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"Diamond Jack: "Master of the Walking Dead"": All across the world, stage magic acts go horribly awry, resulting in fatalities: sword-swallowers and snake-charmers are killed by their own props, and girl assistants are sawn in half. In his elegant apartment in a big city, Diamond Jack Lansing s


Quote1 And this little machine will put me on an even footing with the Djinns! Quote2
-- Jungle King



Appearing in Diamond Jack: "Master of the Walking Dead"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Villains:

Other Characters:

  • professional magicians (many die)
  • Marianna Noris
  • her brother
  • many zombies

Locations:

  • Earth-S
    • Death Island
      • Green Devil's castle

Items:

Vehicles:

  • Lansing's conjured sailboat (Destroyed)
  • passenger liner

Synopsis for Diamond Jack: "Master of the Walking Dead"

All across the world, stage magic acts go horribly awry, resulting in fatalities: sword-swallowers and snake-charmers are killed by their own props, and girl assistants are sawn in half. In his elegant apartment in a big city, Diamond Jack Lansing stares into his magic gem, seeking the cause of all this. According to Jack, something is interfering with the laws of magic, causing them to work in reverse. Lansing notices that his own gem is weakened, when a frantic young girl shows up at his apartment door, pursued by half a dozen gruesome zombies. He confronts the zombies in the hallway, first waving the gem then punching them, while the girl runs inside his apartment and shuts the door. A weird light from Jack's ring makes the dead men fall back, then they vanish, leaving only smoky remains. The girl is Marianna Noris, and she came here from Death Island, pursued by this pack of zombies. Her brother is still held prisoner on the island. At the city's waterfront, Diamond Jack magically produces a sailing ship, and they embark on their dangerous voyage.

In his throne room on Death Island, the gigantic Green Devil observes Jack and Marianna via his magic globe, while several zombies mill about. He seems to be about twenty feet tall. According to this monster, Diamond Jack is his greatest rival. He directs his zombie minions to prepare the Hurricane Device, and shoots Lansing's vessel with a "cloptic ray," causing a strong localized windstorm which destroys the craft. Jack and Marianna have already leapt into the ocean, but a flying hunk of jetsam hits her on the head, knocking her out. Jack flashes the ring, and a big wave washes them ashore on Death Island; he flashes it again, and their clothes are dry. A squad of zombies attacks them, and Lansing beats them up a bit, then seemingly gives up, and they both are taken to the villain's castle.

In the throne room, the Green Devil reveals his scheme for world dominance: Using his Ray Crystal, Green Devil has disrupted all the laws of magic except his own. In another month he'll have the entire world at his mercy. The monster gives his captives a tour of his astronomy workshop, and the chamber of the living dead men. Diamond Jack makes his move, hurling two of their zombie escorts into the others, but while he does so the Green Devil vanishes in a wave of smoke. The invisible villain tries to magically overcome Lansing, but he flashes his diamond ring and pronounces "ADKEHL!", which blows open a big door into another passageway. Marianna shows Jack the way to the dungeon, where they find her brother, but he's already been transformed into a living dead man. But Jack fixes that, with his magic gem, then proceeds to restore all the rest of Green Devil's slaves to their normal condition. The Green Devil tries to bargain with Lansing, who simply transforms him into a book of magic tricks. Then Jack shatters the Ray Crystal, so that all over the world good magic will regain its power.

Jack and Marianna and her brother return to their home city aboard a conventional passenger steamship.

Appearing in Jim Dolan: "The Phantom Racketeer Chief"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Sally, Jim's secretary

Villains:

  • Phantom Racketeer Chief, secretly the Police Commissioner
    • Brick Duker
      • his 3 henchmen

Other Characters:

  • Mayor Jones
  • dress shop clerk

Synopsis for Jim Dolan: "The Phantom Racketeer Chief"

Jim Dolan, hard-hitting editor of Daring Detective magazine, matches brains and brawn against organized crime.

Appearing in Lucky Lawton: "Weasel Joe"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Pal, Lawton's collie

Villains:

  • Weasel Joe (Single appearance)
    • six henchmen (some die)

Other Characters:

  • Jeff Todd
  • several bank tellers (all die)

Locations:

  • Earth-S, the Old West
    • Lucky Lawton's hidden cabin

Synopsis for Lucky Lawton: "Weasel Joe"

Lucky Lawton, two-gun defender of justice in the Old West, faces a band of ruthless killers.

Appearing in Hurricane Hansen: "Von Gruch's Pocket Battleship"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Appleby, his First Mate

Villains:

Other Characters:

  • Captain Bitts, RN
  • three other allied prisoners

Locations:

Vehicles:

Synopsis for Hurricane Hansen: "Von Gruch's Pocket Battleship"

Hurricane Hansen, Yankee sailor in the British Navy, gets himself captured by an enemy battleship, escapes, recruits four assistants, and takes over the warship, sails it into a British port, and moors it.

