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"The Black Condor: "The President Has Been Kidnapped"": In a shocking radio address, President Roosevelt mysteriously calls off all support for England, disbands the U.S. Army, and shuts down all defense-related production, throwing thousands out of work. Senator Wright suspects, correctly, tha


Quote1 Now I'll increase my Boreal Pressure to 2000 degrees below zero! Quote2
-- Black Shark



Appearing in The Black Condor: "The President Has Been Kidnapped"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Wendy Foster
  • Dr. Foster

Villains:

  • The Hand (Single appearance)
  • Dutch (Apparent Death)
    • The Hand's gang
    • Battle-cruiser crew

Other Characters:

Locations:

Items:

  • Black Condor's Black Ray gun

Vehicles:

  • German battlecruiser

Synopsis for The Black Condor: "The President Has Been Kidnapped"

In a shocking radio address, President Roosevelt mysteriously calls off all support for England, disbands the U.S. Army, and shuts down all defense-related production, throwing thousands out of work. Senator Wright suspects, correctly, that the real president has been kidnapped. That night Tom Wright sneaks onto the White House grounds, is quickly discovered by a squad of security cops, and escapes them while changing into the Black Condor. He peeks into a White House window, and discovers that the president is an imposter, then quickly leaves before Secret Service reinforcements can arrive.

The next day he tells the Fosters what he’s learned, and swears them to secrecy. That night all three of them dine and eavesdrop at the notorious Café International, until Wendy gets kidnapped from the ladies’ room. Foster and Wright learn about this when a telegram, from “The Hand,” is delivered directly to their table; the telegram is a warning. Neither of them thinks to pursue the messenger. Tom slips outside and changes clothes, then the Black Condor searches the area, finds The Hand gang’s getaway car, follows it, then follows their airplane, then follows their boat, and it’s daylight by the time they all arrive at an abandoned lighthouse, beside the Gulf of Mexico.

While Condor is watching the lighthouse, two thugs sneak up on him, and another is nearby with a rifle; in the ensuing fight, the Black Condor is shot, and captured. He’s chained to a column inside the lighthouse, within conversing distance of the kidnapped, tied-up president. The plotters light the fuse on a dynamite bomb, leaving FDR and the Condor behind, and taking Wendy with them, they depart in a seaplane. The Black Condor breaks his chains, defuses the bomb, grabs the president, and flies out into the open, but the bad guys have already gotten away.

After over an hour of flying over the Gulf, Condor and Roosevelt spot a large warship, sailing alone, with no marker lights. It’s a German battle-cruiser, and the Black Condor very stealthily places the president in the “crow’s nest,” then flies around the upper decks, knocking out lookouts, until he finds the gang from the lighthouse, in a chart room, gloating and bragging with their German Navy buddies. He pretty much cleans up that room with them, then marches one of them, “Dutch,” at raygun-point, to where Miss Foster is being held. Dutch tries to double-cross him, and locks him in the compartment with Wendy, but he again uses his ray gun, to blast a hole through one bulkhead, then to shoot down Dutch. The Condor and the president (who definitely is walking) then take over the ship’s radio room, and send an urgent message to the federal government, countermanding all of the earlier orders made by the presidential imposter.

The captured warship is sailed into Chesapeake Bay and moored (presumably at Norfolk Naval Base), and FDR holds a press conference, and publicly credits the Black Condor with thwarting the whole vile plot. Also the FDR imposter has already been arrested.

Appearing in Spitfire: "Landing in England"

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Synopsis for Spitfire: "Landing in England"

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Appearing in Tor, the Magic Master: "An Explosion Shakes the Waterfront"

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Synopsis for Tor, the Magic Master: "An Explosion Shakes the Waterfront"

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Appearing in The Clock: "The Acme Arms Plant"

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Synopsis for The Clock: "The Acme Arms Plant"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in "Jane Arden // Lena Pry"

Featured Characters:

  • Jane Arden (across top halves of pages)
  • Lena Pry (across bottom halves of pages)

Synopsis for "Jane Arden // Lena Pry"

(newspaper strip reprints)

Appearing in "Introducing The Amazing Don Q"

Featured Characters:

  • Don Q (First appearance)

Supporting Characters:

  • Don Q's statesman father (Dies)

Villains:

  • Shultz, a gunman
  • unidentified gunman
  • Squire Blackheath
  • Thelma Blackheath, the Squire's niece
  • 2 more thugs

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  • S.S. Tania

Synopsis for "Introducing The Amazing Don Q"

Don Q and his statesman father sail to England aboard the S.S. Tania, and along the way, his father is shot dead by two gunmen. Don chases them out onto the main deck, dukes it out with them, and bodily throws them over the side, without first learning who sent them, a move he quickly regrets.

