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"The Clock Strikes: "The FBI Agent Killing"": Some international spies, Carl Adolf Voss and his henchman Hurtz, use a 20-foot-wide mirror across a country road, at night, to engineer a fatal car crash, so that they can steal the US industrial mobilization plans. Brian O'Brien encounters it shor


Quote1 I've learned that for the past few weeks your trucks have been waylaid almost repeatedly! Now, if you'd let me, I believe I can solve this case. Quote2
-- Doll Man



Appearing in The Clock Strikes: "The FBI Agent Killing"

Featured Characters:

Villains:

  • Carl Adolf Voss (wears a monocle) (Single appearance)
  • Hurtz (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

  • FBI Agent (Dies)

Locations:

Items:

  • Clock's Trick Cane
  • Clock's Calling Cards

Synopsis for The Clock Strikes: "The FBI Agent Killing"

Some international spies, Carl Adolf Voss and his henchman Hurtz, use a 20-foot-wide mirror across a country road, at night, to engineer a fatal car crash, so that they can steal the US industrial mobilization plans. Brian O'Brien encounters it shortly afterward, investigates, gets ambushed, and is knocked out with a wooden club. When he recovers, half an hour later, the bad guys have removed the crashed car, and the jumbo mirror, from the crime scene, but left behind some specially marked cigarette butts. His investigation leads him to a specialty tobacconist's shop, where he learns that Carl Adolf Voss has these particular cigarettes custom blended.

Moments later the Clock shows up at Voss' posh apartment building, hands his calling card and a dollar to an urchin, and sends him up to deliver the card to Mr. Voss. Then he scales the outside of the building, breaks into Voss' apartment, and corners Hurtz at gunpoint. Voss pounces onto him from behind but the Clock just flips him onto the floor, and recovers the stolen plans. Hurtz tries to run for the door, but the Clock knocks him unconscious with his spring-loaded trick walking-stick. He pins one of his calling cards to the lapel of each unconscious spy, then calls in the police.

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 Reynolds of the Mounted: "The Phoney Gold Shipment"

Featured Characters:

Villains:

  • Jeff Dixon, Foreman
  • Lane, Manager

Other Characters:

  • Constable Burton

Locations:

  • Canada
    • Great Bear Lake
    • Moose Creek
    • Yukon Mining Company
    • Nugget City

Items:

  • four thousand ounces of gold dust

Vehicles:

  • Canoe
  • Packet Steamer

Synopsis for Reynolds of the Mounted: "The Phoney Gold Shipment"

The Yukon Gold Company sends four thousand ounces of gold dust to Nugget City, with Sgt. Reynolds, in a canoe. Meanwhile a phony shipment is sent via the regular steamer, to distract any robbers. This plan was suggested by mining company foreman Dixon, and mining company manager Lane will be packing the shipment, behind closed doors! Unknown to either of them, Reynolds has brought along Constable Burton, to perform a secret task.

A few days later Reynolds embarks down Moose Creek toward Nugget City, with the gold dust. The next morning, somebody takes a rifle shot at him. Reynolds feigns a wound and falls down, to lure the sniper out of hiding. This works, and a short fight later, the masked gunman is captured and revealed as Jeff Dixon. But Dixon himself has been double-crossed; the gold-dust strongboxes in Reynolds' canoe are empty!

Meanwhile back at Yukon Mining, Lane has just finished sending the fake shipment away on the steamer, and is ready to make his getaway. Needing labor to carry the gold down to the river, he hires a crazy old prospector who just happens to have been hanging around the area for a few days. It's Constable Burton, who figures out what the real deal here is. Lane tries to shoot him then tries to stab him, and almost makes it, but Sgt. Reynolds shows up and shoots the weapon out of his hand. Soon both Dixon and Lane are under arrest.

Appearing in Spin Shaw of the Naval Air Corps: "Collision at Sea"

Featured Characters:

Other Characters:

  • Capt. "Poison" Atkins, USN.
  • Ann Atkins

Locations:

Vehicles:

  • USS Martyr, destroyer
    • Amphibious Biplane
  • SS Gulf Town, oil tanker
  • Anula, yacht (Destroyed)

Synopsis for Spin Shaw of the Naval Air Corps: "Collision at Sea"

During maneuvers of the Asiatic Fleet, Capt. S. R. "Spin" Shaw spends time aboard the USS Martyr, commanded by the very cranky martinet Capt. "Poison" Atkins. A hundred miles to the south, in a dense fog, the oil tanker Gulf Town collides with the yacht Anula, starting a fire aboard the tanker and sinking the yacht, whose passengers are brought aboard the Gulf Town. The SOS reaches the USS Martyr; Capt. Atkins' daughter turns out to be aboard the yacht; the Martyr changes course and proceeds to the scene of the collision. There, rescue operations are hampered by thick smoke; Spin Shaw persuades Poison Atkins to launch his seaplane (a pontoon-equipped biplane), allowing him to anchor the plane in a stationary position and use the propellor to disperse the smoke. This works, and the tanker and yacht survivors are rescued before the tanker bursts into smithereens then sinks. Spin is injured in this explosion and spends some time in sick bay.

