"Sandra of the Secret Service: "The Gavonian Affair, Part 10 (of 13)"": Sandra leaves the castle to keep her midnight rendezvous with Count de Wex, at the ominous Black Tower of


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More Fun Comics #10 is an issue of the series More Fun Comics (Volume 1) with a cover date of May, 1936.

Contents

Synopsis for Sandra of the Secret Service: "The Gavonian Affair, Part 10 (of 13)"

Sandra leaves the castle to keep her midnight rendezvous with Count de Wex, at the ominous Black Tower of Gavonia. She is unaware of a sinister figure following her, or of a second robed and hooded figure stalking the first one. In the castle park, the two shadowy figures clash, with swords, and the second one vanquishes the first. This draws Sandra's attention, enabling three more robed, hooded men to sneak up and seize her. Sandra is brought to a well-lit secret council chamber. At a long table, six hooded figures are seated, and off to one side an executioner leans on a big axe.

Appearing in Sandra of the Secret Service: "The Gavonian Affair, Part 10 (of 13)"

Featured Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Count Tauru
  • Hostile swordsman

Other Characters:

  • Count de Wex
    • his secret council
  • Friendly swordsman

Locations:


Synopsis for Spike Spalding: "Prince of Patrania, Part 8 (of 25)"

Young American Spike Spalding is a near-exact lookalike for the boy king Philip of Patrania, and because of it has been abducted by some Patranian schemers. His friend Pincus, a stowaway aboard the ship where Spike is held, is captured himself. The villains throw him in the hold, and thru the ventilation system he overhears as they discuss what to do with him. Sharks are mentioned...

Appearing in Spike Spalding: "Prince of Patrania, Part 8 (of 25)"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Pincus

Antagonists:

  • Nikko
  • Sailor

Other Characters:

  • Philip of Patrania

Locations:

Vehicles:

  • Patranian Yacht

Synopsis for Woozy Watts: "Ketch that one and I'll give you five dollars!"

Woozy Watts with a butterfly net strives mightily to earn five dollars by catching a butterfly, but ends up catching some trouble instead.

Appearing in Woozy Watts: "Ketch that one and I'll give you five dollars!"

Featured Characters:

Other Characters:

  • Butterfly collector
  • Park bench snoozer

Synopsis for Jack Woods: "Pancho Villa, Part 7 of (14)"

Jack races into the hills to reach Dolores and her father before Pancho Villa and his bandits do. And Villa has already reached Mile High Mountain, and is scouting for a good path uphill. But Jack scales the opposite side of the mountain, and joins The Nogaleses in the cave, and he's brought his Winchester with him.

Villa's brigands struggle their way up the mountain, enabling Jack to pick one of them off. Villa figures out how Jack got up there so quickly, and duplicates the feat. He gets the drop on Jack and knocks away his carbine, but Jack rushes him and they struggle along the narrow ledge outside the cave.

Appearing in Jack Woods: "Pancho Villa, Part 7 of (14)"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

Locations:

Synopsis for Ivanhoe: "Episode 9 (of 26)"


Appearing in Ivanhoe: "Episode 9 (of 26)"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

Other Characters:

  • Isaac of York

Locations:

Synopsis for Don Drake on the Planet Zaro: "Queen Zira of Zetruria"

Plummeting towards the sea, in which the giant serpent is still thrashing savagely, Don is snatched from mid-air by the Zetrurian Riders of the Winged Death, and is returned to Betty's side in time to help her mop up Krenon's minions. Queen Zira arrives and orders Krenon's arrest but Krenon escapes. Soon his soldiers ambush and capture the pursuing Don and Betty, imprisoning them in a tower, while the soldiers and priests lead a mob of townspeople in a revolt against Queen Zira.

