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"Espionage Starring Black X: "The Suicide Torpedoes"": The Pan-American Congress erects "the Caldwell Line," like a seagoing Maginot Line that parallels the entire eastern coast of the western hemisphere (per the caption), or at least it lines the Gulf of Mexico, (per the art). This is in place


Quote1 Your point is well taken, but dead men can't drive torpedoes.! Quote2
-- Black X



Appearing in Espionage Starring Black X: "The Suicide Torpedoes"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Batu
  • Colonel Atwater

Villains:

  • Madame La Coquin (Dies)
    • Suicide Squadron

Other Characters:


Locations:

  • The Caldwell Line, in the Atlantic Ocean
    • Sub-Base 15, just off Cape Cod

Items:


Vehicles:




Synopsis for Espionage Starring Black X: "The Suicide Torpedoes"

The Pan-American Congress erects "the Caldwell Line," like a seagoing Maginot Line that parallels the entire eastern coast of the western hemisphere (per the caption), or at least it lines the Gulf of Mexico, (per the art). This is in place in order to blockade the landlocked Axis powers, thus crimping their food supply. A mighty Axis armada swoops across the Atlantic, and crashes against the Caldwell Line, but in vain.

So now the Axis Secret Police need to do some sabotage, but first they need to whack the Black X, so Madame La Coquin invites Black X to a fashionable Washington party, so that she can kill him. Batu knows jiu-jitsu, and can telepathically project a convincing illusion of Black X walking into an ambush. It's so convincing that even the thugs that jumped "him" with knives believed that they had killed him.

It soon turns out that Madame La Coquin has an underwater torpedo base, reached by a trapdoor in the dock of her Washington mansion. Madame's gang of torpedo-kamikazes are called the Death Squadron on one panel and the Death Battalion in the next. Black X sends Batu to fetch the Coast Guard, then invades the secret base. There's a big fight and Black X is captured, and is stupidly not shot, and even more stupidly is stowed in the spy cell's radio room, where soon he bursts his bonds by sheer strength, and luckily the radio operator is a terrible shot, and has a glass jaw. Black X radio-calls the USCG, and Coast Guard planes intercept the first two manned torpedoes, successfully defending Sub-Base 15 on the Caldwell Line, just off Cape Cod.

Black X tries to dissuade Madame La Coquin from launching herself in the 4th torpedo; he fails, she knew she was doomed either way but chose to get killed by the coast guard, and Black X is so broken up by this that he quits the spy game. But he instantly snaps back into action, one panel later.

The Axis soon sends a second armada against the Caldwell Line, which is also repulsed. Soon the dictators capitulate and an armistice is signed in Geneva.

Appearing in Captain Cook of Scotland Yard: "The Voice and the Red Star Diamond"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Kelly

Villains:

  • The Voice

Other Characters:

  • Lola Barnes
  • Sir Sidney Barnes

Locations:


Items:


Vehicles:



Synopsis for Captain Cook of Scotland Yard: "The Voice and the Red Star Diamond"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in Clip Chance at Cliffside: "The Red Clay Clue"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Coach Barr

Villains:


Other Characters:

  • Marko

Locations:


Items:


Vehicles:



Synopsis for Clip Chance at Cliffside: "The Red Clay Clue"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in "Wings Wendall: Battling the Bund"

Featured Characters:

  • Wings Wendall

Supporting Characters:


Villains:

Other Characters:

  • Heinrich
  • Karla

Locations:


Items:


Vehicles:



Synopsis for "Wings Wendall: Battling the Bund"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in Invisible Justice: "The Arson Robberies"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:


Villains:

  • Weymann Brent
    • Arson gang

Other Characters:

  • John Steele

Locations:

  • City of Glenport

Items:


Vehicles:



Synopsis for Invisible Justice: "The Arson Robberies"

Police are baffled, as a hotel safe goes missing after a horrible fire at a local hotel. Kent Thurston suspects arsonists, and investigates as the Invisible Hood. The arson gang wears asbestos suits, and are quickly defeated.

Appearing in Flash Fulton: "The Kidnapping of Babs Barton"

Featured Characters:

  • Flash Fulton

Supporting Characters:

  • Andy

Villains:

  • Nick
  • Trigger
  • Punchy

Other Characters:

  • Babs Barton

Locations:


Items:


Vehicles:



Synopsis for Flash Fulton: "The Kidnapping of Babs Barton"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in Chic Carter: "Von Fritz's Assassination Plot"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:


Villains:

  • General Von Fritz

Other Characters:

  • King Ludwig
  • Princess Maria

Locations:

  • Moravia
    • the Arlbourg Line
  • unnamed enemy nation

Items:


Vehicles:

  • ME-109s, with German markings

Synopsis for Chic Carter: "Von Fritz's Assassination Plot"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in John Law, Scientective: "Double Death Trap"

Featured Characters:

  • John Law

Supporting Characters:


Villains:

  • The Avenger

Other Characters:

  • June Carter
  • Albert Lewis

Locations:


Items:


Vehicles:



Synopsis for John Law, Scientective: "Double Death Trap"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in Hugh Hazzard and his Iron Man: "The Master Plan of Rudolf Hitz"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Scar Pipalle (Only appearance; dies)

Villains:

  • Holtz, Dictator of Jarmania (Behind the scenes)
  • Rudolf Hitz, a Jarmanian spy (Single appearance)
  • Olga, a Jarmanian spy (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Sergeant Dolan (Single appearance)
  • Captain John "Ironsides" Dolan (Single appearance)
  • Jim Hart (Single appearance)
  • Sergeant Hill (Single appearance)
  • Sergeant Kelly (Single appearance)

Locations:

Items:


Vehicles:



Synopsis for Hugh Hazzard and his Iron Man: "The Master Plan of Rudolf Hitz"

Jarmanian spies Rudolf Hitz and Olga, working with Public Enemy #1 Scar Pipalle, kidnap a general's son, and try to blackmail him for the gold at Fort Adam in Kentucky. Hugh Hazzard and his Iron Man Bozo the Robot stop them, with the unexpected help of the notorious but patriotic Pipalle, who in the critical moment refuses to betray his country. Pipalle gets back-shot by Hitz, who gets captured alive. Holtz is the dictator of Jarmania. Olga is not seen or mentioned after the first half of page 5; presumably she's still at large.

Notes

  • Bozo:
  • Espionage:
    • In the Quality Universe, the Second World War was marked by several false starts and false finishes:
      • In Smash Comics #5 (Dec 1939), the USA became so well-armed and powerful that all the nations in Europe decide to make peace rather than risk war with America. "The United States could wipe Europe off the map in a year. We must sign the peace pacts offered by their president, and disarm at once."
      • In Smash Comics #7 (Feb 1940), after several Axis armadas had failed to fight their way past the Pan-American Caldwell Line, from Europe to the Western Atlantic, "the dictators capitulate and an armistice is signed in Geneva. World peace is now a reality."
      • In Smash Comics #9 (April 1940), upon Motler's death, world peace was declared, and Poland was restored.
      • And that's just in Smash Comics. The War was also ended once in National Comics[1], and twice in Hit Comics.[2][3]
  • Also appearing in this issue of Smash Comics were:
    • Abdul the Arab: "The Masked One", by Vernon Henkel
    • Archie O'Toole: "King Crunch", by Will Eisner
    • Small Stuff, by John Devlin
    • Philpott Veep: "The Episode of the Malicious Mite", by John Devlin
    • Kidding the Kids, art by Arthur Beeman
    • Sportraits: "Red Dutton", by Gill Fox
    • Wun Cloo: "Advertising the Gangsters", by Gill Fox

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