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"The Hell Divers": The synopsis for this issue has not yet been written.


Quote1 What's gotten into you, Olaf? I never heard you ... why, why I don't want to fight any more, either! I'm tired of violence! We'll all stay here and enjoy peace! Quote2
Blackhawk

Blackhawk #49 is an issue of the series Blackhawk (Volume 1) with a cover date of February, 1952.

Appearing in "The Hell Divers"

Featured Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Valkyrie (arrested) (Single appearance)
    • Valkyrie's earthplane pilots (all but two die)
    • unnamed delegate to the Island Federation Council, Valkyrie's spy (purple business suit)

Other Characters:

  • unnamed official from the Island Federation Council (green business suit)

Locations:

Items:

  • Blackhawk's underground metal vehicle detector

Vehicles:

  • Blackhawk Lockheed F-90Bs
  • Valkyrie's Hell Divers, a squadron of super warplanes (at least four destroyed)

Synopsis for "The Hell Divers"

  • Synopsis not yet written.



Appearing in Chop Chop: "Are You Full of Zing?"

Featured Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Marvelous Mauler, shady wrestler
  • shady managers and trainers too

Locations:

  • Cruncher's Gym

Synopsis for Chop Chop: "Are You Full of Zing?"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in "The Death Cloud"

Featured Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Dictator Stanin, of Russaga (Mentioned only)
    • Russagan tanks, trucks, & infantry (chased away w/ heavy casualties)
    • Russagan dirigible crew (all die)

Other Characters:

  • President Lado, of Carathia

Locations:

Items:

  • Blackhawk's infra-red binoculars

Vehicles:

  • six Blackhawk Lockheed F-90Bs
  • Russagan Death Cloud (Destroyed)
    • armored dirigible w/ six external jet engines, chemical cloud camouflage, & a lightning generator
    • insignia on fuselage and rudder are sword-&-sickle, vice the actual hammer-&-sickle of Real World and earlier Quality Universe history.
    • It's 1952 but this airship is gassed with hydrogen.

Synopsis for "The Death Cloud"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in "The Waters of Terrible Peace"

Featured Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Baron Blood
    • his fighter squadron (most or all die)
  • Llya, Princess of Alua
  • Maua, her Prime Minister
    • Maua wears a headdress with a skull in it.

Other Characters:

  • pacifistic Pacific Islanders

Locations:

Items:

  • Waters of Alua
  • Waters of Alua Antidote

Vehicles:

  • Blackhawk Lockheed F-90Bs
  • Blood's 2-engine combat jets (most or all destroyed)

Synopsis for "The Waters of Terrible Peace"

  • Synopsis not yet written.



Notes

  • Hell Divers:
    • Valkyrie's squadron of planes fly thru earth and air with equal ease, and are impervious to direct hits from antiaircraft cannonfire, but do have at least one weak spot. They are supersonic but not very maneuverable, and they carry machine guns and bombs. According to Blackhawk, "The earth plane is a sealed metal casket, with retractable wings! Pulling in the wings starts a grooved turret in the fuselage revolving at tremendous speed! That's what enables it to dig a path through the ground!"
    • It is not known where or how Valkyrie obtained these astounding warplanes, and is not stated in the text how many of them she had. It seems unlikely that she built or invented them herself, because nobody as conceited as Valkyrie could get all the way thru a 10-page story without boasting about creating them. Some Hell Diver wreckage was salvaged for aeronautical research.
    • Blackhawk reluctantly and briefly serves as President of the Council of the Island Federation. Just six issues earlier, in Blackhawk #43, Blackhawk reluctantly and briefly served as the President of the ancient land of Fusang.
  • This issue's Chop Chop story is reprinted in Blackhawk #80.
  • Death Cloud:
    • One year prior, the Blackhawks spearheaded Carathia's fight for freedom from the oppression of Russaga.
    • Lockheed F-90Bs have bomb-bay doors and can carry at least three bombs.
    • Stanislaus plays accordion. That makes two accordionists in the Squadron, because Olaf also plays accordion.[1]
    • A fake radio call from the distant nation of ""Galustan" is received by the team, but Galustan is actually too far away from Carathia for an un-relayed message to be received. We are told nothing else about the situation in Galustan, if any, or what kind of government it has.
  • Waters of Terrible Peace:
    • Baron Blood is captured alive and turned over to the United World Court. Llya and Maua are left on Alua, and are still nominally in charge of it. Blackhawk expects the Aluans to quickly turn against them, but does not stay around to make sure.
    • Blackhawk uses explosives to make the Waters of Alua inaccessible to the Natives of Alua.
  • Also featured in this issue of Blackhawk was: "Boom Town" (non-Blackhawk text story)

Trivia

  • No trivia.



See Also

Recommended Reading

Links and References

  1. Military Comics #25, page 10, panel 2
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