Appearing in Don Drake on the Planet Zaro: "Queen Zira of Zetruria"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Krenon
    • his renegade Guards
  • Zetrurian High Priests

Other Characters:

  • Queen Zira (First appearance)
    • Zetrurian people
  • Riders of the Winged Death

Alien Animals:

  • Zetrurian Sea Monster
  • "Winged Death" flying cavalry bugs

Locations:

Synopsis for Barry O'Neill: "Fang Gow of China, Part 10 (of 35)"

Barry and Le Grand are still prisoners of the paralysis ray, emitted by the strange statue held by one of Fang Gow's henchmen--but an approaching French Secret Service seaplane distracts the henchmen, and Barry escapes the ray's influence, and shoots the henchmen. The henchmen drop the statue, and Barry recovers it and turns it on Fang Gow's crew. Barry gives the statue to Le Grand and prepares to destroy Fang Gow's armaments--but the wounded henchman destroys the ray's power source, freeing the crew! Le Grand throws the now-useless statue at the lead crewman, and he and Barry leap overboard, with thrown knives following them into the water.

Appearing in Barry O'Neill: "Fang Gow of China, Part 10 (of 35)"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Fang Gow (Behind the scenes)
    • many henchmen

Items:

Vehicles:

  • French seaplane

Synopsis for Buckskin Jim: "The Wounded Indian"

Separated from the wagon train and having been rescued by a passing trapper, Jim looks for a way back to the train. The trapper assures him that the train is likely to cross in a certain spot. Meanwhile, with the members of the wagon train assuming that Jim is lost, the half-breed Pierre decides to abandon the train and go to the nearest Indian camp, taking Mary Halliday with him for his squaw. Meanwhile, Jim and the trapper find a wounded Indian, pick him up, and begin to carry him back to his camp.

Appearing in Buckskin Jim: "The Wounded Indian"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Trapper Dan (not yet named)

Antagonists:

  • Pierre, half-breed renegade guide

Other Characters:

  • Halliday's Prairie Schooner Company
    • Zeb Halliday
    • Mary Halliday
  • Trapper Pete
  • Wounded Indian

Locations:

Synopsis for Pelion and Ossa: "An Airplane!"

The expressman delivers Pelion and Ossa an airplane, along with a book on how to fly. Pelion flies the airplane while Ossa instructs him with the manual. Pelion unexpectedly does a loop, causing Ossa to drop the book. Ossa tries to say to Pelion that they should land, as they have no instructions, but Pelion can't hear Ossa over the engine. Pelion crashes the plane, and he can finally hear what Ossa had to say.

Appearing in Pelion and Ossa: "An Airplane!"

Featured Characters:

Other Characters:

  • Expressman

Vehicles:

  • Small Airplane

Synopsis for 2023 Super Police: "Captain Kiddlaw, Part 10 (of 12), The Demented"

Axel and Rex are lost in an underground cavern where they find a strange civilization. The people proclaim themselves to be the "all-powerful gods of fortune" and seize Axel. Rex, on the other hand, comes face-to-face with their Queen, who claims him for her prince.

Appearing in 2023 Super Police: "Captain Kiddlaw, Part 10 (of 12), The Demented"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Axel Yoke

Antagonists:

  • Queen of Fortune (Renee Avalon, not yet named) (First appearance)
    • All-Powerful Gods of Fortune

Synopsis for Midshipman Dewey: "Dewey and the Pirates, Part 7 (of 16)"

Jack manages to swim ashore after the mutiny. Hiding in the bushes, he sees the mutineers row ashore, intending to make their base on the island. That night, Dewey knocks one pirate unconscious with a wood slat, steals the mutineers' lifeboat, and returns to the ship. Once aboard, he grabs a cutlass, then surprises and confronts the mutineer leader.

