Comic Books · Dc Comics · Golden Age

1953 Nov

Action Comics 186

Superman

Clark has been having the oddest feeling that some big disaster was going to hit the world. Focusing really hard he is able to recall hid father, Jor-el mentioning a great event that would strike the Earth. Clark begins to search for any signs of huge natural disasters, before realizing in might be space related. So he heads upward to look for danger. He finds that a dark star is passing by our home, far enough away not to suck us in, but but increased the speed at which the Earth turned.

Hurrying back to Metropolis Clark finds that every one has developed super-powers, well not really, but the increased speed made things weigh less, so people could lift more, run faster, and fly. Superman warns them of the danger, but they think he simply wants to be the only Super person. He and Lois are sent to see how Superman plans to slow the Earth to normal. First he simply pushes against the ground, but he breaks through it. So he makes a large break pad, but it breaks under is pressure. During this time he must keep up the illusion that he is also following behind himself with Lois. (Also Lois gets in danger a few times, but he can save her as Clark now and it’s cute okay, sue me) Finally he was able to make a giant blast of steam that went against the spin of the Earth to bring us down to normal speed.

Congo Bill

One thing before we start, did they used to call rhinos hippos? cause that’s no hippo.

I’m really bothered by this guys. But, well, it was the 50s? Anywho, Bill has this friend that wrote a letter to his wife that he was hurt and dying, and sent her his book to sell. The publisher said the feats the man claimed to do were impossible and he required pictures as proof. So Bill decided to replicate them so the book could be sold. First he had to fight a hippo (or a rhino) with no weapons. He cut off the tips of it’s horns while it slept, and went to the next task, chasing off a pack of gorillas. He did this by making a lion chase him as he ran after the primates. (No explanation as to how he got away from the lion.)

Then he just had to put a 65 pound pack on top of a hundred foot bamboo. Now if you have seen episode 315 (It took me way long to find out what ep it was) of Detective Conan you know how he did this. (Its a great show guys) But Bill did not have to do this as he found said pack on the bamboo and cut it down. Inside was a note that told the true story. The man had been captured by people who wanted to use the uranium mine he had found, and planned on keeping him til death. Bill found the men, freed his friend, who apologized for having him do the other tasks first, the pages had gotten mixed up in the mail.

Tommy Tomorrow

Are there still hot jetters? or is that something that has faded? I wouldn’t know, my hobbies include reading old comics, and other similar things. But on Earth-one while Tommy is active apparently they are still active, but, you know, in space. In case I’m talking weirdly and people don’t understand me again, Hot Jetters are people who soup up their vehicles and have races, like in Grease.

Anywho, Tommy is pulled off a ray-gun smuggling case to take care of the rampant jetters. Just as he was about to ground the whole group, a former ‘speed-bug’ offered to set up an area of space for the racers. But this didn’t end the problem as one refused to stay in the area. One day Tommy waited for the racer to split and sent the rule abiding racers after him while he went as well. It was the former speed-bug, and he had been using the jetters as a cover for his ray-gun smuggling.

Vigilante

Greg has been asked to referee a several day race, recreating the settling of a certain town. Well, not Greg, Vig, but same diff. It started off alright, until the lead man had a tire shot out, and he almost crashed. Vig and Stuff assumed that there was a grudge against the man, and kept an eye on him. But then the guy who had taken the lead next was attacked as well. Why would someone kill for a 50$ prize? Stuff asked Vig, and you have to admit, it seems a bit much.

Though it was dangerous the two disguised themselves as contestants that night, and easily took the lead with the vigcycle. They narrowly escaped being blown up, but the fools were close enough to Vig for him to place a tracker upon them. So he was able to follow to a cave along the race course where a gang had been hiding it’s loot. They had hoped to delay the race long enough to move the contraband. It was a good thing the racers came along soon though, because I doubt the two fighters would be able to take on the whole gang.

Comic Books · Dc Comics · Golden Age

1953 Oct

World’s Finest 66

Superman

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

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

Green Arrow

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

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

Tomahawk

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

Batman

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

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

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

Comic Books · Dc Comics · Golden Age

1953 Oct

Batman 79

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

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

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

2

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

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

3

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

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

Comic Books · Dc Comics · Golden Age

1953 Oct

Detective Comics 200

Batman

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

Impossible but True

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

Robotman

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

Comic Books · Dc Comics · Golden Age

1953 Oct

Adventure Comics 193

Superboy

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

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

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

Aquaman

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

Johnny Quick

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

Green Arrow

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