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Quote1 Wait ... I want the police to follow us! Quote2
-- Alias the Spider

Appearing in The Black Condor "In America"Edit

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Adversaries:

  • Ras Gyn

Other Characters:

  • the Princess of Singat

Locations:

  • Province of Singat, near Bombay
  • the bleak rocky peaks of the Himalayas, Black Condor's current home base
  • Empire State Building, NYC

Synopsis for The Black Condor "In America"Edit

The Black Condor, who still has no real "civilian" identity, takes his first trip to America (from the bleak rocky peaks of the Himalayas), when the he is asked (via a note tied to a condor's foot) by the Rajah of Singat (on the coffee colored slopes of Delhi) to protect his daughter, while she sails from Calcutta to New York, carrying a priceless ruby. Black Condor acquires some snappy American tweeds and boards the same steamship. The notorious Ras Gyn (who is known to T.B.C.) seeks to steal the ruby aboard the ship taking her to America, and is also aboard. At R.G.'s signal, the ship is sunk with a submarine-launched torpedo, but the Black Condor flies about helping the crew and passengers, including the rajah's daughter, escape to lifeboats. When they reach New York, a week later, Black Condor loses track of the girl, then scans the city from the Empire State Bldg's observation deck, and sure enough, in a window that luckily is facing toward the E.S.B., there are Ras Gyn's minions, choking down the princess. They steal the ruby from her, and throw her from a window. Black Condor aerially rescues her, then pursues the badguys' getaway car, stops its engine with his black ray gun, and reclaims the jewel. Finally, he tracks down Ras Gyn himself, at the airport, and gets headkonked with a big wrench. The crook tries to escape by plane, but the Condor catches him, and again kills an engine with his black ray gun, yanks Ras out of the cockpit (letting his biplane crash), and turns him over to the authorities. Condor's remarks indicated that he didn't like the city, and intended to leave it ASAP.

Appearing in Alias the Spider: "Thomas Andrews Kidnapped by the Spider"Edit

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Harry, Hallaway's chauffeur

Adversaries:

  • Thomas Andrews

Other Characters:

  • Mrs. Andrews

Synopsis for Alias the Spider: "Thomas Andrews Kidnapped by the Spider"Edit

Thomas Andrews, the controlling stockholder of the Mercury Realty Corporation, gets kidnapped, and his company starts to disintegrate, and The Spider is framed. The Spider sends his chauffeur Harry to the stock exchange to find out who's buying up all the Mercury shares, and he then visits the Andrews estate, punching out one security cop on the way in, and scares the jeebers out of Mrs Andrews (whom he suspects), while playing along with the Spider-as-kidnapper scenario: he wants his half-million ransom NOW. She does act pretty guilty. Harry the chauffeur shows up and talks his way onto the property, without punching out any rentacops, bringing the news that Andrews's own broker is buying up all the shares. Then a swarm of cops show up, and the Spider & Harry punch their way out of the place and flee, but they hang back just enough to lure the cops away from the Andrews house, so Mrs Andrews can make her obvious next move, which is to put together half a million bucks in cash (?) and drive away to a secluded cabin, where of course Mr Andrews is hiding out. The Spider meanwhile has shaken the cops AND spotted Mrs Andrews AND followed her here. Andrews stupidly pulls a gun and gets his wrist pinned to the wall with an arrow, then The Spider takes the ransom money, and later has his man Harry redistribute it to the Mercury shareholders who lost money.

