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"The Mystery of Tigress Island": On an uncharted island, six beautiful women, each from a different country and wearing uniforms emblazoned with the emblem of a tiger's head, practice all levels of combat skills, from pistol shooting to piloting delta-winged jet fighters. Meanwhile, on [[Blackha


Quote1 Their imitating us is very flattering, Hendrickson, but it'll get 'em nowhere! Females will only HINDER, not help us! Quote2
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Appearing in "The Mystery of Tigress Island"

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  • Kurt Ostrec (captured)
    • his crew: Pedro, Hans, others (captured)

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  • Blackhawk Lockheed F-90Bs
  • Tigress Jets
  • Ostrec's specially-built submarine, w/ seaplane catapult (Destroyed)
  • Ostrec's seaplane

Synopsis for "The Mystery of Tigress Island"

On an uncharted island, six beautiful women, each from a different country and wearing uniforms emblazoned with the emblem of a tiger's head, practice all levels of combat skills, from pistol shooting to piloting delta-winged jet fighters. Meanwhile, on Blackhawk Island, Andre is training Blackie to perform amazing tricks. As Blackhawk and Chuck discuss their current problem, a master criminal named Kurt Ostrec, one of the Tigress' jets lands on the island. Joan, the leader of the Tigresses, tells Blackhawk that she knows where Ostrec is hiding, and she tells them about Tigress Island. Blackhawk is outraged at the idea of women trying to emulate the Blackhawks. "How silly can you get?" he says, "This is man's work! Think of the danger you face!" Joan, her head in her hands, says she realizes that now but it is too late. She sees the danger now but can't get the other girls to disband. Only Blackhawk can do that. "You bet I'll talk to them!" he says, "The little fools!"

They all fly back to Tigress Island where the "helpless" girls immediately trap the Blackhawks in a seemingly inescapable cell. Blackhawk accuses them of being in league with Ostrec and Joan tells him to draw his own conclusions. Ostrec flies to Tigress Island when he learns they have captured the famous Blackhawks, his arch enemies. As the Blackhawks make their escape with the assistance of Blackie, Ostrec realizes that he has been lured to the island so the Tigresses can eliminate him. Earlier he had killed their husbands, and they want revenge. They trapped the Blackhawks for two reasons, as bait for Ostrec and because they knew the Blackhawks weren't ruthless enough to kill Ostrec as the Tigresses want to do. The freed Blackhawks join the fray in time to save Ostrec from the Tigresses and the Tigresses from committing an act they would later regret.

Appearing in "The Prophet of Disaster"

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  • El Kazar
    • Arlo

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  • French Officials

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Synopsis for "The Prophet of Disaster"

In a crime-ridden North African city the Blackhawks meet with some French officials, and afterwards encounter a fortune teller, who makes incredible predictions that somehow come true. Some of the team begin to think that he really can see the future and when he predicts death for Blackhawk at a certain time and place they try to keep their leader from going there so he can avoid his fate. Blackhawk will have none of it and sure enough it was all an elaborate scheme to keep the Blackhawks away from a raid on the harbor arms depot.

Appearing in "Duel of Giants"

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  • Zaroc (First appearance) (Dies)

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Synopsis for "Duel of Giants"

Called to witness the execution of a criminal genius, the Blackhawks are startled when instead of dying when the switch is thrown, Zaroc and his clothing grow to giant size. He bursts the straps and starts to glow, then emits enough heat to melt a door made out of steel bars. He escapes. Blackhawk figures out that Zaroc has invented a chemical compound that, after ibeing ingested, when combined with a massive jolt of electricity, caused Zaroc to grow.

Zaroc attacks the waterfront, melting the hull of a moored freighter. The Blackhawks swoop in and try to kill him with their advanced weapons, but it's ineffective. When Zaroc's charge begins to wear off, he reenergizes himself from a railway power line. They call for the city's power supply to be shut off, but Zaroc is able to restart the generators. Blackhawk re-creates Zaroc's chemical formula and ingests it, then grabs a "hot" power transmission line, to grow himself and his uniform up to the same size as Zaroc. He fights Zaroc and tosses him on a tire dump. The two giants begin to shrink, as Blackhawk has slyly grounded them both on the heap of rubber tires. This returns them both to normal size. Zaroc finally goes completely insane and bolts away from Blackhawk, accidentally and ironically electrocuting himself on a broken neon sign.

Notes

  • The Mystery of Tigress Island: Prior to this story, villain Kurt Ostrec has been captured by the Blackhawks three times, and has escaped each time. This is his first and last appearance.
  • Duel of Giants: Villain Zaroc is captioned as "arch-enemy of the Blackhawks" and "their most dangerous enemy." This is his first and last appearance.
  • Also appearing in this issue of Blackhawk were:
    • Lionel and his Lions by Henry Boltinoff
    • Buzzy's Special Brotherhood Week Quiz
    • Shorty by Henry Boltinoff
    • “The Secret of the Boomerang” (one page text article).

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