"Blackhawk: "Skell the Ruthless"": The synopsis for this issue has not yet been written.


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Blackhawk

Military Comics #26 is an issue of the series Military Comics (Volume 1) with a cover date of February, 1944.

Appearing in Blackhawk: "Skell the Ruthless"

Featured Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Skell, as "Truro", Provost Marshal of Olancho City (Only appearance; dies)
    • Nazi-sponsored Underground Movement (captured, 5 leaders hanged)
    • Lidik, Olanchan Crime Organizer
      • his "Anti-Nazi League"

Other Characters:

  • President of Olancho
  • Viola, his daughter
  • Major Gallo, her suitor

Locations:

  • Germany
  • Olancho, tiny coastal nation, half a world away from Germany
    • Olancho City

Items:

  • medieval goblet, from Warsaw Museum

Vehicles:

Synopsis for Blackhawk: "Skell the Ruthless"

  • Synopsis not yet written.



Appearing in Death Patrol: "Mamie the Mermaid"

Featured Characters:

Villains:

Other Characters:

  • Mamie the Mermaid, Queen of the Underwater

Locations:

Vehicles:

  • Giant Fish (formerly mechanical, see notes)
    • has swallowed all six (?) of the D.P.'s custom warplanes
  • Japanese Battleship

Synopsis for Death Patrol: "Mamie the Mermaid"

Jackie escapes from the squadron-swallowing whale and meets Mamie the Mermaid, who uses undersea oxygen plants to rescue the Death Patrol, and their miniature warplanes, from the whale's interior.

Appearing in Sniper: "Diary of a Japanese Officer"

Featured Characters:

Antagonists:

Other Characters:

  • Wong, "traitor"
  • Filipino servant (Dies)
  • Filipino cook (Dies)
  • Mrs. Wong (Dies)

Locations:

Items:

  • Capt. Mitsui's Diary

Synopsis for Sniper: "Diary of a Japanese Officer"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in Private Dogtag: "Turnpike Peak Observatory"

Featured Characters:

Synopsis for Private Dogtag: "Turnpike Peak Observatory"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in PT Boat: "Perry and the Battleship"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • MTB Squadron Eight
  • PT Squadron Commander (not yet named)

Antagonists:

Other Characters:

  • a Marine
  • Perry's new girlfriend
  • four PT crews

Locations:

Items:

  • Japanese Admiral's Cap

Vehicles:

  • four U.S. PT Boats
  • one Japanese Battleship (Destroyed)

Synopsis for PT Boat: "Perry and the Battleship"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in Atlantic Patrol: "The U-Boat Suicides"

Featured Characters:

Antagonists:

Locations:

Items:

  • German Radio Code Book

Vehicles:

  • USAAF Helicopter
  • German Submarine (Sunk, salvaged)

Synopsis for Atlantic Patrol: "The U-Boat Suicides"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in Secret War News: "Yank Army Pilot Captures Jap Flyer In Jungle Battle"

Featured Characters:

  • 1st Lt Wallace L. Dinn, Jr., USAAF

Antagonists:

  • Japanese Pilot (Captured)

Other Characters:

  • Island Natives
  • other stranded aviators

Locations:

Vehicles:

Synopsis for Secret War News: "Yank Army Pilot Captures Jap Flyer In Jungle Battle"

  • Synopsis not yet written.



Notes

  • Atlantic Patrol
    • It's 1944, and helicopters are so new that it's still spelled "heliocopter" in this story.
  • Blackhawk
    • Andre was able to draw a recognizable likeness of "Truro" on a wall, with charcoal.
    • Blackhawk personally hangs Skell, and breaks the Fourth Wall in the final panel to tell us so.
  • Last issue for Al Stahl on Death Patrol, replaced next issue by series creator Jack Cole.
    • Prior issue's cliffhanger was the entire D.P. getting swallowed by a giant mechanical fish. This issue opens with the team in the belly of a giant actual fish. Captions call it a whale, but it looks like a fish, until page 3, when it starts to look like a whale.
    • Del Van Dyne is not visible in this episode, and has no lines.
    • Jackie seemingly can swim underwater for a very long time, under 600 fathoms of water, and can see everything in his surroundings.
    • Jackie breaks the Fourth Wall in the final panel, to remind the readers not to miss next month's issue of Military Comics.
  • PT Boat
    • Their squadron boss, who still has no name, addresses Perry as "Ensign Tobias," and calls Paul "Lieutenant Harvey."
    • Perry gets in a fistfight with a Marine, while both are in their dress uniforms. Nothing ever seems to damage or dirty his all-white uniform.
    • Paul catches a bullet wound, his first.
    • Paul and Perry both are recommended for the Navy Cross award.
    • Japanese military all look like normal men, but they all talk like Tonto.
  • Secret War News
    • "This is an actual story based upon inside facts gathered from U.S.N. Information Bureaus."
    • 1st Lt Wallace Leonard Dinn, Jr. was a real person but has no Wikipedia entry. He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Distinguished Service Cross. He was Missing In Action at the time this story went to press, and was never found.
  • The Sniper now carries cartridges with his name etched on them.
  • Also featured in this issue of Military Comics were:

Trivia

  • No trivia.



See Also

Recommended Reading

Links and References

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