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Military Comics #18 is an issue of the series Military Comics (Volume 1) with a cover date of April, 1943.

Appearing in Blackhawk: "The Thunderer"

Featured Characters:

Antagonists:

Other Characters:

  • Chen Yu, coolie and scout
  • Ashley-Cripp (British agent) (Dies)
  • British Intelligence Officer
  • The Lama
    • Tibetans

Locations:

Items:

  • the Thunderer, a kettledrum the size of a house (Destroyed)

Vehicles:

Synopsis for Blackhawk: "The Thunderer"

  • Synopsis not yet written.



Appearing in Private Dogtag: "World's Most Hated Heel"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Cecil

Villains:

Other Characters:

  • Hawkins

Locations:

Synopsis for Private Dogtag: "World's Most Hated Heel"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in The Sniper: "The Ghost of the Maginot Line"

Featured Characters:

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Other Characters:

  • Parisian Apaches (many die)

Locations:

Vehicles:

  • French & German passenger trains

Synopsis for The Sniper: "The Ghost of the Maginot Line"

Armed conflict breaks out in occupied Paris as the Apaches swarm out of the sewer system to attack the occupying forces, and from his hide-out in the Eiffel Tower, the Sniper emerges and pitches in. But after thousands of casualties are inflicted, the uprising is crushed. The Sniper breaks into German Headquarters and shoots a roomful of officers, then intercepts a phone call, which tips him off to an important consultation, at Hochwald, a giant fortress on the Maginot Line. The Sniper impersonates one dead officer, Major von Steuffin, and attends the meeting. To his great surprise, Adolf Hitler also attends this meeting, along with many of his staff.

Two German soldiers back in Paris find Major von Steuffin's body, and get on the phone to Hochwald. The disguised Sniper is in a busy hallway when his cover is blown, a brisk fistfight breaks out, he escapes the room, and sprints deeper into the somewhat labyrinthine Maginot fortifications. There he finds a hanging dead Nazi soldier and meets a shell-shocked lunatic, the self-styled "Ghost of the Maginot Line." The mad Ghost claims to have planted charges of dynamite throughout the fortress, and he departs, on a motorized tractor, with the Sniper unable to accompany OR pursue him.

The Sniper gets busy hunting Hitler, while by accident the Ghost blunders into Hitler's party. Bodyguards shoot him, but he eludes them for the moment, leaving behind a trail of blood. Thebodyguards and the Sniper converge on the same spot, in the fort's power-control station. The Sniper lines up a shot at the Fuehrer, just as the Ghost of the Maginot Line reaches his detonator and blows up the whole complex. Many soldiers, and presumably the Ghost, but not Hitler nor the Sniper, are killed.

Appearing in Shot and Shell: "The Bomb Balls of Dr. Murk"

Featured Characters:

Antagonistss:

  • Dr. Murk (Only appearance; dies)
  • Abd-Ul-Skram (Only appearance; dies)
    • his horsemen (probably mostly die)

Locations:

Items:

  • Murk's Bomb Balls (drop them in gasoline or oil, casings dissolve, explosion ensues)

Vehicles:

  • Shell's home-made airplane

Synopsis for Shot and Shell: "The Bomb Balls of Dr. Murk"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in Atlantic Patrol: "Battle With a U-Boat

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Vehicles:

  • U.S. PT Boat
  • German U-Boat (captured)
  • U.S. Destroyer

Synopsis for Atlantic Patrol: "Battle With a U-Boat

Off the north-western coast of Africa, a U.S. PT Boat encounters a German U-boat, and captures it with its crew mostly intact.

Appearing in Secret War News: "U.S. Sub Sinks 7 Jap Warships"

Characters:

  • Captain Fred Warder, USS Seawolf
    • Seawolf Crew

Antagonists:

Locations:

Vehicles:

  • USS Seawolf
  • Japanese cruisers and destroyers (seven destroyed)

Synopsis for Secret War News: "U.S. Sub Sinks 7 Jap Warships"

(Nonfiction account of USS Seawolf's career, Feb ~ June 1942)

Appearing in Sailor Danny: "The Sabotaged Potatoes"

Featured Characters:

  • Sailor Danny

Supporting Characters:

  • Davy Jones
  • Alice
  • Clementine
  • Joan Lawford

Antagonists:

  • Axis potato saboteurs

Locations:

  • small West Coast port

Items:

  • explosive potatoes

Vehicles:

  • tramp steamer

Synopsis for Sailor Danny: "The Sabotaged Potatoes"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in PT Boat: "The Trail of the Mako Shark"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • PT Squadron Commander (not yet named)
  • PT Boat Crew

Antagonists:

Other Characters:

  • Haitian Sponge Fisherman

Animals:

  • Mako Sharks

Locations:

Items:

  • diving suit

Vehicles:

  • U.S. PT Boat (w/ no hull number)
  • two Caribbean fishing sailboats
  • U-boat (Destroyed)

Synopsis for PT Boat: "The Trail of the Mako Shark"

A secret submerged German submarine-refueling base is searched for and found. Ensign Harvey, in an air-hose diving rig, encounters and fights a German deep-sea diver. The refueling facility plus one U-boat are destroyed by Tobias and Harvey.

Notes

  • Published by Comic Magazines, Inc.
  • Last issue for Al McWilliams art and story on Atlantic Patrol, which expands to two pages. He is replaced next issue by Fred Guardineer.
  • In Blackhawk, Olaf crashes his plane again, for the second time in three issues. He deliberately crashed into a German fighter plane, in Military Comics #16, Feb 1943, and now has accidentally crashed into one of the Himalayas.
  • In PT Boat, Harvey and Tobias destroy a U-boat along with the submerged refuling base.
  • Last issue for Al McWilliams story and art on Secret War News. He is replaced next issue by Fred Guardineer.
    • "This is an actual story based upon inside facts gathered from U.S.N. Information Bureaus."
  • The Sniper still has a secret lair in the Eiffel Tower, first seen Military Comics #14. Before that, he simply roved.
  • Also featured in this issue of Military Comics were:
    • Johnny Doughboy by Bernard Dibble
    • Blackhawk: "The Giant of the Air" (text story)

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