- Motler – the world is now rid of its worst enemy, and no one will ever know how it happened.
- -- Hugh Hazzard
Appearing in Black X: "Proxoff, the Revolutionary"Edit
- Major Gates
- Proxoff, the Revolutionary (Death)
- Von Damm
- Count Trini
- unnamed female spy
- easternmost Siberia
Synopsis for Black X: "Proxoff, the Revolutionary"EditBlack X takes on Proxoff the Revolutionary, a warlord who has built his own private army of suicidal fanatics, with which he plans to take over the world in the aftermath of the war. His soldiers and assassins don't fear death, and when caught they ingest a suicide drug that turns them into skeletons. According to Batu, in India, there is a legend about an herb found in northern Siberia that does this. Camouflaged artillery batteries are installed on the eastern coast of Siberia, but it’s NOT the Russians, according to Major Gates, it’s “something or someone far deadlier.” Black X & Batu fly to Alaska but their 2-engine commercial airliner is hijacked by a glamorous lady spy; they both are captured off the plane at a remote field; the plane takes off again and Ling, the pilot, takes a suicide pill, then the plane crashes killing everybody else. They’re in Siberia; the lady spy has a car under canvas at this field; they drive ceaselessly for two days and arrive at a fortress wedged between two cliffs. We meet Proxoff and his aides: Von Damm and Count Trini. Trini has a monocle. The Big Plan: while Russia, Finland, Germany, England, and France destroy each other, Proxoff waits. He’s built “secret airports in the mountains” and has an army of fearless fanatics. His first target is America, (which actually is the only big nation that’s NOT getting destroyed right then).
-- Proxoff wants the famous secret agent Black X to defect to his project, and gives him time to think it over, apparently unsupervised. Right from that moment Proxoff’s judgement is so bad, and his security team is so inept, that the reader has to figure that Batu is screwing with them telepathically, as the good guys grab a soldier hostage and almost escape but they’re caught by the lady spy. She says the trigger word “NOMIKAY!” and the hostage shoots himself dead. Point made, but Batu puts a hypnotic telepathic whammy on the spy, and she tells them an escape route, past the big coastal fort to a submarine pier, where these two guys steal a small submarine, and shove off into the Bering Sea. The sub has a crew of at least four, on board, but they’re all sitting still under a telepathic whammy (also shortly later they skeletonize themselves). Black X & Batu are operating the sub 2-handed. Also it has portholes, so soon they can see that they’re under an ice shelf, then they’re in a minefield, then they’re backing out of the minefield and using paravanes to cut loose the floating naval mines so that they bob to the surface and explode underneath Proxoff's pursuing cutters. Then they take out the shoreline artillery battery with one torpedo, then they surface and shell Proxoff’s control tower with the sub’s deck gun. Proxoff is caught in the wreckage; Black X clambers into it to capture him alive, gets shot at and missed, then Proxoff takes a suicide pill. No clues to the fate of the glamorous lady spy, and we never did catch her name either. It takes Black X and Batu “several weeks” to get back to Washington and apparently there aren’t any telephones out west because Major Gates is real surprised when they show up.
Appearing in Invisible Justice: "The Treasure of Hawk Island"Edit
- Joan Dexter
- Small Time Thugs (as pirates)
- Mr. Dexter
- Hawk Island, Florida
Synopsis for Invisible Justice: "The Treasure of Hawk Island"EditA couple of petty thieves look for buried pirate treasure on an island, but the Invisible Hood "spooks" them from taking it from its rightful owner.
Appearing in Hugh Hazzard: "War"Edit
- Herr Motler (Death)
- Officer Fritz Goeing (Death)
- Officer Hans Gonn (Death)
- Officer Voll
- President Hatchec of Hatvia
- An unnamed dancing girl
Synopsis for Hugh Hazzard: "War"Edit
A map shows war-torn Europe: Germany now includes Denmark; Russia now includes most or all of Poland and everything east of it; Hatvia is about where today’s Czech Republic is, bordered and menaced by both of these aggressive nations. President Hatchec of Hatvia sends a goodwill ambassador to the USA to appeal for US support. Dictator Motler of Germany [Germany is now being called Germany, and Motler looks exactly like Hitler.] sends two agents (Fritz Goeing and Hans Gonn) to whack the diplomat's airplane, equipping them with an unsafe prototype of an airplane-engine-killing death ray. Motler promises the agents that their families will be taken care of if they don’t make it back from this dangerous mission. The minute they leave, Motler orders his aide Voll to have their families imprisoned and their houses looted, and reveals that their weapon will also destroy their own aircraft.
The next morning, on his short wave set, Hugh Hazzard picks up a distress call from the flyingboat Yankee Clipper, which is under attack; he robots up and zooms out to sea, to the rescue! At the scene, finds two aircraft, applies his sound detector, identifies the problem, and smacks into the attacking plane, which knocks Goeing loose from the cockpit. Bozo the Robot catches Goeing, and has a few questions for him. Gonn presumably goes down with the broken plane; we do not see a parachute. Goeing rats out Motler, while squirming loose from Bozo over the ocean, into which he falls and is not seen again. The Iron Man catches the stricken Yankee Clipper (a 2-engine flying boat), and easily carries it to its landing wharf (in which city?). Bozo flies to Motler’s stronghold, a castle atop a cliff beside the ocean, and enters by plowing into the cliff and digging upward. Some guards along the way ineffectually shoot at him and set off bombs near him, but Bozo soon reaches Motler’s suite, in the north wing of the castle, where Motler is being entertained by a dancing girl. Bozo tells the girl she should get on a boat to America, where she’d be appreciated, then turns to Motler, threatening to put him in exile. Motler panics, backing away through a door, onto a balcony, over the handrail, and onto the rocks far below. The next day’s headlines: “Motler’s Death a Mystery. Body Found at Base of Cliff. World Peace Proclaimed. Hatvia Hails Motler’s Death. Poland Restored. ?Was Motler Mad?”
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