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"Hercules: "A Town's Ransom"": Joe Hercules must stop a syndicate of crooks from blowing up the Couver Dam and flooding the town of Meadowlane in the valley below it. A half-million-dollar ransom has been demanded. To show seriousness, the gang blows up the town school house, just as Joe Hercule


Quote1 Frightened, Radolf? When you see the ghosts of men, victims of the schemes of your vicious and demented brain. You will suffer the torture that your sadistic guards inflicted on them? Quote2
-- Neon the Unknown



Appearing in Hercules: "A Town's Ransom"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Mr. Portle (Single appearance)

Villains:

  • Mr. Crinch (Single appearance)

Other Characters:


Locations:

  • Meadowlane
  • Couver Dam

Items:

  • None

Vehicles:

  • None

Synopsis for Hercules: "A Town's Ransom"

Joe Hercules must stop a syndicate of crooks from blowing up the Couver Dam and flooding the town of Meadowlane in the valley below it. A half-million-dollar ransom has been demanded. To show seriousness, the gang blows up the town school house, just as Joe Hercules is passing through Meadowlane, on foot, dressed in a business suit. There's a brief misunderstanding with the town police, then there's concern because Joe's friend, Mr. Portle, the science teacher, is missing. That night, correctly suspecting Town Board member Mr. Crinch of being part of the problem, Joe Hercules changes into his costume and breaks into Crinch's house. He smacks open a heavy floor safe with one punch, and finds a bunch of incriminating paperwork inside it. But Crinch makes a quick move with a lit match and destroys the papers; Joe is stymied and runs away on foot to find the town's mayor. It's night, so apparently he finds the mayor at home, and warns him not to pay the ransom, that the dam is going to be blown up anyway. Just then Mr. Crinch and some cops show up, to arrest Hercules for the burglary at Crinch's house. Hercules tosses some cops out of his way and flees on foot; immediately a police car zooms out in pursuit of him; right behind that is a private car containing the cash for the crooks. Soon Hercules is at the top of the dam, with police at each end of it. Meanwhile in a small observatory-like building near the dam, Mr. Portle is being tortured to compel him to operate a long-distance explosion-producing machine. One explosion later, there's a big crack in the dam, and Joe Hercules is holding it together, waiting for a construction crew to make repairs. Reconstruction takes several days; cute local girls bring Hercules food. At last the dam is repaired, and Hercules has had plenty of time to work out where the bad guys are, so he sprints directly to the bad guys' laboratory, but they see him coming, and try to blow him up with their explosion ray. He's blasted into the air, stunned, but crashes in through the roof, then punches the bad guys, breaks the ray machine, and frees his friend. The crooks try to flee in an autogiro, but Joe just leaps aboard it and starts breaking off propellor blades. After a rough landing, they're handed over to the Meadowlane police. He then finds the ransom money and returns it to the mayor.

Appearing in X-5: "Assignment: Ruina"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:


Villains:

  • Muchbach (Only appearance; dies)
    • Black Guards (Single appearance)

Other Characters:


Locations:

  • Bailu, Ruina
  • Nordicha

Items:

  • None

Vehicles:

  • None

Synopsis for X-5: "Assignment: Ruina"

Tiny oil-rich Ruina is trying to remain neutral amid war-torn Europe, but in the capital city, Bailu, agents of Nordicha (their "dear Fatherland"), the Black Guards are determined to provoke an invasion. They publicly gun down the Prime Minister of Ruina, sparking an outbreak of riots and executions. Ruina's king meanwhile calls for X-5, Secret Agent, to intervene, and because the king's palace staff is riddled with spies, including his main lackey, the Black Guards find out about it right away; they prepare some ambushes. X-5 arrives disguised as a Nordichan general, has an audience with the king, then infiltrates a secret meeting of the Black Guards, where he gives them new orders: that very night they are to storm the palace and abduct the king! This can't possibly work, and the main Black Guard guy (Muchbach) says so, but he's overruled by "the general." But the same palace spies are all still in place, so X-5's planned ambush of the B.G.s backfires; when he returns to the B.G. hideout, he's shot in the back and tumbles down a flight of stairs. Muchbach scurries away to the railroad yard, and is setting up his original plan (which we don't yet know), when half-dead X-5 arrives to foil him. There's a short shoot-out, and Muchbach dies before X-5 can find out what he was up to. It turns out that the plan is to prevent a trainload of oil from being exported from Ruina to Nordicha, before a critical deadline, providing a provocation for an invasion, and it also turns out that the freight train's entire crew is in on it, so there's a wild fight on the moving train, and before it's over, all of the oil tank cars have been ignited. But X-5 gains the upper hand, and uses an overhead trackside sand hopper to extinguish all of the fires, then delivers the oil on time, averting the international crisis.

