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"Espionage Starring Black Ace: "Taneo the Saboteur"": The Black Ace is up against Basil Taneo, the European saboteur, who is waging a campaign of bomb-planting (@ the Buffalo Arms Plant, @ Newport Navy Yard, @ Jacksonville Missouri Munitions Plant) and labor unrest, against the US high-speed rea


Quote1 Major, I'm going to play a wild hunch. The next big "job" should be the Cross-Country Flyer going between New York and Frisco. Get me a passage on it! Quote2
-- Black X, in his tuxedo



Appearing in Espionage Starring Black Ace: "Taneo the Saboteur"

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Supporting Characters:

  • Batu

Villains:

  • Basil Taneo (Dies)

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  • The Cross Country Flyer, a high-speed long-distance luxury passenger train

Synopsis for Espionage Starring Black Ace: "Taneo the Saboteur"

The Black Ace is up against Basil Taneo, the European saboteur, who is waging a campaign of bomb-planting (@ the Buffalo Arms Plant, @ Newport Navy Yard, @ Jacksonville Missouri Munitions Plant) and labor unrest, against the US high-speed rearmament program. On board the Cross Country Flyer, Ace spots Taneo (he recognizes everybody in this one coach EXCEPT Taneo, is how), and observes as Taneo detrains at Gloville Junction, after leaving behind a timebomb in his luggage; Ace defenestrates that through a closed window. Next day he and Batu detrain at Salt Lake City, and drive out to the Falcon Aircraft Factory, to check it for bombs; they catch a bomb-planter but can't find the bomb until Batu does some telepathy; thus another timebomb is flung through another closed window. Wait this bomb-planter IS Taneo; how'd he get to SLC ahead of the fastest p-train in the country? Ace gets his arm broken in a pipe-fight, and Taneo gets knifed dead by Batu. Black Ace now has documents proving Taneo's status and identifying his national employer; once again Ace destroys the evidence, in the interest of preserving peace. At story’s end, the USA becomes so well-armed and powerful that all the nations in Europe decide to make peace rather than risk war with America. They must have changed their minds later on. At the end of this episode Black Ace still has a broken arm.

Appearing in "Archie O’Toole: “Depression in Crime”"

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Synopsis for "Archie O’Toole: “Depression in Crime”"

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Appearing in "Chic Carter: “Troops Clash in Moravia”"

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Villains:

  • Duke Boris

Other Characters:

  • King of Moravia
  • Princess Maria

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  • Moravia

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Synopsis for "Chic Carter: “Troops Clash in Moravia”"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in John Law, Scientective: "The Mystery Mile"

Featured Characters:

  • John Law

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Villains:

  • The Avenger

Other Characters:

  • June Carter
  • Edgar Karr

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Synopsis for John Law, Scientective: "The Mystery Mile"

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Appearing in Wings Wendall: "Wings Over New York"

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  • Wings Wendall

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  • General Adams
  • The Boss (Dies)
  • M-29 (Dies)

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Synopsis for Wings Wendall: "Wings Over New York"

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Appearing in "Clip Chance: “Rivalry with Ray Snort, Part 3”"

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  • Poke
  • Slim

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  • Spud

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Synopsis for "Clip Chance: “Rivalry with Ray Snort, Part 3”"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in "Invisible Justice: “Tom Bradley Missing”"

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  • Judge Hyde (Single appearance)
  • Mike

Other Characters:

  • Tom Bradley (Single appearance)

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  • Parkville

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Synopsis for "Invisible Justice: “Tom Bradley Missing”"

Kent Thurston as the Invisible Hood topples some racketeers who are being led by disbarred disgraced ex-judge Judge Hyde, now dba the respected Doctor Grayson. He has a monocle and a van dyke and he's a hypnotist, and his minions have kidnapped Special Prosecutor Bradley. The Invisible Hood steals some guy's motorcycle and later lets it crash, as he stunts his way onto Hyde's airplane just as it's taking off. Then he gunpoint-forces Hyde dba Grayson to parachute-jump out of his own plane, over downtown Parkville.

