"Hourman: "The Minute Men of America"": Mr. Bannerman asked Rex Tyler to watch over his niece Regina, while she was visiting. After Mr. Bannerman left, Rex decided to take Regina to the zoo. Suddenly, when they were at the zoo, a lion broke loose from its cage and ran t


Quote1.png Hmm, I recall that during the Revolutionary War there were quite a few men ready to help their country at a moment's notice! They were called Minute Men! And that's what we'll call our club -- The MINUTE MEN of AMERICA! Fighting in the Hour-Man's army against crime and corruption! Quote2.png
Hourman

Adventure Comics #53 is an issue of the series Adventure Comics (Volume 1) with a cover date of August, 1940.

Appearing in Hourman: "The Minute Men of America"

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Antagonists:

  • Mr. Tareff (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Roberts (Single appearance)
  • Billy Martin (Only appearance; dies)
  • Mrs. Martin (Single appearance)
  • Regina Bannerman (First appearance)
  • Mr. Bannerman

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Synopsis for Hourman: "The Minute Men of America"

Mr. Bannerman asked Rex Tyler to watch over his niece Regina, while she was visiting. After Mr. Bannerman left, Rex decided to take Regina to the zoo. Suddenly, when they were at the zoo, a lion broke loose from its cage and ran towards a young girl. Rex reacted by running and kicking a hose at the lion, knocking him unconscious and saving the girl. Afterwards, Regina gave Rex a kiss and said that he was "wonderful for a moment." Next, the two decided to go eat together.

Meanwhile, in the factory of Mr. Tareff, one of the workers had died from exhaustion. Tareff instructed his men to tell Doctor Blades that it was caused by heart failure. Meanwhile, at the office of an editor, the editor was suspicious of the death at Tareff's factory, which was not the first one. Later that night, when Rex and Regina were dining together, the latter told the former that Billy Martin was the twelfth boy to die in the factory. Later, Rex took the Miraclo pill at his apartment and decided to visit the Martin family.

Later, at the Martin residence, Mrs. Martin and her other son, James, discussed contacting the district attorney regarding Billy's death. Meanwhile, two men were outside, prepared to silence them. When the two men broke into the house, they attacked James and his mother, only to be defeated by Hourman, who intervened. James informed Hourman that a man named Roberts offered to buy the factory from Tareff, who refused the offer. A few minutes later, Hourman went to Roberts' office and proposed an idea on how to obtain Tareff's factory.

The next evening, the workers were working overtime at Tareff's factory. Regina happened to be one of the workers at the factory, much to Tareff's suspicion, as he pointed out that she looked "older than the rest." Tareff and one of his men approached Regina, threatening her, suspecting that she was secretly a journalist. Suddenly, Hourman appeared and confronted Tareff. Suddenly, the ceiling began to collapse, possibly due to the high amount of machinery installed inside. Hourman held up the ceiling and ordered Regina to evacuate the building with the child workers. The Hourman, Regina, and the children escaped alive, but Tareff and his man escaped to a politician's office. Hourman went to the office to look for Tareff and found the politician, forcing him to sign a document forcing the factory owner to sell the building to Roberts, which out of coercion, he agreed to do. Afterwards, Hourman went to the Martin residence, where he saw James, who informed him that he was in possession of a radio transmitter and that he was part of a group of young boys who were in possession as well. James, upon the request of Hourman, agreed to use his radio to recruit young boys into a team that would be called the Minute Men of America, which would assist him in fighting crime.

The next evening, Hourman conversed with young boys from all over the nation, who agreed to join the Minute Men. The next day, he had received letters from thousands of children, who announced their interest in becoming Minute Men.

Appearing in Barry O'Neill: "Fang Gow's Daughter"

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  • Dietre

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Synopsis for Barry O'Neill: "Fang Gow's Daughter"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in Mark Lansing of Mikishawm: "The Plot of Vas Onga"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Koda (First appearance)

Antagonists:

  • Vas Onga (Only appearance; dies)

Other Characters:

  • Tony (First appearance)
  • Kit (First appearance)
  • Jada (First appearance)

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  • Van Onga's Internal Vibration Machine
  • Vas Onga's Explosive Acid Bomb

Vehicles:

  • Tube Car

Synopsis for Mark Lansing of Mikishawm: "The Plot of Vas Onga"

Mark Lansing was a soldier of fortune, working in Africa with his faithful follower Koda the Silent One, when they got caught up in the world-conquering plot of a subterranean warlord, Vas Onga, the deadly master mind from a strange dim world beneath the surface of the Earth. They defeated Onga, but were trapped underground, and their only means of escape was to team up with their new blue-skinned friend Jada, and travel via Tube Car to the underground kingdom of Mikishawm.

Appearing in "Not So Sleepy"

Featured Characters:

  • Pedro Montanez

Animals:

  • a tiger

Other Characters:

  • Rafeal
  • Miguel
  • Mr. Donez
  • Donna Donez

Synopsis for "Not So Sleepy"

Text story

Appearing in Federal Men: "The Coast Line Limited Crackup"

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Antagonists:

  • Helman (Single appearance)
  • Blake (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Miller

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Synopsis for Federal Men: "The Coast Line Limited Crackup"

A train carrying radium is sabotaged, by secret agents of Nastonia, and Steve Carson investigates.

Appearing in Cotton Carver: "The Women Warriors"

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Supporting Characters:

  • Lupa

Antagonists:

  • The Snake-Hairs (Single appearance)
  • Amazon Women

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Synopsis for Cotton Carver: "The Women Warriors"

Cotton Carver battles a temple full of warrior-priestesses.

Appearing in Steve Conrad, Adventurer: "Shanghaied"

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Supporting Characters:

  • Chang

Antagonists:

  • Captain Mendoza
  • Gunrunners

Synopsis for Steve Conrad, Adventurer: "Shanghaied"

Steve Conrad, Adventurer, accidentally stows away on a ship.

Appearing in Socko Strong: "The Great I: Part 2"

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Supporting Characters:

  • Jerry Indutch

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Other Characters:

  • Professor Watson

Synopsis for Socko Strong: "The Great I: Part 2"

Socko Strong continues fighting the invisible villain known as the Great I.

Appearing in Sandman: "The Loan Sharks"

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Antagonists:

  • Slick Sam (Single appearance)
  • Gorilla Gus (Only appearance; dies)
  • Gunny (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Ma Jenks (Single appearance)
  • Bill Jenks (Only appearance; dies)
  • Dolly (Single appearance)

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Synopsis for Sandman: "The Loan Sharks"

  • Synopsis not yet written.



Notes

  • Hourman lives in Appleton City.
  • Federal Men: "The Coast Line Limited Crack-Up"
    • The Axis Powers of Earth-2 included: Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Dukalia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Napkan, Nastonia, Nural, Oxnalia, Romania, Toran, and others.
    • Neutral nations of that same era included: Numark, San Monte, and others.
    • After 1941-42, many of these countries drop from the scene.
  • First issue for Mark Lansing of Mikishawm by Howard Purcell.
  • Sandman: "The Loan Sharks" is reprinted in the The Golden Age Sandman Archives Vol. 1

Trivia

  • Mark Lansing smokes a pipe.



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