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"The Squadron of Doom": Over the previous six months, wealthy young sportsman-explorer Rodney Stark has discovered an entire tribe of frozen pleistocene men, and has built a means of bringing them back to life, and has trained them to build and fly airplanes. They steal six 2-engine bombers fro


Quote1 "Too bad, but you had it coming to you." Quote2
-- Billy Batson/Captain Marvel



Appearing in "The Squadron of Doom"

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Villains:

  • Rodney Stark (Only appearance; dies)
  • Dirk Svenson

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  • the Red Star, Rodney Stark's cargo ship
  • six stolen USAAF 2-engine bombers
  • hundreds of copies of these bombers

Synopsis for "The Squadron of Doom"

Over the previous six months, wealthy young sportsman-explorer Rodney Stark has discovered an entire tribe of frozen pleistocene men, and has built a means of bringing them back to life, and has trained them to build and fly airplanes. They steal six 2-engine bombers from a USAAF airbase in Greenland, and are already building hundreds of copies of these craft. Stark claims that not even a high-explosive shell at close range will kill one of these ancient savages, and that thousands of years of intense cold has sharpened their intelligence almost to perfection. From his sub-surface factory and airbase, at or near the North Pole, with his growing army of obedient and invulnerable cavemen, Stark plans to rule the entire earth within one month.
Billy Batson has been pursuing Stark for a radio story, and he manages to get to Stark's base, then get captured by the cavemen; Stark exposits his big plan, then has Billy thrown into a sub-zero prison cell, ungagged and unsupervised. SHAZAM!; Captain Marvel crashes into the air from his under-ice prison, creating a huge crater in the ice. "At that moment, hundreds of planes, flown by the gigantic pleistocene men, emerge from their sub-surface hangar." C.M. yanks one pilot out of his plane and flings him aside (no visible parachute) then uses the plane to crash into (at least 4) other planes, which all drop into this huge opening in the ice. Stark crashes his plane into Captain Marvel in mid-air, on purpose. He's still alive and talking as he flies out through the cockpit windshield, and is close enough that C.M. could easily catch him, but doesn't; Stark and his blazing plane wreckage plunge into the crevice where the other ships fell, which detonates the fuel tanks of those planes. Billy Batson, the only witness to any of this, returns to the radio studio and tells the story on the air.

Appearing in "The Haunted Gold Mine"

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Other Characters:

  • Carol Braddock

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  • Western United States

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Synopsis for "The Haunted Gold Mine"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in "The Treasure of Moon Island"

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Villains:

  • Steel Brody

Other Characters:

  • Gail Benson

Locations:

  • Moon Island

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Synopsis for "The Treasure of Moon Island"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in "The Mask's Kidnapping Scheme"

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  • Admiral Corby
  • Zambo

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Synopsis for "The Mask's Kidnapping Scheme"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in "Peril in Fort Worth"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Carol Clews

Villains:

  • Dr. Steck (Single appearance)
  • Steve (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Frank Haggart (Only appearance; dies)
  • Monroe (Single appearance)

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Synopsis for "Peril in Fort Worth"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in "The Coming of Dr. Voodoo"

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Supporting Characters:

  • Maxinya (means "heaven woman") (First appearance)
  • Jappa, a jaguar (First appearance)

Villains:

  • Okoru (First appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Mister Carey (Only appearance; dies)
  • Mrs. Carey (Only appearance; dies)

Locations:

  • deep in the Brazilian jungle

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Synopsis for "The Coming of Dr. Voodoo"

Deep in the Brazilian jungle, young American physician Hal Carey carries on his late father's medical practice, among a head-hunting tribe of white Indians called the Blancas. Hal grew up in the Brazilian jungles, and studied his father's medical texts and techniques. Opposed by the traditional medicine charlatan Okoro, Carey is forced to flee and soon teams up with a beautiful non-Blanca white girl and her jaguar, Maxinya and Jappa, who converse among themselves in a private language. Okoro tries repeatedly to kill Carey or discredit his science, and fails. Carey's got an antidote for the poison used on Blanca spears and arrows. Twice during these struggles, Jappa the jaguar sprints away to safety with both Maxinya and Hal on his back. Frustrated, Okoro calls for trial by combat; the two will fight with big blades tied to their shoulders, elbows, and knees. Hal wins by cartwheeling forward into Okoro, which completely baffles him and causes him to beg for mercy. The enthusiastic white Indians proclaim Hal their new king; Hal's not having a bit of it, but the name "Doctor Voodoo" does stick. Later Dr. Carey sets up a clinic and Maxinya hires herself on as a nurse; she and Jappa the Jaguar begin teaching Hal how to speak Jaguar, and other animal tongues.

Appearing in "Chaos at the Carnival"

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  • Carl Brand (First appearance)
  • Tommy (First appearance)

Locations:

  • Honor Brand Pictures studio, Hollywood, California Earth-S

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Vehicles:

  • Ibis's sleek roadster, later changed into a super-streamlined airplane

Synopsis for "Chaos at the Carnival"

Ibis the Invincible and Taia take a vacation to Hollywood in their sleek roadster. Along the way Ibis uses the Ibistick to 1/ prevent a collision caused by Ibis's very bad driving, 2/ fix a rigged carnival attraction from a game that never pays off into one that every player wins, 3/ creates a safety net in the path of a daredevil diver on an otherwise-doomed stunt, 4/ turns a hurled knife into a butterfly, 5/ turns a hip-flask of liquor into a cup of black coffee. Ibis and Taia pretty much adopt young Tommy, an orphan carnival roustabout, and they leave in the roadster, soon turning the car into a super-streamlined airplane and flying to Hollywood. There the Ibistick magics up a new suit for Tommy, replacing his outlandish carnival clothes, and they start visiting movie sets. At Honor Brand Pictures, Producer Carl Brand has very-expensively brought the authentic and accursed tomb of Amnos the Black Pharoah, from Egypt to Hollywood, and reconstructed it on a movie set. Ibis, Taia, Tommy, Brand, and one workman proceed into the tomb. "Inside the gloomy tomb, a sliding panel in the wall silently opens and a shadowy figure grabs Tommy and pulls him into a secret chamber."

Continued next issue.

Notes

  • This series was published by Fawcett Publications. All characters and likeness(es) thereof associated with the Captain Marvel family of titles became the legal property of National Periodical Publications (DC Comics) in 1991.
  • "The Squadron of Doom" is reprinted in 'The Shazam! Archives Vol. 1'.
  • It is not clear what steps were taken by Captain Marvel, after Rodney Stark's death, to defeat the remaining hundreds of planes. (The art shows never more than six planes at any one time, almost all of which are destroyed in one panel, but the caption says there are hundreds of planes.) It's also not clear what becomes of all of the supposedly-invulnerable pliestocene men, or how many of them there were. None are ever seen again.
  • Dirk Svenson planted a time-bomb on Billy Batson's rented airplane, and was apparently still at large at story's end.
  • At one point while Captain Marvel is scouting Stark's base, the six stolen army bombers vanish right before his eyes. This is never explained.

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