"Blackhawk: "Fury In the Philippines"": Impatient with all the inactivity at Blackhawk Island, Chop Chop flies to San Francisco and attempts to enlist in the U.S. Marines. Due to some severe intercultural misunderstandings he gets deployed as a cook aboard a relief ship to the Philippines.
- 1 Synopsis for Blackhawk: "Fury In the Philippines"
- 2 Appearing in Blackhawk: "Fury In the Philippines"
- 3 Synopsis for The Sniper: "The Last of Obergast"
- 4 Appearing in The Sniper: "The Last of Obergast"
- 5 Synopsis for Loops and Banks: "The Bombing of Tokyo"
- 6 Appearing in Loops and Banks: "The Bombing of Tokyo"
- 7 Synopsis for Shot and Shell: "The Microplasmed Morons"
- 8 Appearing in Shot and Shell: "The Microplasmed Morons"
- 9 Synopsis for Death Patrol: "The Windbag's Tale"
- 10 Appearing in Death Patrol: "The Windbag's Tale"
- 11 Synopsis for Phantom Clipper: "Battle of Teagly Island"
- 12 Appearing in Phantom Clipper: "Battle of Teagly Island"
- 13 Synopsis for Inferior Man: "The Invisible Brooklyn Bridge"
- 14 Appearing in Inferior Man: "The Invisible Brooklyn Bridge"
- 15 Synopsis for X of the Underground: "The Cholera Serum"
- 16 Appearing in X of the Underground: "The Cholera Serum"
- 17 Synopsis for The Blue Tracer: "The Jap Invasion of Alaska"
- 18 Appearing in The Blue Tracer: "The Jap Invasion of Alaska"
- 19 Synopsis for Secret War News: "U.S. Seaman Traps U-Boat"
- 20 Appearing in Secret War News: "U.S. Seaman Traps U-Boat"
- 21 Synopsis for Atlantic Patrol: "The Merchant Ship That Sunk a U-Boat"
- 22 Appearing in Atlantic Patrol: "The Merchant Ship That Sunk a U-Boat"
- 23 Notes
- 24 See Also
- 25 Recommended Reading
- 26 Links and References
Synopsis for Blackhawk: "Fury In the Philippines"
Impatient with all the inactivity at Blackhawk Island, Chop Chop flies to San Francisco and attempts to enlist in the U.S. Marines. Due to some severe intercultural misunderstandings he gets deployed as a cook aboard a relief ship to the Philippines.
The Blackhawks work out Chop Chop's whereabouts and fly after him, after refueling near Panama, aboard a German aircraft carrier. They fly to the Philippines and arrive there at the same time as Chop Chop's ship, and a task force of Japanese warships. A one-sided naval battle ensues, and the El Paso is sunk. The Blackhawks land on one of the Philippines, and encounter two old European enemies, and kill them.
Meanwhile on a nearby tiny island, Chop Chop has hooked up with Lotus Petal, and is preoccupied.
Appearing in Blackhawk: "Fury In the Philippines"
- Captain von Schmootz (wears a monocle) (Only appearance; dies)
- Rocco di Guinzabalo (Only appearance; dies)
- Japanese Navy
- Lotus Petal
- Blackhawk 2-engine 1-rudder fighters
- German Aircraft Carrier
- USS El Paso (Destroyed)
- five Japanese Warships (four are destroyed)
- many Japanese Fighter Planes (several are destroyed)
- several U.S. Warships
Synopsis for The Sniper: "The Last of Obergast"
The Sniper invades a Gestapo castle in France to hunt, taunt, torment, and assassinate a senior Gestapo officer, and his troops. He lures a detachment out of the castle, leads them thru a swamp, kills at least two along the way, with a noose and a sharpened stick. He lures them into the Great Caves of Sevelinges, and kills a few more of them with rifle shots. Somehow this limestone cavern has got quicksand in it, and half a dozen more of them fall into that, and die. He shoots a few more then pretends to run out of ammunition, which fools some of them into charging toward him, and off the edge of a precipice. Their boss, Obergast, is the last survivor, and the Sniper leaves him alive, in the cave, mad with terror.
