"Blackhawk: "Trapped In The Devil's Oven"":
- You SADISTIC SCREWBALL!! What's the big idea? THAT ISN'T ANDRE'S FACE!!
- 1 Synopsis for Blackhawk: "Trapped In The Devil's Oven"
- 2 Appearing in Blackhawk: "Trapped In The Devil's Oven"
- 3 Synopsis for The Sniper: "The Story of Signor Barezzi"
- 4 Appearing in The Sniper: "The Story of Signor Barezzi"
- 5 Synopsis for Loops and Banks: "Mission For Stalin"
- 6 Appearing in Loops and Banks: "Mission For Stalin"
- 7 Synopsis for Shot and Shell: "Dummies and Mummies"
- 8 Appearing in Shot and Shell: "Dummies and Mummies"
- 9 Synopsis for Death Patrol: "King Hotintot and Prince Totinhot"
- 10 Appearing in Death Patrol: "King Hotintot and Prince Totinhot"
- 11 Synopsis for Phantom Clipper: "Saving the Picardy"
- 12 Appearing in Phantom Clipper: "Saving the Picardy"
- 13 Synopsis for Blue Tracer: "The Lady of the Island"
- 14 Appearing in Blue Tracer: "The Lady of the Island"
- 15 Synopsis for Atlantic Patrol: "U.S.S. Omaha"
- 16 Appearing in Atlantic Patrol: "U.S.S. Omaha"
- 17 Synopsis for X of the Underground: "A Brother's Betrayal, A Daughter's Rescue Mission"
- 18 Appearing in X of the Underground: "A Brother's Betrayal, A Daughter's Rescue Mission"
- 19 Synopsis for Secret War News: "17 Plane Jap Armada Vs. Tiny Tender"
- 20 Appearing in Secret War News: "17 Plane Jap Armada Vs. Tiny Tender"
- 21 Notes
- 22 See Also
- 23 Recommended Reading
- 24 Links and References
Synopsis for Blackhawk: "Trapped In The Devil's Oven"
- Despite Blackhawk's solo rescue of a famous plastic surgeon from a concentration camp, Andre's situation remained hopeless. Dr. Fritz von Rath was insane. At the infirmary on Blackhawk Island, he attempted the surgery anyway, and Andre's face had to remain completely bandaged up for two weeks afterward.
When the bandages are removed, the team are stunned to see that Andre now looks exactly like Baron von Ziefh, the Nazi official who had arrested, tortured, and imprisoned old Dr. von Rath, and who forced the doctor's daughter Barbara to marry him!
Meanwhile in Libya, Nazi-allied Arabs were overrunning a British position at the "Devil's Oven" oasis. When they're wiped out, Sheik Abdul el Hadoun props up eight bodies onto donkeys, with insulting notes pinned to their backs, with knives, and sends them walking toward a British fort. The message is received and the fort's commander radios for help. On Blackhawk Island, Chuck gets the call. The Blackhawks learn that the joint German-Arab force is commanded by Sheik Abdul el Hadoun and, of all people, Baron von Ziefh.
Seven specially-modified Grumman Skyrockets soon take off, fly across Europe, and the Mediterranean Sea, to Libya, where the desert fort is now beseiged. Blackhawk machine guns inflict a heavy toll on the attackers, but soon they have to land and enter the fort on foot. Inside they find the garrison all but annihilated. For some time, they are able to prop dead bodies at the battlements and circulate among them, firing intermittently to give the impression of having greater numbers. It works for a while, but when night falls, El Hadoun sends some swordsmen over the wall.
Meanwhile Andre sells Blackhawk on a plan where Andre exploits his new resemblance to the German commander, to sneak into the enemy's camp and replace him. Andre speaks German. Once he's in place, he summons all his officers to his quarters, where he accuses the Arabs of double-crossing the Germans, and thus instigates some fratricidal knife-fighting right there, then slips out amid the melee, leaving the real von Ziefh behind to catch the blowback from that announcement. About then the British reinforcements arrive, with bayonets fixed, expanding the battle, then the Blackhawks run into the fight, from the fort.
Complicating all this is the presence in the German/Arab camp of Frau von Ziefh, nee Barbara von Rath, battered wife of the newly dead Baron. She understandably mistakes Andre for von Ziefh, and tries to murder him with a big knife. Blackhawk stops her and tries to talk sense to her but she's really way too mad for that to work. Eventually they have to stuff her in a laundry sack and pack her aboard a Skyrocket, then take off.
They return to Blackhawk Island, where father and daughter are reunited, and sanity is restored, surgery takes place, and two weeks later, Andre looks just like his old self again. Then he and Barbara announce that they're betrothed.
