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"Speed Saunders, and the River Patrol: "Fred Dunn, Fugitive"": Fred Dunn escapes from jail and tries to get to Boston on a steamer. Along with another stowaway, an undercover Speed Saunders, he decides to break out near Boston. The two men jump overboard and are picked up by a fishing boat, but


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Detective Comics #8 is an issue of the series Detective Comics (Volume 1) with a cover date of October, 1937.

Synopsis for Speed Saunders, and the River Patrol: "Fred Dunn, Fugitive"

Fred Dunn escapes from jail and tries to get to Boston on a steamer. Along with another stowaway, an undercover Speed Saunders, he decides to break out near Boston. The two men jump overboard and are picked up by a fishing boat, but the trawler's captain refuses to take them ashore, and so they are trapped on the boat for some time. At first upset about being held on the fishing boat, Dunn starts to take a liking to the work. He even saves the captain's life when he falls overboard while pulling up a net. When it's finally time to dock, despite Dunn's new turnaround, and the captain's vouching for him, Speed knows he doesn't have a choice but to bring Dunn to jail. It was his job.

But when he calls his boss, Inspector Moran, he learns the Fred Dunn's name had been cleared while they were away. He was a free man! There was, of course, only one thing Dunn wanted to do with his life, now. He officially applies to be on the fishing boat as a crew member.

Appearing in Speed Saunders, and the River Patrol: "Fred Dunn, Fugitive"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Inspector Moran, Speed's boss (Single appearance)

Antagonists:

  • Fred Dunn (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Skipper (Single appearance)

Locations:

Vehicles:

  • passenger steamship
  • Skipper's fishing sailboat


Synopsis for Larry Steele: "Mystery of the Wholesale Kidnappings (Part 4 of 5)"

After overcoming several obstacles, Larry Steele defeats Dr. Sargoff, the mad scientist who has been kidnapping celebrities, to dissect them and create the perfect man.

Appearing in Larry Steele: "Mystery of the Wholesale Kidnappings (Part 4 of 5)"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Mr. Hawkins
  • Hatch

Antagonists:

  • Squinty
  • Dutch
  • Dr. Sargoff (First appearance)
  • Sonia Sargoff (First appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Mr. Steel

Locations:

Synopsis for Cosmo, the Phantom of Disguise: "The Disappearance of Carl Huntley"

Cosmo investigates the theft of corpses from a local morgue. He stays the night in the morgue to wait for the body thief. The thief comes, as expected, and carries one of the bodies out of the building into their vehicle. Cosmo follows in his own car, careful not to alert his quarry until he finds out where the bodies are taken. The thief finally stops in front of a house, carrying his prize inside. When Cosmo sneaks in, he finds a makeshift laboratory. It turns out that Carl Huntley, an eminent scientist who had disappeared, has gone insane and is trying to bring all the bodies back to life. Cosmo tries to talk to the professor, but his voice startles the man, and he flings a chemical to the ground, resulting in flames leaping all across the floor. Huntley passes out, so Cosmo has to carry him to safety.

Later, in the hospital, Huntley seems to have regained his sanity after resting. His memories of what he had done were gone. The inspector and Cosmo decide to leave it at that, having solved the case.

Appearing in Cosmo, the Phantom of Disguise: "The Disappearance of Carl Huntley"

Featured Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Carl Huntley (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Morgue caretaker (Single appearance)
  • Police Inspector (Single appearance)

Locations:

  • Barker Street Morgue

Synopsis for Bruce Nelson: "The Claws of the Red Dragon (Part 8 of 8)"

Tied to a cot in the attic, with only a few minutes before Sigrid von Holtzendorff is tortured to death, Bruce Nelson struggles hard to get free. But every time he tries, the Chinese guard moves closer and hits him until he stops. The guard goes back to his spot, in front of the doorway. Suddenly, from behind, a hatchet comes down into the guards back, killing him. The assassin has returned!

