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"Doll Man: "The Metropolis Museum Mystery"": Darrel Dane is outwitted and framed by an art thief, calling himself "Sidney Ambrose, Director of the Metropolis Museum." (The real Museum Director is Mr. Carruthers; Dane didn't even check that.) Dane is ambushed and arrested by museum guards, figur

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The Clock

Feature Comics #29 is an issue of the series Feature Comics (Volume 1) with a cover date of February, 1940.

Synopsis for Doll Man: "The Metropolis Museum Mystery"

Darrel Dane is outwitted and framed by an art thief, calling himself "Sidney Ambrose, Director of the Metropolis Museum." (The real Museum Director is Mr. Carruthers; Dane didn't even check that.) Dane is ambushed and arrested by museum guards, figures out how he's been set up, takes a pill, shrinks, and escapes by crashing through a closed window. Meanwhile "Ambrose" and his gang have taken advantage of the distracting fistfight between Darrel and the guard staff to steal a bunch of Goya paintings, and are now escaping in a big sedan. Doll Man spots them and leaps aboard. When they arrive at the gang's hideout, which is full of stolen art pieces, Doll Man beats up the gang then calls the cops on them.

Appearing in Doll Man: "The Metropolis Museum Mystery"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Sidney Ambrose (Single appearance)
    • his henchmen

Other Characters:

  • Director Carruthers (Single appearance)

Locations:

Items:

  • Paintings by Goya


Synopsis for "Joe Palooka"

(newspaper strip reprints)

Appearing in "Joe Palooka"

Featured Characters:

  • Joe Palooka

Supporting Characters:

  • Knobby Walsh

Synopsis for "Ned Brant"

(newspaper strip reprints)

Appearing in "Ned Brant"

Featured Characters:

  • Ned Brant

Supporting Characters:

  • Bud Shekels

Synopsis for "Lala Palooza"

(newspaper strip reprints)

Appearing in "Lala Palooza"

Featured Characters:

  • Lala Palooza

Supporting Characters:

  • Vincent Palooza

Synopsis for Charlie Chan: "The Kidnapping of Donna Grant, Part 2 of 2"

(newspaper strip reprints)

Appearing in Charlie Chan: "The Kidnapping of Donna Grant, Part 2 of 2"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Kirk Barrow, assistant
  • Gina Lane

Antagonists:

  • Berzelius Keeno
    • three kidnappers: Doc, Mike, Frog

Other Characters:

  • Mrs. Oliver Force Grant
  • Donna Grant, steel heiress
  • Willie Soo, cook, (Charlie Chan in disguise)

Locations:

Vehicles:

  • Keeno's Racing Plane
  • Keeno's Yacht

Synopsis for "Dixie Dugan"

(newspaper strip reprints)

Appearing in "Dixie Dugan"

Featured Characters:

  • Dixie Dugan

Synopsis for The Clock: "The Shooting of Ted Holt"

Brian O'Brien, Ace Criminologist, is called on by Ted Holt, an old friend, for help in dealing with some blackmailers. They meet at their elegant club, where Ted gets shot by a sniper, shooting from a building across the street. O'Brien and Captain Kane charge outside, and a car chase ensues, out into the countryside. Kane's shooting causes the getaway car to veer off the roadside and down a steep bank; one thug is killed and the other gets away.

Back in town, the Clock visits Holt in the hospital, and learns about the blackmailer calling himself "the Reaper." The Clock is the same size, shape, and tuxedo as Holt's old friend Brian O'Brien, and he talks with the same posh affectations, but Holt doesn't seem to make the connection. Once he's sure of where to find the blackmail gang boss, the Clock raids his hideout, knocks out and ties up two henchmen, and confronts the Reaper with gun in hand. He turns the whole gang over to the police, after having a little ventriloquistic fun at Officer Hogan's expense.

Appearing in The Clock: "The Shooting of Ted Holt"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Capt. Kane

Antagonists:

  • The Reaper (Single appearance)
  • Doc (Single appearance)
  • Trigger (Single appearance)
  • Dutch (Only appearance; dies)

Other Characters:

  • Ted Holt (Single appearance)
  • Officer Hogan

Locations:

  • New York City
    • The Club (Capt. Kane, Brian O'Brien, and Ted Holt are members)
    • Hospital
    • Police HQ
    • 33 Pine Street, the Reaper's Hideout.

Synopsis for "Jane Arden // Lena Pry"

(newspaper strip reprints)

Appearing in "Jane Arden // Lena Pry"

Featured Characters:

  • Jane Arden
  • Lena Pry (See Notes.)

