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"Seven Soldiers of Victory: "Exiles in Time"": Vigilante's enemy the Dummy receives status reports from his lieutenants, and one after another they tell him they've run into interference from members of the Seven Soldiers of Victory and can't pull off the job. It infuriates the Dummy that his en

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Leading Comics #8 is an issue of the series Leading Comics (Volume 1) with a cover date of September, 1943.

Synopsis for Seven Soldiers of Victory: "Exiles in Time"

Vigilante's enemy the Dummy receives status reports from his lieutenants, and one after another they tell him they've run into interference from members of the Seven Soldiers of Victory and can't pull off the job. It infuriates the Dummy that his enemy would dare even the odds against his organization. He instructs one of his men, Blinky, to let himself be captured by the Vigilante. When the hero searches his captured prey, he finds a railroad ticket and travels to its destination with the rest of the Seven Soldiers. They fall into a trap laid by the Dummy, who uses a stolen time machine to exile each of the meddlesome heroes into the past.

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Synopsis for Green Arrow & Speedy: "The Queen's Necklace"

The archers find themselves in the old days of France, dropped right at the feet of none other than the Three Musketeers, who are promptly arrested for the theft of the queen's necklace. When Green Arrow protests this isn't legal, the king has them thrown in the dungeon as well for having "such rascally countenances". Green Arrow mutters to Speedy this should teach him to value democracy more when they get back. Fortunately, the archers weren't disarmed when they were thrown in the hoosegow and use arrows and ropes to set a trap for the guards. After escaping, they and the musketeers improvise a catapult to get into the palace sneakily and look around. They investigate the queen's jewelry box, finding it suspicious the solid gold box wasn't stolen along with the necklace, or broken open. Obviously it was done by someone who had a key and was gunning to frame the musketeers. They confront the king, with Green Arrow pointing out that in this point in time, the French government was bankrupt, and the king was in no position to be giving lavish gifts. Needless to say, the queen isn't terribly pleased to hear any of this, and to try to sweep the embarrassing affair aside the musketeers are released. The archers wish them well, setting off to find a way back to the 1940s.

Appearing in Green Arrow & Speedy: "The Queen's Necklace"

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Synopsis for Crimson Avenger & Wing: "Courage in Canton"

Crimson Avenger and Wing find themselves in China, but pointing out how long it'd been an unchanged feudal state, they have very little to go on as to exactly what time they're in. Wing asks a passerby where they are, and learn it's nearby a city known as Canton in the modern day. Talking to an inventor named Li Ho, he expresses his hope that the wall being built will keep out foreign barbarians, and divine when they've landed. Some Japanese warriors attack the village then, and Crim and Wing eventually drive them off with primitive guns firing stone bullets, propelled by gunpowder. Li Ho's one practical invention.

Appearing in Crimson Avenger & Wing: "Courage in Canton"

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Synopsis for Star-Spangled Kid & Stripesy: "Voyage of the Vikings"

The duo find themselves in the ocean surrounded by icebergs, and soon a Viking longship appears. They jump in on the side of an outnumbered warrior, who gratefully introduces himself as Eric and his son as Leif. The battle was between them and starving mutineers trying to steal food. Leif proclaims this is the suffering of all their people, and their need to find a new, fertile land. After escaping attacking polar bears and another mutiny where Leif threatens to reopen a hole in the ship if the others don't man their posts, the ship does indeed reach a beautiful new land. It's then that the modern heroes put together the names and realize they've been sailing with Leif Ericsson, and were part of the first ship landing at North America.

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Synopsis for Vigilante: "Friends, Romans, Countrymen"

Vigilante finds himself in the days of ancient Rome. He recognizes Julius Caesar and Marc Antony, going to ask a wealthy man named Crassus to bankroll their cause. However they aren't the only ones Vigilante recognizes: also a pair of thugs he's encountered back in his own time. One of the Dummy's lieutenants had also heard of Crassus, and struck on the idea of using the time machine to send some of the boys to rob his fortune.

Caesar and Antony see the modern thieves trying to rob the treasury, and Caesar insists on interceding. Vigilante tries to intercede too, but the thieves get away by knocking them down with a load of gold. Antony tries to reward Vigilante with a bag of gold for coming to their aid, but he honestly turns down the reward. Not realizing it was hush money for seeing the mighty Caesar knocked down like a common lummox, and that instead it'll be used to weight Vigilante's corpse when he's thrown in the river to ensure his silence.

Meanwhile, Antony makes to smuggle some of Crassus' gold out inside stuffed bulls, under the pretext of borrowing some livestock to feed his slaves. The thieves from before realize what's going on and try to rob the stuffed bulls, but Vigilante manages to cut through his ropes with his spurs and attacks them. The time-displaced crew, despite being on opposite sides of the law, decide to stick together to get back to their own time when they aren't retrieved at the appointed hour. They don't know the head of their time larceny plot's been arrested in the meantime.

Appearing in Vigilante: "Friends, Romans, Countrymen"

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Synopsis for Shining Knight: "The Legend of Leonardo"

Shining Knight comes upon a man about to leap off a cliff, only to realize it was with an experimental flying apparatus, and figures out when and where he is when he recognizes Leonardo da Vinci. Count Ludovico tries to execute Leonardo, accusing him of practicing black magic, but with his magical acoutrements, Shining Knight easily fends off the attacking forces. At Leonardo's workshop, Shining Knight sees the man was truly ahead of his time, devising steam-powered cannons, a submarine, and even a time machine not unlike the one the Dummy used on the Seven Soldiers. Leonardo protests it doesn't work, but Shining Knight replies that's only because it doesn't have an adequate power source because electrical power systems haven't been implemented yet. They build a dynamo in a windmill to provide the power.

Ludovico attacks again, and manages to stun Shining Knight with a blow to the head. He demands the secret of making gold, but Leonardo dismisses such a pursuit as foolishness. Shining Knight escapes and ties Ludovico to a wheel to suffer some ignominy before they use the machine to send him back to 1943.

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Synopsis for Seven Soldiers of Victory: "Exiles in Time (Conclusion)"

Back in the Dummy's lair, Shining Knight uses the villain's time machine to retrieve his teammates. As well as the thieves who'd been in Rome with Vigilante, who are extremely disappointed to learn the machine can't transport gold through time when their haul isn't brought back with them.

After easily defeating the Dummy's other henchmen in a knock-down, drag-out brawl, the Seven Soldiers capture him when he tries to flee through a department store. Ironically, by toppling a mannequin on him.

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  • Although Wing appears in the Courage in Canton story, he didn't appear in the first Exiles in Time story where the Seven Soldiers of Victory and Winged Victory were sent to the past. Similarly, Winged Victory wasn't sent back to the present in The Legend of Leonardo story, however, he appears in the present in the Exiles in Time (Conclusion) story.


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