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"Superman: "The Reformation of Nancy Thorgenson"": At the Daily Planet, Lois brings an article in the paper to Clark's attention; it was a message asking for Superman's help! She drags Clark along to the location indicated so they can grab the



Appearing in Superman: "The Reformation of Nancy Thorgenson"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Villains:

  • Parello (Single appearance)
  • Lou (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Nancy Thorgenson (Single appearance)
  • Morgan Thorgenson (Single appearance)
  • Freddie Taylor (Single appearance)
  • Pinkley (Single appearance)
  • Thorgenson's assistant (Single appearance)

Locations:

Items:

  • None

Vehicles:

  • None

Synopsis for Superman: "The Reformation of Nancy Thorgenson"

At the Daily Planet, Lois brings an article in the paper to Clark's attention; it was a message asking for Superman's help! She drags Clark along to the location indicated so they can grab the story. When they arrive, Clark manages to ditch Lois so he can change to Superman. A car was waiting for him, which then drove the man of steel to a lavish mansion where billionaire Morgan Thorgenson was waiting for him. Thorgenson was worried about his daughter, Nancy, who likes to spend money and get herself into all kinds of scraps. But where the hired detectives have failed, Mr. Thorgenson hopes Superman will succeed in setting her on the straight path. Thorgenson's butler reports that Nancy was just spotted in the Purple Fawn nightclub, brawling with another of it's patrons. By the time Superman made it there, she already won the fight and was back in the gambling room. Though she had already lost forty-thousand at the roulette table, it didn't matter to Nancy. What was the point of her father making money if she wasn't allowed to spend it how she wished? From outside, Clark's x-ray vision showed him that the game was fixed so that no one could win. Once the roulette wheel operator goes on his break, Superman grabs him through the window and flies up higher and higher with his quarry. Once they've risen above the tallest building, he lets go of the operator. Before the terrified man hits the ground, Superman catches him. Clark threatens to keep dropping the operator over and over again, unless he allows Nancy Thorgenson to win back all the money she's lost.

Later, back in the casino, the roulette operator keeps his word as Nancy celebrates her sudden winning streak. Mr. Parello, the owner of the crooked club, isn't too happy. After Nancy leaves, Parello and his hired thugs follow her in their car. Just before they intercept her on the road, the vehicle begins to rise into the air! Superman has a grip on the bumper, dumping the crooks out of the car, then tossing them into a nearby lake.

Nancy is reluctantly taken back to her father's mansion. She was furious that her dad would hire a "brute" like Superman to keep an eye on her, and storms up to her room. It seems like Clark's job isn't over yet. In her room, Nancy gives local playboy Freddie Taylor a call. She knew he was only after her money, but still she promises to elope with him if he'll drive up to her window with a ladder. Of course, Freddie never makes it there, since Superman meets him first and leaves him literally hanging on a tree in Metropolis. Seeing her plan fail, Nancy tries a change of tactics. Clark is momentarily startled when Nancy begins to flirt with him. But unlike the detectives that her father hired previously, the man of steel is unimpressed by her advances. She shuns him once it's clear her strategy won't work.

At that moment, without warning the swollen Cathel River breaks a hole in the dam, causing a sudden flood! The rushing water carries with it several unfortunate homes, including the Thorgenson residence! Superman catches the mansion before it gets smashed apart, and lifts it to higher ground, and safety. But there were still others who needed help. As he flies away, a change occurs in Nancy. She is concerned for her neighbors and runs away from her father's side. Only this time it was for unselfish reasons... With his superspeed and strength, Superman digs a trench in the earth for the water to flow into. Meanwhile, Nancy exerts herself saving all the victims of the flood, helping them out of destroyed homes. She eventually passes out from exhaustion, having worked endlessly to give aid to everyone she could.

Days later, back in his civilian guise, Clark Kent is back at the Daily Planet. The story of the spoiled heiress-turned-hero was a hit with Metropolis. Checking up on Nancy and her father, Clark learned that Superman had quite an effect on her. Nancy now devotes her time to charity work, including aiding the unfortunate.

Appearing in Pep Morgan: "The Summer Job"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:


Villains:

  • Tratos (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Don Alvera (Single appearance)
  • President Cardanes (Single appearance)

Locations:

Items:

  • None

Vehicles:

  • Plane

Synopsis for Pep Morgan: "The Summer Job"

Pep looks for a job at the pier, but instead he finds trouble as he saves a foreign diplomat from being shot! The diplomat, Don Alvera, hires Pep to be his bodyguard during a most important mission to save his home country.

Appearing in The Black Pirate: "The Death of Avilla"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Bonnie

Villains:

  • Don De Avila (Final appearance; Dies)

Other Characters:


Locations:

Items:

  • None

Vehicles:

  • None

Synopsis for The Black Pirate: "The Death of Avilla"

Jon Valor confronts Captain de Avilla in his room. He has him by sword point, demanding to know where Bonnie was taken! Avilla points him to a map that showed the location of a dungeon. When the pirate's back was turned, the Captain made his move. It would be his final mistake, as Valor pierced him through the chest.

Map in hand, Valor takes a horse and travels into the woods to the entrance of the dungeon. A narrow hole in the ground, and Bonnie could be heard from within. The Black Pirate helps his lady-love climb out from the damp quarters, and together they ride to Gibraltar, where Jon's ship was waiting...

Appearing in Three Aces: "In the Bering Straits"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:


Villains:

  • Bali Bill (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Carol Grable (Single appearance)

Locations:

Items:


Vehicles:

  • Aces' Planes
  • Whaling Ship

Synopsis for Three Aces: "In the Bering Straits"

The three ace pilots fly across the Bering Strait, aiming for Siberia. Along the way, they discover an island that wasn't on any maps, sparking their adventurers curiosity.

