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Action Comics #26 is an issue of the series Action Comics (Volume 1) with a cover date of July, 1940.

Synopsis for Superman: "Professor Cobalt's Quack Clinic"


Appearing in Superman: "Professor Cobalt's Quack Clinic"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Clarence Cobalt (Single appearance)
  • Grafton (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Dr. Worthington, polio specialist (Single appearance)
  • Tommy (Single appearance)
  • Little Mary (Single appearance)
  • mob of crippled children and their parents, hundreds of them

Locations:


Synopsis for Pep Morgan: "Trapped in the Snow"

On a moose hunting trip to Saskatchewan, Pep and Pierre have a 500-mile hike and a struggle for survival when a howling blizzard makes the forest all but impassible. Pierre falls and breaks his leg; Pep carries him. Pep fights and kills a grizzly bear; he and Pierre cook and eat part of it. Leaving Pierre in the grizzly's winter cave, Pep struggles on alone until he reaches a remote trading post. Borrowing a dogsled and a team of huskies, Pep returns to Pierre's cave, just in time to fight off a pack of wolves, and convey Pierre to the safety of the trading post.

Appearing in Pep Morgan: "Trapped in the Snow"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Pierre (Single appearance)

Animals:

  • grizzly bear (Dies)
  • sled dog team
  • wolves (Some die)

Other Characters:

  • trading post staff

Locations:

  • Canada
    • Saskatchewan
      • Hudson Bay Company trading post

Vehicles:

  • Dog Sled

Synopsis for The Black Pirate: "Rescued"

The Black Pirate, along with most of Ruff's pirate crew, has dived into the shark-infested ocean. Jon Valor gets aboard a floating barrel, and defends it against attacking sharks with a hefty length of chain. After over an hour of this, no other survivors are visible, and another ship sails onto the scene, and takes Jon aboard. It is commanded by Captain Courtney, and bound for Savannah to load up with cotton.

Three days later, when they dock at Savannah, Jon Valor slips ashore, borrows a sturdy horse, and gallops away, through the familiar forest of this region of Georgia. At a wayside inn, Jon meets up with a childhood friend, Jeanne. They spend the evening conversing. Meanwhile outside are two cloaked figures; one signals the other, who barges in to the inn and demands to see the Black Pirate. Jeanne screams. Upstairs, Valor grabs his cape and sword, and dashes down the stairs. He charges into the room blade first, and recognizes the attacker.

Appearing in The Black Pirate: "Rescued"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Jeanne (First appearance)

Antagonists:

  • Ruff's pirate crew (most or all die)
  • Captain Ruff's brother (First appearance; unnamed)
    • his lookout

Other Characters:

  • Captain Courtney (Single appearance)

Locations:

Vehicles:

  • Ruff's Ship, (afloat, ablaze)
  • Courtney's Ship (First appearance)

Synopsis for Three Aces: "Ingrid Svenson's Inheritance"

Their search for adventure brings the Three Aces to California. In a diner, Gunner encounters a crying girl, with a strange story. She's Ingrid Svensen, and she's inherited a fortune, in pearls, that her late father left inside a forbidden temple, on top of Devil Mountain, in New Guinea. So she needs to charter a flight, and she charms the Aces into undertaking the trip.

Arriving in New Guinea, Ingrid is greeted by her old friend Noala, and they have a lot to discuss. There's an upcoming meeting, that night, of all the local tribes. Ingrid needs to do some negotiating because the Natives don't allow anybody but the priests inside the temple. Thwarted only momentarily, the Three Aces take off and scout out the mountain top. There's no place to land, so they decide to return the next day.

But the next morning a large delegation of Native leaders and priests arrive at Ingrid's cabin, and order her and her friends to leave, because they have brought "Mombala-Darana," or bad luck, down on the tribe. There are thousands of Natives, with hundreds already on the scene, and the house is surrounded. The Three Aces like this just fine, and they break out some rifles and bullets, hunkering down for a good fight. For a while they do splendidly, but their ammunition runs out all too soon. Whistler Will takes a revolver and goes out the window, sprints thru the Native skirmish line and reaches his airplane, and its machine guns. Once he's off the ground, it's a completely different fight, and the Natives scatter. According to Ingrid, the plane is the very Mombala-Darana that the Natives had feared.

The Natives sue for peace, and will gladly yield the pearls to the daughter of the late white witch-man. So now they all, minus Will, hike up the side of Devil Mountain, with Whistler Will flying cover, in case anybody changes their mind. The pearls are in a chest in the temple, and there are a lot of them, requiring Native bearers to help them down the mountain with the box. But when the newly wealthy Miss Svenson offers to pay the Aces, they decline, claiming that they just do this for the fun of it.

Appearing in Three Aces: "Ingrid Svenson's Inheritance"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Ingrid Svenson (First appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Native Tribe
    • Noala (Single appearance)
    • Priests of the Temple
      • Native Priest
    • Native Warriors (Some die)

Locations:

Items:

  • Pearls, a big chest full of them

Vehicles:

  • The Aces' red dive bombers

Synopsis for Tex Thomson: "Introducing "Miss X""

Now that their remarkable friend Gargantua T. Potts has left them to join the French Army, Tex and Bob are finding life in Brooklyn a bit dull. But then they get a threatening phone call, instructing them to not involve themselves with the new prosecutor, Mr. Maloney. So of course that's exactly what they do. Maloney visits Thomson in the library of his apartment, and swears them in as deputies, to help take out the local rackets, starting with a gang of car thieves. As he does so, Thomson's new butler is listening in, and gloating about how pleased his "Chief" will be to hear about this.