Appearing in Jack and Jill: "The Baby on the Doorstep"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Stella Ford (Single appearance)
  • Butch Ford (Single appearance)

Villains:

  • Rocky Ford (Single appearance)
  • Slobber Mike (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Mrs. Jones (Single appearance)

Locations:

  • Unnamed Town

Items:

  • None

Vehicles:

  • None

Synopsis for Jack and Jill: "The Baby on the Doorstep"

Jack and Jill are in for a surprise when a baby is left on their doorstep. Determined to find the mother and learn the reason for her abandoning her own child, Jack sets out to find a lead, leaving Jill to play babysitter.

Appearing in The Old Witch: "The Phantom Scaffold"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • John Rawlson (Single appearance)
  • Roland Rawlson (Single appearance)
  • Patience Caldwell (Single appearance)

Villains:


Other Characters:

  • Higby (Single appearance)

Locations:

Items:

  • None

Vehicles:

  • None

Synopsis for The Old Witch: "The Phantom Scaffold"

The old witch tells a story about a man who enters a ghostly scene of the past and saves a woman from the gallows.

Appearing in The Strange Twins: "The Escape of Roderick Strange"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Wendy Hale

Villains:

  • Rod Strange
  • Wing Low
  • MacDermott (Single appearance)
  • Slipfinger (Single appearance)

Other Characters:


Locations:

Items:

  • None

Vehicles:

  • None

Synopsis for The Strange Twins: "The Escape of Roderick Strange"

Doug Strange's criminal brother hatches a plan to switch places with him.

Appearing in The Red Bee: "The Hospital Grafters"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Tom Darrow, Rick's boss
  • Michael (Red Bee's bee)

Villains:

  • Al Snead (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Captain Dooley (First appearance)

Locations:

Items:

  • None

Vehicles:

  • None

Synopsis for The Red Bee: "The Hospital Grafters"

There's an influenza epidemic in Superior City, hundreds die, and the corrupt politicians (Al Snead, et.al.) are too busy reveling in their graft to help anyone. The Red Bee calls his boss, the D.A., and promises to deliver some money for the City to buy serum, if the D.A. promises not to try to arrest him. Then he breaks into Al Snead's apartment and forces him to hand over all the money in it. A few minutes later, he drives his red car to the Snead gang's waterfront hideout, walks in on them counting a pile of money, beats them up, and takes the money. At the D.A.'s office, near midnight, Police Captain Dooley is reneging on the D.A.'s deal, and setting an ambush for the Red Bee, but only catches A.D.A. Rick Raleigh instead, but wait, there's a pile of money on the D.A.'s desk and a signed confession from Al Snead, so the Red Bee has been there after all. They'd probably catch him if this guy Raleigh didn't keep getting in the way ...

Appearing in Bob & Swab: "Costa Rica Shore Leave"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Nina Costa (Single appearance)

Villains:

  • Unnamed Plantation Thieves (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Mr. Costa (Nina's Father) (Single appearance)

Locations:

Items:

  • None

Vehicles:

  • USS Scarab

Synopsis for Bob & Swab: "Costa Rica Shore Leave"

Bob and Swab help the beautiful Nina Costa, whose father is being held captive on his plantation.

