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"Speed Saunders of the River Patrol: "The Murders of Cap'n Scum"": Cyril 'Speed' Saunders receives a case where the bodies of dead Chinamen are being found in the bay. Through some investigation work at the pier, Speed notices a cargo ship, The Maria, that nev



Appearing in Speed Saunders of the River Patrol: "The Murders of Cap'n Scum"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Jake (Single appearance)

Villains:

  • Cap'n Scum (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Mister Moran

Locations:

  • Unknown

Items:

  • None

Vehicles:

  • None

Synopsis for Speed Saunders of the River Patrol: "The Murders of Cap'n Scum"

Cyril 'Speed' Saunders receives a case where the bodies of dead Chinamen are being found in the bay. Through some investigation work at the pier, Speed notices a cargo ship, The Maria, that never seems to come into port. He takes out a small boat and climbs aboard the ship only to find a group of no-good crewmen being led by a Captain Scum. The crew tosses Speed overboard, leaving him to swim the three miles back to shore.

With the help of a catboat owned by Jake, Speed trails the Maria to a place where it appears to be making an exchange with another vessel. He sneaks aboard, and overhears Scum negotiating a price with the man from the adjoining ship. Scum was smuggling Chinese laborers to potential buyers and had simply been tossing the sick ones out to sea! Speed successfully arrests Scum and his associate and the case is solved.

Appearing in Cosmo, the Phantom of Disguise: "The Rhanqwa Pearls"

Featured Characters:

  • Cosmo (First appearance)

Supporting Characters:

  • Captain Burke (Single appearance)

Villains:

  • Taro (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Gregory Dillingwater (Single appearance)

Locations:

  • Unknown

Items:

  • None

Vehicles:

  • None

Synopsis for Cosmo, the Phantom of Disguise: "The Rhanqwa Pearls"

In a large mansion, gem-collector Gregory Dillingwater gains possession of the Rhangwa pearls, a priceless bunch of gems. Later on, he receives a note that says the pearls will be stolen from him on the week of the 15th. It is signed by "Taro", a well known thief. After being called, the police captain decides to call Cosmo, the Phantom of Disguise, to help with the case. Cosmo comes up with a plan and explains it to Mr. Dillingwater.

Meanwhile, Taro has easily slipped past the police, and overcomes Buckley the butler. Now disguised in a butler’s suit, Taro attempts to poison Mr. Dillingwater by putting a pellet in his drink. Mr. Dillingwater instead lunges at Taro and knocks him to the floor. The Gregory Dillingwater that Taro tried to poison was really Cosmo in disguise! The police arrest Taro, and the Rhangwa pearls are now safe in Dillingwater's collection.

Appearing in Bret Lawton: "The Peruvian Mine Murders (Part I)"

Featured Characters:

  • Bret Lawton (First appearance)

Supporting Characters:

  • Tim Morgan (First appearance)

Villains:

  • Spider Malone (First appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Fred Collins (Appears only as a corpse)

Locations:

  • Peru

Items:

  • None

Vehicles:

  • None

Synopsis for Bret Lawton: "The Peruvian Mine Murders (Part I)"

While vacationing in Panama, Bret receives a telegram from his friend, Tim Morgan. He is having some trouble at his mining camp in Peru and is asking Bret to help.

When Bret arrives, Tim explains that there have been two murdered men found near the mine. Both victims had a small hole in their neck, but not from any bullet. Not long after, another body is found, that of the mining company's chief engineer, Fred Collins. An emerald is found next to Collins. The frightened and superstitious natives are refusing to work, meaning Tim may have to close up camp and lose thousands of dollars! Bret wants to search an old mine shaft in the Andes, where Collins was last working. He and Tim travel by horse through the thick vegetation. As they investigate the mine shaft, an Incan Priest watches from a high mountain-top, a look of malice in his eyes.

This story is continued in the next issue.