The next morning Thomson and Daley drive Tex's expensive car downtown to leave it parked in a bad neighborhood and get it stolen. They watch the car from an upstairs doorway, and a man comes along, opens the hood, and tampers with the engine. Tex and Bob chase him but he gets away; they check the engine and can't find anything wrong, so they get set to drive away. A girl in a green raincoat and a red hat runs up and stops Tex before he can start the engine, then shows them a hidden dynamite bomb under the hood. They have questions but she disappears into the crowd.

The next day at Maloney's office, Tex and Bob still have questions but they are rudely barged-in upon by a loud obnoxious social crusader, who is there to complain loudly about the low quality police work in this town, J. Vander Wallace. Three more cars have been stolen and there's been a murder and he's apparently there to blame it on the new prosecutor. Tex dislikes him instantly and is just barely able to not punch him in the face. After that awkward conversation, as they leave the building, Tex spots the bomb-planter from yesterday. They chase him again and this time they catch him. They drag him down a deserted street and beat some information out of him: he doesn't know who the big boss is but he does know where the stolen cars are taken.

That evening outside a garage on the waterfront, Tex surprises Bob, and their prisoner, by not raiding the place, returning them instead to his own apartment. There he uses theatrical make-up to disguise himself as the bomb-planter, and leaves to return to the warehouse alone. But he's ambushed in the lobby of his own apartment building by the young lady from yesterday, and her handgun. She's got a car and a driver outside, and some questions for the hoodlum he's impersonating. Tex plays along, for a little while, then grabs her gun and orders them both out of the car, which he then borrows. He confirms her suspicion that he's really Tex Thomson, and promises to return her car to the front of his building, then drives back to the waterfront, and gets admitted to the car-thief gang's garage. It's a chop shop, and they paint this green car pink, to re-sell elsewhere. While he's there, Thomson spots the civic activist J. Vander Wallace, as part of the gang. But the boss of the gang spots "Weasel" as a phony, and has his hoodlums grab him. There's a fracas but superior numbers prevail, and Tex gets tied up and hauled away to be thrown into the river, onto which they embark in a rowboat. Out on the water they're ambushed by a police boat, manned by cops who have been led there by Bob, working with the mysterious "Miss X."

With the car thieves arrested, Tex and Bob drive quickly to the Civic Betterment League's meeting hall, where the activist J. Vander Wallace is lecturing. As Tex barges in to the back of the hall, Wallace recognizes him and draws a gun, but Thomson draws quicker and fells him. Afterward he explains to Maloney and Daley how he'd figured out who was who, but he still wondered about the identity of "Miss X."

Appearing in Tex Thomson: "Introducing "Miss X""

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

  • J. Vander Wallace, public crusader (wounded or killed)
    • Thomson's Butler
    • Weasel, bomb planter
    • Joe, car thief
    • Patsy, car thief
    • Mike, car thief

Other Characters:

  • D.A. Maloney (First appearance)
  • squad of cops

Locations:

  • Brooklyn
    • Tex's Apartment
    • Downtown
    • D.A. Maloney's Office
    • Waterfront
      • Garage
    • Civic Betterment League

Vehicles:

  • Thomson's Limousine
  • Miss Maloney's Limousine
  • Rowboat
  • Police Boat

Synopsis for Clip Carson: "Claim Jumpers"


Appearing in Clip Carson: "Claim Jumpers"

Featured Characters:

Animals:

  • devil wolf (Dies)
    • ghost wolf pack (most or all die)

Antagonists:

  • Jacques Frontenac (Only appearance; dies)
  • half-breed henchman (Dies)

Other Characters:

  • Marion Trent
  • James Trent, mining engineer
  • RCMP Corporal

Locations:

Vehicles:

  • dog sled

Synopsis for Zatara: "The Jagtooth Gold Mine"


Appearing in Zatara: "The Jagtooth Gold Mine"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Tony (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Annette Devere (Single appearance)
  • Francois Devere (Single appearance)
  • Henry Jardine (Flashback only)
  • ski plane pilot
  • Mountie

Animals:

  • Zatara's Malamute Huskies (winged)
  • Tony's wild dogs (inflated)

Locations:

Vehicles:

  • dog sled
  • ski plane

Notes

  • Published monthly by Detective Comics, Inc.
  • This issue's Black Pirate episode is continued from last issue and continues into next issue.
  • Clip Carson
    • Clip kills one guy, with a pistol shot to the chest.
    • Clip gets head-konked unconscious, with a pistol butt.
  • Superman
  • Tex Thomson:
    • Tex has a butler. This butler works for the villains, and is not exposed as their agent, nor even identified by name, in this story, and he won't be back next issue.
    • Miss X is not only not identified as Peggy Maloney, we are not even told that the D.A. has a daughter. We will later learn that Miss Maloney is named Janice, but in subsequent appearances her first name is given as Peggy.
  • Zatara is very rarely shot, headkonked, or otherwise injured, but in this issue he gets a bullet wound. Next issue he'll get another one.
  • Also appearing in this issue of Action Comics were:
    • "Supermen of America" (2/3 page text advertisement for the fan club)
    • "Attention!" (1/2 page ad for the current issue of Superman #5)
    • "Superman is on the Radio!" (1/2 page ad for The Adventures of Superman (radio series))
    • "Message to the Major" (text story) by G.F. Fox
    • "The BIG SIX comic magazines still lead the field!" (3/4 page ad for the current issues of Action, Adventure, Detective, All-American, More Fun, and Flash Comics)
    • "-- And Don't Miss This One!" (1/4 page ad for the current issue of Batman #1)

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