Appearing in Midshipman Dewey: "Dewey and the Pirates, Part 7 (of 16)"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Captain Smith (not yet named)

Antagonists:

  • Pirates
  • Mutineers

Vehicles:

Era:

Synopsis for Magic Crystal of History: "Ancient Egypt, Part 10 (of 10), Tutankhamen's Brother"

At dawn, cold hungry and exhausted, Binks and Bobby have reached the distant city of Tutankahmen's Brother. They are granted an audience, and their story stirs the ruler to action. Trumpeters are summoned, and they in turn summon forth the Prince's army! These troops hate the priests and are spoiling for a fight. Bobby and Binks meanwhile are bathed and clothed, and dine at the Prince's own table.

By daylight, a thousand armed men plus a supply caravan march forth from the city's gates; these are the advance guard for the greater army to come. And at nightfall, the main force marches out, personally commanded by the Prince, who is accompanied by his strange young friends.

Appearing in Magic Crystal of History: "Ancient Egypt, Part 10 (of 10), Tutankhamen's Brother"

Featured Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Priests of Ammon-Re
    • their army

Other Characters:

Locations:

Items:

Concepts:

Synopsis for Doc Occult: "The Methuselah Murders"

Doctor Occult is summoned by Lieutenant Day and the police to the scene of the latest "Methuselah" murder--so named by the single word on a note left near the tortured victim. Occult gets Burke, a newspaperman, to run a false story claiming that Lt. Day comes from a long-lived family and that the policeman intends to live to see 100.

For the next three nights, at Lt. Day's home, Occult waits in a closet, while Lt. Day sleeps in a chair. Finally the mad killer breaks into the place and attacks Day with a club and a knife! Occult lunges into the room an takes out the maniac with one punch, then breaks the Fourth Wall, to explain to the readers how "Methuselah" chose his victims, and why he killed them.

Appearing in Doc Occult: "The Methuselah Murders"

Featured Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Methuselah (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Burke (Single appearance)
  • Lieutenant Day (Single appearance)

Synopsis for Along the Main Line: "The Holdup, Part 2 (of 11)

In Allendale station, Slick forces Jake to send a false message, thus guaranteeing that express train No. 51567 will crash. When Slick's henchmen arrive, Slick has them take Jake and Ed to an abandoned mine, where they are left in a chamber with a lamp-oil fire and several crates of dynamite!

Appearing in Along the Main Line: "The Holdup, Part 2 (of 11)

Featured Characters:

  • Ed, engineer
  • Jake, fireman

Antagonists:

  • Slick
    • his two sidekicks

Locations:

  • Red Island R.R., Main Line
    • Allendale Station
    • abandoned mine

Vehicles:

  • train #4417, at Allendale
  • train #51567, approaching Allendale

Synopsis for Slim Pickins: "Escaped Ape, Part 2 (of 2)"

Slim rescues the gorilla from drowning, but the ape isn't exactly grateful, as it was Slim who tried to drown him in the first place. They fight each other, but in the end, Slim has to run away from the mighty ape. While fleeing, Slim ends up in the circus, and tries to lock himself in the ape's cage, but is unable to do so. The circus people hear Slim's cries for help and rush to his aid, luckily, the gorilla is just giving Slim a few kisses. Circus owner Colonel Flink gives Slim a nice reward for returning Pippo the gorilla, and a tip for the kisses.

Appearing in Slim Pickins: "Escaped Ape, Part 2 (of 2)"

Featured Characters:

Other Characters:

  • Colonel Fink (Single appearance)

Animals:

  • Pippo, gorilla (Final appearance)

Locations:

  • Gloomdale
    • City Park
    • Circus

Synopsis for Brad Hardy: "The Underground Kingdom"

Brad, Lorraine, and Prince Kardos are attacked by the Ape Men's god. Brad bashes the giant in the head with a big rock, then kills him with a spear. The Ape Men pursue the three down a wide tunnel, but when they crawl into a narrow cleft, they do not follow. Pressing on, the trio encounters a vast web and a giant spider.

Appearing in Brad Hardy: "The Underground Kingdom"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

  • The Living Ape God (Dies)
    • his troops

Animals:

  • Giant Spider

Locations:

Synopsis for Chubby: "Am I Not Cute?"

