"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 Plastic Man: "The Ghost Train"
- J. Noble Wopps
- Snout Sniggers
- 3 henchmen
- Caprice Corbett, of the W.A.A.C.S.
- Engineer Guffy
- undercover policeman (Dies)
- Mammoth City
- Camp Armstead (Mentioned only)
- "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"
- Wode Wikard
- Hustace's gambling buddies
- 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"
- 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"
- Baby Face Morgan (Dies)
- Curley (Dies)
- 2nd punk (Dies)
- Joe (Dies)
- many cops (five die)
- gas station proprietor (Dies)
- 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"
- Pierpont J. "Nifty" Dugan
- Smiley, his partner
- Boss Garvy
- two other thugs
- Officer Gilhooley
- Central City
- Wildwood Cemetery
- First National Bank
- New Bank
- 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"
- Flatfoot Burns
- USAAF soldiers
- United States Airport Testing Grounds
- Flatfoot's private laboratory
- Flatfoot's Sky Writing Alphabet Noodle Soup Solution
- 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"
- Super Snooper
- Gill Fox (Cameo)
- Gill Fox's art studio
Synopsis for Super Snooper: "Art Treasure Stolen"
- Synopsis not yet written.
Appearing in The Phantom Lady: "The Four Maniacs"
- Phantom Lady (Final appearance)
- Four Maniacs
- Looey, head butler
- Joe, assistant butler
- Ethel, maid
- unnamed fake doctor
- Washington, D.C.
- Senator Knight's mansion
- (no Black-Light Ray seen)
- 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"
- Neway Armaments Company
- The Rhymster (First appearance)
- John Bent (Dies)
- Steve Chance (Dies)
- Ben Stark
- Thomas Oliver Grimm (Dies)
- John M. Grimm, as "Lewis"
- Empire City
- Ben Stark's summer house
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.
- 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.
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