Appearing in Blackhawk: "Trapped In The Devil's Oven"
- Blackhawk Squadron
- Dr. Fritz von Rath
- Barbara von Rath
- Baron von Ziefh (Only appearance; dies)
- German Soldiers (Some or all die.)
- Abul El Hadoun (Only appearance; dies)
- Libyan Arabs (Some or all die.)
- British Fort Garrison
- British Army detachment: Ronnie, Iggy, others (All die.)
- British Reinforcements
- seven Blackhawk modified 2-engine fighters
Synopsis for The Sniper: "The Story of Signor Barezzi"
A Fascist-collaborating swindler murders a series of refugees seeking to flee Italy into Switzerland across a lake. The Sniper shows up, plays cat-and-mouse with him for a while, then sets him up to drown in one of his own rowboats.
Appearing in The Sniper: "The Story of Signor Barezzi"
- Signor Barezzi (Dies)
- Fascist Soldiers
- series of refugees (Dies)
- leaky rowboats
- two bobsleds
Synopsis for Loops and Banks: "Mission For Stalin"
Captain McCann and Lieutenant Barrows have been serving as technical advisors to the Russian Air Force, but their new orders are to report to Premier Stalin, receive from him some crucial documents, and fly those to England. They soon are en route to Britain in a Russian bomber, when a squadron of Heinkel fighters pounces on them, and a gunman shows up inside the fuselage and announces that he's killed all the rest of the aircrew. The fighters are there to escort this plane to Germany. Loops McCann finds a match on the deck, and starts a fire in the cockpit, creating a distraction, enabling him to punch out the Nazi agent. McCann takes the controls and sends Barrows back to man one of the gun stations, except the Nazi gunman isn't quite unconscious after all, and he manages to sever a critical control cable, making the bomber unflyable. It falls out of the sky and crashes in Europe, somewhere behind the German lines. Fortunately Banks Barrow speaks German. They take out two soldiers and steal their uniforms, then find the nearest encampment, and report the crash site of their own bomber. This gains them an audience with the camp's commander, and with his distinguished visitor, Adolf Hitler!
Before Loops or Banks can do anything about this, their erstwhile hijacker shows up at the base, and rats them out. A melee ensues, during which Loops is able to grab a luger in one hand and the Fuhrer in the other, and take control of the room. At gunpoint he has Hitler disrobe down to his lace undies, then locks him and his generals inside a small closet. Wearing Hitler's uniform, Barrows bluffs his way to the nearest airport, accompanied by only one bodyguard, McCann. They steal a Dornier bomber and fly it to Britain, and are intercepted by some Spitfires. Lacking a good place to land, they pancake into a haystack, thus surviving their second plane crash of the day. British soldiers arrest them, and with time and difficulty they are able to get their critical papers delivered to the British Government.
Afterward a big soiree is thrown in their honor, but Loops and Banks, after surviving so many desperate situations along the way to this place, slip on some freshly-mopped stairs and fall badly enough that they end up hospitalized.
Appearing in Loops and Banks: "Mission For Stalin"
- Colonel, their C.O. in Russia
- Russian Airmen (some die)
- British Soldiers
- British Dignitaries
- Stalin's Papers
- Russian Martin B-26 Bomber (bright red) (Destroyed)
- German Heinkel Fighters (mixed green)
- German Dornier Bomber (mixed green)
- British Spitfire Fighters (camouflage)
Synopsis for Shot and Shell: "Dummies and Mummies"
In Egypt, Shot and Shell are out in the desert, on foot, arguing about which way to go, when some Nazi military shows up and chases them across the wilderness. They duck into a half-excavated ancient tomb. Inside is a secret entrance to a Nazi spy hideout, in which some conspirators and collaborators are making their deals and plans, out loud. Some of their remarks sit poorly with the Colonel and he scolds them about it, which alerts all the villains to chase Shot and Shell thru the tomb. They get cornered in a store room, but the resulting melee is won by Shell and Shot. They leave the tomb, amid a blinding sandstorm, and by the time they can see anything again, the tomb has been covered over by the wind-driven sands. Still on foot, and still arguing about which way to go, Sam and Slim hike away across the desert.
Appearing in Shot and Shell: "Dummies and Mummies"
- half-crazy archaeologist (Apparent Death)
- Jihad Instigators (Apparent Death)
- their thugs (Apparent Death)
- partially excavated tomb
- partially excavated tomb
Synopsis for Death Patrol: "King Hotintot and Prince Totinhot"
King Hotintot's country in Africa is invaded by the Nazis, and his people call for his aid, via drumming, which is relayed across Europe, and reaches the Death Patrol at their Air Base via an experimental RAF listening device. The Death Patrol takes off.
