Young Men 25
Human Torch “The Return of the Human Torch”
There is a sudden crime wave, and the thing that sticks out about this (though the art style truly doesn’t show it well) is that all the crooks are 20 or younger figuring out that bullets are useless against the flaming heroes, one of the boys take a hostage and the force the two into the vault of the bank they were robbing. It takes a while, but within a few minutes Jim and Toro melt their way out of the vault and are after the boy criminals.
They play with the criminals in their getaway car, making them flee for fear the gas fueled machine might blow. They then try to scatter but can’t make it past the flaming loops the two draw around them. They bring the boys in to jail, but they are far from upset. In fact the officer mentions how strange it is that none of the young gangs brought in seem displeased with the situation.
While crossing over town they note that an old-folks home is being boarded up and stop by to ask some questions. They find out that all of the old folks homes are shutting down, as all their residents had left. Thinking there might be a connection he and Toro disguise themselves as old men and wander about town. They are approached by a man who says he was once old, and he takes them to be changed to youngsters, in return for turning to crime. If they don’t they will be killed.
Tired of the deception the two flame on, and strapping the man holding the meeting into the machine he is threatened with it unless he tells them what is going on. Scared the man admits that his machine only returns youth for thirty days, and then those who have had the machine used on them turn to dust. Angered one of the old men turned young shoots the man, and it destroys the machine as well.
Captain America “Top Secret”
A news paper headline calls for Captain America’s help in Washington, and so he and Bucky head that way at once. They are shown an atomic cannon, and told that there are wanted to protect it and its secrets from foreign agents. We cut to the foreign agents- Arnold and Lupa. They are worried about the Executioner, a man who kills all who fail, and nothing else is known about him. Cap and Bucky see off the man who holds the key to the cannon, as he heads to Vegas to see his girl. He drops a picture and Cap recognizes the woman as a spy (it’s Lupa).
As they hurry after the man Lupa and her husband tell their hired hands to kill Captain America if he turns up. Something is slipped in the man’s drink as he talks with Lupa and he is then helped to a car by Arnold, and as they drive away they unknowingly bring Bucky who is atop the car. Cap sees him going and leaps off the roof, presumably to get his bike and follow but some men see him and try to fight him, and he gets the destination out of them instead.
The man is refusing to give Lupa and Arnold any information, and so they are about to kill him so Bucky attacks, and is narrowly beaten by them. They are pleased to see him,as they believe that killing him will save them from the Executioner. They also tell Bucky that Cap is dead, only to eat their words as the shield bearer smashes a fist into Arnold’s face. Then Lupa turns a gun on Arnold, revealing herself as the Executioner, and then killing herself as well.
A woman is running through a crowd saying that she desperately needs to get through, pushing and forcing her way. Her destination is the sea itself, and she leaps- fully clothed- into the wet. A policeman jumps after her, but despite much searching all he can find is her clothing. He even has the bay drug, to no avail.
We cut to Betty, who is reading about the incident in the paper, and the following identical cases. Namor agrees with her that it’s odd and begins investigation. While walking the dock he finds a dead body, torn up by what Namor knew to be a shark. But sharks don’t live in this area, he was too far from the bank to have washed up, and the wounds too fresh for someone to have dumped him.
Again we cut to another scene, this one a far away shark attack. There are no survivors. Also, there is no sign as to why the boat they were on capsized. While talking with the police a strange man talks about the sharks starving and turning the boat over for food. Note, this dude looks like a shark. Later Namor sees this guy strip down and head into the sea.
He follows but he only finds a great white, which attacks him. Namor kills it by ripping it’s jaws apart. Brutal. When a human body washes up, with the same wound Namor gave the shark the Sub-Mariner figures it out. Namor waits by the beach late into the night, and when a woman suddenly appears and comes on land he tells her he has a plan to kill all the sharks. In anger she hurls herself at him, but he bests her and says he will keep her on dry land if she doesn’t tell him what he wants to know.
Apparently they are aliens, astral projected to Earth where their minds gained the bodies of sharks, but they can shift to look human. Knowing no one would believe this tale without proof, Namor aims to bring the girl to the police. (oh and they want to rule the world) She escapes his grip and dives into the sea where she then becomes a shark and commits suicide. So Namor brings out a fleet of fishing boats and they haul up a shit ton of sharks. He tells them to go home, or they will dry up on land. So they go.