Appearing in Mr. America: "The Purple Gang"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Villains:

  • The Purple Gang (Single appearance)
    • Stromb (Single appearance)
    • Joe Gorden (Single appearance)
    • Ralph Bolt (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Weston (Single appearance)

Locations:

Items:

Vehicles:

  • None

Synopsis for Mr. America: "The Purple Gang"

In the quiet town of Serena, newspaper editor Weston is kidnapped from his home by a band of thugs wearing purple hoods. Luckily, Tex overheard the scuffle from the next house over and, donning his Mr. America outfit, follows the trail of the purple gang.

Weston is tied to a post set up in the woods as the gang threatens him with violence for his "anti-american activities". A red, white, and blue feather whisks into view. The thugs turn to see Mr. America, and quickly rush him. Though he's outnumbered five to one, Tex has little problem knocking them all to the ground. He unties Weston, asking him what the Purple gang meant by his anti-american activism. Weston believed they were phony patriots. His articles have always been advocating the american way. Recently the gang tarred two farmers for selling wheat to friendly powers. Weston published a piece praising two farmers, and helped them get the wheat to their buyers. It was probably why the Purple gang attacked him today.

Weston leads Tex back to his office. A man was waiting inside, Mr. Stromb. Weston introduces him as one of the wheat buyers. Stromb takes his leave just as a flare of light outside the window catches Tex's attention. Townsfolk are racing toward the warehouse. Someone has set it ablaze! Mr. America hurries to the scene to see if he could help. On the roof, the silhouette's of two figures are spotted. They seemed to be arguing. Into the burning building rushes Mr. America, coming out moments later with two unconscious men under each arm. Weston recognizes them. They were Joe and Ralph, the former a respectable farmer. When they came to, Joe tells them that he had just joined the Purple Gang, and they wanted him and Ralph to set fire to the wheat stock. Joe didn't want to, but the Purple gang's leader forced him into it. He told Tex that the gang was staging some big event tonight down on Maple Grove. Tex had a suspicion, so he paid a visit to Mr. Stromb's home, first.
The thug at the door of Stromb's residence was being uncooperative, so Tex gave him a fist to the jaw. Searching Stromb's bedroom, Mr. America comes across a briefcase with a false bottom, which held several documents that revealed Stromb as a foreign saboteur. He founded the Purple gang under the false pretense of serving America, and tricking all members into helping him further his goal to destroy the country from within.

A rally of Purple gang members chant as their leader, wearing a cloth mask over their face, denounces Mr. America as an anti-american troublemaker. When Mr. America himself shows up, he tries to tell everyone that they were being lied to, and had been lied too, by their so-called leader. A flying leap land Tex right in front of the Purple's leader, and unmasks him. Tex' suspicion was spot on. It was Stromb. The crowd is stunned into silence when Tex and Weston explain to them what Stromb had been up to. The remaining members of the Purple gang willingly disband, and vow to do only activities that will help America grow.

Appearing in Congo Bill: "The Adventure of the Prehistoric Valley"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Professor Joe Kent

Villains:

  • Doctor Hanlen (Only appearance; dies)

Other Characters:

  • Sheila Hanlen (First appearance)

Locations:

Items:

  • None

Vehicles:

  • None

Synopsis for Congo Bill: "The Adventure of the Prehistoric Valley"

On an expedition deep in Africa, Congo Bill encounters a strange lost world, where dinosaurs still roam. He is chased up a cliff by a Brontosaurus, where Bill finds the entrance to a cave. Inside was an old man and a beautiful young woman. His name was Doctor Hanlen, who came here yesterday with his niece, Sheila. Their native guides had turned tail and ran off, leaving them stuck in this cave. Doctor Hanlen keeps muttering to himself about this land being the discovery of a lifetime, over and over. Sheila confides in Bill that her uncle's lust for fame and glory has driven him mad. Suddenly, doctor Hanlen turns on them, pulling a gun on them in a rage. They were trying o steal his discovery, and he had to stop them! Bill fights off the crazed old man but doctor Hanlen manages to knock Bill out. Laughing in victory, Hanlen hurries outside to survey his new land. A Pterodactyl swoops in and scoops him up! Sheila's horrified shriek wakes Bill up.

Bill and Sheila stuck together as they looked for a way out. Too many dangerous beasts lurked below where Bill had climbed, so they decided to follow the mountain path going up, instead. On the other side of the mountain, there was a waterfall that splashed into a small lake. Bill and Sheila follow it down. Amazingly, they end up a few kilometers from where Bill had set up camp. Professor Joe Kent finds them, and finds himself treated to a heck of an amazing story on the way back to camp.

Appearing in Zatara: "The Duped Daughter"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:


Villains:

  • Bucky Moor (Single appearance) (Flashback and main story)
  • Jim (Single appearance)
  • Hank (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Walter Grew (Single appearance) (Flashback and main story)
  • Ann Grew (Single appearance) (Flashback and main story)

Locations:

Items:

  • None

Vehicles:

  • None

Synopsis for Zatara: "The Duped Daughter"

Old Walter Grew is in a jam. His daughter Ann is dating a guy who's been filling her head with ideas about having him committed to an insane asylum. Bucky Moor didn't really care for Ann, but he knew her father owned a huge property worth a hefty sum, he just needed him to sign over the deed. But Moor's plan gets complicated once Walter asks Zatara the magician for help...

Notes

  • Aside from the stories above, this issue contains:
    • "Middy the Marine"
    • "Birds of a Feather" by Robert Stowe(text story)

Trivia

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