Appearing in Mark Swift and the Time Retarder: "Among Pirate Perils"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Rodney Kent

Villains:

  • Blackbeard
    • Silly Phil, his servant (as Satan)
    • his crew

Other Characters:

  • Patch, a pirate
  • merchant ship captain
    • his crew

Locations:

  • Earth-S, 1699
    • Atlantic Ocean
      • Carolina Coast region
        • small island where Blackbeard's Treasure is buried

Items:

Vehicles:

  • Blackbeard's Pirate Ship
  • armed merchant ship

Synopsis for Mark Swift and the Time Retarder: "Among Pirate Perils"

Mark Swift and his teacher Rodney Kent are observing events of 1699, via Kent's marvelous Time Retarder. They watch as Blackbeard and two pirate crewmen bury a large sea chest on a small island, then as Blackbeard pulls out a brace of pistols and shoots both crewmen, and leaves. Swift and Kent emerge from the Time Retarder and check the bodies; one pirate, Patch, is still alive. Patch tells them that Blackbeard's crew live in terror of their bloodthirsty captain, and that Blackbeard has a secret partner aboard his ship, who only comes out at night, and whom the crewmen believe to be Satan. Patch teams up with Rodney and Mark, to take down Blackbeard.

At dusk they swim out from the island to Blackbeard's ship, then Swift and Kent clamber aboard it. One crewman spots them, yells, and attacks them with a cutlass, but Rodney punches him out and takes his cutlass. The rest of the crew by now has them surrounded, and they're taken prisoner. To teach him a lesson, Blackbeard has young Mark thrown into a storage hold, half full of gold and jewels, then slams the hatch on it. A red-faced horned figure of terror creeps out of the shadows. Meanwhile Patch has been treading water next to the hull, working on his own entryway onto the ship; he opens a port and scrambles into the same part of the hold where Mark and the devilish figure are. Patch attacks the fiend with a big knife, but gets overpowered and throttled, until Mark breaks a big glass bottle across the back of the devil's head. They unmask the unconscious devil, and Patch recognizes him as Silly Phil, Blackbeard's servant. All of this gives Mark Swift a big idea, which he tells to Patch.

At dawn, the anchor is weighed and the pirate ship sets sail. Almost right away the lookout spots a richly-laden merchant ship, and Blackbeard sails into position to attack it. Strapped to the front of one of Blackbeard's cannons is Rodney Kent, and Blackbeard plans to fire that one first. Meanwhile the merchantman's crew are unlimbering and loading their own cannons. They also get off the first shot of the battle, and an amazing shot it is: the cannonball strikes the Jolly Roger flag and knocks it to the deck. The superstitious pirate crew are aghast! At that dramatic moment, Mark Swift bursts out of the cargo hold, wearing the Satan disguise, and Patch jumps out right behind him. Blackbeard is quite startled to see Patch alive and blurts out a confession of having murdered him, right in front of his crew. Mark uses a cutlass to cut Rodney's straps, then hands him the cutlass and pulls out a pistol, and Patch joins them, also wielding a cutlass. The whole rest of the pirate crew attack them.

Observing all this, from a diminishing distance, is the captain of the merchant ship, which is still approaching. He orders his crew to come alongside and board the pirate ship, and they engage the pirate crew, mostly with cutlasses. Amid the fight, Kent singles out Blackbeard, and wounds him. Seeing this, the rest of the pirates surrender. The merchant captain offers Rodney all of the treasure in Blackbeard's ship's hold, as a reward, but Kent asks only to be put ashore at the little island, where he leads the honest crew to the spot where Blackbeard's chest is buried. Then Rodney and Mark wave goodbye to their new friends, and climb back into their very odd looking Time Retarder, and leave that time and place.

Appearing in The War Bird: "The Return of Baron Bruht"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • the Major, French Army
    • Eagle Squadron, French Air Force

Villains:

  • Baron Bruht, Sermian Air Force

Locations:

Vehicles:

  • French fighter planes
  • Bruht's Sermian fighter plane
  • steam locomotive + five flatcars with antiaircraft cannon

Synopsis for The War Bird: "The Return of Baron Bruht"

Escaping from a prison camp, the German ace, Baron Bruht, resumes his campaign against the Allies, until the War Bird, American flyer Tom Sharp, serving as Captain in the French Air Force, sets out to clip the Baron's wings.

Appearing in Lee Granger, Jungle King: "The Djinn"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Villains:

  • Djinn Chieftan (Dies)
    • Djinns, large numbers of them

Other Characters:

  • Ameera
  • Ameera's Arabian tribesmen (many die)

Locations:

Items:


Vehicles:

  • Granger's one-man flying suit

Synopsis for Lee Granger, Jungle King: "The Djinn"

A vast swarm of flying, bat-winged, manlike demons becomes a threat to Lee Granger's Pygmy friends, and he puts on a motorized, winged, flying suit to combat them. To help him out, his new girlfriend Ameera puts another flying suit on Eric, the talking lion, then straddles Eric like a pony, and rides into the battle. Lee gets captured by the Djinn, but ends up escaping, and soon afterward kills the Djinn Chieftain with a pistol shot.

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Trivia

  • Jim Dolan's car has big white tires with no treads.



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