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"Aurora - Queen of the Arctic": A new weather station begins operation near the North Pole. A beautiful, scantily-clad woman shows up and lures half of the the crew out to their deaths in an Arctic blizzard, and with the help of some heavily-clothed riflemen, kills one more and captures the rest


Quote1 There have always been rumors of hot springs here at the pole! Quote2
Blackhawk



Appearing in "Aurora - Queen of the Arctic"

Featured Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Aurora, Queen of the Arctic (First appearance) (Dies)
    • her riflemen: Mingo, others (all die)

Other Characters:

  • Weather Station Crew (Dies)

Locations:

  • Blackhawk Island
  • United World North Pole Weather Station
  • Polar City (Destroyed)
    • rich deposits of gold, silver, and pitchblende (not destroyed)

Items:

  • Aurora's Skin-insulating Spray

Vehicles:

Synopsis for "Aurora - Queen of the Arctic"

A new weather station begins operation near the North Pole. A beautiful, scantily-clad woman shows up and lures half of the the crew out to their deaths in an Arctic blizzard, and with the help of some heavily-clothed riflemen, kills one more and captures the rest, and takes over the station. But a radio message has been sent, and received on Blackhawk Island. Blackhawk then radios the station, and asks some questions, and the Queen's killers try to fool him into flying directly to the station, during the blizzard. After making some preparations, the suspicious Blackhawk Squadron flies to the station, and are much more suspicious by the time they arrive. They also are quite amazed to see Aurora standing on the ice outside, very lightly attired.

Blackhawk and Andre approach her on foot but fall through the snow, into an underground city. There Aurora reveals that she has captured the weather station crew and the other Blackhawks. She opens a door to the outside, in the crew's cell, then releases a poison gas, forcing them outside, where they freeze to death. Aurora warns Blackhawk and Andre that if they do not do as she says she will do the same to the other Blackhawks. She explains that her father was an explorer who discovered a valley under the snow which is kept warm by a hot spring and is honeycombed with gold, silver, and uranium ore. She has a spray-on plastic which allows her to stay warm outside. She captured the weather station in order to lure rich cargo planes into storms so that she and her gang could afford the supplies necessary to conquer the world, and she would like Blackhawk to join her. Blackhawk picks up one of several small barrels he sees. When told it is the plastic insulator, he throws it at his captured men. Blackhawk sets the men free and they overpower Aurora's forces. Aurora uncaps the geyser in order to kill everyone, but the Blackhawks escape.

Appearing in "The Rajah of Ramastan"

Featured Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Prime Minister Radasi
  • Princess Sari
  • Ambassador Arnik

Other Characters:

  • Dr. Anga

Locations:

Vehicles:

Synopsis for "The Rajah of Ramastan"

At the end of one recent adventure, as the Blackhawks prepared to depart from a rescued nation's airport, the runway was briefly preempted by the arrival by air of the Rajah of Ramastan, and his entourage. As the royal aircraft taxied toward the terminal, an assassin with a satchel bomb ran right at it, but was spotted and tackled by Blackhawk, who threw the satchel far out onto the airfield, where it exploded. In a private audience with the Rajah, Blackhawk learned that the old monarch was suffering from a fatal illness, and wanted to assure the continued safety and prosperity of Ramastan by marrying his daughter to Blackhawk, who would then rule the wealthy nation. Blackhawk returned to Blackhawk Island with his squadron, told them about this, and announced that he was going to accept the Rajah's offer, then flew back to Ramastan.

A week later, the other Blackhawks arrive at the Rajah's palace and learn that the transfer of power has already taken place, even though the official wedding ceremony is set for the next day. Then right in front of them all, Blackhawk has the former Rajah imprisoned and assigned hard labor on bread and water. The Blackhawks are shocked, and attempt to interfere, but Blackhawk has them arrested.

Privately, Princess Sari tells Blackhawk she has a message from another nation which has been waiting for a new ruler of Ramastan, with whom it could ally itself. This other nation's ruler intends to conquer the world, and would like Ramastan's help. Blackhawk responds that with Ramastan's wealth, he could build a war machine to defy the world without outside help, and that he just might decide to rule all Asia by himself! Radasi then meets with the ambassador, Arnik, of this unnamed country, who gives him an ultimatum, and a twelve-hour deadline, to deal with this Blackhawk problem. Radasi promises to start a military uprising that will kill Blackhawk that night. Meanwhile, the Blackhawks decide that Blackhawk must be having mental problems, so they plan on breaking out of their luxurious confinement, kidnap Blackhawk, and turn him over to some doctors and psychiatrists.

That night, the imprisoned former Rajah pretends to be dying. When a guard checks on him, he overpowers the guard, steals his sword, and escapes. Outside, a mob of disaffected Ramastani soldiers storms the gates, and there is some serious fighting between two factions wearing the same uniforms; under cover of this, a squad of killers slips into the palace. Princess Sari leads them into Blackhawk's room, but Blackhawk has left a dummy in the bed, and ambushes them. And while that goes on, the other Blackhawks make their escape, link up with Blackhawk, and together they put down the uprising. At a critical moment the Rajah charges into the room brandishing his sword, but Chop Chop takes him down, and it's time for some explanations.

