"Doll Man: "The Aerial Hearse"": The Undertaker cons a mechanic into building him a unique "flying hearse" type helicoptor, then guns him down instead of paying him off. He then runs a fake obituary notice in the next day's newspaper, commemorating the life and times of prominent businessman Ja
- That skull and crossbones insignia! It – it looks like some kind of a hearse! Something's queer about this!
Synopsis for Doll Man: "The Aerial Hearse"
The Undertaker cons a mechanic into building him a unique "flying hearse" type helicoptor, then guns him down instead of paying him off. He then runs a fake obituary notice in the next day's newspaper, commemorating the life and times of prominent businessman James Colin McFee, who is still alive; then using his Flying Hearse, the Undertaker invades McFee's top-floor office, demands money, gets none, then shoots McFee dead. On the sidewalk outside, Darrel Dane notices something odd about the funeral-motif, pirate-insignia, hovering aircraft, and ducks into an alley, changes size, climbs the office building's exterior, and catches the Undertaker red-handed pulling stuff out of McFee's wall safe. There is a brief scuffle and the Undertaker escapes out a window.
The next night Darrel Dane and Martha Roberts are playing cards at Dr. Roberts' house, when they get the news that Roberts' colleague Hugo Blaney has received a threatening note from the Undertaker. Blaney has a heat-resistant glass formula and the Undertaker wants it. Doll Man has a scaled-down open-cockpit airplane. Blaney's penthouse is on the 20th floor. The Undertaker and then Doll Man arrive there, and resume their fight. This time, Doll Man gets head-konked unconscious with a flower pot, is tied up, and stuffed into a scale-model casket, then the Undertaker escapes in his Flying Hearse. He flies up to about half a mile in altitude, then throws Doll Man out of the aircraft, coffin and all. Doll Man gets loose from the strings tying him up, then pries the silk lining loose from the elegant little coffin, and uses this for a makeshift parachute.
Being quite familiar with the Undertaker's M.O. and his colossal vanity, Darrel Dane visits the classified ad department at the local newspaper, and finds that two obituary notices have been placed: one for himself and one for Henry Aswell. Then Doll Man returns to Hugo Blaney's penthouse and retrieves his Doll Plane. Shortly later, aboard Henry Aswell's yacht, Henry and his son are shooting skeets with a single-barrel shotgun, when the Flying Hearse swoops in and lands on the yacht's deck. The Undertaker has just started making threats when he is rudely interrupted, as Doll Man crashes his plane into the Undertaker's chest. Doll Man lands and jumps out of his plane just as the Undertaker is jumping into his; it takes off; Doll Man brings it down with Aswell's shotgun. The Undertaker thrashes and blubs for a moment, then sinks from sight. Doll Man vocally doubts that the villain is really dead, but admits that it seems possible. In the next day's newspaper, Darrel Dane has run an obituary notice for the Undertaker
Appearing in Doll Man: "The Aerial Hearse"
- Undertaker (Apparent Death)
- Hugo Blaney
- Henry Aswell
- Blaney's formula for heat-resistant glass
- Flying Hearse
- Doll Plane
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- Doll Man:
- At this point in his career, Doll Man's secret identity is (again) known to both of the Robertses.
- Also featured in this issue of Feature Comics was:
- "Darrell Dane's Double" (text story), featuring Doll Man