Appearing in The Sniper: "The Last of Obergast"
- Fraulein Collins, American (Dies)
- Occupied France
- Gestapo Headquarters, a castle
- Great Caves of Sevelinges
Synopsis for Loops and Banks: "The Bombing of Tokyo"
Loops and Banks have returned from Britain to their liaison duties with the Red Air Force, but now are recalled to their aircraft carrier. They fly from central Russia to Vladivostok, then navigate a route to the carrier's position, and notice that it passes temptingly close to the Japanese home islands, and also that their Russian allies happen to have a spare antique glider just sitting around. Captain McCann and Lieutenant Barrows informally requisition this glider, with a tow cable, and fly away, with Loops piloting a small seaplane, towing Banks piloting the glider.
Several hours later, at night, not far from Tokyo, McCann releases the glider, and Barrows steers it to the city, where he empties a bushel basket of incendiary bombs from the glider's open cockpit. He drops more bombs onto the airport, and his last one onto a railyard full of oil tanks. McCann meanwhile has landed on the surface, a few miles from shore, and found two Japanese submarines, also on the surface. He's also carrying some bombs, so he takes off and attacks the subs, sinking at least one of them.
Banks veers out to sea, towards Loops' rendezvous point, unaware that at least three enemy fighters are following him. They shoot the glider to pieces and Barrows narrowly evades them by crashing the glider on the ground. Japanese soldiers search for him but he disguises himself as a geisha girl and eludes them. He gunpoint-captures one soldier and commandeers a small fast fishing boat, and its crew, and escapes out into the harbor. Soon other fast boats are pursuing him. Barrows lightens ship by kicking everybody else over the side, and the patrol boats stop to pick up the hostages. Barrows has a good laugh at that, until he notices that three more speedboats are in front of him. He crazily zigzags amongst them and careens out the other side of their formation. Arriving overhead, Loops McCann recognizes that piloting style, swoops in, and picks up Barrows, and escapes.
The next morning they finally sight their carrier group, land, and report in, expecting to get medals for bombing Tokyo but instead spending several days in the brig.
Appearing in Loops and Banks: "The Bombing of Tokyo"
- Carrier C.O.
- Red Air Force
- Ivan, Russian airman
- Russian antique glider (Destroyed)
- U.S. amphibious scouting biplane
- three or more Japanese pursuit biplanes
- two Japanese submarines (Destroyed)
- six or more Japanese harbor patrol speedboats
- U.S. aircraft carrier
- and escorts
- and escorts
Synopsis for Shot and Shell: "The Microplasmed Morons"
Shot and Shell are prisoners in Berlin. At Hitler's personal direction, Colonel Shot is injected with Professor Invutz' Microplasm, and shrinks to the size of a billiard ball. Hitler is injected by Slim Shell with Invutz' Colossoplasm and grows to the size of a house. Slim and Sam escape from Nazi Headquarters in a stolen staff car, then Slim injects Sam with Colossoplasm; he expands to his regular size. Hitler meanwhile manages to inject himself with Microplasm; he mis-doses and shrinks to billiard ball size.
Shot and Shell in their stolen staff car drive across the border from Germany into Switzerland.
Appearing in Shot and Shell: "The Microplasmed Morons"
- Adolf Hitler
- Herman Goering
- Josef Goebbels
- Heinrich Himmler
- Professor Invutz (Dies)
- German staff car
Synopsis for Death Patrol: "The Windbag's Tale"
The Death Patrol are grounded, and resent it, and get themselves back into the air by informally requisitioning a British barrage balloon. They are attacked by Nazi warplanes painted with Allied markings. Del Van Dyne does an unusual aerial stunt to get himself aboard one of the attacking warplanes, spots the pilot's German uniform, yanks him out, and takes over his plane. He accompanies the enemy squadron back to their secret base, towing the barrage balloon with a cable. On the ground, Del lights some signal fires, to direct Allied bombers to the hidden German airbase. They annihilate the secret airdrome.
