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Smash Comics Vol 1 3

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"Espionage Starring Black Ace: "The Plot To Take Alaska"": When the president sends out freighters to bring all US citizens home for their own safety, an unnamed European nation decides to sink them, as part of its elaborate and improbable plan to seize Alaska (the schemers look Russian, or at l


Quote1 It'll take me an hour to get to the Bolton Estate by car - so there's only one thing to do!" Quote2
-- Hugh Hazzard



Appearing in Espionage Starring Black Ace: "The Plot To Take Alaska"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Villains:

  • unnamed European government
    • European Admiralty
      • mercenary submarine crew

Other Characters:

Locations:

Vehicles:

  • U.S. evacuation ships
  • U.S. escorting destroyers
  • pirate submarine

Synopsis for Espionage Starring Black Ace: "The Plot To Take Alaska"

When the president sends out freighters to bring all US citizens home for their own safety, an unnamed European nation decides to sink them, as part of its elaborate and improbable plan to seize Alaska (the schemers look Russian, or at least European). The Black Ace is in Europe, and infiltrates the mercenary submarine crew assigned to destroy the ships. Crew-recruiting takes a week and crew-training takes "a few weeks."

On its first raid, the sub intercepts the American evacuation convoy. With the help of an American mercenary, who has a change of heart, then gets killed, Ace takes on the submarine crew and at the end of that fight he's in charge of the sub. He brings the sub to the surface, where it's quickly sunk by gunfire from U.S. destroyers, then he organizes the surviving few merc submariners and keeps them calm until rescue divers arrive.

In a private meeting with the President, although Black Ace knows which European nation is behind the submarine attack, he respectfully refuses to divulge it to the President, arguing that revealing this would lead to war. The President agrees.

Appearing in Chic Carter: "Noted Explorer Lost"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • "Pop", Daily Star Editor
  • Red Branigan (First appearance)

Villains:

Other Characters:

  • Dennis Courtney, explorer (Single appearance)
  • Valerie Bruce, missionary (Single appearance)
  • mountain villagers (many die)

Locations:

Vehicles:

  • Brannigan's 2-seat open-cockpit biplane

Synopsis for Chic Carter: "Noted Explorer Lost"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in Abdul the Arab: "The Capture of Livingston"

Featured Characters:

  • Abdul, son of Ali Bey

Supporting Characters:

  • Hassan

Villains:

  • Chief Abu El Khall (Dies)
  • Ben Jabby
  • Ali
  • the Baron

Other Characters:

  • Livingston
  • British post commander
    • 11 commandos

Locations:

  • Arabia
    • British post
    • Baron's headquarters

Items:

  • formula for Livstong Steel

Synopsis for Abdul the Arab: "The Capture of Livingston"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in Captain Cook of Scotland Yard: "Monster Walks the Streets of London"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Chief
  • Kelly
  • two more detectives

Villains:

  • Professor Dwyer
    • Dwyer's unnamed talking ape (Dies)

Other Characters:

  • elevator boy

Locations:

  • London
    • Dell Street Police Station
    • 60 Dell Street, apartment building
    • London University
    • Haddock Street Police Station
    • the Moors, just outside London
      • abandoned castle

Items:

Vehicles:

  • police car

Synopsis for Captain Cook of Scotland Yard: "Monster Walks the Streets of London"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in Invisible Justice: "The Pirate Submarine"

Featured Characters:

Villains:

  • Pirates

Other Characters:

  • John Webb, submarine builder
  • Watkins, USCG commander

Locations:

Vehicles:

  • S.S. Baldwin (sunk)
  • S.S. Wales (sunk)
  • S.S. Pomeroy (sunk)
  • S.S. James
  • derelict schooner
  • prototype submarine

Synopsis for Invisible Justice: "The Pirate Submarine"

