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"Black Condor: "The Storm Masters"": Doctor and Wendy Foster invent a food concentrate to alleviate wartime food shortages. That afternoon they join their friend Senator Tom Wright in a drive to the midwestern farmlands, and art shocked to find widespread devastation from a series of freakish i


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Appearing in Black Condor: "The Storm Masters"

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  • Dr. Foster
  • Wendy Foster

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  • German 2-engine high-altitude reconnaissance airplane
  • German U-boat (Destroyed)

Synopsis for Black Condor: "The Storm Masters"

Doctor and Wendy Foster invent a food concentrate to alleviate wartime food shortages. That afternoon they join their friend Senator Tom Wright in a drive to the midwestern farmlands, and art shocked to find widespread devastation from a series of freakish inland hurricanes. Farms and towns have been wiped out by cyclones and flooding, many farmers are now destitute.

In the following weeks it becomes apparent that these freak storms are moving across the Midwest towards the Great Lakes area. Dr. Foster volunteers to contribute the Food Pills formula to the public for free, and arranges to broadcast the formula to every chemist in the country, that very evening. But as he steps out of the house, he is confronted by a hideous figure, a robed, skull-faced apparition, with a gun, who demands and receives the written formula. Dr. Foster flees back inside.

That night the Black Condor flies from Washington, D.C., via Lake Erie, to Detroit, where he surveys the area from a tall tower. Out on the lake, an extremely large storm is developing very quickly, until it becomes so big and violent that a tidal wave is kicked up and rolls toward a group of factories on the shore. Black Condor penetrates the cloud cover and finds a large, fast aircraft, emitting at least two different types of rays. He's found his culprit, and attacks, using the Black Ray Pistol to knock out the controls. Below them, the giant wave fizzles out, just short of the shore. The aircraft flees the scene at an extremely high speed, so fast that the Black Condor, who is himself extremely fast, is hard put to catch up.

Aboard the plane is Condor's arch-enemy, Senator Jaspar Crow, along with an aircrew of German-uniformed fliers who speak with American slang, and the robed, skull-faced robber, who is still dressed that way. Crow is in radio contact with Adolf Hitler, who is reneging on their deal. Hitler refuses to pay Crow for the Foster Formula because of his failure to destroy Detroit. About then, the Condor catches up, and very stealthily gets aboard the plane, but he is soon discovered, and a brief fight breaks out. Jaspar Crow ends the fight with a proposition: Hitler has double-crossed him so he'll double-cross Hitler, and sell this plane and its amazing weather weapon, to the Black Condor, for gold. As for the Foster Formula, regrettably it could not be entrusted to a short-wave broadcast, so it is on its way to the Fatherland aboard a submarine. The Condor agrees that, after he has retrieved the formula, he'll buy the airplane.

Black Condor searches the ocean for the U-boat, finds it, dives down to it, cuts his way aboard with his Black Ray, retrieves the forumula, and leaves. Meanwhile aboard the weather plane, Jaspar Crow is gloating out loud about how he will get now double-cross the Black Condor, then renegotiate his deal with Hitler from a position of strength. The plane lands, beside a remote swamp. Black Condor lands, and fills a sack with sand and dirt. He then meets with Crow and hands over the gold, but the pilot quickly pushes Condor off the wing and into some quicksand. The plane takes off before Jaspar Crow opens the sack and finds he's been tricked; his tantrum is of great amusement to his henchmen.

Black Condor gets loose by using his Black Ray to explosively shatter a nearby cliffside, causing scores of big rocks to crash into the mire, displacing the quicksand. He resumes his attack on the hurricane plane, punching his way thru the fuselage and into the interior. While he is thrashing the aircrew, Jaspar Crow quietly escapes by parachute. Condor flies the plane, and its advanced weapon-system, back to Washington D.C., lands at a nearby military airfield, changes back to Tom Wright, and turns it all over to the Army.

Shortly later the Foster Food Pills bring much-needed relief to children in the hurricane-stricken areas.

Appearing in Spitfire: "Mission To Chalons"

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  • Eagle Squadron C.O.
  • Chuck

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  • British agent
  • English farmer

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Synopsis for Spitfire: "Mission To Chalons"

Tex "Spitfire" Adams, in a light scout bomber, at night, flies a British agent into the interior of France, where the agent parachute-jumps to the ground. Tex glides away from the drop site, reaching a low altitude, then restarts his engine with a roar, and almost immediately overflies a concentration of German troops, who open fire on him, and damage his engine. The plane won't make it back to Britain; Tex bails out.

On foot, in France, Tex makes his way to a road, and soon a column of panzers rolls past, headed for the coast. Tex sneaks a ride aboard the last one, for a long and very rough ride to the coast, but gets a better idea when he spots three Messerschmitt fighters landing in a nearby pasture. While the planes are on the ground, turning to taxi to their hangars, Tex boards the rearmost one, knocks out the pilot, heaves him out of the cockpit, and takes off. He has time for one pass of strafing before another plane is already taking off after him. Before it's off the ground, Tex rakes it with machinegun fire, it crumples and burns.

Tex flies the fighter plane back to England, lands it in a field, and gets captured by a local farmer, who marches him 10 miles to the Eagle Squadron airfield, where the misunderstanding is soon cleared up.

Appearing in Alias the Spider: "The Henderson Murder Case"

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  • Arthur Henderson

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Synopsis for Alias the Spider: "The Henderson Murder Case"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in Hack O'Hara: "The Problem of Princess Pershwah"

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Villains:

  • Princess Pershwah

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  • Prince Pershwah
  • Shandar
  • James (Dies)

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Synopsis for Hack O'Hara: "The Problem of Princess Pershwah"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in "Ned Brant"

Featured Characters:

  • Ned Brant

Synopsis for "Ned Brant"

(newspaper strip reprints)

Appearing in Madam Fatal: "Sure-Fire Detective Agency"

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  • Scrappy Nelson
  • Tubby White

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  • spies

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Synopsis for Madam Fatal: "Sure-Fire Detective Agency"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in Don Q: "The Red Stone"

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  • Tebet I (Dies)
  • Ajurac I (Dies)
  • Ajurac
  • Capt. Von Hardt
  • Tebet (Dies)

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  • Sir Cedric Besford

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Synopsis for Don Q: "The Red Stone"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in Tor the Magic Master: "U-Boat Attack"

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Synopsis for Tor the Magic Master: "U-Boat Attack"

  • 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 The Clock: "Victims of the Fagin"

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  • Fagin
    • Fagin's gang

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Synopsis for The Clock: "Victims of the Fagin"

  • Synopsis not yet written.



Notes

  • Black Condor:
    • At this story's end, Jaspar Crow is still at large, and still a U.S. Senator.
    • The crew of that U-boat are definitely dead, after having their hull sliced open while submerged.
    • Foster Food Pills were invented as a food concentrate, to send to war-torn countries.
      • At the end of this story, the formula still exists and has been put into production, but it's never seen or mentioned again.
      • Later that year, on a parallel Earth, Doctor and Wendy Foster's invention would be independently developed by Carter Hall.
    • Also at the end of this story, the storm-generating machinery, and the high-altitude spy plane are in the possession of the U.S. military authorities. These likewise are never seen or mentioned again.
  • Last issue for Madam Fatal. His last line of dialogue is quoted, above.
  • Also featured in this issue of Crack Comics were:

Trivia

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