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"Superman: "Superman's Ark"": Superman volunteers to visit Africa and bring back wild animals for use in the Metropolis zoo. In the jungle he meets big game hunter Count Von Henzel. Henzel betrays Superman and tries to add Superman to his trophy collection. The Man of Steel



Appearing in Superman: "Superman's Ark"

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  • Charles (a zoo keeper) (Single appearance)
  • Mr. Morgan (a city councilman) (Single appearance)

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Synopsis for Superman: "Superman's Ark"

Superman volunteers to visit Africa and bring back wild animals for use in the Metropolis zoo. In the jungle he meets big game hunter Count Von Henzel. Henzel betrays Superman and tries to add Superman to his trophy collection. The Man of Steel escapes the trap and rescues Henzel’s prisoners. Finally, he brings the animals back to the zoo, saving the job of the zookeeper.

Appearing in Vigilante: "The Case of the Bamboo Death"

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  • The Head (Single appearance)
  • Buggsy (Single appearance)
  • Lefty (Single appearance)

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  • Lin Choo (First appearance)

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  • Vigilante's Lasso

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Synopsis for Vigilante: "The Case of the Bamboo Death"

Lin Choo, the respected head of the White Lotus Tong in Chinatown, is framed for a series of silk robberies. His grandson Stuff meets Greg Sanders who offers to help as the Vigilante. The cowboy and the Chinatown Kid track down the real crooks and expose them as white men. Vigilante is briefly captured and forced to endure Chinese water torture, until Stuff rescues him. Together they expose the Head, the leader of the crooks, as a Japanese spy intent on starting a Chinatown gang war. Vigilante and Stuff then round up the remaining members of the Head's gang.

Appearing in Three Aces: "The City with the Golden Domes"

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  • Ferro (Only appearance; dies)
  • New Lemurians (Single appearance) (reformed)

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  • Professor Harkin (Single appearance)

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  • The Aces Planes

Synopsis for Three Aces: "The City with the Golden Domes"

The Aces discover a golden city sitting atop Mount Shaska. But when they go in to investigate, their planes are struck by strange light waves, and they are captured by robed men. Gunner, Whistler, and Fog then meet Ferro, the robed ones leader. Ferro was a brilliant scientist among his people, the Lemurians. Descended from an ancient race akin to Atlanteans, the Lemurians built a city at the mountains peak to avoid the flood waters. They've been living here for thousands of years ever since.

Ferro shows off his invention a machine that can take radio-waves from all over the world and turn them into lethal vibrations that can cause terrible damage across the world. The Aces are tossed into a cell where they can watch the world end. Luckily, Will is able to slice through his bonds by rubbing them against the coarse wall. The Aces escape the guards and run upstairs towards the roof. Gunner had an idea how to stop Ferro's mad plan.

At the highest point in the city, Gunner begins waving his arms around in a signal. After a few minutes, Will and Fog watch as an explosion rocks a neighboring tower. Ferro and his entire laboratory are destroyed in the flames! Gunner explains that he figured Professor Harkin would be keeping an eye on the golden city through his telescope, so Bill sent him a signal to tell all the broadcast stations in the nation to direct their transmissions at full power towards Mount Shaska. Ferro's machine simply couldn't handle it!

The Lemurian people are happy that Ferro's reign has ended. In the future, they will not allow anyone person to take control of their lives, instead living a peaceful existence here in the city.

Appearing in "Mister America versus The Thunderbolt"

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  • Benson (Single appearance)

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Synopsis for "Mister America versus The Thunderbolt"

Acting on a tip Mr. America waits for crooks who plan to steal a supply of gold. Thunderbolt, the leader of the crooks, uses a weapon that fires charges of electricity that knocks out Mr. America. The crooks then escape with the gold. When he regains consciousness, Mr. America traces the truck used by the crooks to the Benson Trucking Company. Mr. America rescues the company's owner, who has been attacked by Thunderbolt and his men. He then finds the crooks, and uses salt water to cause the electrical weapon to backfire. Mr. America then apprehends them and recovers the stolen gold which was going to be used to fund a foreign invasion.

Appearing in Congo Bill: "The Haunted Castle"

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  • Dick Baldwin (Single appearance)
  • Tony (Single appearance)

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  • Dr. Standish (Single appearance)
  • Ann Standish (Single appearance)

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Synopsis for Congo Bill: "The Haunted Castle"

While on an archaeological expedition in Syria, Congo Bill comes across a castle rumored to be haunted. Ann, the daughter of the archaeologist Dr. Standish decides to investigate the castle and disappears. Bill begins looking for her and is attacked by a man in chain mail. Bill rescues Ann, then the knight falls to his death. Before dying the man, Dick Baldwin, explains that a treasure is hidden in the castle. He was trying to scare away intruders and had killed his partner. After the man dies, Bill discovers the treasure under the flagstone, ironically, broken by Baldwin's fall. Bill decides to use the treasure to aid victims from the war.

Appearing in Zatara: "The Cobra"

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  • The Cobra (Single appearance)
  • Butch (Single appearance)

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  • Sandra Norris (Single appearance)
  • George (Single appearance)

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Synopsis for Zatara: "The Cobra"

Zatara witnesses the kidnapping of a young woman, Sandra Norris. He follows the crooks, but he is captured before he can rescue the girl. The crooks try to get the girl to reveal her boss's safe combination. When she refuses the kidnappers leave her and Zatara to die in a house fire.

The crooks then break into the office of Sandra's boss, J. Hamilton Sears. Inside they find their leader, a masked man known as the Cobra. The Cobra gives them the safe combination, and they use it to steal the company payroll. The crooks then frame Sandra's boyfriend George.

Zatara and Sandra escape the fire, but are arrested by the police. Sandra and George are blamed for the theft. Zatara uses magic to get out of jail. He then tracks down the crooks and exposes Sears as the Cobra. The man wanted to rob his own company which was insured and intended to frame Sandra for the crime.

Notes

Trivia

  • "Superman's Ark" was not originally titled.



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