In New York Bay, a pirate submarine has been robbing and sinking ships, striking every midnight. Kent Thurston books passage aboard the S.S. James, and at midnight, in N.Y. Bay, the pirates strike again. While they’re busy stealing a gold shipment, Thurston gets invisible and dives over the side, swimming to the nearby submarine’s position, and climbing aboard, then sneaking inside. This sub is the world's most advanced, it dives deeper and runs faster than any other, and its developer, John Webb, is a hostage aboard it, forced to run the sub for these gangsters. The gang’s hideout is in an apparently-abandoned two-masted schooner, anchored in the middle of the bay. The Hood questions Webb, then sneaks aboard the schooner and cuts its anchor rope with an ax; the small ship begins to drift. That’s a big problem for the gangster crew, so while they scramble to re-anchor the craft, the Hood grabs Webb (unconscious right then due to a beating), and sneaks back aboard the submarine, changes back to mufti, and revives Webb. They team up to operate the sub, but before they can get clear of the schooner, the boss gangster shows up in the control room with a pistol. Thurston disarms him then takes him out in two punches. At story's end, the pirates are turned over to the Coast Guard and the prototype submarine is turned over to the Navy.

Appearing in Clip Chance at Cliffside: "Rivalry with Ray Snort, Part 1"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Spud
  • Coach Barr

Villains:

  • Ray Snort
  • Poke
  • Slim

Locations:

  • Cliffside College
  • Cody College

Synopsis for Clip Chance at Cliffside: "Rivalry with Ray Snort, Part 1"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in John Law, Scientective: "Death in the Sky"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • June Carter

Villains:

  • James Rowan, as The Avenger (Behind the scenes)
    • Mike Ross
    • Davis (Dies)

Other Characters:

  • Jack Smith
  • Mr. Carter
  • Tony

Locations:

Items:

  • glass globe full of hydrocyanic gas

Vehicles:

  • airliners (some destroyed)

Synopsis for John Law, Scientective: "Death in the Sky"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in Wings Wendall, of the Military Intelligence: "The Plot Against the Panama Canal"

Featured Characters:

  • Wings Wendall

Supporting Characters:

Villains:

  • The Hooded Terror
    • submarine crew

Other Characters:

  • Canal Zone commanding officer

Locations:

  • Panama
    • U.S. HQ
    • waterfront bar
    • Hooded Terror's secret submarine pier

Vehicles:

  • USN PBY Catalina flying boat
  • Hooded Terror's submarine
  • US troop ship (sunk)
  • USS Neptune
  • squadron of biplane dive-bombers

Synopsis for Wings Wendall, of the Military Intelligence: "The Plot Against the Panama Canal"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in Hugh Hazzard and his Iron Man: "Von Hutz's Plan"

Featured Characters:

Villains:

  • Von Hutz (Single appearance)
  • Spy Number Five (Single appearance)
  • Carl (Single appearance)

Locations:

Items:

Vehicles:

  • Von Hutz' biplane (Destroyed)

Synopsis for Hugh Hazzard and his Iron Man: "Von Hutz's Plan"

At the Naval Base in New York City, two spies, "Number Five" and Carl, under the direction of boss spy Von Hutz, kidnap a security guard, and torture him, with hot needles under his fingernails, to learn which vault holds the plans to a new torpedo bomb, then blow up the vault and steal the plans. Hugh Hazzard, Ace of Crime-Busters, has been listening in on the spies’ radio comms, and when they are coordinating their escape plan, he switches the call to his “teleradio,” and by means of his “super-seper-iconoscope” is able to get an overhead video view of the villains’ fleeing car, AND an image of Von Hutz at his spy-base. He overhears as Von Hutz directs his agents to the Bolton Estate, where a getaway airplane awaits them, while on another frequency, a short-wave radio broadcast helpfully fills in the details about the stolen set of plans. Hazzard gets aboard his super robot, using straps to ride it like a pony, and flies off in pursuit.

