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"Doll Man: "The Death Room"": Young Tim Smith built a radio-controlled 2-cylinder-engined model airplane and tested it in Central Park, where he met Darrel Dane. That day, a Sunday, at the Roberts Laboratory, in Dr Roberts' office, Dane meets Mr Griffin, a hotelier with a seemingly cursed room


Quote1 That's the crate he was just talking about -- I'll set up my guns -- Benny the fool forgot to remount them -- Well, there's only one thing to do -- ! Quote2
-- The Clock



Appearing in Doll Man: "The Death Room"

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  • Grimes (Single appearance)

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  • Timmy Smith (Single appearance)
  • Mr. Griffin (Single appearance)

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Synopsis for Doll Man: "The Death Room"

Young Tim Smith built a radio-controlled 2-cylinder-engined model airplane and tested it in Central Park, where he met Darrel Dane. That day, a Sunday, at the Roberts Laboratory, in Dr Roberts' office, Dane meets Mr Griffin, a hotelier with a seemingly cursed room in his hotel, one in which a series of murders has taken place, always on a Sunday, and always by hanging. Most or all of the victims have been diamond dealers, because this hotel caters to them. Since it's Sunday today, Darrel Dane decides to spend the night in this death room, which he does, hiding atop the canopy of the antique bed, at his fighting size. That night knockout gas is pumped into the room, paralyzing Doll Man, then a secret panel opens and in steps the hideous Grimes, a tall thin hunchback with a noose. Grimes is frustrated to find nobody in the room, suspects a trap, and flees down the narrow black secret tunnel behind the trick wall panel; Doll Man soon recovers from the gas and pursues him, but eventually is stymied by a steel door. Retracing his steps, Doll Man deduces that his quarry has hidden in the foreboding old Grimes Estate, surrounded by a wall topped with high voltage wires. Doll Man runs to Tim Smith's house, breaks into the garage, surreptitiously borrows the model airplane, flies it back to the Grimes Estate, and lands on the lawn. Inside he finds Grimes gloating over his large collection of stolen diamonds, beats him senseless, and leaves him for the police. He then returns Tim's airplane, with a ten dollar bill stuck inside.

Appearing in "Jane Arden // Lena Pry"

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

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(Newspaper strip reprints)

Appearing in Captain Fortune: "The Wicked Duke"

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Synopsis for Captain Fortune: "The Wicked Duke"

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Appearing in "Big Top"

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Reprints from the Big Top comic strip

Appearing in "Joe Palooka"

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Reprints from the Joe Palooka comic strip

Appearing in Rance Keane: "Cal Hennings's Rustlers"

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Synopsis for Rance Keane: "Cal Hennings's Rustlers"

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Appearing in The Clock: "The Poison Gas Formula"

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  • Benny, O'Brien's airplane mechanic

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  • Heizer (Single appearance)
  • Fritz (Single appearance)
  • Carl (Only appearance; dies)

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  • Captain Kane

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Synopsis for The Clock: "The Poison Gas Formula"

Brian O'Brien does some recreational flying in his personal biplane, when he hears a bulletin: a deadly new poison gas has been stolen; the thieves have escaped by air; "a description of the plane follows ..." Almost immediately O'Brien spots exactly that airplane nearby. (Both of these planes are 2-cockpit biplanes with red bodies and yellow wings and tails.) Frustrated by a problem with his plane's machine guns, O'Brien flies into position over the getaway plane, puts on his mask, climbs out on the wing, and dives into the enemy plane, leaving his own plane to crash. There's a fistfight on the getaway plane, one of the two spies falls to his death, the other yields the stolen formula after The Clock safely lands the plane. He also reveals that Heizer, a chemist, has a copy of the formula, and is cooking up a batch of the gas right now, in an old barn on the post road. O'Brien leaves this guy tied to a tree, rents a motorcycle, goes looking for this barn, finds it, and crashes through its doors. Heizer is inside and has just finished a batch of gas and has on a gas mask, so Heizer throws a tube of gas, which floods the room but fails to faze the Clock, who punches out Heizer and leaves him for the cops. O'Brien later confides his theory to Captain Kane, that the Clock's mask had gotten wet, stuck to his face, and filtered out the deadly gas. Kane seemed to accept this explanation with no further questions.

Appearing in "Lala Palooza"

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Reprints from the Lala Plaooza comic strip

Appearing in Spin Shaw: "Jasper Orin, Gun Runner"

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Appearing in Slim and Tubby: "Episode 31"

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Reprints from the Slim and Tubby comic strip

Appearing in "Ned Brant"

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Reprints from the Ned Brant comic strip

Appearing in Charlie Chan: "The Dr. Croft Ruby Mystery: Part 2"

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Reprints from the Charlie Chan comic strip

Appearing in The Bungle Family: "Open Season On Car Salesmen"

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Reprints from The Bungle Family comic strip

Appearing in Reynolds of the Mounted: "The Escaped Convicts"

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Appearing in "Dixie Dugan"

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Reprints from the Dixie Dugan comic strip

Appearing in "Mickey Finn"

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Reprints from the Mickey Finn comic strip

Notes

  • Everybody at Roberts Laboratory is at work on Sunday, including the owner, his daughter, and their star chemist Darrel Dane; something important must be happening there.
  • After this issue, The Clock next appears in Crack Comics #1 May 1940, and continues there until Crack Comics #35 Autumn 1944.

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