Meanwhile in Africa, the unceasing drumming is working on the nerves of the occupying German troops, When they whip the truth out of some of the natives, and learn what message is being sent, they are filled with terror. King Hotintot will be returning! And he's now in the Death Patrol! They set an ambush, with rooftop machine gun nests covering the main square in Hotintot's home village, and the king's most valuable treasure piled up in the plaza. King Hotintot's most valuable treasure is his immense collection of pet bees, and a big pile of beehives is heaped in the town square.
Meanwhile out in the jungle is Prince Totinhot, King Hotintot's American-educated son, with his resistance fighters, getting defeated and captured by the better-armed and more numerous Germans. Totinhot gets away.
The Death Patrol arrive and land outside the main town, where they meet up with the Prince, and charge into the town. The ambush is sprung, and King Hotintot is mowed down by machine gun fire, while sheltering his son behind himself. Death Patrol members start flinging beehives onto the rooftops and rolling them at the advancing troops. Their unorthodox fighting style routs the Nazis, and the Death Patrol recaptures the town. Boris invites young Totinhot to join the Death Patrol and he accepts.
Appearing in Death Patrol: "King Hotintot and Prince Totinhot"
- The Death Patrol
- Del Van Dyne
- Chief Chuckalug
- King Hotintot (Apparent Death)
- Frere Jacques (formerly The Patchwork Kid)
- Mademoiselle From Armentieres
- The Goucho
- Prince Totinhot (First appearance) (Joins team)
- Totinhot's Troops
- RAF's experimental Mechanical Ears
- Death Patrol's unique customized warplanes
Synopsis for Phantom Clipper: "Saving the Picardy"
The U.S.S. Picardy, carrying 12,000 troops, departs from a port on the West Coast. But soon, near those docks, Lt. "Tiger" Shark finds a dying officer, who warns him that the sealed orders for the Picardy have been stolen by saboteurs, and substituted with fakes. The Picardy, expecting to meet up with some escort destroyers at sea, is actually sailing into a trap. Shark reports what he's learned to Naval Headquarters; he and a senior officer study some charts and calculate where the Japanese would most likely send the Picardy to be ambushed. Warning the Picardy via radio is useless; the ship is under sealed orders and thus is directed to ignore all contrary orders. The likely ambush area is great distance away from the port, and from the waiting destroyers, in fact, it's too far away for any ordinary ship to reach the Picardy in time.
Tiger Shark drives from the Naval Base to a hidden cove, where the Phantom Clipper is moored, boards it and calls for Captain Seth to cast off. At sea, flying U.S. colors, the clipper encounters two U.S. destroyers, also racing towards the Picardy, and it effortlessly passes them. An hour later, the Picardy is sighted, but so are at least two approaching columns of smoke, denoting Japanese warships. The Yankee Clippers change course to intercept the Japanese, and when they are visible, Erik kills the main engines, leaving the Phantom Clipper under sail power only. The Japanese destroyers open fire on the clipper, and continue to approach. As they separate to pass the antique-looking ship on both sides, the Clipper opens fire with its six torpedo tubes. Both destroyers are caught by surprise, and are sunk, before the Clipper's two 8-inch guns can even be brought to bear.
A third enemy warship then comes over the horizon, and it's a battleship. The Yankee Clippers re-start the main engines, activate the fog generator, and launch the seaplane, piloted by Lt. Shark. The little bi-plane is armed with incendiary bombs and an extra-big supply of fuel. He starts a raging fire on the battleship's deck, and large-caliber ammunition starts to explode. This continues until an entire magazine detonates, and the battleship is sunk. The Picardy safely reaches its waiting escorts and continues its voyage. Rumors begin to circulate about the existence of this puzzling warship.
Appearing in Phantom Clipper: "Saving the Picardy"
- Yankee Clippers:
- Lieutenant "Tiger" Shark, USN
- Captain Seth Perkins (has a peg leg)
- Hook, First Mate (has a hook)
- Erik, Engineer
- Sea Biscuit, Bosun
- American naval officer (Dies)
- Unidentified West Coast Port
- Naval Headquarters
- Hidden Cove
- Phantom Clipper (a Q-boat)
- USS Picardy, passenger liner converted into troop ship
- two U.S. destroyers
- two Japanese destroyers (Destroyed)
- Japanese battleship (Destroyed)
Synopsis for Blue Tracer: "The Lady of the Island"
Wild Bill and Boomerang make a forced landing on the island stronghold of the notorious "She-Wolf of the Java Sea", an American/Japanese pirate. She captures them, but Bill shows her some newsreel films of Japanese atrocities, from Nanking and Manila, and she decides to join the war and work with the allies.