Appearing in Bruce Nelson: "The Claws of the Red Dragon (Part I)"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:


Villains:

  • Unnamed Chinese Thugs

Other Characters:

  • Erick von Holtzendorff (First appearance)
  • Sigrid von Holtzendorff (First appearance)

Locations:

Items:

  • None

Vehicles:

  • None

Synopsis for Bruce Nelson: "The Claws of the Red Dragon (Part I)"

Bruce Nelson was walking the streets of San Francisco one night, when he came across a restaurant sign that depicted a Chinese red dragon. His interest was especially drawn to the dragon's feet, which had seven deadly claws, just like the symbol on his ring. When he went inside, the restaurant was nearly deserted. None of the waiters would even give him a menu... Bruce grew more and more impatient as the minutes passed until he rose to his feet and confronted one of the Chinamen. The Chinamen only replied that they had no menu. Bruce was regarded with a cold shoulder.

A car was suddenly heard parking outside, and Bruce watched as a couple entered. A pretty young woman with her father, both of them being treated as honored customers by the Chinese. Bruce noticed that the father wore the same kind of ring he himself had on! The Chinamen treated the pair to a grand feast at the table, but the woman felt eeriness about the place. The waiters were also now serving Bruce, though they seemed in a hurry to make him leave... But Bruce's curiosity now overwhelmed his hunger, and he continued to watch the couple. Without any more delay, the Chinese took action! Two Chinamen wrapped a sheet of silk around the father and daughter's faces, and proceeded to tie them up, while another did the same to Bruce!

This story is continued in the next issue...

Appearing in Gumshoe Gus: "The Gotlotz Jewels"

Featured Characters:

  • Gumshoe Gus

Supporting Characters:

  • Mr. Reeves, Butler
  • Mrs. Gotlotz

Villains:


Other Characters:

  • Police Commissioner

Locations:

  • Unknown

Items:

  • None

Vehicles:

  • None

Synopsis for Gumshoe Gus: "The Gotlotz Jewels"

Gus is a detective who isn't as good at his job as he believes. The police chief tells Gus to go to a party at Mrs. Gotlotz's house and keep an eye on the jewels. When he gets there, he accuses the butler of using an alias ("What other name do you use besides 'Butler'?"), and mistakes his reflection in a mirror for a suspicious character.

Meanwhile, Mrs. Gotlotz is dancing with a gentleman when the clasp on her jewel necklace breaks. Not wanting to abandon her duties as a hostess to put them away, she hands them to the man for safe-keeping. When Gus spots the gentleman walking away with the pearls in hand, he takes out his club and whacks him in the head, knocking him out. Gus asks the Butler who the gentleman is, and the butler replies in horror that it's the chief of police!

Appearing in Bart Regan, Spy: "The Balinoff Case (Part I)"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Villains:

  • Olga Balinoff (First appearance)

Other Characters:


Locations:

  • Unknown

Items:

  • None

Vehicles:

  • None

Synopsis for Bart Regan, Spy: "The Balinoff Case (Part I)"

Bart Regan is a Police Officer who 'got fired' from his job, but in reality was recruited to be a spy with Secret Service. Thus, he must leave his past behind, including his fiancée, Sally Norris. But she won't give up so easily. She heads over to his residence, but she has to have the taxi driver chase him because he has just left on his first assignment, disguised as Captain Markham. The assignment is to go to a party hosted by Olga Balinoff, who is suspected of using her charms to worm valuable Army secrets out of young officers.

At the party Olga and Bruce are talking and Sally enters. A common friend of Sally's and Olga's introduces the two and Sally pulls Bruce away from Olga to dance. While she is confronting him, the butler, another secret agent, cuts in, freeing Bruce to get back to Olga. After a discussion between Bruce and Olga where he lets out that his superiors tell him everything, they go back to her apartment for drinks, again chased by Sally. Upstairs, Olga slips a pill into Bruce's drink while downstairs Sally is fighting with a taxi driver who won't let her go without paying even though she left her wallet at the party.

This story is continued in the next issue.