Using a telescope, he spots the car, and arrives ahead of it at the estate, then watches from concealment as the two-seat biplane takes off, leaving Von Hutz behind. Hugh sends Bozo after the plane, which is armed with a tail-mounted machinegun, which is ineffectual against flying Bozo, who zooms into position ahead of the plane and causes a mid-air crash. The two spies parachute to momentary safety, but Bozo snags them up before they even reach the ground, and carries them back to Hazzard’s position. There, Hazzard has gotten sneaked up on and captured by Von Hutz, who ties him up but carelessly misses the concealed control board under his lapel, with which Hazzard recalls Bozo, for a last-split-second rescue. While the robot unties the investigator, Von Hutz flees, into his powder shed, where he sets a trap by lighting a fuse, then leaves by the back door. Bozo pursues him into the shed, just as it blows up, but is undamaged. Bozo then subdues Von Hutz, gathers up both other spies, and the stolen plans, and Hugh sends him flying to Washington DC to turn them all in.

Notes

  • Abdul the Arab:
    • "The Baron" sports a monocle AND a cigarette holder.
    • Hassan kills Chief Abu El Khall, and seems to routinely pack a handgun.
  • Captain Cook:
    • Professor Dwyer transplants the human brain of a mail-plane pilot into an enormous ape. This is the first interspecies brain transplant in a Quality Comics comic, and the third such transplant in a (DC + Quality + Fawcett) comic book. Cover date on this issue is Oct 1939.
      • First interspecies brain transplant in a DC Comics comic was in Detective Comics #6, the Aug 1937 issue, in the Speed Saunders story, performed by scientist Roskoffin.
      • Second series of interspecies brain transplants, in a (DC + Quality + Fawcett) comic, was done by Dr. Kichung, in Sunwei, in the Tex Thomson stories in Action #s 8 & 9, the Jan & Feb 1939 issues.
      • The fourth series of interspecies brain transplants, in a (DC + Quality + Fawcett) comic, was performed by Herbert Handers, in Mexico, in the Zatara story in Action Comics #19, the Dec 1939 issue.
      • The fifth brain transplantation project was that of the Ultra-Humanite, in the Superman story in Action Comics #20, the Jan 1940 issue.
  • Espionage:
    • The first part of this story seems to take place circa 1938-Oct-late, based on earlier episodes. If so, then the submarine warfare part of the story would be about 1938-Nov-late, at the very earliest.
    • Batu is absent.
    • Black Ace's boss doesn't appear in this episode.
    • The President doesn't especially look like FDR, and is not named.
  • Hugh Hazzard:
    • Von Hutz's henchman, Number Five, wears a monocle.
  • Invisible Justice:
    • Of the three "pirate submarine" stories in this issue, Invisible Hood is the only hero who manages to not be sunk along with a villain submarine.
  • Wings Wendall:
    • He's a captain in the U.S. military, and usually wears a khaki uniform.
      • He might be a captain (O-3) in the Army or Marine Corps, or he might be a captain (O-6) in the Navy.
      • His organization is identified only as "Military Intelligence", except for his use of "G-2" as a callsign, back in Smash Comics #1. G-2 = Army.
    • This issue he goes under cover in a fake civilian identity, as "Kilgallin".
    • He smokes a pipe sometimes, and cigarettes frequently.
    • Hooded Terror's submarine has "X-5" stenciled on the side of the conning tower.
    • Hooded Terror is only called "Hooded Terror" in two captions; his minions all address him and refer to him as "the Master". It's not clear what he calls himself.
    • This issue both Wings Wendall and the Black Ace have been aboard enemy submarines as they sank, and survived it.
  • First issue for John Law by Harry Francis Campbell.
  • Also appearing in this issue of Smash Comics were:

Trivia

  • George Brenner signs his Clip Chance story as "Scott Sheridan", and his Hugh Hazzard story as "Wayne Reid".
  • Will Eisner signs his Archie O'Toole story as "Bud Thomas", and his Espionage story as "Erwin".



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Recommended Reading

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