast enough the are shooting at her after image, and she is able to save herself and prove to them that Diana Prince is not Wonder Woman. Then she explained she was able to follow and help the girls as the trap had been obvious. I thought so too, I mean wouldn’t she notice she hadn’t lost any shoes?

2

For once Diana is having a peaceful morning, when suddenly she gets a mental radio call. She finds it is her dear friends the leprechauns calling and swiftly soars to their side. When she arrives she finds most of the people sleeping. Only the king remained to explain. Their magic lamp had gone out, and should she fail to relight it the leprechauns would be helpless before their enemies.

As is wasn’t a normal lamp, it couldn’t be lit by normal means. She needed to catch the dust of Halley’s Comet, and have that burned with the heat of the sun. She goes first to Sol, and passes as close as she dares, swinging the lamp from her lasso into a solar flare. She then goes for the further object of her search. The Comet was out near Neptune, and she sent her plane after it faster than the speed of light. By the time she arrived though, the lamp as barely filled with the sun’s flame and so she needed to go into the comet’s tail herself. It was only the speed of her plane that kept her from being harmed as she stepped onto it’s wing to gather the dust.

3

Okay two things real quick Diana works for the military, but Wonder Woman also writes an advice column in a paper called the Daily Globe. Second, I think we are about to get our first retcon. In case you don’t know what that is, it is when the writers retroactively change something in a story, in this case the origin of Wonder Woman’s earrings. It used to be they were a gift from the Queen of Venus that would allow them to communicate. I guess we will be either not be seeing any more of that version of that species, or they will communicate via mental radio. She is written a letter asking to explain their origins and this is what she tells him.

During a tournament on Paradise Isle. To make sure that people will not assume favoritism WW makes each task almost impossible to do. Being bound from hand to foot for the high jump, for example. But the games are put to a halt due to the appearance of the Martians. (Yes they are from Mars, the planet, but they are the workers of Mars the God and are not the race we get to know later. Also I always laugh at the planes of the Amazons. Besides WW’s they are shaped like rubber ducks.) The god’s men shoot down the planes with their polar rays, there for freezing the pilots. Frozen though  she was Wonder Woman used her breath to steer her plane. She sped it fast enough to defrost herself via friction, but while she was gone her mother was captured.

She allows herself to be tied with the lasso, only to find the Duke of Deception (who was leading the attack) had not caught Hippolyta after all. They place her in a tube and begin to pump the air from it, as they know she can’t survive that. Then they send the pod into space. She took gold from her tiara and made earrings, and then pushed them against her bracelet to pressure the ferric oxide into them. This somehow let her breath while she wears them??? Does she breath through her ears? She frees herself and stops the Duke but really?????

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1953 Nov

Adventure Comics 194

Superboy

Another genius who could have greatly helped he world if only he hadn’t turned to crime. This one is very Luthor-esk and wants not only to use his new lightning gun for crime, but to prove himself smarter than Superboy. He moves himself and his minion to Smallville as soon as the gun is tested. They first rob a bank, and when SB steps in they shoot him with the gun. As we all know a little electricity is nothing to a Kyrptonian, but Clark knew that merely his being around others with his new electric field was dangerous. First our clever boy solves his problems from afar, forming a giant shovel to carry the crooks, but they simply shoot out a bridge while in transport, making him leave them to fix it.

Clark then flew out to Pluto and worked off the power that clung to him, and he goes after the crooks again then they strike that night. They cut off the powerplant, but SB used their own weapon against them by making himself into a giant light bulb with the help of his new blast of electricity. While fleeing the town the criminals come across Superboy standing before them, glowing. They pull out the gun and try to charge him enough so he must leave, only for it to fly out of the boss’s hands into the sky where the real Superboy had coiled metal around himself so as to make himself into an electromagnet. The version on the ground was made a metal, and given just enough of the energy to glow. Superboy then showered bits of electrified metal around the crooks, left to work of the rest of the power and soon returned to bring the men to jail.

Aquaman

Our boy was just drifting along on the back of a walrus when he sees a ship being attacked and so he heads on over to see what he can do. Imagine his shock when it wasn’t some random pirate, but an actual armada of enemies. So the crooked navy gets away with that ship’s cargo, but Aquaman is ready for them with the next ship that passes by. He has called up his friends, and put up a ‘smokescreen’ by having the octopuses release their ink and then the whales sprayed it into the air. Next torpedoes were sent after the ship Aquaman was protecting, but some of Aquaman’s friends simply nudged them back toward the shooters.

So they closed in, deciding to fight hand to hand. Aquaman scared them off though, with legions of turtles, painted to look like mines. They still made off with the gold from the ship though. Except it wasn’t gold, but a radio, to bring the coast guard to the leader of the thieves. He set up this trap on the first ship, by mentioning that the other was going through, and there was a bug that relayed that to the crook. I wonder why he decided to drop that bug though, and how Aquaman knew about it.

Johnny Quick

Johnny, Tubby, and some adventurers find a lost city (I think it’s in South America, but they don’t say) Tubby’s biggest worry is that the natives believe it haunted. There seems to be something to the rumor as well. Statues coming to life, and people hurling spears at them before vanishing. But when the adventurers stumble upon a sacrificial pit (Johnny saves them) that has paths and tunnels around the bottom he thinks he may have found how the previous events had happened. While exploring these (and nearly dying again) the four find stacks of gold. Modern gold, as it had mint marks and the like.

The gang comes after them, but Johnny quickly (haha) chases them back, and when they block the tunnel the speedster digs them out in seconds. The criminals are then trapped in a thrown together cage of spears.

Green Arrow

Our story begins by seeing the duo going after some bank robbers. The crooks end up running into a scientist’s lab where he is exploring the relationship between light and time. The entire party ends up in the future where they witness another bank robbery, and the Archers are greeted by a cop. Oddly not only did the people from the future know them, and even expect to see them, but GA knew about special arrows they had in this time, and how to use them. The bank robbers here were the same ones from the past, just changed in their methods and what they planned to steal. Just as in modern (or not so modern as it’s the 50s) times they escape briefly, but GA and Speedy are able to find them again with the help of the police.

The crooks try to escape again in a rocket, but the archers use Anti-atom arrows to kill the reactions in the jets. Still using fantastic (and most likely impossible) arrows they capture the crooks and then wake in the lab.