In 1948 all of the islands in the Volcanic Islands Group, except Mauna Koa, erupted on the same day, sending tremors across the ocean bottom, disrupting the tides, and wiping out many of the Island Group's inhabitants. Hundreds of feet beneath Mauna Koa was the lair of a scientist-enslaving would-be world-conqueror, John Molten, calling himself "Plunder." This was discovered by Blackhawk and his roving gang of aviators. Plunder's plan was to harness geothermal energy on a gigantic scale, and to create new volcanoes in regions where there were none. The Blackhawks penetrated Plunder's pressurized underground equipment room, and took it over, but Plunder himself eluded them, somewhere in his base. Returning to the surface, the Blackhawks took off, and bombed Mauna Loa's peak, leaving Plunder to presumably perish.
Points of Interest
- Mauna Koa
- Pacific Islanders
- It's not clear from the text whether the Volcanic Islands Group were meant to be considered a nation, with a government and so forth. In 1948 it would be strange if they were not, but the chronicles are mute.