Arriving in London, Don Q pays a call on Squire Blackheath, head of the Oil Trade Committee, and while they converse, Thelma Blackheath runs in the front door, with the London Police chasing her. The Squire orders Thelma to hide in the basement, meets the bobbies at the door, and lies to them about her whereabouts. They buy it, or at least, they leave. Don Q has observed all this, and formed some suspicions. He leaves, then stealthily returns and peeks in a window. Squire Blackheath is slapping Thelma around, for leading the police to his door. Don Q won't have this; he leaps in through the closed window, and punches out the Squire, then grabs Thelma, drags her outside, and hails a taxi. They go for a ride and she tells him a mostly-true account of what she and her uncle are up to, but also leads him into an ambush, in which he's jumped by two thugs and head-konked unconscious with a club.

He wakes to find himself trussed up, at sea, aboard a fast ship, with Squire Blackheath gloating out some more important details of his evil plan. He and some foreign associates are planning to divert a large shipment of oil and sell it to some unidentified buyers. Oh and also he's behind having Don Q's dad killed. Don kicks Blackheath in the head, knocking him out for the second time, then dodges a pistol shot at close quarters, then breaks free of his ropes and punches out a gunman, then dives over the side. A squadron of Royal Navy ships shows up and Don Q, in the water, yells for them to open fire on Blackheath's ship, which they immediately do, sending it to the bottom.

Don Q returns to London, with Thelma Blackheath on his mind.

Appearing in "The Red Torpedo vs. the Black Shark"

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Locations:

  • South Atlantic Ocean
    • Black Shark's secret hideout, on a live-volcanic island

Items:

  • Black Shark's Marineo-Scope (able to detect and depict Red Torpedo's vessel)
  • Black Shark's ocean-freezing equipment (able to "increase the boreal pressure to 2000 degrees below zero")

Vehicles:

  • two ordinary-looking cargo ships
  • Red Torpedo (Submarine)
  • Black Shark's single-engine fighter plane
  • HMS Marlin, British submarine

Synopsis for "The Red Torpedo vs. the Black Shark"

Black Shark persuades the Nazi High Command to give him two ships and a good industrial site, promises to rid them of the Red Torpedo, and rigs an elaborate death trap. Shark sends out a fake S.O.S. signal, which draws the Torpedo into a prearranged spot in the South Atlantic Ocean, at which the Black Shark suddenly freezes a square mile of open ocean. Red surfaces and steps out onto the ice, while Black and an armed party of henchmen arrive on an artificial ice floe. After a short scuffle they subdue Red and drag him aboard their ship, then sail for two days, then arrive at Black Shark's secret hideout on a live-volcanic island. They toss Red into the smokey flamey volcano, but lose sight of him, as he lands on a ledge about 20 feet down, and works his ropes against the hot rocks until they break, then climbs painfully up to the crater's edge. Everybody has already left. Red sneaks down the mountain and up to Black Shark's main cabin, where he punches out one guard and slips inside. It's the supply shed, and in it he finds some steel cables and a whole lot of high-explosives. He rigs up a powerful delayed-action bomb, re-climbs the volcano, lowers it in, slides back down the volcano, and runs away very quickly. The ensuing explosion kills most or all of the Black Shark's crew.

Red runs to the beach, and finds his miniature submarine unguarded and unharmed, jumps in and zooms away, just as Black Shark, flying a conventional fighter plane, arrives on the scene; each spots the other. Red Torpedo takes to the air, and javelins Black Shark's plane with the Torpedo's harpoonish prow, knocking it out of the air. The fight continues as Torpedo lands on the surface, near Shark's floating plane, and Shark momentarily regains the advantage by pulling a pistol, but Torpedo leaps onto him and punches him out. But now a submarine arrives, so Black Shark cheers up, but wait, that's not a German sub, it's the HMS Marlin. Black Shark is turned over to the Royal Navy.

Appearing in Madam Fatal: "You Can't Tell a Book by Its Cover"

Featured Characters:

Villains:

  • Nazi aviation saboteurs

Synopsis for Madam Fatal: "You Can't Tell a Book by Its Cover"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in "Ned Brant"

Featured Characters:

  • Ned Brant

Synopsis for "Ned Brant"

(newspaper strip reprints)

Appearing in Alias the Spider: "Another Victim Claimed by the Curse"

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Synopsis for Alias the Spider: "Another Victim Claimed by the Curse"

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Notes

  • Black Condor:
    • "The President's Been Kidnapped" is reprinted in The Greatest Golden Age Stories Ever Told.
    • Dr. Foster knows about Sen. Wright's double identity. Wendy Foster, Sen. Wright's fiancee, does not.
    • Black Condor disarms one gunman by shooting his gun-hand with a blue burst from his black ray gun. The gunman yells that his hand has been shot off, but the art shows it still attached, and seemingly whole. Condor later blows a hole through a steel bulkhead, with a red burst from the same gun, then shoots a fleeing enemy spy with a yellow burst, seemingly killing the spy.
  • Red Torpedo:
    • "White hot lava and a rain of fire destroy Shark's panic-stricken men." At least 7 guys are visible in this panel.
  • Also featured in this issue of Crack Comics were:
    • Molly the Model, by Bernard Dibble
    • Slap Happy Pappy, by Jack Cole
    • Snappy, by Arthur Beeman
    • Rube Goldberg's Side Show, by Rube Goldberg

Trivia

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See Also


Recommended Reading

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Links and References

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