- Odd that you should have a stateroom adjacent to the arsenal! Let's say, for instance, if a man wanted to blow up this ship, where would he put the bomb?
- -- Black X, to the heavily-sweating Jonathan Atcherson
Appearing in Espionage, featuring Black X: "Treachery On the Transatlantic Flight"
- Major Gale
- Jonathan Atcherson, ex-SAA executive.
- Mixy Mulligan, NYPD
Synopsis for Espionage, featuring Black X: "Treachery On the Transatlantic Flight"
Circa probably 1937-Oct, from New York Harbor, the Superior American Airways inaugurated a transatlantic airline service, and the debonair monocled cigarette-smoking Black X was aboard to foil any potential saboteurs, and of course there was one. Disgraced SAA ex-executive Jonathan Atcherson had assembled a bomb on board, and after a few complications and misdirections, Black X defused the bomb and let NYPD dimwit detective Mixy Mulligan get the credit for it, because spies can't get credit. The "Espionage" story ends with Mulligan's co-workers all comically sick and tired of hearing him brag about how he supposedly caught the airliner bomber.
Appearing in The Clock: "Mayor Willis Murdered!"
- The Clock
- Captain Kane
- Commissioner Litz
Synopsis for The Clock: "Mayor Willis Murdered!"
Mayor Willis gets murdered, so Police Commissioner Litz (who of course will turn out to be the culprit) leans on Captain Kane to make just any old arrest at all, and railroad whoever they have to, to appease the public. Kane instead recruits The Clock to investigate, and a few pages later P.C.Litz is busted.
- "Espionage Starring Black X" stories tend to cover (in just 4 to 7 pages) "several weeks" or up to "three months" at a time, so the estimated date of this story is necessarily much earlier than the issue's cover date.
- Only one fight takes place in The Clock's 5-page story, and it's in a COMPLETELY darkened room, so it's just four completely blacked-out panels long. That's half a page.
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