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"Espionage Starring Black Ace: "The Black Spot"": Circa 1938-June: Vlamir Koran, a Hitler look-a-like dictator, conquers first Argentina, then the entirety of South America, sets up his capital in Buenes Aires, and sets his sights on the USA. His banner, trademark, logo, and swastika-subst


Quote1 Here Batu, take this to Major Calder. I'm going to lock this wildcat in her stateroom! Quote2
-- the Black Ace



Appearing in Espionage Starring Black Ace: "The Black Spot"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Batu
  • Colonel Atwater (Major Murdock's boss)

Villains:

  • Vlamir Koran, the Dictator of South America
  • Mara Hani, the famous spy

Other Characters:

  • Franklin D Roosevelt
  • Emanuel Hasana, the Liberator of South America
  • John Baxter (Dies)
  • Major Calder

Locations:

Items:


Vehicles:

  • S.S. Aquaria

Synopsis for Espionage Starring Black Ace: "The Black Spot"

Circa 1938-June: Vlamir Koran, a Hitler look-a-like dictator, conquers first Argentina, then the entirety of South America, sets up his capital in Buenes Aires, and sets his sights on the USA. His banner, trademark, logo, and swastika-substitute is the Black Spot [a green O on a black background]; it's displayed everywhere. Koran sends his entire air fleet on a successful bombing raid at the Panama Canal (the canal locks are destroyed!); and his saboteurs blow up a bunch of stuff in the east coast shipyards, but the U.S.Navy drives away Koran's destroyers. After a few more panels of all-out war, the Black Ace is dispatched to deliver a presidential message to Emanuel Hasana, leader of the pro-democracy rebels living under the dictator's yoke. Along the way, via the S.S. Aquaria, he also recovers some Top Secret defense plans from enemy female agent Mara Hani "the famous spy." In Panama, she hooks up with another Koranian agent, and picks up a squad of goons, setting up some ambushes and chase sequences through cities (Calamar Columbia; Matto Grosso on the Guapore River) and jungles (where B.Ace wears a pith helmet & jodphurs, and grows some stubble), and in the final shoot-out Black Ace catches a bullet, maybe in the shoulder, and Mara Hani gets horribly but nonfatally ripped up by a jaguar. "A few months later," after a hospital stay somewhere in northern South America, we learn that Hasana's forces have almost completely defeated Koran, and that Mara Hani has died of her jaguar-wounds.

Appearing in Philpot Veep: "The Big Radio Hoax"

Featured Characters:

  • Philpot Veep (First appearance)

Supporting Characters:


Villains:


Other Characters:

  • Waldo

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Synopsis for Philpot Veep: "The Big Radio Hoax"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in Chic Carter: "The Murder of Max Gorman"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Monahan
  • DAILY STAR editor

Villains:

  • Van Drenn
  • Rocco

Other Characters:

  • Gloria Gorman

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Items:


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Synopsis for Chic Carter: "The Murder of Max Gorman"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in Simple Simon: "The King's Visit"

Featured Characters:

  • Simple Simon

Supporting Characters:


Villains:

  • Slaughterhouse

Other Characters:

  • King Julius

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Items:


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Synopsis for Simple Simon: "The King's Visit"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in Wings Wendall: "Major Drake Is Missing"

Featured Characters:

  • Wings Wendall

Supporting Characters:


Villains:

  • Balov

Other Characters:

  • Major Drake

Locations:


Items:


Vehicles:



Synopsis for Wings Wendall: "Major Drake Is Missing"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in Archie O'Toole: "Apple of Invisibility"

Featured Characters:

  • Archie O'Toole

Supporting Characters:


Villains:

  • Gil O'Teen

Other Characters:


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Synopsis for Archie O'Toole: "Apple of Invisibility"

(continued from FEATURE COMICS #22)

Appearing in Hooded Justice: "Introducing the Invisible Hood"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:


Villains:

  • unnamed Boss
  • Butch
  • Spike
  • four more gangsters

Other Characters:

  • Inspector Bill Blake
  • Maharajah of Raas
  • Peter Robinson

Locations:


Items:


Vehicles:



Synopsis for Hooded Justice: "Introducing the Invisible Hood"

Kent Thurston, former private detective is already “the Invisible Hood” and the arch-enemy of crime, when Inspector Bill Blake calls him to Police HQ for help with this problem: The Maharajah of Raas is visiting America, incognito, offering a million dollars, to recover a stolen sapphire necklace, which worse yet has already been disassembled and fenced. During their meeting, the station’s phones start ringing right away, with reports of jewel robberies and burglaries and home invasions. Word has gotten out about the reward, and one or more murderous gangs are trying to reassemble the necklace.

