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"Doll Man: "The Final Act of Mr. Grimm"": Doctor and Martha Roberts, with Darrel Dane piloting, fly to a remote part of the island of Java, in Roberts' amphibious plane, in order to learn something important from Dr. Roberts’ old classmate, Grimm. Grimm had years earlier sold out to a foreign p


Quote1 I .. er understand there’s been some violence around here .. Dr. Roberts, you and Martha had better fly outside just beyond the island .. I’ll meet you later .. I have – er a little business to attend to! Quote2
-- Darrel Dane



Appearing in Doll Man: "The Final Act of Mr. Grimm"

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  • Grimm (Dies)

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  • Java
    • island neighboring Java

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  • Doctor Roberts' seaplane
  • captured enemy bomber

Synopsis for Doll Man: "The Final Act of Mr. Grimm"

Doctor and Martha Roberts, with Darrel Dane piloting, fly to a remote part of the island of Java, in Roberts' amphibious plane, in order to learn something important from Dr. Roberts’ old classmate, Grimm. Grimm had years earlier sold out to a foreign power and later fled to Java in disgrace; now he had a deathbed message to pass on. You see, there would be an Axis attack on Manila, launched from a covert submarine base at . . .

A pistol shot from outside the open window silences Grimm. Dane gives chase to the shooter, while sending Dr. Roberts to rejoin Martha at the plane, then changes himself into Doll Man, catches up to the gunman, and hops aboard his pith helmet for a ride. (All of the men in this story, except Darrel, wear pith helmets, and the bad guys wear shorts.) Meanwhile a 2nd and 3rd thug intercept Dr. Roberts, and march him into his own seaplane at gunpoint.

The killer seemingly escapes, in a sleek motor launch, to a neighboring island. There Doll Man punches him unconscious, drops him overboard, and commandeers his launch, exploring the coast until he finds a hidden cove, then exploring the forest until he finds some smoke which leads him to a secret lake, in the crater of an extinct volcano. On the lake are enemy warships and aircraft. Doll Man finds a primitive guardhouse, jump-punches one guard unconscious, finds the Robertses inside, and frees them. They run back to the plane, while Darrel, at full size, creates a distraction by hollering and name-calling, drawing together a bunch of soldiers, for Doll Man to beat up. He topples many of them into a moat, bristling with poison stakes. Doll Man runs to catch up to the Robertses, at their seaplane, and along the way he changes size and clothing. Pretending not to be Doll Man, Darrel tells the Robertses a good spot to fly to, and returns to the enemy base.

At full size, Darrel dukes it out with one bomber pilot, and steals his plane (a 2-engine, single-tailed, medium bomber), then takes out the main hangar and the munitions dump with one well-placed bomb. [Caption: “The base is completely destroyed and plans for the raid on Manila go up in thick, acrid smoke amid the wails of dying men.”] He then flies out to where the the Robertses are flying, and signals them to join him, as he returns to the late Mr. Grimm’s crude shack on Java. But Grimm’s killer is still lurking about, and he spots them, and sneaks up, to tackle Dane from behind, but still gets punched out, (and later taken to Batavia, to stand trial for murder). The Robertses and Darrel give Grimm a proper burial.

Appearing in the 2nd Story

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Appearing in "The Curse of the Death Devil"

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Appearing in "Zero, Ghost Detective"

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  • The Gibson Street Ghoul, an avenging ghost

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  • Moss, a morgue wagon worker (First appearance)(Dies)

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  • Officer Foley
  • Ray Stewart, chain store manager (Dies)
  • Betty Stewart, Ray's daughter

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  • morgue wagon
  • police car

Synopsis for "Zero, Ghost Detective"

Blurb: “Master of occult phenomena, Zero seeks to unravel the conspiracies schemed by grim spectres who emerge from their restless graves to avenge their eternal fate . . .” At the foot of Windsor Hill, a hit-and-run driver leaves a man’s mangled body by the roadside, then a grotesque wraith emerges from the shadows and darts toward the victim; this is observed by Officer Foley, who recognizes this spook as the Gibson Street Ghoul, and shoots at it, but it simply vanishes. Foley calls Captain Burke, who sends a sergeant along with Zero, the Ghost Detective, to investigate. They need to hurry to the scene, because the morgue retrieval crews always mess up their crime scenes. Meanwhile, a wagon from the city mortuary is doing 70 mph towards the site, with white-uniformed morgue worker Moss urging his very nervous driver Joe to speed up. Sure enough the cop car gets there second, with Zero and the Sergeant approaching on foot and observing as Moss goes through the victims pockets. But wait, where is Officer Foley? They find him behind some bushes, knocked out, with auto grease smeared on his forehead.

The victim is identified as Ray Stewart, and his store’s receipts for the weekend seem to be missing, but just then his daughter Betty drives up, and without being asked about it, she tells the cops that she had picked up the money earlier. Zero and Betty go for a ride in Betty’s car, with Zero identifying himself as “Detective Smith,” and with nobody yet having told her about Ray. She actually sees the body without recognizing it. The hooded Ghoul gets to Miss Stewart’s house ahead of her and Zero, and apparently uses a painter’s ladder to climb inside. When they arrive, Betty notices that a light that she had left on is now off, and Zero picks this moment to tell her that the accident victim was her father, and that she should wait outside while he checks out the house. He pulls out a revolver and steps inside, immediately receiving a glancing blow to his head from a heavy wrench, but stays upright and pursues the attacker, who wears a white uniform. He shoots and misses, then there’s a tussle at the top of the stairs, in which a weird figure eludes Zero’s grasp. He rejoins Betty outside, and they are both startled to see Moss, the morgue wagon man, flung from a second-story window by the same weird figure. Moss dies from a broken neck. The Ghoul in the window addresses the Ghost Detective as “my good friend Zero”, and explains himself; he’s been blamed for many of Moss’s crimes, and was himself a victim of robbery and murder, committed by Moss. With that, the Gibson Street Ghoul says farewell and vanishes.

Appearing in "To Save a Convoy"

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Appearing in "Acid and Extortion"

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Appearing in "Lala Plaooza"

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  • Lala Palooza

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Reprints from the Lala Plaooza comic strip

Appearing in "The Escape of Romer"

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Appearing in "Clue of the Matches"

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Appearing in "Legree, the Dope Smuggler"

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Appearing in "Mickey Finn"

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Reprints from the Mickey Finn comic strip

Appearing in Rusty Ryan: "The Explosive Pencils"

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  • Cappy, Boyville Supervisor
  • The Boyville Brigadiers
    • Smiley Scott
    • Ed
    • Whitey
    • Scotty

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Appearing in "Chaos In Cuba"

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Notes

  • Doll Man: "The Final Act of Mr. Grimm"
    • The Axis military are never identified by nationality, and don't have any stereotypical accents, and are white. Their bomber has no markings of any kind.
    • Darrel Dane’s tropical white civvies become Doll Man’s blue and red action suit whenever he changes size. No explanation for this is given.
    • In the guardhouse, inexplicably, Doll Man’s and Martha’s dialogue, plus one caption, give the impression that Darrel’s dual identity is not known to either of the Robertses. And Darrel’s own thoughts and dialogue in a later scene give the same impression. But they’ve both known his identity, ever since they were present at his origin, in Feature Comics #27 Dec 1939.
    • Dr. Roberts has upgraded to a larger seaplane, some time since Feature Comics #35 Aug 1940. His old one was a biplane, and not very fast.

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