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"Blackhawk: "The Saboteur"": An international terrorist calling himself "Nitro" wages a terrorist campaign of bombing against the United States, blowing up the Grand Canyon Dam, the "Silver Rocket" crack express train on the New York Central, a steel mill, and several other high-profile targets


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Modern Comics #73 is an issue of the series Modern Comics (Volume 1) with a cover date of May, 1948.

Appearing in Blackhawk: "The Saboteur"

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Antagonists:

  • Nitro (Dies)
    • unknown large number of henchmen ("Gunner," "Angie," and "Shivvy" named)

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Synopsis for Blackhawk: "The Saboteur"

An international terrorist calling himself "Nitro" wages a terrorist campaign of bombing against the United States, blowing up the Grand Canyon Dam, the "Silver Rocket" crack express train on the New York Central, a steel mill, and several other high-profile targets including a suspension bridge, a shipping wharf, a factory, and some office buildings. Terror spreads everywhere. The Blackhawk squadron participates in the search for the perpetrators, in cooperation with the USAF, but gets framed for starting a forest fire. (Drop tanks from their XF5Fs are found at the scene of a timber fire in a region they had been patrolling just moments earlier. A very powerful political official, who later turns out to be "Nitro," makes the accusation in a secret meeting in Washington DC.) Soon back at Blackhawk Island, Chop Chop spots a masked saboteur (Angie) planting a bomb on a Skyrocket; the team fans out and attacks him, taking him down, but as soon as he's dragged into the HQ building, he detonates some nitro, flees the building, and rejoins his backup team (two snipers) to flee the island in a speedboat. Soon at the bad guys' secret island base, "Angie" is exposed by Nitro (wearing a fright mask) as Blackhawk in disguise; Nitro punctuates his displeasure by gunning down the two fools who brought Blackhawk to the island. Meanwhile Hendrickson and the Blackhawks have used radar to find Nitro's base, and are flying to the rescue. Nitro rants long enough about his grandiose takeover scheme to allow them time to arrive. In the final fight scene, hemmed in by Blackhawks, Nitro refuses to surrender and tries to rally his henchmen; he's killed with a submachine gun by one of his own henchman.

Appearing in Torchy: "The Murderous Model Gig"

Featured Characters:

  • Torchy Todd

Synopsis for Torchy: "The Murderous Model Gig"

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Appearing in Dogtag: "The Royal Exiles of Slombodka"

Featured Characters:

  • Dogtag

Synopsis for Dogtag: "The Royal Exiles of Slombodka"

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Appearing in Will Bragg: "The Tiger Hunt"

Featured Characters:

  • Will Bragg

Synopsis for Will Bragg: "The Tiger Hunt"

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Appearing in Ezra: "Ezra's Double"

Featured Characters:

  • Ezra Jones

Synopsis for Ezra: "Ezra's Double"

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Appearing in Choo Choo: "Tip-Top Employment Agency"

Featured Characters:

  • Choo Choo LaMoe

Supporting Characters:

  • Cherry Lane

Synopsis for Choo Choo: "Tip-Top Employment Agency"

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Notes

  • Blackhawk:
    • The formerly-secret location of Blackhawk Island, or at least this particular version of it, is known to the villains before this story starts. Over the years there have been many bases called "Blackhawk Island."
    • Nitro's extremely destructive series of bomb demolitions are never mentioned again afterward.
    • Blackhawk gets head-konked unconscious, for his 27th concussion,[1] with a club.
  • Also appearing in this issue of Modern Comics were:
    • Poodle McDoodle
    • Blackhawk: "The Red Balloon" (text story)

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