Appearing in Ned Brant: "Fortune Teller"

Featured Characters:

  • Ned Brant

Supporting Characters:

  • Bud Shekels

Synopsis for Ned Brant: "Fortune Teller"

(newspaper strip reprints)

Appearing in Captain Fortune: "The Fate of the Dragon"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Will Kentshire, First Officer
    • crew of the "Revenge"

Villains:

  • Pirate Captain with Eyepatch, as "Mighty Kilu"
    • his White Pirate Crew
  • Witch Doctor
    • his Island Native Spearmen

Other Characters:

  • Governor Chadwick
  • Light Keeper (Deceased)

Locations:

  • West Indies
    • San Luray, small coastal town
    • Barren Islands

Items:

  • Giant Idol of Kilu (Destroyed)

Vehicles:

  • English Privateer Galleon "Revenge"
  • English Merchant Galleon "Dragon"

Synopsis for Captain Fortune: "The Fate of the Dragon"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in The Doll Man: "The Bomber Engine Robberies"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Villains:

Other Characters:

  • H. Dustin Crawford, trucking company boss (Single appearance)
  • McCoot, private detective (Single appearance)

Locations:

Vehicles:

  • Foreign Submarine (Captured)
  • USCG Cutter

Synopsis for The Doll Man: "The Bomber Engine Robberies"

For five weeks, H. Dustin Crawford's trucking company has been targeted by hijackers; all of the robberies have taken place along a stretch of New England shoreline highway; all the stolen cargoes were super powered airplane motors for bombers. Driving down the highway one day, Darrel Dane encounters one truck robbery in progress, stops and (unarmed and still full-sized) joins the two truck men in fighting off the attackers, successfully. At Crawford's office, Darrel Dane then meets Mr. McCoot, Crawford's hired sleuth, who lays out what's going on. That night another robbery takes place; McCoot observes with binoculars that a submarine is loading the stolen freight. Aboard the sub, in a freshly loaded engine crate, Doll Man has stowed away. He beats up a series of foreign submariners, then grabs an intake valve and threatens to open it unless they surface and turn themselves in. None of them tries to shoot him or even displays a firearm; they surface; a Coast Guard cutter takes over. Later at Dr. Roberts' house, this exchange gets said: Dr. Roberts: "The reputation of the Doll Man has reached the papers." Darrel Dane: "Yes, and my work is just beginning."

Appearing in Rance Keane: "The Bridge Blasters"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Pee Wee Lee

Villains:

  • Seth Cheatham

Other Characters:

  • Nixon, outfitter
  • Clyde Cameron, bridge builder
    • his road crew
  • Yancy Cheatham

Locations:

  • Southwestern United States
    • Cameron's Suspension Bridge, highest in the West
    • Old Baldy, mountain
    • Nixon's store
    • Cheatham Ranch

Synopsis for Rance Keane: "The Bridge Blasters"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in "Joe Palooka"

Featured Characters:

  • Joe Palooka

Supporting Characters:

  • Knobby Walsh

Synopsis for "Joe Palooka"

(newspaper strip reprints)

Appearing in Charlie Chan: "The Dr. Croft Ruby Mystery, Part 1"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Kirk Barrow
  • Gina Lane

Villains:

  • pirate crew

Other Characters:

  • Dr. Croft
  • Cynthia Welles

Locations:

Items:

  • "pigeon blood" rubies

Vehicles:

  • Clipper Ship
  • Pirate Motor Launches

Synopsis for Charlie Chan: "The Dr. Croft Ruby Mystery, Part 1"

(newspaper strip reprints)

Appearing in "Mickey Finn"

Featured Characters:

  • Mickey Finn

Supporting Characters:

  • Uncle Phil

Synopsis for "Mickey Finn"

(newspaper strip reprints)

Notes

  • The Clock:
    • Brian O'Brien gets head-konked unconscious, for at least the second time in his career.[1]
    • The villains, Hurtz and Voss, are "international spies," from no identified nation.
  • Doll Man's fame seems to have just now (his 4th adventure) reached the newspapers, yet the well-informed Doctor Rodent already knew about him at the outset of his 2nd adventure (in Feature Comics #28). So the underworld grapevine in NYC in 1940 is well ahead of the establishment media.
    • In this episode, Darrel Dane's transformation to Doll Man takes place out of the reader's sight. Last issue he was taking a pill to shrink. This issue the opening caption states that he "can reduce his body to the size of a doll at will."
    • The nationality of the foreign submarine crew is never explicitly identified, and they don't have thick accents, or swastikas, but they are there to take their loot back to "the Fatherland" where they hope to have earned "the Iron Cross." And the captain wears a monocle. Uncharacteristically, for this era, the submarine crew gets captured alive.
  • Also appearing in this issue of Feature Comics were:

Trivia

  • Bob Powell no longer signs his Spin Shaw story; in the prior issue he signed as "Rex Smith".
  • Will Eisner signs his Doll Man stories as "William Erwin Maxwell".



See Also


Recommended Reading

  • None.


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