Appearing in Death Patrol: "The Windbag's Tale"
- Henry, a Barrage Balloon (Single appearance)
- The Death Patrol
- Del Van Dyne
- Chief Chuckalug
- Frere Jacques (formerly The Patchwork Kid)
- Mademoiselle From Armentieres
- The Goucho
- Prince Totinhot
- Totinhot's Spear
- Jacques's Slingshot
- Chuckalug's Bow and Arrows
- Goucho's Bolas
- Henry, a Hot-Air Balloon
- many German warplanes
Synopsis for Phantom Clipper: "Battle of Teagly Island"
The Phantom Clipper takes on supplies in Australia, then sails to Teagly Island, which is beseiged and heavily shelled by Japanese warships. But the Japanese have already built a duplicate Phantom Clipper, and used it to closely approach the fortifications on Teagly Island, where they open fire to destructive effect. Japanese marines swarm over the side and secure the beachhead, then the fort.
Then the real Phantom Clipper arrives on the scene, and outguns the fake one. "Tiger" and his crew get ashore and make their way to the stockade, where they free some of the captured garrison. The fighting continues until the Allies are again in charge of the fort and the surviving Japanese have been captured. The Phantom Clipper leaves this place with two new crew members.
Appearing in Phantom Clipper: "Battle of Teagly Island"
- Yankee Clippers:
- Lieutenant "Tiger" Shark, USN
- Captain Seth Parker, formerly Perkins (has a peg leg)
- Hook, First Mate (has a hook)
- Erik, Engineer
- Sea Biscuit, Bosun
- Little Billy, orphan, recruit (First appearance)
- Jewaldri, cook (First appearance)
Other Characters: Locations:
- Phantom Clipper
- Fake Phantom Clipper (Destroyed)
Synopsis for Inferior Man: "The Invisible Brooklyn Bridge"
With the help of Kitch the Witch, Inferior Man has stolen and returned the Brooklyn Bridge, and turned it invisible. This is accidentally discovered by Professor Stuffbrain, who absent-mindedly walks across the bridge while reading a book. Inferior Man's efforts to sell the bridge to Hitler, and to hawk it to a local pawnbroker, all fail.
Appearing in Inferior Man: "The Invisible Brooklyn Bridge"
- Kitch the Witch
- Professor Stluffbrain
- Brooklyn Bridge
Synopsis for X of the Underground: "The Cholera Serum"
Occupied Warsaw is ravaged by cholera along with the murderous Nazis. Jimmy Gray investigates Dr. Stanislaus to find out about progress on a possible cure. He ineptly gets Stanislaus in trouble with a Gestapo patrolman, pummels the patrolman into running away, and fails to persuade Stanislaus to flee the city. The Gestapo punk runs to his boss, and X of the Underground overhears his report. She figures out that this means that nuisance Bob Gray is on the scene, then disguises herself as a Gestapo officer and races to Stanislaus' lab, ahead of the real Gestapo. She argues with Bob, then sneaks Stanislaus out of the laboratory, in a coffin, and has him loaded into her staff car, and escapes. Left to fend for himself, Bob punches out two Nazi soldiers and flees the scene.
Appearing in X of the Underground: "The Cholera Serum"
- Bob Gray, New York Globe
- Major Fritz Vorst, Gestapo Chief for Warsaw
- his troops
- Dr. Stanislaus
- Cholera Serum
- two Gestapo staff cars
Synopsis for The Blue Tracer: "The Jap Invasion of Alaska"
The Japanese Army establishes a beachhead on the coast of Alaska, and marches south, thru Red Bear Pass, toward Kodiak Gorge. Word gets around, and soon Wild Bill Dunn and Boomerang Jones, flying the Blue Tracer, arrive in Alaska. They trap the infantry column on the highway, at Kodiak Bridge, by destroying the bridge after the army has marched over it, then attacking with the Blue Tracer from the south. Cannonfire and tank treads take a heavy toll at the front of the column, and the rear guard are pushed back over the edge of the gorge. A small gaggle of survivors are captured alive. Soon U.S. forces have arrived in large numbers, and the Blue Tracer flies away.
