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"Speed Saunders: "Case of the Hobo Hero"": Speed is looking for a fugitive in the streets. A suspicious hobo catches his eye, and leads him to a clue related to a racketeer named Molona. The Detective must find out what Molona is up to and what the connection is, between him and the hobo.

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Bruce Nelson

Detective Comics #9 is an issue of the series Detective Comics (Volume 1) with a cover date of November, 1937.

Synopsis for Speed Saunders: "Case of the Hobo Hero"

Speed is looking for a fugitive in the streets. A suspicious hobo catches his eye, and leads him to a clue related to a racketeer named Molona. The Detective must find out what Molona is up to and what the connection is, between him and the hobo.

Appearing in Speed Saunders: "Case of the Hobo Hero"

Featured Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Mike Molona (Single appearance)
  • Mayor Brunz (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Jake Jones (Single appearance)
  • Charlie (Single appearance)

Locations:


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

Held up at gunpoint by the wife of Dr. Sargoff, Larry and Hatch are tied up tight while the mad scientist continues his work on the bodies. By slinking close until they are back-to-back, they are able to untie each other's ropes. With a gun that Hatch kept strapped to his leg, they are able to turn the tides on the Sargoff couple. Right on cue, the rest of Hatch's G-men arrive from the dock. Larry orders the doctor to use his knowledge of resurrection to bring the bodies back to life. Reluctantly, Sargoff performs the operation, after a transfusion of fluid, each body begins to stir, as if waking up from a nightmare. Larry sees his father rise up and helps him off the table. Unfortunately, to his wife's shock and horror, Dr. Sargoff manages to drink a vial of poison, choosing death rather than jail.

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

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Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Sonia Sargoff (Final appearance)
  • Dr. Sargoff (Final appearance; dies)
  • Sonia Sargoff (Final appearance)
  • Squinty (Final appearance)
  • Dutch (Final appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Mr. Steel

Locations:

Synopsis for Cosmo, the Phantom of Disguise: "Death In the Radio-Studio"

A performer at the Cosmopolitan Hotel Ballroom suddenly dies on stage while a whole crowd watched. The vice president of the broadcasting company asks Cosmo, the great detective, for help solving the case before any more people die. Cosmo examines the body, the microphone, and the control room. After a thorough search for clues, he tells the vice president to keep the next show on schedule for tonight, and to be there to see what happens.

That evening, the singer, Brian Coleman, is on stage singing his songs. Out of the microphone comes a strange gas pouring over Coleman's face! Cosmo leaps from his seat and rushes into the control room. He pulls out an employee in charge of the monitors, Glasser. Glasser had used colorless poison gas he would pump through a wirer leading to the mic to kill his targets. He had hoped to set up a ransom, forcing the broadcast company to pay money for the lives of each performer. Cosmo had switched out the poison for another, visible gas that was harmless to people. This let him know when someone activated the plunger, meaning whoever was in the control room at that time would be the killer.

Appearing in Cosmo, the Phantom of Disguise: "Death In the Radio-Studio"

Featured Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Glasser (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Hal Lane (Only appearance; dies)
  • Brenner (Single appearance)
  • Robert (Single appearance)
  • Brian Coleman (Single appearance)

Locations:

Synopsis for Bruce Nelson: "The Blood of the Lotus (Part 1 of 2)"

Bruce is woken up by a phone call in the middle of the night. When he answers, he hears a woman's voice begging for his help. Next thing he hears is a wailing scream before the line suddenly gets cut off. The next day, he receives a visitor, Philip Pomeroy, who needed help with his niece, Lois. She was in her early twenties, at the age of finding herself. Mr. Pomeroy would always find out she'd been giving charity to new religions or cults, often wanting to join their colonies. He'd always managed to stop her in the past, but last night she disappeared from home, leaving only a message that read "I will follow the Lotus, I will not return."

Bruce's Chinese servant, Sing Lee, bristled at the mention of the Lotus. He waits for Mr. Pomeroy to leave before warning Bruce not to take the case. The Lotus is an old sect, he explains. Very old. If the niece is with them she's as good as gone. Naturally, his servant's warning only makes Bruce even more interested in the case. He calls on Mr. Pomeroy at his home that afternoon. Unfortunately, Pomeroy isn't able to offer much that can help. He paid little attention whenever his niece Lois would talk of the Lotus, as it just seemed like another one of her passing phases. All he had was a photograph of Lois, plus information on a guy she used to date, Donald Barnes.