Synopsis for Reynolds of the Mounted: "The Flying Death"

Chief Big Eagle has been secretly murdering his own tribesmen, using a poison dart blowgun concealed in a peace pipe. He tries to pin it on an ex-convict drifter, Du Bois, but Reynolds figures out what's going on and busts him.

Appearing in Reynolds of the Mounted: "The Flying Death"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Big Eagle

Other Characters:

  • Big Eagle's Tribe
    • Red Wing (Dies)
    • Little Crow
  • Du Bois

Locations:

Synopsis for Rance Keane: "The Croninsville Train Wreck"


Appearing in Rance Keane: "The Croninsville Train Wreck"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Pee Wee Lee

Antagonists:

  • Gus Dropper

Other Characters:

  • Jim Benschotter

Locations:

Vehicles:

  • Livestock Train (Destroyed)

Synopsis for Captain Fortune: "Black Flint"


Appearing in Captain Fortune: "Black Flint"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Will Kentshire, First Officer
    • "Revenge" Crew

Antagonists:

  • Black Flint (Dies)
    • his pirate crew (most die)

Other Characters:

  • Flint's Prisoners

Locations:

Vehicles:

  • English Privateer Galleon "Revenge"
    • Revenge's Longboat
  • Flint's Pirate Ship

Synopsis for Spin Shaw of the Naval Air Corps: "The Crop-Killing Planes"

On an unnamed, small, mid-Pacific island, protected by the USA, Spin Shaw of the Naval Air Corps stops agents of an unnamed foreign power from cropdusting the local sugar cane fields with poison, and in their red-and-yellow SPAD-looking biplanes, Spin and two wingmen have an aerial dogfight with the enemy planes, destroying all three, and capturing their commander alive.

Appearing in Spin Shaw of the Naval Air Corps: "The Crop-Killing Planes"

Featured Characters:

Antagonists:

Other Characters:

  • Colonel

Locations:

Vehicles:

  • 3 Fighter Biplanes, USN
  • 3 Crop-duster Monoplanes, Foreign (Destroyed)

Synopsis for "Mickey Finn"

(newspaper strip reprints)

Appearing in "Mickey Finn"

Featured Characters:

  • Mickey Finn

Supporting Characters:

  • Uncle Phil

Notes

  • Published monthly by Comic Favorites, Inc.
  • The Clock is able to actually make his voice come from different objects and directions.
  • Doll Man:
    • Darrel Dane succeeds in developing his injectable version of the shrinking formula into pill form; it still works instantly.
    • In the same story, Doll Man's name alternately appears as two words and one word.
  • First issue for Spin Shaw by Bob Powell.
  • Also featured in this issue of Feature Comics were:
    • Big Top (two 1-page gag scenes) by John Devlin
    • The Bungle Family (newspaper strip reprints) by H.J. Tuthill
    • Good Deed Dotty by J.P. McEvoy and J.H. Striebel, running across the top 1/5 of of both of their Dixie Dugan pages.
    • Joe Palooka's Album by Ham Fisher runs across the top 1/5 of all four of his Joe Palooka pages.
    • Lena Pry by Monte Barrett and Russell E. Ross, running in the bottom-left 1/4 of all 4 of their Jane Arden pages.
    • Little Brother by H.J. Tuthill, running across the top 1/5 of both of his Bungle Family pages.
    • Mortimer Mum by Bill Sakren, across the bottom half of one, and the top half of the other, "Toddy" pages.
    • Nippie ("He's Often Wrong") by Lank Leonard, running across the top 1/5 of all 4 of his Mickey Finn pages.
    • Off The Record (1-panel gags) by Ed Reed, in two places in this issue.
    • Rube Goldberg's Side Show, by Rube Goldberg, in two places in this issue.
    • Slim and Tubby: "Episode 29" (newspaper strip reprints) by John J. Welch
    • They're Still Talking: "...About the Fastest Mile Ever Traveled on Land", by Bob Zuppke and R.W. Depew
    • Toddy by George Marcoux, across top half of one, and the bottom half of the other, "Mortimer Mum" pages.
    • Twisted Tales by Rube Goldberg, running across the bottom 1/5 of his Side Show pages.
    • "Whispering Walls" (text story) by A.L. Allen

Trivia

  • Bob Powell signs his Spin Shaw story as "Rex Smith."
  • Will Eisner signed his Doll Man story as "William Erwin Maxwell."
  • William A. Smith signs his Rance Keane story as "Will Arthur."
    • In Rance Keane, the cattle town is called "Croninsville"; Ed Cronin edited this issue.


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