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"Espionage Starring Black Ace: "War In the Far East!"": Circa probably 1938-Sep: The Black Ace has to retrieve the stolen plans to the X-Beam (a beam that can completely disable a plane in flight, 5000 feet away, invented by Ellis Cravin) from two crooks (Dynamo and Duke), who murde


Quote1 I'm known as the Invisible Hood. I've come to rescue you and break up the Spade Gang, but above all, I've come for your secret of invisibility, Professor! Quote2
-- the Invisible Hood



Appearing in Espionage Starring Black Ace: "War In the Far East!"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Batu
  • Col. Atwater

Villains:

  • Dynamo and Duke (Dies)

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Synopsis for Espionage Starring Black Ace: "War In the Far East!"

Circa probably 1938-Sep: The Black Ace has to retrieve the stolen plans to the X-Beam (a beam that can completely disable a plane in flight, 5000 feet away, invented by Ellis Cravin) from two crooks (Dynamo and Duke), who murdered Cravin, and are trying to sell the plans to Russia or Japan. Playing an absolutely implausible hunch, Black Ace & Batu travel to Hong Kong, arriving there ahead of Duke & Dynamo. Ace tricks these tools into trying to double-cross the Japanese, which is a very bad idea, and works out very badly for them. Along the way Batu gets bullet-wounded, (but he'll be back in action soon). In the end, the two crooks turn on each other and end up locked in a death struggle, as they fall from their plane. Wrap-up scene is again set in Black Ace's boss's favorite Washington restaurant.

Appearing in Hugh Hazard and His Iron Man: "The First Trial"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Commissioner Hunt

Villains:

  • "Gyp" Catrone
    • 3 or more henchmen

Other Characters:

  • Officer Ryan
  • Alvin Hilton, a banker
  • Hilton's daughter

Locations:

  • Bush Airport

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Vehicles:

  • Gyp Catrone's biplane

Synopsis for Hugh Hazard and His Iron Man: "The First Trial"

Hugh Hazzard installs a flying device in Bozo the Robot, then is called in to PD HQ , to argue with Commissioner Hunt about possession of the stolen robot. Bozo's deadly baby-stealing rampage from last issue is still a hot topic, among the public and the police, and there is serious resistance to the idea of its reactivation. This argument is interrupted by the report of a kidnapping, of a banker's daughter. Hazzard takes the case, and investigates his way into the kidnap gang’s hideout, where there’s a brief shoot-out, in which he wounds two of them. One gangster telephones a warning to his boss, then Hazzard beats some info out of him: the boss will be flying out from Bush Airport, in his personal biplane. Well now the only way to catch him is with another flying machine, so Hazzard uses Bozo to disrupt the aerial getaway, crashing the plane and bringing in the pilot alive. It couldn’t have been done without the use of Bozo the Iron Man, and the Commissioner reluctantly agrees that Hazzard can keep the robot.

Appearing in "Captain Cook of Scotland Yard: “Stealing the Mona Lisa”"

Featured Characters:

  • Captain Craig Cook

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Other Characters:

  • Rene Landrue

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Synopsis for "Captain Cook of Scotland Yard: “Stealing the Mona Lisa”"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in Invisible Justice: "The Origin of the Invisible Hood"

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Villains:

  • Spade Gang (Single appearance)
    • Garrick Spade (Dies)
    • Butch (Dies)
    • Joe

Other Characters:

  • Professor Hans van Dorn (Dies)

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Synopsis for Invisible Justice: "The Origin of the Invisible Hood"

The Invisible Hood returns home from another long, hard day of criminal-catching, dressed in that big red bag of a costume, and briefly laments his own visibility, then turns on the radio and learns of the kidnapping of a famous chemist, Hans Van Dorn, who had been working on a new phosphorescent chemical to cause invisibility. The radio story names Garrick Spade, a big-time kidnapper, racketeer, and crime organizer, as the likely suspect in the case. Spade has multiple hideouts, all unknown to Kent Thurston, but a suspicious ad in the next day’s newspaper draws his attention to Littleton, Pennsylvania.

Dressed as himself, Kent Thurston arrives at the railroad station in Littleton, hides in the bushes, then ambushes and chloroforms one of the arriving Spade Gang sub-bosses. He steals a recognition token, and bluffs his way into a big gang meeting held in an abandoned mine. In one tunnel, he sneaks away and changes into his red outfit, then finds the kidnapped professor, who has on hand just enough of the new formula to treat Kent’s costume, making it, and him, invisible. Then the Spade Gang all come into the room, looking for their missing associate, and very suspicious. The professor plays dumb, while the invisible investigator sneaks out of the mine, knocks out a sentry at the entrance, and steals the gang’s car.

Thurston changes clothes then makes an anonymous phone call to the FBI, who promise to send over a squad car right away. They do, and it arrives just as Spade’s underlings are all fleeing the state in their big car, a chase ensues which ends badly for the gangsters, who crash off the side of the road along a steep hillside; their fate is uncertain. Back in the mine, Spade finally loses his temper and guns down the old chemist, just before Kent Thurston arrives and guns down Spade. It’s too late for the professor, but Thurston promises him to always use the power of invisibility for the good of society.

Appearing in "Chic Carter: “Murder At Sea”"

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Synopsis for "Chic Carter: “Murder At Sea”"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in "Wings Wendall: “Sabotage”"

Featured Characters:

  • Wings Wendall

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Synopsis for "Wings Wendall: “Sabotage”"

  • Synopsis not yet written.



Notes

  • Espionage Starring Black Ace:
    • Black Ace's sidekick Batu can fly airplanes, but Batu can't fly airplanes and do combat telepathy at the same time, while wounded.
  • Invisible Justice:
    • With this issue, Kent Thurston's feature is now titled "Invisible Justice," but the hero himself was still, and always would be, called the "Invisible Hood."
    • Up until now, the “Invisible Hood” has been calling himself that, only because of his true identity being unknown.
    • In his civilian identity Kent Thurston packs a handgun, and uses it to kill gang leader Garrick Spade.
  • Also featured in this issue of Smash Comics were:
    • The Lone Star Rider: “The Black Gang” by George Brenner
    • “Small Stuff” by John Devlin
    • Abdul the Arab: “The Fate of Bagdad” by Vernon Henkel
    • Philpot Veep: "The Case of the Missing Walrus" by John Devlin
    • Archie O'Toole: “Midget Auto Races” by Will Eisner
    • Clip Chance at Cliffside: “Electrified Base Paths” art by George Brenner

Trivia

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