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"Captain Marvel, Jr.: "Hitlers Headquarters of Horror"": Captain Nazi abducts critical wartime "production wizard" Frank Edsel, by torpedoing the cargo ship he was aboard, singling out Edsel, then machine-gunning all the lifeboats and swimming survivors. Edsel is whisked to the dreaded Black Ca


Quote1 But I need you! You must guard Johnny from Moretti's bullets while I guard the girl and direct the fight! Quote2
-- El Carim, petitioning Fate



Appearing in Captain Marvel, Jr.: "Hitlers Headquarters of Horror"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Shazam (symbolic cameo only)

Villains:

Other Characters:

  • Frank Edsel
  • Franklin Roosevelt
  • Helen's parents, Anti-Nazi Germans
  • Helen, covert Allied double agent

Locations:

Vehicles:

  • Capt. Nazi's U-boat
  • U.S. cargo ship (Destroyed)

Synopsis for Captain Marvel, Jr.: "Hitlers Headquarters of Horror"

Captain Nazi abducts critical wartime "production wizard" Frank Edsel, by torpedoing the cargo ship he was aboard, singling out Edsel, then machine-gunning all the lifeboats and swimming survivors. Edsel is whisked to the dreaded Black Castle, where he is tortured in a vain attempt to get him to change sides. Captain Marvel Junior finds out about it, flies to Berlin, meets up with some local resistance people, infiltrates the Black Castle, punches out Captain Nazi, and rescues Mr. Edsel. He also seemingly captures Adolf Hitler, but it's only an impersonator.

Appearing in Bulletman: "The Baffling Mystery of the Bouncer"

Featured Characters

Supporting Characters:

Villains:

Other Characters:

  • Warden Lawn
  • prison guard (Dies)
  • Amos Smith (Dies)
  • Captain Smith

Locations:

Items:

Vehicles:

  • S.S. Gull, freighter

Synopsis for Bulletman: "The Baffling Mystery of the Bouncer"

A seemingly crazy criminal calling himself the Bouncer sets about to collect one tooth apiece from every man in the city named Smith, and does a large number of murders in the process. But first, he escapes from prison, and murders a guard in that process also.

Jim Barr invents a new Truth Serum. The authorities had wanted to use it on the Bouncer, to find his loot from an earlier series of crimes, but now they need to catch him first. Bulletman and Bulletgirl search for the Bouncer, but he gets away. They catch up to him aboard a freight ship, but both get knocked out by the surprisingly tough Bouncer, who then ties them both to a big anchor and throws it overboard.

The cold harbor water revives Bulletman, who cuts loose the anchor and flies them both out of the water before Bulletgirl comes to. But for several miserable days afterward the Bouncer continues to elude them, and the death toll rises. Jim and Susan work their way through the same phone-book list of "Smiths" that they know the Bouncer is using, and eventually they get to the right one, ahead of the Bouncer. It turns out that one Smith, a gangster, has a map engraved in the filling of one tooth, and the map shows the location of the Bouncer's loot. The Bouncer and his henchmen arrive and confront Smith and the Bullets, which works out badly for the Bouncer.

Appearing in Minute Man: "The Fuehrer Sends a Killer"

Featured Characters

Supporting Characters:

  • General Milton

Villains:

  • deformed strangler

Other Characters:

  • Maxwell Rabeaux (Dies)
  • Milton's artist friend (Dies)
  • Milton's daughter

Locations:

  • Blaze Broadcasting Building
  • Hotel Lake

Vehicles:

  • getaway car with gas-jets built in

Synopsis for Minute Man: "The Fuehrer Sends a Killer"

A deformed assassin is sent by the Fuehrer to murder as many propaganda artists and war-bond sales people as possible, and he strangles and knifes quite a number of them, until he encounters Minute Man. He escapes from their first encounter, in a specially-equipped getaway car. He escapes their second encounter, disguised as a little old lady, using the same car. Minute Man throws a motorcycle cop off his bike, steals it, and pursues the killer, but the killer is driving a car, and easily crashes the cycle right off the road. Minute Man survives the crash, but the killer gets ready to shoot him, until police (chasing Minute Man, actually) catch up and interrupt him. Minute Man teams up with the police to race to the Hotel Lake, where a bond-selling event is the killer's likely next target. There they encounter the grotesque little killer and Minute Man beats him unconscious.

