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"The Menace of the Dragon Boat": Olaf flies off alone in his jet to investigate rune stones along the coast of Labrador. He’s looking for signs that one of his ancestors might have visited North America before Lief Ericson. Unknown to him, the rest of the Blackhawks are also flying north to gr
Appearing in "The Menace of the Dragon Boat"
- Eric Holboe
- Gunther Bjornson, Olaf’s ancestor
- Blackhawk Jet
- Viking ship
Synopsis for "The Menace of the Dragon Boat"
Olaf flies off alone in his jet to investigate rune stones along the coast of Labrador. He’s looking for signs that one of his ancestors might have visited North America before Lief Ericson. Unknown to him, the rest of the Blackhawks are also flying north to greet a replica Viking ship that is making a visit to all the ports known to have been visited by ancient Vikings. Unknown to the Blackhawks is that the long boat is secretly being used by a gang of criminals to smuggle the recently stolen crown jewels of Semenov. When the gang sees the Blackhawks waiting for them, they attack thinking their scheme must have been exposed. But when they realize the Blackhawks know nothing, they take them along as cover from being searched. Eventually, the Blackhawks spot some of the jewels and take on the gang, defeating them with ancient weapons retrieved from the tomb of Olaf’s ancestor.
Appearing in "The Seven Little Blackhawks"
- Producer L. M. Masters
- Paul Regan
Synopsis for "The Seven Little Blackhawks"
The Blackhawks receive small gold statues, one or two at a time. Each statue has a tag attached with a poem in the format of the “ten little Indians” that describes how they will be taken out of action. Blackhawk is approached by Paul Regan, who had applied to be a Blackhawk but failed the entry tests. Regan volunteers since the team is so shorthanded and Blackhawk wonders if Regan set up the incidents to create a place on the team for himself, but after the next accident he finds that Regan was under arrest and could not have done it. Eventually, only Blackhawk is left and he finds clues in the original package that lead him to a film producer who has arranged the incidents as publicity for his film of “Ten Little Indians.”
Appearing in "The Fantastic Mr. Freeze"
- Professor Thurman
- Professor Johnson
- Professor Burns
Synopsis for "The Fantastic Mr. Freeze"
The Blackhawks are invited to test inventions designed to assist them in their crime fighting activities (apparently this is a regular event). The first two inventions, a clear rolling sphere and a giant mechanical man, go wrong and are rejected. Then an “aqua-tank” (that bears a strong resemblance to the Safari-mobile introduced in later issues) goes hay-wire and threatens to smash them all. Fortunately, Professor Thurman stops it with his “instant freeze icing machine.” The instant freeze icing machine is immediately stolen by a costumed criminal who uses it in daring robberies. The Blackhawks try various means to defeat Mr. Freeze, including flame throwers, but nothing seems to work. Then Blackhawk notices something odd and lays a trap. The team captures Professor Thurman who had created a robot to pose as Mr. Freeze so that he could use his icing machine invention to commit crimes without incriminating himself.
- Includes a one-page text story titled "I Was a Human Missile"; a first person account of a technician who is trapped during the test firing of a Regulus missile and how he saved himself.
- The villain Mr. Freeze in this issue has no relation to the recurring Batman villain of the same name, though their weapons are nearly identical. The Blackhawks’ Mr. Freeze preceded Batman’s by two years.
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