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Military Comics #14 is an issue of the series Military Comics (Volume 1) with a cover date of December, 1942.

Appearing in Blackhawk: "Tondeleyo"

Featured Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Hans Oberst, top Nazi air ace (Only appearance; dies)
  • Von Gurst, new commanding officer (Only appearance; dies)
  • Tondeleyo (Only appearance; dies)

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Vehicles:

  • six Blackhawk Grumman fighter-bombers (two are destroyed)
  • three hundred Messerschmitt BF-109s (some are shot down)
  • squadron of 4-engine Junkers bombers (most or all are shot down)

Synopsis for Blackhawk: "Tondeleyo"

  • Synopsis not yet written.



Appearing in Sniper: "The Sinister Dr. Holtz"

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Antagonists:

  • Dr. Heinrich Holtz
    • his troops

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Synopsis for Sniper: "The Sinister Dr. Holtz"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in Blue Tracer: "Mission To Yugoslavia"

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Synopsis for Blue Tracer: "Mission To Yugoslavia"

At the personal request of F.D.R., Wild Bill Dunn and Boomerang Jones take the Blue Tracer to Yugoslavia, where they help General Mikhailovitch's Chetnik guerrillas against the Nazi occupation forces. Dunn outflanks the Nazis by gaining a great deal of altitude then crash-diving and tunneling thru one of the Balkan Mountains. The Chetniks follow, thru the new tunnel, with fixed bayonets, and they take few if any prisoners when they get there.

Appearing in Phantom Clipper: "Fifty Million Foes"

Featured Characters:

  • 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
    • Jewaldri, Cook
    • Little Billy, Recruit

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Other Characters:

  • Admiral Nevens, Commander of the Far Eastern Fleet
  • Major Harrows
  • Captain McIntosh (Dies)

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Synopsis for Phantom Clipper: "Fifty Million Foes"

The Yankee Clippers undertake the rescue of a P.O.W. who has important knowledge about the minefields surrounding Lake Island. Meanwhile Major Harrows, the prisoner in question, escapes on his own, from Nichi Nichi prison camp, in Japan.

In the harbor at Nichi Nichi, the Phantom Clipper exchanges gunfire with a Japanese shore battery, then slips into a position behind some sand bars, where the enemy ships can't cross. A Yankee Clipper landing party gets ashore, finds Major Harrows, help him to break out all of his men (the captured garrison of Lake Island), and escape.

Appearing in Private Dogtag: "The World's Dumbest Soldier"

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Synopsis for Private Dogtag: "The World's Dumbest Soldier"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in Shot and Shell: "The Chumps and the Chetniks"

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Supporting Characters:

  • Chetniks

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Synopsis for Shot and Shell: "The Chumps and the Chetniks"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in Secret War News: "Life-Line to the East"

Characters:

  • Lieutenant Jackson, pilot
    • Wiggins, bombardier
  • Shorty Ryan, pilot

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Synopsis for Secret War News: "Life-Line to the East"

(nonfiction account of Allied long-range bomber, transport, and cargo pilots, early 1942)

Appearing in Pacific Patrol: "Destroying the Destroyers"

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Date:

  • July 4th, 1942

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Vehicles:

  • U.S. submarine
  • three Japanese destroyers (Destroyed)

Synopsis for Pacific Patrol: "Destroying the Destroyers"

In the Aleutian Islands, a U.S. submarine sinks three Japanese destroyers.

Notes

  • Published by Comic Magazines, Inc.
  • Blackhawk: "Tondeleyo" is partially reprinted in The Blackhawk Archives, Volume One.
    • The proper Grumman XF5F Skyrockets will be back next issue. This issue continues the use of the single-rudder modified version, with the in-line engines.
    • Tondeleyo will be mentioned, by Olaf, in Military Comics #19, but will not be back. We never learn what she was up to, how she arrived on Blackhawk Island, nor why she destroyed Hans Oberst before going after the Blackhawks.
    • The Luftwaffe definitely know the location of Blackhawk Island, and were able to parachute-deliver a written message there, followed later by a squadron of heavy bombers.
    • Chop Chop disobediently pilots one of the Blackhawk fighter-bombers, for the first time. He gets shot down. It's worth remembering that he originally showed up, in Jugoslavia, piloting a home-built airplane.[1]
    • Blackhawk deliberately crashes his fighter-bomber into a heavy bomber.
  • Blue Tracer
    • Franklin Roosevelt actually looks like himself, for a change.
  • First issue for Private Dogtag, by Bart Tumey. Private Dogtag is in no way related to Dogtag.
  • Secret War News
    • "This is an actual story based upon inside facts gathered from U.S.N. Information Bureaus."
    • The Hero Stamp feature returns, profiling Ensign Donald Francis Mason, who sank two enemy submarines in early 1942.
  • The Sniper no longer narrates his own stories.
    • This issue introduces the Sniper's secret base, in the Eiffel Tower.
  • Also featured in this issue of Military Comics was:
    • "Bill Hatch -- Hero" (text story)

Trivia

  • "Tondelayo" (not "Tondeleyo" as in this comic) was the name of an African temptress in the 1942 film White Cargo. In his book History of Comics, Jim Steranko claimed that Blackhawk writer William Woolfolk admitted to ripping off the plot of the film for this issue's story.



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