It took half an hour for Bruce to locate Barnes at the Wall Street firm where he worked. Barnes, who still cares for her, says her uncle didn't approve of him as a good fit for Lois, simply because he didn't have a family, or money. He mentions how they had planned on getting married, but her uncle was an obstacle. She was cooped up in the house all the time, so she would often read books on Asian philosophy and Chinese poetry.

The best way to proceed would be to head into Chinatown in search of hints to the Lotus. Bruce and Sing Lee arrive separately, since Lee is more likely to fit in with the locals, he takes the lead. Bruce follows behind from a distance. Lee strolls into an alley. Halfway down stood a small, wizened Chinese man guarding a doorway. Lee slipped the old fellow a coin, and was granted passage inside. Bruce followed suit, gave the man a coin, and went through the door...

Appearing in Bruce Nelson: "The Blood of the Lotus (Part 1 of 2)"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Sing Lee, Nelson's Chinese servant (First appearance)

Antagonists:

  • Lotus Tong

Other Characters:

  • Philip Pomeroy (First appearance)
  • Lois Woodworth (First appearance)
  • Donald Barnes (First appearance)

Locations:

Synopsis for "The Johnson Mystery"

Mr. Johnson takes his pearls to a pawn shop to get ten thousand dollars for them, so he can pay off a debt. While signing paperwork, the pearls suddenly disappear off the desk where he left them. A sleuth is called in to solve the case. What he finds is that the owner of the real estate office upstairs, a Mr. Jones, had been using a fishing pole and a hole in the floor to "fish" items out of the pawn shop. The pearls are recovered, and Mr. Jones is arrested.

Appearing in "The Johnson Mystery"

Featured Characters:

  • Unnamed sleuth (Single appearance)

Supporting Characters:

  • Mr. Johnson (Single appearance)

Antagonists:

  • Mr. Jones (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Harry (Single appearance)
  • Police Chief

Synopsis for Bart Regan, Spy: "The Vanishing of R-42"

A spy going by the code "R-42" never returns from his assignment at the Talvanian Embassy, so Bart and Sally are sent to find and rescue him.

When they arrive at the embassy, though, Bart makes Sally wait outside for her own safety. He goes in, putting on the act that he was a foot powder salesman. Just as expected, the ambassador kicks him out. Instead of leaving, Bart finds a place to hide out and wait. Things in the embassy were now agitated by his act, and the ambassador leaves his office in fear of "another spy". Bart shadows him and his cohort to a certain room. Inside, they had Agent R-42 chained up! He's being tortured for the location of the dispatches he'd stolen, his original mission before being captured. Bart pulls out his gun and enters the room, holding the Ambassador in his sights as he orders him to release Agent R-42. It was a trap. The other man had been waiting for him, appearing behind Bart with a gun of his own.

Neither the Ambassador, or Bart Regan could have predicted it when Sally appears outside the window, tossing a tear-gas grenade inside! The room becomes filled with suffocating smoke. Sally helps guide her nitwit fiancé and agent R-42 to safety.

Once back at spy headquarters, Bart rewards Sally for saving his neck with a kiss.

Appearing in Bart Regan, Spy: "The Vanishing of R-42"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Spy Chief

Antagonists:

  • The Talvanian Ambassador (Single appearance)
  • Nicolo (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Agent R-42 (Single appearance)

Locations:

Synopsis for Buck Marshall: "Silver and Lead"

Buck gets embroiled in another case that starts with the robbery and murder of a prospector. The plot thickens when he finds out about a ranch that's losing money, and the attempted murder of a young cowboy who inherited half of it.

Appearing in Buck Marshall: "Silver and Lead"

Featured Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Tug Bender (Single appearance)
  • Latigo (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Sandy Lee (Only appearance; dies)
  • Randell (Single appearance)
  • Jack Bender (Single appearance)
  • Sheriff

Locations:

Synopsis for Slam Bradley: "The Human Fly"

Police are faced with multiple robberies, each of which seems impossible because of their inaccessible locations. Slam, being summoned for help, finds a new capable assistant, namely Snoop Dolan. Shorty is not happy about that and tries to eliminate the competitor, while a mysterious Human Fly has a plan to get Slam and his companions out of the way.

Appearing in Slam Bradley: "The Human Fly"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Human Fly (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Snoop Dolan (First appearance)
  • Sergeant Kelly

Locations:

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