Appearing in Eagle-Eye Jake: "The Gotrox Pearls"

Featured Characters:

  • Eagle-Eyed Jake (Single appearance)

Supporting Characters:

  • Mrs. Gotrox (Single appearance)

Villains:


Other Characters:


Locations:

  • Unknown

Items:

  • None

Vehicles:

  • None

Synopsis for Eagle-Eye Jake: "The Gotrox Pearls"

Eagle-Eyed Jake takes a sleuth class by mail-order. Then Mrs. Gotrox's jewel's, valued at $500,000, gets stolen. All the best sleuths and local cops try to solve it but fail, so they hire Eagle-Eye. He solves the case by realizing that the jewels never were stolen but Mrs. Gotrox just wanted to see her name in the papers.

Appearing in Buck Marshall: "The Bar S Rustlers"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Sheriff

Villains:

  • Sanders (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Jackson
  • Rawhide
  • Volk

Locations:

Items:

  • None

Vehicles:

  • None

Synopsis for Buck Marshall: "The Bar S Rustlers"

Buck Marshall is a range detective who gets called to do an assignment for a sheriff he knows but in an area he doesn't. It seems some calves are being hustled by the Circle Bar 8 ranch from the Bar S ranch. Buck goes undercover as Sam Wilson on the Bar S Ranch, and after a quick shootout with a man named Rawhide, gets a job to mend a fence, which is on the border of the two ranches. He comes upon some hombres who are branding a calf. As he starts to follow, a shot rings, sending him to a halt.

Meanwhile, the Sheriff goes to confront Volk, with Sanders. They talk and then Volk punches Sanders in the jaw, and the sheriff makes him come along. Back to Buck, he follows the sound of the bullet and finds a dead man. He follows the horse prints and finds a broken bush, cut up ground, soft yellow ground and a horseshoe. He takes the body back into town where Rawhide confronts him about being in cohorts with the rustlers. He says no, and takes them to the scene of the crime. He deducts that the killers horse will be wearing a new shoe. Sanders starts to run away, but the Sheriff shoots him out of his saddle. A reward awaits Buck when they get back to town.

Appearing in Slam Bradley: "The Streets of Chinatown"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Shorty Morgan (First appearance)
  • Sergeant Kelly (First appearance)

Villains:

  • Fui Onyui (First appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Captain Frawley (Single appearance)
  • Mimi the dog (Single appearance)
  • Rita Carlisle (Single appearance)

Locations:

Items:

  • None

Vehicles:

  • None

Synopsis for Slam Bradley: "The Streets of Chinatown"

While tangling with a Chinese mob, Slam Bradley is interrupted by some policemen and Sgt. Kelley. Captain Frawley has summoned Slam to take on Rita's case which turns out to simply be guarding her prize, pet dog, Mimi. Slam turns down the job, but outsources it to Shorty, who is desperately trying to become partners with him. While on the job, driving with Rita, she sees an antiques store in Chinatown that she visits. After about an hour of waiting in the car, Shorty gets suspicious that Rita hasn't returned yet. Leaving the dog behind, Shorty checks the shop but does not find her and is told to leave by the very stereotypical Chinese owner. Shorty calls up Slam to tell him about the situation. They both make their way through the shop and hidden catacombs underneath it and rescue Rita from the clutches of Fui Onyui and his China mob. After Shorty stops Fui Onyui from making his getaway using tar to stick him to the floor, Slam officially declares Shorty as his new partner and rudely says goodbye to Rita after they share a kiss.

Notes

Trivia

  • This issue features a one-page humor strip by Fred Schwab entitled "Silly Sleuths".
  • Slam Bradley operates out of Cleveland, Ohio - the home town of creator Jerry Siegel. During the late 1930s, Cleveland became analogous for the fictional city of Metropolis, the base of operations for Siegel's most famous creation - Superman.
  • Fui Onyui from the Slam Bradley story is featured on the cover to this issue.
  • Members of Fui Onyui's gang are referred to as Celestials. This was a common term used to describe laborers of Chinese origin during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
  • "Eagle-Eyed Jake" is written in a style similar to Dr. Seuss.
  • "The Peruvian Mine Murders (Part 1) is rendered in Black and White while "The Peruvian Mine Murders(Part II) is rendered in Color.



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