Appearing in Blue Tracer: "The Lady of the Island"
- She-Wolf of the Java Sea
- Japanese Navy
- Blue Tracer
- Japanese warship (Destroyed)
Synopsis for Atlantic Patrol: "U.S.S. Omaha"
(nonfiction account of the USS Omaha's capture of the German blockade runner SS Odenwald, 6 Nov 1941)
Appearing in Atlantic Patrol: "U.S.S. Omaha"
- USS Omaha
- SS Odenwald, disguised as SS Willmoto (out of Philadelphia)
Synopsis for X of the Underground: "A Brother's Betrayal, A Daughter's Rescue Mission"
Jimmy Gray follows X to Bergen, Norway, where X meets up with Elsa Larson, an Underground agent. In a tavern, X poisons two German soldiers; she and Jimmy steal their uniforms. They steal a car, and the three of them drive to the home of Elsa's Nazi-collaborator uncle, Max. They kidnap him, in his nightshirt, and drive to a nazi concentration camp, where they bluff their way inside. They rescue Nils Larson, an Underground leader, lock one Nazi guard in his place, and bluff their way back to the main gate. The Nazis get tipped off by a lookout, and some shooting starts. Fat old Max is gunned down by his own side, while the others get away.
Later while Jimmy is watching Nils deliver a speech to his Underground guerrillas, he turns to pass a remark to X, who has already left the scene. That's okay, he'll find her again.
Appearing in X of the Underground: "A Brother's Betrayal, A Daughter's Rescue Mission"
- Jimmy Gray, New York Globe
- German Soldiers
- Hans (Dies)
- Fritz (Dies)
- Max Larson, Nils' brother, a Quisling (Dies)
- Elsa Larson, Max's niece, X's agent
- Nils Larson, Elsa's father, Underground leader
Synopsis for Secret War News: "17 Plane Jap Armada Vs. Tiny Tender"
(nonfiction account of an encounter between a U.S. seaplane tender and a number of Japanese bombers, 31 Dec 1941)
Appearing in Secret War News: "17 Plane Jap Armada Vs. Tiny Tender"
- Lieutenant William L. Kabler
- his crew
- Blackhawk: Trapped In The Devil's Oven is reprinted in The Blackhawk Archives, Volume One.
- Olaf's hair is miscolored black on the opening splash page.
- One Blackhawk is not clearly identified; he might be Stanislaus or Zeg or Boris.
- Andre becomes engaged to Barbara von Rath at the end of this story. This is never mentioned again.
- The proper Grumman XF5F Skyrockets will be back in Military Comics #15. This issue continues the use of the single-rudder modified version.
- Blackhawk Island is in the North Atlantic Ocean.
- In Death Patrol, King Hotintot is killed. He will return in Military Comics #12.
- In Loops and Banks, Bob Powell breaks the Fourth Wall, appearing seated at a drawing board (twice in the first page and once in the last page), and narrating the story, without introducing himself.
- Banks Barrow is fluent in German.
- All the Russian aircraft in this story are solid bright red.
- Secret War News: "This is an actual story based upon inside facts gathered from U.S.N. Information Bureaus."
- Shot and Shell were last seen in Baghdad, Iraq; we are not told why or how they got to Egypt.
- Colonel Sam Shot: "Zounds! This is race prejudice you fiends are fostering .. that is NOT a civilized attitude, you know!"
- The Sniper breaks the Fourth Wall, at the beginning and end, and narrates his own story.
- X, of the Underground now calls her ardent reporter friend "Jimmy Gray"; last issue he was "Bob Gray". Also, last issue Gray was captioned as an "ex-reporter"; this issue his dialogue indicates that is still a reporter.
- Also featured in this issue of Military Comics were:
- World War II Recommended Reading
- Adventures in the Rifle Brigade (Volume 1)
- Adventures in the Rifle Brigade (Volume 2)
- All-American Men of War (Volume 1)
- All-Out War (Volume 1)
- Blackhawk (Volume 1)
- Blitzkrieg (Volume 1)
- Capt. Storm (Volume 1)
- Four-Star Battle Tales (Volume 1)
- G.I. Combat (Volume 1)
- Men of War (Volume 1)
- Military Comics (Volume 1)
- Our Army at War (Volume 1)
- Our Fighting Forces (Volume 1)
- Sgt. Rock (Volume 1)
- Sgt. Rock (Volume 2)
- Star-Spangled War Stories (Volume 1)
- Unknown Soldier (Volume 1)
- Weird War Tales (Volume 1)