Appearing in Abdul the Arab: "The Phony Abu Adem"

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Synopsis for Abdul the Arab: "The Phony Abu Adem"

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Appearing in "Captain Cook of Scotland Yard: “The Explosive Gas Smugglers”"

Featured Characters:

  • Captain Craig Cook

Supporting Characters:

  • the Chief
  • Kelly

Villains:

  • Mike
    • Mike's partners

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Synopsis for "Captain Cook of Scotland Yard: “The Explosive Gas Smugglers”"

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Appearing in "Flash Fulton: “The Doomed Dam”"

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  • Flash Fulton

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  • Mayor Dillon

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  • Andy

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Synopsis for "Flash Fulton: “The Doomed Dam”"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in "Hugh Hazzard and his Iron Man: “The Plot to Destroy Bozo”"

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Supporting Characters:

  • Pat, Hugh's girlfriend

Villains:

  • Herman Weizer of Latavia
  • Boris
  • Fritz (Dies)
    • other unnamed spies (Dies)

Other Characters:

  • Captain Trask

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  • Latavian death ray machine

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Synopsis for "Hugh Hazzard and his Iron Man: “The Plot to Destroy Bozo”"

Herman Weizer and his gang of Latavian spies tries to buy Bozo for millions of dollars, and when that fails, Weizer hatches a plan to destroy the dangerous robot, with a death ray. This death ray does (experimentally) destroy a flying light airplane, but only minutes later it is completely useless against Bozo. The spies' main objective, all along, is the specifications for some new super projectile that the U.S.Army was testing at Ft. Tilton. They send a driverless dynamite-packed truck rolling down a hill toward the Fort, and Hazzard spots it, and remote-controls Bozo into intercepting the truck, and flinging it into a nearby body of water. Then Hazzard gets sneaked up on, and knocked unconscious with a stick, then dragged away to an abandoned mine, and trussed up inside it. The spies prepare to blow up the mine, but they have failed to find the Bozo control radio under Hazzard's lapel. He calls in the robot, which carries him to relative safety, then tunnels out to the surface. Most of the spies have been killed in their own explosion, but Boris escapes, but Hazzard and Bozo catch him, and he squeals Weizer's location. Hazzard breaks into Weizer's apartment through a window, but is momentarily trapped when Weizer, armed and ready for him, drops steel shutters into all the doors and windows. But Bozo arrives and breaks through a wall, then chokes Weizer until he gives up, then Hazzard turns him over to the Army.

Notes

  • Black Ace:
    • In this issue's "Espionage" story, Basil Taneo's European head-of-state boss is addressed as "your majesty," and Basil looks very much like "Baron Basil" did (back in Feature Comics #21).
  • Hugh Hazzard & Bozo:
    • Hugh Hazzard lives at 210 West Street, New York City. That's between Elm and Grove Streets..[1]
    • Hugh Hazzard get knocked unconscious with a stick, for at least the 2nd time in his career.
    • At this story's beginning, Hugh Hazzard's "secret" identity is already known to both the U.S.Army and to Latavian Intelligence agents.
    • In the Quality Universe, the Axis Powers included: Aryania, Austria, Barbaria, Bothnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Darmania, Dunland, Germany, Govania, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Jarmania, Kampfland, Latavia, Nordicha, North Germany, Romania, Tokoya, Tuvania, and others.
    • Latavian intelligence operatives had access to "death ray" technology, in 1939.
  • Also appearing in this issue of Smash Comics were:
    • Small Stuff, by John Devlin
    • Sportraits: Larry Kelly, by Gill Fox
    • Interesting People: Pete Biagi, by Stookie Allen

Trivia

  • Both of Black Ace's bouts with Baron Basil Taneo were partly set aboard top-tier passenger trains: the Washington Special and the Cross-Country Flyer.



See Also


Recommended Reading

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