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"Plastic Man: "The Ghost Train"": To keep the passengers distracted, a mysterious gang leader has his henchmen act as ghosts on a train, so he can steal the Army's payroll being transported on board.


Quote1 Here I am, Don! .. I just now saw the Phantom Lady ducking out of the back door ... It's funny how that girl always appears at the right moment. Quote2
-- Sandra Knight



Appearing in Plastic Man: "The Ghost Train"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Villains:

  • J. Noble Wopps
  • Snout Sniggers
    • 3 henchmen

Other Characters:

  • Caprice Corbett, of the W.A.A.C.S.
  • Engineer Guffy
  • undercover policeman (Dies)

Locations:

Vehicles:

  • "Ghost Train", on the Pottsville Line

Synopsis for Plastic Man: "The Ghost Train"

To keep the passengers distracted, a mysterious gang leader has his henchmen act as ghosts on a train, so he can steal the Army's payroll being transported on board.

Appearing in The Human Bomb: "The Return of Hustace Throckmorton"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Villains:

  • Wode Wikard
  • Mola

Other Characters:

  • Hustace's gambling buddies

Locations:

  • State Prison
  • Buena Park, (just outside the city limits)

Synopsis for The Human Bomb: "The Return of Hustace Throckmorton"

A killer gets sprung from jail and goes on a crime spree with his girl. Their first hold up involves robbing the Human Bomb's sidekick, Hustace Throckmorton. The incident is announced over the radio and Roy Lincoln tries to track down his friend.

Appearing in Burp the Twerp: "Encounter With Plastic Man"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Other Characters:

  • unnamed reporter

Synopsis for Burp the Twerp: "Encounter With Plastic Man"

Burp the Twerp, the super so-an-so, believes he's a better super-hero than Plastic Man, until Plas shows up in person, then faints at the sight of him.

Appearing in Destiny: "Baby Face"

Featured Characters:

Villains:

  • Baby Face Morgan (Dies)
    • Curley (Dies)
    • 2nd punk (Dies)
    • Joe (Dies)

Other Characters:

  • many cops (five die)
  • gas station proprietor (Dies)

Locations:

  • Route 24, outside of Main City
  • Morgan's hideout, in Main City

Synopsis for Destiny: "Baby Face"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in The Spirit: "Ebony's X-Ray Eyes"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Villains:

  • Pierpont J. "Nifty" Dugan
  • Smiley, his partner
  • Boss Garvy
  • two other thugs

Other Characters:

  • Officer Gilhooley

Locations:

  • Central City
    • Wildwood Cemetery
    • First National Bank
    • New Bank

Items:

  • Colt's X-Ray Liquid
  • Colt's Oxygen Capsules

Synopsis for The Spirit: "Ebony's X-Ray Eyes"

While the Spirit goes out to buy some chemicals, Ebony babysits the lab. The test tubes begin to boil over and explode, causing smoke fumes and plumes. Ashamed, he leaves the lab and wanders the streets. Soon, he realizes that some of the chemicals must have got into his eyes, because now he has X-Ray vision. Some crooks catch on to this fact and lure him into their gang, so he can help them crack the local bank's safe. The Spirit comes back to the messy lab and thinks his pal has been kidnapped.

Appearing in Flatfoot Burns: "The Sky Saboteurs"

Featured Characters:

  • Flatfoot Burns

Villains:

Other Characters:

  • USAAF soldiers

Locations:

  • United States Airport Testing Grounds
  • Flatfoot's private laboratory

Items:

  • Flatfoot's Sky Writing Alphabet Noodle Soup Solution

Vehicles:

  • experimental U.S. fighter planes, 20 of them (Destroyed)
  • Flatfoot's improvised autogiro
  • advanced Japanese airship
  • standard U.S. fighter planes

Synopsis for Flatfoot Burns: "The Sky Saboteurs"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in Super Snooper: "Art Treasure Stolen"

Featured Characters:

  • Super Snooper

Other Characters:

Locations:

  • Gill Fox's art studio

Synopsis for Super Snooper: "Art Treasure Stolen"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in The Phantom Lady: "The Four Maniacs"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Villains:

  • Four Maniacs
    • Looey, head butler
    • Joe, assistant butler
    • Ethel, maid
    • unnamed fake doctor

Locations:

Items:

  • (no Black-Light Ray seen)

Vehicles:

  • Crane Insane Asylum van
  • Don's roadster

Synopsis for The Phantom Lady: "The Four Maniacs"

Sandra Knight comes home from a date with Don Borden, and finds that the Senator's entire household staff (Head Butler, Assistant Butler, Maid, and Doctor) have been replaced by new domestic help, all of whom turn out to be escapees from an insane asylum. They hold Henry and Sandra prisoner, to set an ambush for the Phantom Lady. Sandra slips out of sight and changes outfits, then returns with some questions. The maniacs are looking for her help, to hide from a pursuer, and they knew to look for her here at the Senator's, house because they read about her in Police Comics. The real servants are in the cellar; Phantom Lady frees them; this upsets Looey who tries to shoot Sandra. She punches him out without even using her Black-Light Ray.

Meanwhile outside Don arrives to pick up Sandra for that evening's date, and a van from the Crane Insane Asylum with a squad of men in white coats, both arrive at the same time. They pitch into the fight, and soon the kooks are subdued.

Appearing in Manhunter: "The Murdering Rhymster"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Villains:

  • Neway Armaments Company
    • The Rhymster (First appearance)
    • John Bent (Dies)
    • Steve Chance (Dies)
    • Ben Stark

Other Characters:

  • Thomas Oliver Grimm (Dies)
  • John M. Grimm, as "Lewis"

Locations:

  • Empire City
  • Ben Stark's summer house

Items:


Vehicles:



Synopsis for Manhunter: "The Murdering Rhymster"

Several thieves purchase the rights to an inventor's "secret weapon." The next morning, the inventor reads in the paper how he was conned into the deal and commits suicide. His son finds his father's body and vows to go after the crooks who stole his invention. But instead, two of the four crooks get murdered by one of their own number, Franklin Smith, under the guise of "the Rhymster", before Manhunter and Thor put an end to his crimes.

Notes

  • All Quality Comics characters and the distinctive likeness(es) thereof were originally Trademarked & Copyright © 1951 Quality Comics. The characters and the distinctive likeness(es) thereof were acquired by DC Comics in 1956. While some of the properties acquired did not have copyright and trademarks renewed, some of those depicted here are Trademarks & Copyright © 1973-2008 DC Comics, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  • Destiny, now under new creators, reverts back to being a tramp (as portrayed in Police Comics #16), and they never illuminate Destiny's true identity.
  • Flatfoot Burns is aware that he is a comicbook character.
  • Manhunter gets head-konked unconscious with a gaff hook.
  • It's the last Quality Comics issue for Phantom Lady.
    • This feature later reappeared in Phantom Lady #13, Aug 1947, published by Fox.
    • Chronologically, this story follows the Phantom Lady story in Feature Comics #71, September 1943.
    • In this story, the bad guys know to look for the Phantom Lady at Senator Knight's house because they read about her in Police Comics.
  • Plastic Man: "The Ghost Train" is reprinted in Plastic Man Archives Vol. 2.
  • The Spirit: "Ebony's X-Ray Eyes" was originally printed in The Spirit comic strip (9/15/1940) by Register and Tribune Syndicate.
  • Also appearing in this issue of Police Comics were:

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