Blackhawk reveals that he accepted the throne in order to track down the people behind the earlier assassination attempt, and had also learned, from the royal doctors, that the Rajah wasn't sick, just bored, and had him imprisoned to cure him. The Rajah regains his zest for life, and his throne, and Blackhawk rejoins his team.

Appearing in "Hanfrey: World Menace"

Featured Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Hanfrey
    • his helicoptor crew
    • his Asiatic Representative
    • his South American Associate
    • his European Expert
    • his African Expert

Locations:

  • Pirou, an island prison
  • Larro Island
  • Palmo Island
  • Mainland is "half a continent of jungle."
    • Mountains farther inland
      • Hanfrey's base

Vehicles:

Synopsis for "Hanfrey: World Menace"

Hanfrey's earlier crimes, which nearly resulted in a widespread war, had gotten him sentenced to imprisonment on the isolated island of Pirou, among the world's most dangerous criminals. He wasn't there very long. One day he started a riot, and amid the chaos he was picked up by his henchmen in a helicoptor, and escaped. As he was climbing the rope ladder to the coptor, he yelled at his crew: “Larro---Palmo---and right!”

The Blackhawks fly from Blackhawk Island to Pirou, are told about the odd set of shouted orders, then fly onward to the islands of Larro, then Palmo, following this cryptic clue. Before leaving Palmo they are challenged by a punk with a handgun, but Chop Chop takes him down, and they take him along as they continue their search for Hanfrey. The "Right" turn points them at the mainland, past a large region of jungle and into a range of mountains. They land near the largest town, but aren't very optimistic about finding Hanfrey there. So Blackhawk arranges a fake opportunity for their prisoner to "escape," figuring he would most likely lead them to his boss Hanfrey. They give him a good head start, then synchronize their wrist radios, and split up to search for him.

Blackhawk finds the guy's trail, it leads him to a guarded cave. He subdues the shotgun guard and enters the cave, where he finds Hanfrey, haranguing his henchmen about how well his plan is unfolding. Blackhawk confronts him but is too outnumbered, and gets captured himself. He's introduced to Hanfrey's multicontinental colleagues, with whom he is planning to make a series of coordinated raids around the world. Blackhawk's wrist radio has been transmitting this whole time, and soon his teammates quietly arrive. A big fistfight breaks out, and the Blackhawks do some shooting too, until the international gangsters are routed. Hanfrey doesn't escape, and is soon flown back to Pirou, along with some of his top lieutenants.

Appearing in Chop-Chop: "Danger From Above"

Featured Characters:

Other Characters:

  • Madame Zaza, fortune teller

Antagonists:

  • two thugs

Locations:

  • large U.S. city

Synopsis for Chop-Chop: "Danger From Above"

Chop-Chop cannot resist getting his fortune told by an attractive gypsy. She warns him that danger will befall him from above some time today. Chop Chop has lunch with a friend. Just as they leave the restaurant, a sign falls off the wall onto the table where they had been sitting. Chop-Chop then takes a job delivering a package. Two men want the package, so they climb some scaffolding along the way and throw a can of paint down at Chop-Chop. However, Chop-Chop saw the scaffolding and crossed the street to be safe. They then go to the building where the package is to be delivered and throw a large flower pot out the window when Chop Chop arrives. However a boy on a tricycle runs out in front of him, making Chop Chop stop short, and the pot misses him. Chop Chop delivers the package and then goes to tell the gypsy that nothing had happened, but then her ceiling collapses on his head.

Appearing in "The Casbah"

Featured Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Hassa, aspiring spy
  • Kral, spy boss
    • his gang

Other Characters:

  • Carla

Locations:

Vehicles:

Synopsis for "The Casbah"

In a marketplace in Algiers, the Blackhawks pick up a scroll, containing an important formula, that they are to deliver to Washington. The scroll is stolen by a pickpocket, and taken to Hassa, who sells it to Kral, the leader of a spy ring. Kral is frustrated to find that the document is in code, and the Blackhawks have the key! He orders Hassa to capture Blackhawk, and Hassa sends beautiful Carla to to lure the Blackhawks into a trap. They lock the team in a room and throw tear gas in. The Blackhawks escape out a window and defeat Kral's men, but Hassa escapes with scroll. Meanwhile Carla, not knowing about the spy ring, has had second thoughts about all this, and gone back to check on the Blackhawks, so she gets trapped with the tear gas! The Blackhawks rescue her, and she leads Blackhawk and Andre to Hassa and the scroll.

Notes

  • Aurora - Queen of the Arctic: Polar City had mine shafts to rich deposits of gold, silver, and pitchblende.
  • The Rajah of Ramastan: The temporarily leaderless Blackhawks uncharacteristically turned down a call for help from the revolution-troubled nation of Ontavia.
  • Chop Chop lives and has jobs in an American city, on the mainland, in all of these solo stories.
    • Chop Chop: "Danger From Above" is incompletely reprinted in Blackhawk #74, minus page 3.
  • Also featured in this issue of Blackhawk was "Atomic Blast" (text story, featuring The Avenger and Fury).

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