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"Blackhawk: "The Smuggler Syndicate"": The tiny nations of Carabas and Tacna are nearly brought to war by a syndicate of smugglers. The Blackhawks intervene, and in a single night they break up the smuggler gang and arrest its leaders. The national leaders see that they've both been dece


Quote1 I'm well acquainted with stab wounds ... and I'll take my oath that this was not done with a regulation military dagger. Quote2
-- Blackhawk



Appearing in Blackhawk: "The Smuggler Syndicate"

Featured Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Smuggler Syndicate
    • Rukzon
    • Gulam
      • their gang

Other Characters:

  • Prime Minister of Tacna (wears a lorgnette)
    • Commanding General
      • his army (some die)
  • Warrior King of Carabas (wears a monocle)
    • his army (some die)

Locations:

Vehicles:

Synopsis for Blackhawk: "The Smuggler Syndicate"

The tiny nations of Carabas and Tacna are nearly brought to war by a syndicate of smugglers. The Blackhawks intervene, and in a single night they break up the smuggler gang and arrest its leaders. The national leaders see that they've both been deceived, and negotiate a peace treaty.

Appearing in Torchy: "The Mud Pack Gig"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Mabel, beautician

Antagonists:

  • crime boss
    • Fortescue
    • other hoodlum

Other Characters:

  • Mr. Frizzle, of Frizzle Face Creams

Items:

  • Mabel's beauty formula

Synopsis for Torchy: "The Mud Pack Gig"

Two hoodlums threaten Mabel with guns, right in front of Torchy, who gets out of the beauty treatment chair to beat them both up. She wallops them with a broken-off mud-pack, which sticks to their faces when they run away. Mabel's important beauty formula was hidden in that mud, and she can't replicate it from memory, so Torchy decides to visit the hoodlums, at the waterfront dive where they hang out. That works out badly for her, and she's soon tied to a chair and getting her feet dunked in liquid cement. Torchy turns on the charm and the boss changes his mind, and cuts her bonds, which sets the hoods to fighting among themselves. The boss punches out both underlings, just before Torchy breaks a chair over his head. Torchy and Mabel recover Mabel's beauty formula, but it turns out to be not all that new or original after all.

Appearing in Dogtag: "On Stage"

Featured Characters:

  • Dogtag

Other Characters:

  • theater manager
  • frustrated actors

Locations:

  • Burpton

Synopsis for Dogtag: "On Stage"

Dogtag applies for a job as prop man in a theater, and a series of misunderstandings ensue.

Appearing in Ezra: "Fuzzy Thinks He's Sir Lancelot"

Featured Characters:

  • Ezra Jones

Supporting Characters:

  • Rollo Grant
  • Myrna Moore

Other Characters:

  • Fuzzy
  • Betty Jo

Animals:

  • Maribelle, a mule

Locations:

  • Manorville

Vehicles:

  • Jones's dilapidated jalopy

Synopsis for Ezra: "Fuzzy Thinks He's Sir Lancelot"

Rollo recruits Ezra to persuade Betty Jo to go to the Whizcats' Masquerade, and so he tries that, but by very bad luck he once again alienates his own date Myrna, who storms off in a huff. Ezra and Rollo rig up a suit of armor for Fuzzy, and borrow a mule for him to ride, in order to impress Betty Jo. While towing the mule, Ezra crashes his jalopy into a tree. At the masquerade, due to a costume mix-up, Myrna gets mad at Ezra all over again, but by the end of the evening things have been smoothed over.

Appearing in Choo Choo: "Louie Beagle"

Featured Characters:

  • Choo Choo La Moe

Supporting Characters:

  • Cherry

Other Characters:

  • Louie Beagle, junk man
  • Dottie Davits, movie star
  • Swoonwell's Chef
  • Swoonwell's many party guests

Locations:

Vehicles:

  • Beagle's junk truck
  • Beagle's new junk truck

Synopsis for Choo Choo: "Louie Beagle"

Choo Choo connives with Hollywood junk man Louie Beagle to get close to the big shots of Hollywood, at a masquerade party, but she meets a whole houseful of Hollywood phonies and they're all creeps, including Louie.

Appearing in Will Bragg: "The Football Game"

Featured Characters:

  • Will Bragg

Supporting Characters:

  • Gully
  • Fire Chief Swenson

Synopsis for Will Bragg: "The Football Game"

Despite his braggadocio, Will is very bad at football.

Notes

  • Blackhawk:
    • Andre smokes a pipe, and has a cat.
    • Chuck drinks a beer.
    • Blackhawk gets whacked hard on the head with an oar, but it doesn't knock him out.
    • Tacna seems to be a constitutional democracy, and Carabas has a warrior king. Neither country seems to have a seacoast, a jungle, or any mountains. Both are populated by white people. Therefore they're probably in Europe.
  • Also featured in this issue of Modern Comics were:
    • "The Atom" (text story)
    • Poodle McDoodle: "War on Crime"
    • Prudence, by Michael Senich

Trivia

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