Meanwhile, Sigrid is finally escorted out of her room and taken to the well-furnished library, where Chin Lung awaited along with an old Chinese man who stood by a table with surgical instruments spread out upon it. Sigrid's father is also brought into the room, just as promised, to watch his own daughter suffer. Then, a gunshot! Followed by several more. The guards were all clamoring in the excitement, as footsteps ran down the hall towards the room. Bruce Nelson appears in the doorway, followed by a rival Tong gang that attacks Lu Gong's men. Sigrid and her father are untied, Bruce grabs the jade dragon plaque from where he left it, and the three of them wait for the fighting to stop.

Unfortunately, Lu Gong and Chin Lung were able to escape. Bruce joins von Holtzendorff back at his New York apartment. He shows them the back of the plaque, where Chinese writing translated to an old poem that, when complete, pointed to the location of the Ming Dynasty treasure. Recovering it would have almost assured Lu Gong of being crowned King of China. It's just too bad that he'll never get his hands on it. At least for now, Bruce's adventure was over, as he and Sigrid embrace.

Appearing in Bruce Nelson: "The Claws of the Red Dragon (Part 8 of 8)"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Sigrid von Holtzendorff
  • Erick von Holtzendorff

Antagonists:

Other Characters:

  • Lee (Single appearance)

Locations:

Items:

  • Jade Dragon Plaque

Synopsis for "Bloodhound Brown"

The great detective, Bloodhound Brown, arrives in town to help with the Smith case. While on the job, he tells anyone who would listen about all the strange and bizarre cases he's had in the past. However, when a telegram arrives late to the police station, it ends with him being chased by the cops! The real Bloodhound Brown had sent warning of a criminal called "Windy Williams", who liked to pretend he was a detective.

Appearing in "Bloodhound Brown"

Featured Characters:

  • Bloodhound Brown (real name Windy Williams) (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Officer Jack (Single appearance)
  • Officer Tom (Single appearance)
  • Officer Bill (Single appearance)

Synopsis for Bart Regan, Spy: "The Phony Pierre Blanc"

Bart and Sally are ordered to protect an envoy from France, Pierre Blanc, from those who may try to assassinate him. When the couple get to his apartment, though, he acts very peculiar. Seemingly unable to find the cocktails in his own home, refusing to touch the piano when Sally asks him to play something, and otherwise trying to convince them to leave at every opportunity. Sally points him out as an imposter. "Mr. Envoy", as Sally nicknames him, pulls a gun as he reveals the closet where he had the real Pierre tied up, ready to be killed. Bart kicks the gun out of his hand, then engages him in a hand-to-hand struggle, which ends with the assassin on the ground.

Later at headquarters, the chief keeps getting calls from Pierre who wishes to thank Bart and Sally for saving him, but the couple are much too busy embracing to answer.

Appearing in Bart Regan, Spy: "The Phony Pierre Blanc"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters: Antagonists:

  • "Mr. Envoy" (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Pierre Blanc (Single appearance)

Locations:

Synopsis for Buck Marshall: "Lucky Hunch"

The dead body of a ranch hand, Morgen, leads Buck Marshall and the Sheriff on a hunt for the killer. Morgen, the owner of the 2M ranch and his foreman, Rolf, both point to Berk of the smaller LB ranch. But Berk says it's a frame attempt by Morgen. With some clever trickery that involves turning Morgen and Rolf against each other, Buck gets Rolf to confess that Morgen killed the ranch hand because he threatened to squeal after the 2M ranch started making moves over Berk's boundary line.

Appearing in Buck Marshall: "Lucky Hunch"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Sheriff

Antagonists:

  • Morgen (Single appearance)
  • Rolf (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Berk (Single appearance)
  • Jim Banks (Appears only as a corpse)

Locations:

Synopsis for Slam Bradley: "The Hillbillies"

Slam captures a would-be bank robber and delivers him to jail. That man appears to be from the Kentucky mountains, and desperately wants to return there. The next night he escapes, and Slam is stubborn in his decision to capture this fugitive himself. So Slam and Shorty are on the road to adventure again.

Appearing in Slam Bradley: "The Hillbillies"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Zeke Willis (Single appearance)
  • Lem Willis (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Lucy-Belle Willis (Single appearance)
  • Tollivers (Single appearance)
  • Parson (Single appearance)

Locations:

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