Appearing in The Red Torpedo: "The Pirate Subs"Edit

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Adversaries:

  • X-1 (William Wotan)

Other Characters:

  • Z-3

Locations:



Synopsis for The Red Torpedo: "The Pirate Subs"Edit

An unidentified flotilla of high-speed submarines are doing piracy and escaping to undetected bases. Jim Lockhart dba the Red Torpedo picks (seemingly at random) a big freighter to shadow across the ocean, and of course gets lucky; at least three pirate subs show up, and massacre and loot and sink the freighter, with no intervention from the Red Torpedo, who then follows the subs to an undersea cavern, leading to an airpocket cavern lake, leading to more caves, sneaking and punching his way to a great vaulted hall, where the badguys ("Z-3" et.al.) are on the radio to their boss, "X-1." Their boss is one of the top execs (Wilhelm Wotan) at the Eutonia Steamship Line; this whole piracy thing is essentially an insurance scam. The badguys detect R.T., there's some chandelier-swinging and chasing and shooting and Red Torpedo gets away plus dupes the badguys into thinking he'd gotten blown up. So the next day the pirates just go ahead and stupidly carry out their plan to raid the SS Harmonia, but by then the R.T. has had plenty of time to bring destroyers and an aircraft carrier to the area, plus he now attacks the subs with his own Torpedo. Wotan is captured alive, but there's at least one submarine-crew's worth of fatalities here too.

Appearing in The Clock: "Gang Czar's Right Hand Man Arrested"Edit

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • "Pug" Brady
  • Captain Kane

Adversaries:

  • Scar Sizza
  • Spark (Death)
  • Mack (Death)

Other Characters:

  • Lieutenant Foxx
  • Benny Selas

Synopsis for The Clock: "Gang Czar's Right Hand Man Arrested"Edit

The Clock pulls off a risky, elaborate, and complicated ruse to get a squealer to squeal.

Appearing in Wizard Wells: "The Death-Ray Decoy"Edit

Featured Characters:

  • Wizard Wells, the Miracle Man of Science

Supporting Characters:

  • Tug

Adversaries:

Other Characters:

Locations:

Items:

Vehicles:



Synopsis for Wizard Wells: "The Death-Ray Decoy"Edit

  • Synopsis not yet written.

    Appearing in Madam Fatal: "Mystery at Windward Castle"Edit

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Adversaries:

  • Ross (Death)
  • Slade
  • Max

Other Characters:

  • John Gordon
  • Betty Gordon
  • Jack Dale

Locations:

  • Windward Castle, Maine

Items:

Vehicles:



Synopsis for Madam Fatal: "Mystery at Windward Castle"Edit

The gold-bullion-laden SS Iris gets torpedoed from the seaward side, and robbed by part of its own crew, off the coast of Maine. This is the 3rd such incident. By absolutely pure luck, Madam Fatal elsewhere foils an attempted public assassination of Betty Gordon (& her fiancee Jack Dale), niece of famous inventor John Gordon, who has just recently retired to Windward Castle on the rocky coast of Maine, and behaved likea cranky recluse ever since. Stanton formulates a suspicion, but says nothing, and a week later he arrives by canoe at the base of Windward Cliff, then changes into his Madam Fatal get-up, THEN scales the cliff. At the castle, Betty & Jack show up to confront the inventor, and get jumped by Gordon's assistant Slade and HIS assistant Max, who is real tall and inexplicably dressed in a weird red robe w/ hood. Madam Fatal jumps on Max from about two stories higher up in the castle, and konks his noggin with his granny walkingstick, gets his keys, finds and releases inventor Gordon. The half-clever weapon used by the main badguy (Ross) is a cliff-mounted torpedo launcher, shooting torps out to sea which then curve back and strike their targets from the seaward side. By dint of some drape-swinging and bludgeon-wielding, Madam Fatal beats up Ross and his henchies, and wrestles Ross right off the cliff to his doom.

NotesEdit

  • The Black Condor gets knocked unconscious with a blunt instrument; this may be his first concussion.
  • The Red Torpedo punches a pirate submariner off a cliff, likely killing him.
  • Madame Fatal also wrestles a torpedo saboteur off a cliff, definitely killing him.
  • Also appearing in this issue were:
    • Ned Brant: (No Title), by Bob Zuppke & B.W. DePew
    • Lee Preston of the Red Cross: (Captured by Kiroto), by Bob Powell
    • Jane Arden: (No Title), by Monte Barrett & Russell E. Ross
    • Space Legion: (The Escape of Lucky Largo), by Vernon Henkel


TriviaEdit

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