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"The Ray: "The Revenge of Bela Jat"": The synopsis for this issue has not yet been written.


Quote1 That clipped his wings all right. Quote2
-- Black X



Appearing in The Ray: "The Revenge of Bela Jat"

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  • Bela Jat
  • Shimego
  • Gar

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Synopsis for The Ray: "The Revenge of Bela Jat"

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Appearing in Invisible Justice: "The Power of Tutkamen"

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  • Prof. James
  • Prof. Hill
  • Dr. Robb

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Synopsis for Invisible Justice: "The Power of Tutkamen"

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Appearing in Espionage, Starring Black X: "Invasion of Mexico"

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  • Col. Atwater

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  • General Tsu Fee, in background, unseen
  • hundreds of soldiers of an unidentified seagoing oriental power

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  • Rod Pasquala, of the Mexican Espionage

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Synopsis for Espionage, Starring Black X: "Invasion of Mexico"

"Three ocean liners bearing the colors of an oriental power" drop anchor, midstream in the Gaillard Cut of the Panama Canal, after quickly and methodically murdering their American pilots and military escorts, and then send troops ashore to cut communication lines. This unidentified oriental power has agents in Nicaragua, who now secretly control a supply of munitions there. In response to this amphibious invasion in Panama, Black X is dispatched to Mexico and told to watch out for the dangerous parachute troops. Soon, in Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico, by using the old "sombrero snoozer" gag, Black X overhears word that General Tsu Fee has set up shop there, and is awaiting two hundred parachute troops.

That night Black X meets in a cantina with Senor Rod Pasquala of the Mexican Espionage; the felina-whirly dancer spots them as espionage agents and leaves them a note tipping them off to some rifles in the fort and a tunnel under the wall. Rod Pasquala recruits a bunch of peons and they meet Black X at the fort, and there IS a tunnel, and it's not a boobytrap; they steal a bunch of rifles and arm the local peons. Black X has a side-fight with some officer-uniformed enemy, grabs a submachine gun, and joins the main fight, as the paratroopers arrive from above. These guys all land in the same yard, in the fort, which leaves them bunched up all wrong, so Black X charges in and mows down a bunch of them, then a divebomber attacks that same yard, and all the paratroopers suddenly vanish plus stop shooting, and Black X wins a shoot-out with the divebomber, which is flying directly AT him when the pilot is killed, and Black X inexplicably is not annihilated in the ensuing crash.

He then shinnies up the fort's flagpole, and continues to shoot it out with the paratroopers, until the rifled-up peons arrive. Black X bends back the flagpole and uses it to fling himself out of the fort, just before the peons get into the fort, and just AS Black X's burning fuse (not mentioned nor shown until now) sets off the powder in the armory, discombobulating the paratroops, who then get quickly overrun by the peons. This news frees up the rest of the Mexican Army to swing into a devastating counterattack, elsewhere, against the still-not-identified invaders. Later, back at the cantina in Pachuca, Black X and Rod Pasquala share a toast, then per the caption, it's "Months later in Washington," and the Major has a new job for Black X...

Appearing in Magno: "The Labor Racketeers"

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  • Mike Harvey

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  • Big Tim Fink

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  • the Acme Electric plant

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Synopsis for Magno: "The Labor Racketeers"

Tom Dalton’s workplace, the Acme Electric plant, gets reorganized by a new union, one run by “Big Tim” Fink and his Chicago racketeers, which immediately goes on strike. Tom and his friend Mike Harvey don’t go along, so a swarm of union goons gets ready to beat them down. Mike stands up to them, but Tom knocks out Mike with a head-punch from behind. While the goons are still laughing about that, Tom confronts Tim Fink, and warns him that he’d better leave town. The goons pile onto Tom for a beat-down, but receive one instead. Out of the dogpile of punched-out thugs emerges Magno, the foe of all evil. A lot of other workers gather around, and roundly boo and jeer at Magno, for beating up their supposed union “brothers,” and Magno doesn’t want to fight them, so he leaves the scene, magnetically levitating himself to an overhead catwalk.

Magno decides the only to convince his co-workers that these labor racketeers are bad news is with the Chicago Police Department’s “rogue’s gallery” photos, so he magnetically hitch-hikes, by car, train, and airplane, to Chicago, where he visits the Police Department. There he punches out one cop, steals a pile of official records, and heads back home. Back in his own town, he visits the local newspaper office, and makes a deal with the publisher. Meanwhile the union is living down to Dalton’s expectations, and squeezing the workers for more money.

The next morning at nine o’clock, the strikers prepare to storm the plant, and Magno alone has to hold them back until the newspaper trucks arrive, but when they do, and when the workers see the mug shots and rap sheets printed on the front page of their morning papers, they change their minds about the whole business. The main union leaders try to slip away, but now a very large number of very angry workers have some matters to discuss with them first. Seeing things about to return to normal, Magno changes back to Tom Dalton, and tries, with not much initial success, to patch things up with his pal Mike Harvey.

Appearing in Bozo the Robot: "Turgin's Fifth Column"

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  • Turgin

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Synopsis for Bozo the Robot: "Turgin's Fifth Column"

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Notes

  • Espionage:
    • Batu again is absent.
    • Internal and previous timeline evidence in the Black X series suggest that this issue's story takes place circa 1940-Aug.
    • Central America is invaded by an unidentified seagoing oriental power. This is the Quality Universe version of Earth, where Mongolia has already emerged as a military superpower. General Tsu Fee has a Chinese-looking name, which while not Mongolian is also not Japanese.
      • In Crack Comics (#12), the Red Torpedo fought Mongolese submariners and aviators in the western Pacific Ocean.
      • In National Comics (#1 & #2.), Wonder Boy fought a vast army of invading Mongolians on the eastern frontier of Europe.
  • Also featured in this issue of Smash Comics were:
    • Purple Trio: "Mystery of the Empty Theatre", by Alex Blum
    • Chic Carter: (Mystery in the Bayou), by Vernon Henkel
    • Scarlet Seal: (Origin of the Scarlet Seal), by Manning de Villeneuve Lee
    • Abdul the Arab: (The Sheik's Power Play), by Bob Powell
    • Wings Wendall: "The Fifth Column", by Vernon Henkel

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