The cast of this story appear in a full-page advertisement for War Bonds, on the following page.

Appearing in El Carim: "The Man Who Didn't Know He Wasn't Supposed To Die"

Featured Characters

Supporting Characters:

Villains:

  • Nick Moretti
    • Moretti Gang

Other Characters:

  • Fate, the Taker of Lives
  • Johnny Gray
  • Ruth Elm

Locations:


Items:


Vehicles:



Synopsis for El Carim: "The Man Who Didn't Know He Wasn't Supposed To Die"

Fate, himself, materializes in El Carim's study, and asks El Carim for help. These two have met before, and El Carim got the better of it. Fate's problem: One troublesome mortal, police officer Johnny Gray, is determined to throw away his life, thirty-one years too early. Fate can't watch over him night and day for all that time, so could El Carim help out here? Reluctantly El Carim takes on the task of keeping this idiot alive, starting by making bullets curve around him in an unnecessary gun battle, that this lone cop has rashly initiated with the notorious Moretti Gang.

This is happening because patrolman Johnny Gray is suicidally depressed from getting jilted by his ex-girlfriend Ruth. El Carim's visit to her place goes very badly; she throws things. He gets better results from visiting Johnny, whom he hypnotizes, and instructs to do an odd thing. Johnny calls the Daily Blade newspaper and announces his engagement to Ruth, promising to send pictures also. This has the predictable effect of turning Ruth into a target for the vengeful Moretti mob, along with infuriating Miss Elm at Johnny.

The mobsters show up at Ruth's place and kidnap her, Johnny finds out about it and heads for their hideout with a pistol in each hand. El Carim now gets around to asking Fate for a team-up on the rescue, but Fate is busy and turns him down. Going it alone, El Carim magics himself over to the Moretti hide-out, and just before a deadly gunfight can break out, he puts a whammy on the Moretti gangsters, which suspends them in mid-air, upside-down. Johnny shoots at least one of them, then El Carim drops them onto the floor, and melts their handguns into nothingness. Johnny beats all three of them unconscious, and rescues Ruth. The young lovers get back together and Johnny starts to behave more carefully.

Appearing in Buck Jones: "Robbery of the River Boat"

Featured Characters

Supporting Characters:

  • Mesquite Mike, deputy

Villains:

  • Slocum, stage coach owner
    • his gang

Other Characters:

  • Captain Billy
  • Nan, Billy's daughter

Locations:

  • Old West

Horses:

  • Silver

Vehicles:

  • Susybelle, sternwheeler River Boat

Synopsis for Buck Jones: "Robbery of the River Boat"

Buck Jones and Mesquite Mike encounter some riverboat robbers. Buck joins their gang, briefly, and puts them out of business.

Appearing in Companions Three: "Circus Chills and Thrills"

Featured Characters

Villains:

  • Sylvester, Ring Master
  • Hercules, Strong Man
  • rival circus owners

Other Characters:

  • Dora Dee, Lion Tamer
  • Flame-O, Fire-Eater (already dead)
  • many rough-looking circus workers

Locations:


Animals:

  • Dora's two pet lions

Vehicles:



Synopsis for Companions Three: "Circus Chills and Thrills"

  • Synopsis not yet written.



Notes

  • Captain Marvel, Jr.: "Hitlers Headquarters of Horror" is reprinted in Shazam Family Archives, Volume 1.
  • Minute Man now wears a mask.
  • Also appearing in this issue of Master Comics were:
    • "Night Ride" (text story), by Douglas Mann

Trivia

  • No trivia.



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Recommended Reading

  • None.


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