That night, the Invisible Hood, (dressed in a bright red, full-body, loose, baggy, man-burka), pays a visit to one potential home invasion victim, Peter Robinson, known owner of some of the hot sapphires. Hood warns him of the danger, and really needs to; Robinson actually has the gems out of the wall safe and on his desk at this moment. Hood gasses this idiot unconscious and stashes him out of sight, then hides himself. And very soon two armed home invaders (Butch and Spike) show up, and are very pleased to find the gems laying out in plain sight. The Invisible Hood very sneakily follows them to their car, and rides the back of it for an hour, to their hideout in the woods. He sneaks up to a window, and inside are six gangsters and the Maharajah, negotiating a bad deal. A seventh gangster gets behind the Hood, and marches him into the house at gunpoint, and the boss gangster recognizes him, then sends him upstairs with two guards. Hood yanks a rug out from under one of them, then punches the other one unconscious, then catches the four reinforcements on the stairway with a cloud of knockout gas, then punches out the boss gangster. Along the way he grabs all of the stolen sapphires and hands them over to the Maharajah.

The next day Inspector Blake is very annoyed to learn that the hooded vigilante has once again made his police look like saps.

Appearing in Clip Chance at Cliffside: "The Baseball Fixers"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:


Villains:

  • Slick
  • Butch

Other Characters:

  • Bob Brack

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Synopsis for Clip Chance at Cliffside: "The Baseball Fixers"

(continued from FEATURE COMICS #16)

Appearing in Captain Cook of Scotland Yard: "The Ghost Express"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Kelly

Villains:

  • The "Ghost Engineer"

Other Characters:


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Synopsis for Captain Cook of Scotland Yard: "The Ghost Express"

(continued from FEATURE COMICS #22)

Appearing in Abdul the Arab: "The Treachery of Murdock"

Featured Characters:

  • Abdul

Supporting Characters:

  • Hassan

Villains:

  • Murdock (Dies)

Other Characters:

  • Ali Bey
  • Col. Simpson
  • Sylvia Simpson

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Synopsis for Abdul the Arab: "The Treachery of Murdock"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in Hugh Hazard and His Iron Man: "Iron Monster At Large Again"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Commissioner Hunt
  • Inspector Burke
  • Chief Blane
  • Pat

Villains:

  • Dr. Von Thorp

Other Characters:

  • cops:
    • Ryan (First appearance)
  • Mr. Coroner (Single appearance)

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Synopsis for Hugh Hazard and His Iron Man: "Iron Monster At Large Again"

An unnamed iron robot was created by the crazed criminal Dr. Von Thorp. He sent his robbing, killing, baby-stealing creation to terrorize the city. At one point in his crazy plan he called the cops on himself, faked his own death, un-faked it, and snuck out of his own house.

The police called in Hugh Hazzard to foil Von Thorp. Commissioner Hunt tried to reach H.H. by phone, all evening, and couldn't, so he resorted to his old trick of getting his attention, which had never failed before, he shot a flare from the roof of Police HQ. Hazzard managed to stow himself away inside the robot, which led him back to Von Thorp's hideout, where he confronted and defeated the mad fiend. Afterwards, Hugh learned that the robot was destined for a watery grave. That night, yachtsman Hazzard shadowed the police boat, snuck aboard, stole the robot, stowed it aboard his own boat, all undetected by the crackerjack police of this town. Hugh named the robot "Bozo," his new partner.

Notes

  • Espionage, Starring Black Ace:
    • For no apparent reason, Black X is now billed as "Black Ace." After four more issues of this, it just as quietly changes back to "Black X."
    • One caption says "a few months later" for Black Ace's hospital stay, at the end of this episode. This keeps happening, in this series, causing several stories to span several months apiece. This is why the estimated dates of these stories are set so far in advance of "publishing time."
    • At the end of this episode, which spans several months, almost all of South America has been conquered twice, and is now controlled by the forces of Emanuel Hasana.
  • Invisible Hood:
    • In this initial appearance, this feature is titled "Hooded Justice". Next issue the title changes, permanently, to "Invisible Justice".
  • Also appearing in this issue of Smash Comics were:
  • Also featured in this issue of Smash Comics were:
    • Exciting Adventures, by Terry Gilkison
    • Screen Shapshots: Mickey Rooney, by Bernard Baily
    • Mystery At Catalina: Chapter 1 (text story), by Jeffrey Spain
    • Sportraits: Veron Gomez, by Gill Fox

Trivia

  • No trivia.



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