Appearing in Casey Jones: "The Railroad Saboteurs"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:


Villains:

Other Characters:


Locations:

  • United States Railways

Items:

  • None

Vehicles:

  • Train

Synopsis for Casey Jones: "The Railroad Saboteurs"

A cargo shipment of war supplies to the allied forces is constantly detoured by a series of explosions.

Appearing in Blaze Barton: "The Venusian Expedition"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Prof. Solis
  • Betty Solis

Villains:

  • King of the Core-Men
    • Core-Men

Other Characters:

  • Bat Men of Venus (Single appearance)

Locations:

  • Solis City, "near New York State"

Era:

  • year 3000

Items:

  • Bat Men's ray pistols
  • Solis' Ice Ray

Vehicles:

  • Venusian Spaceship

Synopsis for Blaze Barton: "The Venusian Expedition"

The Core Men have surrounded the heat-proof citadel, Solis City. Meanwhile an exploratory expedition from the planet Venus arrives in a rocketship. A foot patrol of Venusian Bat Men encounters a force of Core-Men, and a desperate skirmish ensues. Two bat men escape and take refuge in the broken dome of a tall ruined building.

Blaze Barton and Professor Solis have been monitoring this situation, and Blaze sets forth on foot to find and aid the beleaguered Bat Men. A stealthy Core-Man reaches the City's hatch, before it can get closed, and smashes the locking mechanism with a big rock, and another one reports this development to their king. Blaze finds and converses with the Bat Men, in English, but a squad of Core-Men attack. Blaze tosses these monsters around like rag dolls, and soon he and the Bat Men have teamed up. They observe a force of Core-Men entering the city; and the two Bat Men manage to glide/carry Barton to the scene of the invasion.

In that fight, the Core-Men's king personally head-bashes Blaze and kidnaps Betty. Prof. Solis deploys his Ice Ray, which makes the Core-Men go inert, then Blaze fetches Betty from among them. As they regain mobility, most or all of the Core-Men flee back into the fissures in the Earth's crust. Huge machinery is used to seal all of these chasms, and Venusian vegetation is successfully transplanted into Earthly soils.

Appearing in Tommy Tinkle: "Max the Toy Lion"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Prof. Grump

Villains:

  • Snipp (First appearance)
  • Snapp (First appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Max (Single appearance)
  • Pa Neptune (First appearance)

Locations:

  • Unknown

Items:

  • None

Vehicles:

  • None

Synopsis for Tommy Tinkle: "Max the Toy Lion"

Tommy creates a new toy lion named Max to impress Prof. Grump with. That night, the villainous Snipp and Snapp replace the toy with a real lion, in the hopes of getting rid of the Professor once and for all...

Appearing in Neon the Unknown: "The Defeat of Radolf"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:


Villains:

  • Radolf (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Group of geniuses (Single appearance)

Locations:

  • Dunland

Items:

  • None

Vehicles:

  • None

Synopsis for Neon the Unknown: "The Defeat of Radolf"

Neon now heads straight from North Africa to Europe, and visits Rachaw, one of the notorious concentration camps in the country of Dunland. He starts by rescuing some intellectuals from this concentration camp (He allowed himself to be captured then led a mass escape.), then captures Radolf and threatens him with torture until the dictator agrees to step down.

Notes

  • Contains the text piece, "Tyrant's Death", by Toni Blum.
  • In the Quality Universe, the Axis Powers included: Aryania, Austria, Barbaria, Bothnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Darmania, Dunland, Germany, Govania, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Jarmania, Kampfland, Latavia, Nordicha, North Germany, Romania, Tokoya, Tuvania, and others.
  • Blaze Barton
    • A caption in the opening panel states that the year is 3000.
    • Blaze and the Bat Men, in their first conversation, in English, are making this interplanetary contact for the first time.
    • Two episodes into the series, and Betty's getting kidnapped for the 2nd time.
  • The Red Bee
    • Police Captain Dooley hits Rick Raleigh in the head with a pistol, but this fails to knock him out. At story's end however Raleigh is wearing a bandage around his head. This may be the first cranial concussion of his career.
    • Michael, the Red Bee's main bee, appeared in the previous issue, but is called "Michael" for the first time in this issue.

Trivia

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