Appearing in The Blue Tracer: "The Jap Invasion of Alaska"
- Japanese Army
- Infantry Column (most die)
- Alaskan civilians
- Kodiak Gorge
Synopsis for Secret War News: "U.S. Seaman Traps U-Boat"
Oil tanker "Eleanor Ross" is torpedoed by a U-boat, while en route to New York, from the Gulf. The survivors abandon ship, in a longboat. The senior surviving officer, Fred Daiger, is taken aboard the U-boat, which then submerges to avoid an American patrol bomber. A U.S. surface warship arrives to join the pursuit, and rescue the Ross survivors. The U-boat hides on the bottom and goes quiet, but the American prisoner finds a tool and bangs on the hull until the destroyer's sonar detects the sub, and drops some depth charges on it. The sub is damaged and surfaces. Most or all of the crew, and the American prisoner, scramble off into the ocean, before the U-boat sinks.
Appearing in Secret War News: "U.S. Seaman Traps U-Boat"
- First Mate Fred Daiger
- Eleanor Ross C.O. (Dies)
- U-Boat Commander
- his crew
- surviving Ross crewmembers
- Pontas C.O.
- his crew
- S.S. Eleanor Ross, oil tanker (Destroyed)
- U-71, U-boat (Destroyed)
- U.S. 2-engine flying boat
- USS Pontas, destroyer escort
Synopsis for Atlantic Patrol: "The Merchant Ship That Sunk a U-Boat"
(nonfiction account of an encounter in which a U.S. freighter and a German submarine were both destroyed, 23 Feb 1942)
Appearing in Atlantic Patrol: "The Merchant Ship That Sunk a U-Boat"
- Ensign Wendt
- his gun crews
- U.S. armed merchantman (Destroyed)
- German U-Boat (Destroyed)
- This story is partially reprinted in The Blackhawk Archives, Volume One.
- Blackhawk Island is hidden deep in the fog-shrouded wastes of the North Atlantic Ocean, per page 2 panel 1.
- Starting with this issue, Chuck replaces Zeg as the seventh member of Blackhawk Squadron.
- The proper Grumman XF5F Skyrockets will be back in Military Comics #15. This issue continues the use of the single-rudder modified version.
- Blackhawk packs two handguns and can quick-draw them to lethal effect.
- Blue Tracer
- Dunn and Jones were last seen in the Java Sea; this story doesn't tell us where they are when they get the message about the invasion. Wherever it is, they've got the Blue Tracer sheltered in a cave.
- This Death Patrol story is narrated by a hot air balloon named Henry, who also appears in the story. Despite narrating the story, Harry has no dialogue, and is not named, within the story, but is a normal hot air balloon.
- Inferior Man
- Newspaper, headline: "Brooklyn Bridge Stolen!" As it turns out, the bridge is still there, only invisible.
- Newspaper, subheadline: "Bunghole Butch is quoted as saying 'I'll moider da bum!'"
- Loops & Banks
- At least one, and more likely two, Japanese submarines are nailed by McCann's divebombing.
- Barrows survives an aircraft crash.
- Phantom Clipper
- Captain Perkins is now called Captain Parker.
- Brits and Japanese alike all mistake Jewaldri for a Hindu Fakir, probably based on how he dresses, but he is constantly invoking and petitioning Allah, thus is Muslim.
- Some time between the last episode and this one, the Japanese Navy has figured out what kind of ship the Phantom Clipper really is, so that enormous tactical advantage seems to be gone now.
- Secret War News:
- "This is an actual story based upon inside facts gathered from U.S.N. Information Bureaus."
- Maybe so, but there's no "USS Pontas" or "Fred Daiger" in Wikipedia.
- Shot and Shell were last seen in Egypt; we are not told why or how they got to Berlin.
- Invutz' Microplasm, when injected, will shrink a man, and his clothing, to the size of a billiard ball, and his Colossoplasm will expand them both back to normal size. Professor Invutz swallowed the written formula before being executed. The only known sample of Colossoplasm was destroyed but the Nazis retained a bit of Microplasm.
- At this story's end, Hitler is the size of Doll Man. Apparently he got better later.
- The Sniper narrates his own story, breaking the Fourth Wall at the beginning and end to directly address the reader.
- Obergast and his Gestapo thugs wear red uniforms.
- In X of the Underground, Jimmy Gray is back to being called Bob Gray.
- Also featured in this issue of Military Comics was:
- "We'll Moider D'Bums!" (text story) by Dick French
- Bottom 1/3rd of this story's 1st page features "Hero Stamp #3: Second Lieutenant George S. Welch"
- 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)