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"Wonder Woman: "The Purloined Pressure Coordinator"": Wonder Woman designs for the American Navy a new cruiser that can repel all torpedo fire, via a hydraulic pressure coordinator that operates a network of shields. Once the first such cruiser, the U.S.S. Tropica, is finished, it is sent on

Comic Cavalcade #4 is an issue of the series Comic Cavalcade (Volume 1) with a cover date of September, 1943.

Synopsis for Wonder Woman: "The Purloined Pressure Coordinator"

Wonder Woman designs for the American Navy a new cruiser that can repel all torpedo fire, via a hydraulic pressure coordinator that operates a network of shields. Once the first such cruiser, the U.S.S. Tropica, is finished, it is sent on a transatlantic WAAC convoy - with Diana and the Holliday girls (temporarily made WAAC adjuncts) riding along, secretly investigating Col. Darnell's concerns that Chief Engineer Alltrue Blythe may be a spy.

Three days after launch, the Tropica is attacked by Nazi submarines, which it easily repels. Shortly after, however, the pressure coordinator is stolen - not by Blythe, but by his secretary Bertha, the real spy onboard. Now unable to deploy its shields, the Tropica is quickly sunk by a new submarine. This submarine takes a small retinue of survivors, including Blythe and Bertha, onboard; the remaining WAACs are found and rescued by Wonder Woman, who tows them all to the nearby Verdure Island.

Unfortunately, Verdure has already been occupied by the Nazis, who find Wonder Woman after dark and take her prisoner. When Wonder Woman refuses to explain the mechanics of her pressure coordinator, she is bound hand and foot and left to die in quicksand. Simultaneously, news of the Tropica sinking is broadcast to Steve, who immediately commandeers the invisible plane and flies to Verdure, saving Wonder Woman in the nick of time.

Together, Wonder Woman, Steve, and the WAACs rout the Nazis and recover the pressure coordinator from Bertha, who is forced to confess her treachery under the Lasso of Truth. Subsequently, Wonder Woman apologizes to Blythe for mistakenly suspecting him instead.

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Synopsis for King: "A Pair of Kings"


Appearing in King: "A Pair of Kings"

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  • the witch "Witchie"
    • "Flathead"
    • Maybelle

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  • Homer Wolfe

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Synopsis for Gay Ghost: "The Biography of a Nazi"


Appearing in Gay Ghost: "The Biography of a Nazi"

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  • Nazi Party
    • Otto Strossel (Dies)
    • Gestapo
      • Colonel von Kraut

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  • Hans Strossel

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Synopsis for Green Lantern: "Have You Read Any Good Books Lately?"

A package comes to Doiby Dickles' door in the middle of the night, but he realizes it's meant for someone else. Plagued by his conscience, he gets up to deliver it in the wee hours to the Jake Blinz it was really meant for. It turns out to be a package from Sure-Shot Sloop, a legendary gangster, giving Blinz designs for infallible crimes. Meanwhile upon checking in with Doiby, Alan Scott notices the set of fingerprints in Goitrude's fresh polish from where Blinz touched it; Scott's been so intent on catching Blinz, he's memorized the criminal's fingerprints and was able to recognize them from seeing them on a car hood. He switches to Green Lantern and they fly to Blinz's place, where he and his gang are setting off on their first foolproof crime, robbing storage of optical glass. During the battle a burst of energy from Green Lantern's ring rebounds off a lens, temporarily blinding him and letting the gang get away.

Even though the first job was a bust, Blinz convinces his confederates to go ahead with the next idea in the book: to rob a hospital safe. Green Lantern and Doiby catch up to them again thanks to a trail of lens polish splashed on their car, but in the brawl that follows Doiby inhales some pure oxygen and gets loopy, commandeering the crooks' car and crashing it before chasing them into a cigar store. Green Lantern gets shoved into the wooden Indian chief statue outside when Blinz suddenly bursts through the door and is felled by "his mortal enemy - wood", giving Blinz another chance to escape.

Getting desperate, Blinz flees to the country to where old Sure-Shot Sloop's retired, not aware the pair of heroes are crouching on the back of his car. Blinz asks for advice on how to handle Green Lantern, and Shloop gives it: retire from crime. That's the only thing that saved him. When GL and Doiby step out to confront the crooks however Shloop takes a shot at them and blows up his moonshine still instead when the power ring deflects the shot. The terrific explosion wipes out the criminals. That night Doiby's extremely exasperated to get someone's package in the small hours once again.

Appearing in Green Lantern: "Have You Read Any Good Books Lately?"

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  • Jake Blinz
  • "Shure-Shot" Shloop

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  • 196 Udall Boulevard
  • Crystal Optical Glass Co.

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Synopsis for Hop Harrigan: "Mark Time, Mister"


Appearing in Hop Harrigan: "Mark Time, Mister"

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  • Nazi Party
    • Gestapo
    • Vichy French
      • Gaston Corbeau (Only appearance; dies)

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  • Charlot Latouche

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  • U.S.A.A.F. Intelligence Headquarters
  • France

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Synopsis for Scribbly: "Monty's Girlfriend"


Appearing in Scribbly: "Monty's Girlfriend"

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  • "Miss. Drizzlewater"

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  • Gus Hunkle as "Montmorency Gustavus Hunkel III"

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Synopsis for O'Malley: "The Man Who Wouldn't Put His Lights Out"


Appearing in O'Malley: "The Man Who Wouldn't Put His Lights Out"

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  • Willie

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  • Garfield Golemine

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Synopsis for Sargon: "Turncoat Terrorism"


Appearing in Sargon: "Turncoat Terrorism"

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  • Flora

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  • Nazi Party
  • Iron Guard (Fascists)
    • Dr. Popescu/Agent 2P6

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  • Marcu Ionescu
  • Ellena Ionescu
  • Magda Lescu (As a spirit)

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  • Pittsvale

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Synopsis for Hop Harrigan: "Hop Harrigan and the Coconuts"


Appearing in Hop Harrigan: "Hop Harrigan and the Coconuts"

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  • Doctor Bane
  • Tuaro

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Synopsis for Flash: "Winky Turns Wrestler"


Appearing in Flash: "Winky Turns Wrestler"

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  • Slits Carson
    • Bonecrusher Casey

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  • Bronco Bill Boley
  • "Ear Biter" Evans

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  • Stranger Sarkow's Gym

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Notes

  • Published by All-American Comics, Inc.
  • Also appearing in this issue of Comic Cavalcade were:
    • Cicero's Cat (newspaper strip reprints) by Al Smith
    • Mutt & Jeff (newspaper strip reprints) by Al Smith
  • "The Purloined Pressure Coordinator" was reprinted in Wonder Woman: The Golden Age Omnibus, Vol 1.
  • This is the first issue of this series to use the contemporary Green Lantern oath. It uses "darkest night" instead of "blackest night".
  • The text story "Hop Harrigan and the Coconuts" has the heroes use racial stereotypes and slurs for African Americans very casually, despite none appearing in the tale.
  • This is the final appearance of the King in Comics Cavalcade. He will continue for a single story in All-Flash #13



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