- All right – stop whimpering! Here’s your hat – and don’t go around dropping boulders on people.
- -- Uncle Sam
Appearing in "The Coming of Uncle Sam"
- Uncle Sam (First appearance)
- Buddy Smith (First appearance)
- Andel Cobra (Single appearance)
- Scar (Single appearance)
- Gatch Gozan (Single appearance)
- Purple Shirts (Single appearance)
- Snyle (Only appearance; dies)
- Ezra Smith (Only appearance; dies)
- Franklin D. Roosevelt
Synopsis for "The Coming of Uncle Sam"
Some time during the “dust bowl” migrations of the mid-1930s, at the Arizona/California border, self-styled future-U.S.-dictator Andel Cobra sent his henchmen Scar and Snyle to infiltrate an "Oakie" refugee camp, to rabble-rouse the disaffected and desperate, and recruit an antidemocracy army of “Purple Shirts” from among the former farmers. Their logo, banner, and insignia was a plus-sign inside a diamond.
-- Elderly refugee Ezra Smith speaks out against these traitors, for which he is shot dead, in the back, by undergangster Snyle. That day, on foot, coming from nowhere in particular, whistling Yankee Doodle, Uncle Sam shows up at the migrant camp, and hires on the newly orphaned Buddy Smith as his assistant. As they talk, henchman Snyle tips over a large boulder onto Uncle Sam; it breaks, without even creasing his hat or knocking it off. Snyle runs but Buddy tackles him, and Uncle gives him a stern talking-to, then lets him run away. Back at the migrant camp, Scar (who now has a hitler mustache) is receiving his marching orders; the Purple Shirts need to report to their hidden base by the next day. Snyle runs in and tells Scar about Uncle Sam; Scar has now had all he can stand of Snyle’s craven sniveling, and he just guns him down. But when Unc and Buddy arrive at the migrant camp, Snyle has not yet died, and he rats out Scar and gives directions to the Purple Shirts’ secret fort, with an underground hangar, located in a hollowed-out hill, in Box Valley, in or near the southern Rocky Mountains, not very far from a U.S. Army base. (It’s about as far away from the unnamed Army post as a small boy can run in under one day.) The next day at this Box Valley base, Scar arrives with his several carloads of troops, and meets Andel Cobra's OTHER colleague, Gatch Gozan, (a monocle-wearing agent for a well-known foreign power), who has promised to aid the Purple Shirts with troops, money, and a couple of pocket battleships.
-- Meanwhile and elsewhere, the U.S.President, (who has white hair, is pattern-bald, and can walk), is kidnapped from the presidential yacht, by foreign agents, using an autogiro and a seaplane. He is flown to Box Valley and locked in a cell. Some time later, outside the secret fort, after sending Buddy to run for reinforcements, Uncle Sam pretends to get captured, and gets in to see Andel Cobra. He describes the situation as he sees it, and the hero’s rhetoric stirs some of the recruits, inciting them to revolt against the Shirts, and there's an intramural shoot out. Then the Army arrives with howitzers, and amid the excitement, Uncle Sam finds the President’s cell, wrenches the bars out of the wall, and flies through a stone wall with the president literally holding onto his coat-tails. Sam then runs back into the besieged secret fort and yanks out Andel Cobra, and hands him over to the Army.
Appearing in "The Origin of Merlin"
- Merlin the Magician (First appearance)
Synopsis for "The Origin of Merlin"
Young, handsome, formerly-wealthy playboy Jock Kellog inherits his uncle's estate, including the original Merlin's powerful cloak, which makes him the last Merlin. In London he almost-inadvertently saves a suicidal window-jumping woman from a fatal fall, and is amazed to realize that he has actual magical powers.
-- Months pass, then Merlin appears on a battlefield, and tells a dying soldier that the war is almost over, then rises into the heavens and explores the misty realm of the gods, until he finds Peace, (Herself, the goddess or spirit or personification of Peace), tied to some cannons; she can only be freed when Mars is defeated. Merlin confronts Mars, God of War, who jeers at him, and ineffectually swipes at him with a big sword, then responds to Merlin's challenge, and brings his pals Hunger and Poverty with him. Merlin punches out Poverty and outwrestles Hunger, then grapples with Mars himself. "On Earth, as Merlin's chances of victory grow, diplomats call a sudden conference at the Hague World Court." Merlin breaks Mars's big sword over his knee, then an Armistice is signed, which ends most or all of the fighting on Earth. In every city joy fills the streets.
Appearing in Wonder Boy: "The Boy from the Meteor"
- Wonder Boy (First appearance)
Synopsis for Wonder Boy: "The Boy from the Meteor"
Wonder Boy was rocketed to Earth from the destroyed planet Viro, and thousands were killed when his flaming meteor of a spacecraft crashed in Chicago. That shooting star had also been visible in Mongolia, where an ambitious Mongolian General took it as an omen to begin warring on Europe, and assembled an army: 300K men and 10K cannons. "Mobilizing hastily, Europe desperately attempts to defend Herself against this ruthless invasion."
-- Meanwhile in Chicago the earthling-looking alien boy, (with dark hair and a spit-curl), in his blue and red outfit, a crash-scene survivor with apparently no name, and a story nobody believes, gets put into an orphanage. Soon he hears news of the Mongolian Invasion, and swims all the way to Europe to help, across the Atlantic, North, and Baltic Seas. He quickly and successfully leads "the western army" to victory over the Mongolians. At story's end, all Europe unites in honoring Wonder Boy as the greatest hero of modern times, with the men of all nations bowing before his superior qualities. "The strength of a hundred full grown men in one little boy!"
- In Quality Comics' comic books of 1940 and 1941, the Mongolians were a military threat rivaling that of Japan.
- In Crack Comics (#12), the Red Torpedo fought "Mongolese" submariners and aviators in the western Pacific Ocean.
- In National Comics (#1, etc.), Wonder Boy fought a vast army of invading Mongolians on the eastern frontier of Europe.
- This issue, in the "Merlin" story, Merlin wrestles the god Mars until he cries for mercy, at which time: "The peace is signed. ... In every city, great joy fills the streets as mothers, wives, and sweethearts greet their loved ones." This is neither the first nor last time this happens, in a book from Quality Comics. Other instances of sudden endings for WWII include:
- Smash Comics #5 (Dec 1939), in the "Black Ace" story, the USA becomes so well-armed and powerful that all the nations in Europe decide to make peace rather than risk war with America. "The United States could wipe Europe off the map in a year. We must sign the peace pacts offered by their president, and disarm at once."
- Smash Comics #7 (Feb 1940), in the "Black X" story, after several Axis armadas have failed to fight their way past the Pan-American Caldwell Line, "the dictators capitulate and an armistice is signed in Geneva. World peace is now a reality."
- Smash Comics #9 (April 1940), in the "Hugh Hazzard" story, upon Motler's death, world peace is declared, and Poland is restored.
- Hit Comics #2 (Aug 1940), in the "Neon the Unknown" story, the Second World War is brought to an end with a peace treaty. "The world rejoices as the tyrant's signature ends the war, and news of his retirement from public affairs reaches the people."
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