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"Wonder Woman: "Empress of the Sea-Brigands"": The synopsis for this issue has not yet been written.

Quote1.png No, fool! I am real! You see, I learned the secret of Anti-Gravity on the Moon so I was able to ride the light waves reflected by your giant mirror -- like an image! Quote2.png
Solomon Grundy

Comic Cavalcade #24 is an issue of the series Comic Cavalcade (Volume 1) with a cover date of December, 1947.

Synopsis for Wonder Woman: "Empress of the Sea-Brigands"


Appearing in Wonder Woman: "Empress of the Sea-Brigands"

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  • Rancher Randy Holcome, 1947
  • Governor Mark Holcome, 1777 (Only appearance; dies)
  • Pirates, 1777
    • Mohammed Abdulla, 1777 (Only appearance; dies)
    • Achmet, 1777
    • many more, 1777

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  • Barbary Pirate Ship
  • Scottish Schooner


Synopsis for Johnny Peril Tells Just a Story: "Professor Kendle"

Professor Kendle very elaborately fakes his own extraplanetary abduction, in order to start a nation-wide fund-raising effort, which he intends to embezzle. Johnny Peril figures out what he's up to and almost busts him, but gets knocked out. The Professor and his henchmen leave Peril, unsupervised, in an escape-proof death-trap. Due to the very fortunate timing of a solar eclipse, Johnny survives long enough to escape from the doom device. He then confronts the professor, knocks out two of his hoodlums, and chases him out onto his own airfield. Professor Kendle attempts to escape in his atomically powered Rocket Plane, but a freak accident causes the atomic engine to explode.

Appearing in Johnny Peril Tells Just a Story: "Professor Kendle"

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  • Peril's Editor (not yet named)

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  • Professor Kendle, rocket scientist (Dies)
    • his henchmen (mostly busted)
    • United Science Foundation (fake company)
  • Moon Dwellers (imaginary)

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  • Kendle's Rocket Plane (Destroyed)
  • Peril's sedan

Synopsis for Hop Harrigan: "Danger in the Air"


Appearing in Hop Harrigan: "Danger in the Air"

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  • Riker
    • Snake
    • Lew
    • Spade, racing pilot (Dies)

Other Characters:

  • Wings Talbert, racing pilot (Dies)
  • Mr. Morgan, mail plane contractor
  • Danny Lane, blind newsboy

Locations:

  • airport
  • Mountain Top, Riker's Lodge

Vehicles:

  • Flash, Morgan's Racing Plane
  • Black Spade, Riker's Racing Plane (Destroyed)
  • other racing planes (one is destroyed)

Synopsis for Cotton-Top Katie: "Practice Makes Perfect"

Perfessor behaves insanely until finally Katie pushes him into the basin of a big public fountain.

Appearing in Cotton-Top Katie: "Practice Makes Perfect"

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  • Perfessor
  • Orville

Other Characters:

  • Doctor Blotzkloogle

Locations:

  • Park Fountain

Synopsis for Flash: "The Slow-Motion Crimes"

The Turtle appears and attacks an adventurer named Iris in a train's hotcar/greenhouse. He binds and gags her, and uses a gas to slow down the Flash who was on the train as a passenger alongside Joan. The Turtle takes Iris along with him and commits crimes. Finally he captures the Flash, and ties him and Iris to a spit above a fire where Iris loses consciousness. The faster Flash turns, the faster they'll cook. However he is able to free himself, with help from the Junior JSA, and defeats the Turtle.

Appearing in Flash: "The Slow-Motion Crimes"

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  • Keystone City, Kansas
    • Turtle's Hide-out
    • Garrick Research Laboratories
    • Racetrack
    • H. Salf's Warehouse

Items:

  • African Orchids
  • Turtle's Special Slow-Down Gas

Vehicles:

  • Blue Century Express, crack passenger train
  • old-fashioned balloon
  • stunt airplane

Synopsis for Green Lantern: "The Case of the Withered Flower"

A mysterious figure knocks out Doiby Dickles and uses one of his Green Sky-Rocket signals to lure Green Lantern into the Cashmere Locomotive Works. The place is full of potentially deadly traps but GL successfully avoids and destroys all of them and locates the unconscious Doiby.

