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Quote1 The most powerful gas in the world ... too powerful ... if I sell it, it'll be used to kill men ... Bah! I'm going to destroy it for there are too many instruments of death now in this world. Quote2
-- Professor Roberts

Appearing in Doll Man: "The Sins of Anton Bock"Edit

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  • Anton Bock

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  • an old sea captain

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Synopsis for Doll Man: "The Sins of Anton Bock"Edit

With the aid of a strange tablet, Darrel Dane can reduce himself to the size of a doll. His boss, Professor Roberts, is working late at his laboratory; around midnight he perfects an extremely deadly poison gas; he immediately decides to destroy his samples and notes. Too late, a spy is already in the room, knocks out the chemist, and abducts him. Martha finds the Professor gone, calls Darrel Dane, then faints. Darrel revives her and she accompanies him on his search. Based on her description of the three thugs and their car, plus questioning every gas-station attendant in a 10-mile radius, Dane assembles some ambiguous clues into the deduction that the kidnappers came to NYC from the shabby oceanside town of Deep Haven (about 100 miles from NYC), and have returned there with Prof. Roberts. They drive to Deep Haven, question a bunch of people including a wizened old sea captain, who tells them about strange colored lights seen on the nearby island called "Lorelei," which he believes to be haunted. Darrel gets small and swims to the island to investigate; along the way he kills a shark with a bamboo stick, then arrives at the tall, narrow, steep, stark rock of an island; at the peak of the storm-swept precipice stands a weather-beaten shack, with flickering lights in the windows. Inside, Professor Roberts is being tortured by Anton Bock, international spy. Doll Man sneaks into the locked shack and sets Roberts free and has great fun thrashing the spies; at one point he ties their shoelaces together. Roberts shoots one of the spies; another spy is killed when Doll Man accidentally knocks over the poison gas sample, flooding the room with deadly vapors. Roberts gets safely out of the shack with the Doll Man in his pocket, and revives him; Doll Man returns to the fight and leaves Anton Bock and the other surviving thug, unconscious, for the local sheriff.

Appearing in Captain Fortune: "The Capture of Castle Balomar"Edit

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    Appearing in "Big Top"Edit

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Reprints from the Big Top comic strip

Appearing in Zero, Ghost Detective: "The Three-Fingered Ogre"Edit

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  • Mr. Bleaker
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  • John Bleaker

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  • Peter Bleaker

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Synopsis for Zero, Ghost Detective: "The Three-Fingered Ogre"Edit

On the 77th floor of a towering skyscraper, Zero wages war against the criminal denizens of the phantom realm. Okay but he's (also?) got an office and a secretary on the 13th floor, and that's where Mr. Bleaker shows up to hire the Ghost Detective; Bleaker believes, correctly, that his months-dead brother Peter has murdered his recently-dead brother John. You see, as children, devoted siblings John, Peter, and ("Mr.") Bleaker had sworn an oath, in blood, that when one of them died, he would come back for the others in the form of a three-fingered ogre, from their favorite story book. A few months ago, Peter had died, in abject poverty and far from home; two months later John was found dead, strangled by a three-fingered hand. Zero takes the case; they go to Bleaker's beautiful country home, where in the library they encounter a large, grey, three-fingered ogre who calls Bleaker "Brother." Zero flashes a cross-marked mirror and the hideous apparition vanishes, but the monster reappears elsewhere in the house, carrying Bleaker's daughter Mary, then it vanishes again. Zero quickly brings Mr. Bleaker outside to his car and drives to the airport, then hires a plane and pilot to fly, at night, to the cemetery where Peter Bleeker is buried, and land nearby. They enter the cemetery, where a ghostly apparition warns them to leave "before the angry brother returns," or they will die. Zero ignores this, finds a spade, and starts digging at Peter's grave. The ogre appears, with Mary screaming in its arms, and Zero exposits: "If he reaches me before I open this coffin, we're all goners." He then very rapidly digs out the coffin, opens it, and drives a stake through Peter Bleaker's corpse's chest, which makes the ogre vanish.

Appearing in Reynolds of the Mounted: "The Medicine Man's Scheme"Edit

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    Appearing in Spin Shaw: "The Snatch of the Plane Plans"Edit

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    Appearing in "Lala Palooza"Edit

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Reprints from the Lala Plaooza comic strip

Appearing in Rance Keane: "The Murder of Bus Pritchard"Edit

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    Appearing in Capt. Bruce Blackburn, Counterspy: "Living Dead Men"Edit

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    Appearing in Rusty Ryan: "The Insurance Murder Plot"Edit

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    Appearing in The Voice: "Origin of the Voice"Edit

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  • Fogarty (not named until Feature Comics #34)

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  • John Martinson

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Synopsis for The Voice: "Origin of the Voice"Edit

The Voice is Mr. Elixir, who as a boy, in 1790, was stranded on a tropical island, and lived there for 150 years, due to his diet of special herbs. Upon returning to America, Mr. Elixir takes a room in a boarding house in New York City, struggles with his rent, and works night and day to replicate the vitalizing properties of his tropical diet, until one day he discovers a fluid which, when poured over ordinary leaves or plants, causes them to shrink and turn brown, and to synthesize the unknown super-vitamin which accounted for his longevity, plus makes him strong enough to lift a piano. He resolves to secretly fight organized crime, and studies the arts of hypnotism, ventriloquism, and sleight of hand, plus recruits a fellow boardinghouse tenant (Fogarty) to his campaign. He develops a mysterious persona he calls "the Voice." On his first case, Mr. Elixir takes down John Martinson, a jewelery collector who has been buying expensive gems for cash, then having his mugs rob the sellers.

Appearing in Poison Ivy: "Origin of Poison Ivy"Edit

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    Appearing in Samar: "Origin of Samar"Edit

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  • Samar (First appearance)

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    Appearing in "Mickey Finn"Edit

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Reprints from the Mickey Finn comic strip

NotesEdit

  • In the 8th panel of the 3rd page of this issue's Doll Man story, we see Darrel Dane take his strange pill and shrink. This is the last time we see him take this pill, on-panel, for many months, and possibly for the remainder of the series. At some point early in his career, after the drinkable version and the injectable version and the pill version of his formula were developed, Dane gained the ability to change size by a simple effort of will. This issue might mark the end of the "pill" phase of his scientific work.
  • "The Voice" was featured in Feature Comics from this issue until #37 (Nov 1940).


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