Later, Alan and Doiby arrive at the Cashmere Estate, where the duo has been invited for a reception. John Cashmere is celbrating the return of his long lost son Dick, recognized due to a birthmark. Dick is very agitated by the cameras present and breaks the press photographer Nick Blake's camera. After the reception, Scott receives a telegram from Blake. Upon arriving at Blake's apartment Alan discovers that the photographer has been clubbed to death. In Blake's his desk is a recent photograph of Solomon Grundy, whom GL thought he had trapped permanently on the moon [1]. While Alan and Doiby are distracted by the impossibility of the photo someone reaches through the open window to steal it, fleeing by the fire escape and making a getaway. The criminal escapes to Gotham Mountain where he enters the Gotham Observatory. When the Emerald Knight and Doiby chase him into the observatory the criminal presses a button, swinging around the telescope and knocking out the heroic duo. GL and Doiby are then soaked with tetrachloride by the villain and left by a barrel leaking liquid oxygen. The liquid oxygen ignites the tetrachloride, and GL awakes just in time to use his Power Ring to create a multi-nozzled fire extinguisher. Directly following this close call GL and Doiby discover a scientist tied up in the Observatory who tells to the heroes an amazing story: He was studying the moon through the telescope, when he saw a tiny object falling from the Moon toward the Earth. The object came closer and closer, until he saw the hideous figure of a beast-like man. "You brought Solomon Grundy back to Earth", the monster said. "I learned the secret of anti-gravity on the Moon, then I was able to ride the light waves reflected by your giant mirror... like an image!" After binding the astronomer, Grundy told him "You'll rot here before anyone finds you! Meanwhile, I will take your place, where you really belong, you young fool!" Grundy somehow realized that the astronomer was the long-lost son of Cashemere, and wanted take his place as heir of the fortune. GL takes Doiby and flies back to the Cashmere mansion. There, Grundy, disguised as Dick, tries shoot John Cashmere to take his fortune. At the last moment, Green Lantern destroys Grundy's disguise with a Power Ring beam. Grundy tries flee, but the hero wraps the monster in a bullet shaped case that starts plunging down through the Earth, burying Grundy under millions of tons of pressure. John Cashmere finally meet his real son, the young astronomer.

Appearing in Green Lantern: "The Case of the Withered Flower"

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  • John Cashmere
  • Dick Cashmere
  • Nick Blake (Dies)

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Notes

  • Published bi-monthly by National Comics Publications, Inc. This 76-page magazine sold for fifteen cents a copy, in an era when almost all other comics were 64 pages, for ten cents.
  • Flash: "The Slow-Motion Crimes" is reprinted in The Greatest Flash Stories Ever Told.
  • The Green Lantern story is halfway out of continuity, and the villain is completely out of character.
    • Grundy's most recent appearance, in a conflict with the Justice Society, ended up with the monster stranded on the Moon.[2] The explanation for Grundy's return from the Moon at least begins from that point. But Grundy's chronologically next appearance, in Showcase #55 (April 1965), begins with the monster still on the Moon, contradicting the ending of this story. So things remained until 1981, when the events of Justice League of America #193 thru All-Star Squadron #3 were retconned into Grundy's continuity.
    • Grundy is incredibly smart in this story, and in no other. Grundy here is also greedy for money, and can use weird magic to assume the shape of another character; both traits are new and neither is seen again in later stories. The same is true of his Anti-Gravity ability.
  • Johnny Peril smokes cigarettes, per page 7, panels 1 and 5.
    • Johnny's editor, "the Chief," and his newspaper itself, are not yet named. Front pages of the "Globe Herald" and "Daily Blade" are displayed several times but neither is identified as employing Peril.
    • Peril gets kicked in the head, then a day later gets head-konked unconscious with a blackjack.
  • Wonder Woman gets head-konked unconscious, in mid-melee, with a club, by an ordinary hoodlum.

Trivia

  • Also appearing in this issue of Comic Cavalcade were:
    • Table of Contents
    • Editorial Advisory Board (promotional text)
    • "Mutt & Jeff" (newspaper strip reprints) by Bud Fisher
    • Junior Justice Society of America (full-page ad for the club, and for the current issue of All-Star Comics #38)
    • "Dead Center" (text story) by Charles King


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