While Chubby waits for his friend Oscar in front of the general store, people start laughing at him. Chubby is confused, and he gets anxious for Oscar's arrival, but when Oscar finally arrives, he laughs at him too. Chubby has inadvertently been standing in front of a sign that reads "Am I not cute - I say mama and everything - take me home today," an advert for talking dolls in the general store.

Appearing in Chubby: "Am I Not Cute?"

Featured Characters:

  • Chubby

Other Characters:

  • Oscar

Synopsis for Little Linda: "The Bank Robbers, Part 2 (of 3)"

Little Linda is locked up in the bank robbers' backwoods shack, but City Police and State Troopers are out searching for her. The robbers try to eavesdrop on police radio calls with their shortwave receiver but the cops talk in code. Linda dupes Slim into mowing down Butch with his tommy gun. That's when a lot of police show up, sirens blaring and guns out. Slim gets ready to shoot it out with them, and wants Linda to reload his guns while he does so!

Appearing in Little Linda: "The Bank Robbers, Part 2 (of 3)"

Featured Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Bank robbers
    • Butch (Dies)
    • Slim

Other Characters:

  • Municipal and State Police

Locations:

  • out in the country

Synopsis for Henri Duval: "The Capture of Duval, Part 5 (of 5)"

Riding away from the pursuing musketeers, the fugitives duck into the woods beside the road, and watch them gallop past. Louis has a vessel, the "Falcon", at a pier on the Seine River, but before they even get started, a musketeer straggler rides up, and spots Henri Duval, still in his stolen musketeer uniform, as an imposter! Duval squares off and fences with him, while the cavalry troop wheels and returns to the scene, and his companions all flee from it. Soon Duval is overcome by sheer numbers, and captured alive. The soldiers take Duval to a nearby town and deposit him in jail.

Appearing in Henri Duval: "The Capture of Duval, Part 5 (of 5)"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Cecile (Final appearance)
  • King Louis (Final appearance)
  • Nobleman (Final appearance)

Antagonists:

  • False Musketeers (Final appearance)

Locations:

Synopsis for Treasure Island: "Episode 6 (of 6)"

The next morning, they do not set sail. Squire Trelawney gives young Jim a letter to deliver to John Silver at the Spyglass Inn. He conducts Silver to the Hispaniola, and he meets his sponsors, Trelawney and Livesey. Captain Mollet dislikes the crew that Silver has recruited, and the secrecy of the voyage. Also the crew has been stowing powder and firearms in the forehold!

Appearing in Treasure Island: "Episode 6 (of 6)"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Dr. Livesey
  • Squire Trelawny

Antagonists:

  • Long John Silver
    • Silver's Crew
    • Black Dog

Other Characters:

  • Captain Mollet
  • Redruth

Locations:

Items:

  • Captain Flint's Treasure Map

Vessels:

  • The "Hispaniola"

Synopsis for Ramblin' Jim: "The Interview"

Click Allen interviews Ramblin' Jim to get his life's story for his local newspaper. Jim was from Boston, and was half-orphaned at an early age, then left with a cruel and crooked guardian, who beat up Jim one time too many, before the boy ran away. Which, wait, now that he thinks of it, the evil guardian might read Click's story in the paper and thus work out how to find Jim! Click reassures him that his newspaper is just a small town operation and nobody in the big cities ever looks at it. Unless of course Jim was related to somebody famous, that is. Well Jim's missing dad is actually Admiral Craig Hunter, the famous explorer. Completely flummoxed, Click tears up his story.

Appearing in Ramblin' Jim: "The Interview"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Click Allen

Other Characters:

  • Admiral Craig Hunter (Mentioned only)

Synopsis for "In the Wake of the Wander, Part 8 (of 17)"

Captain Grim stealthily follows the stranger in white, who seems to be a prisoner of the Islanders, until he spots the fellow again, now wandering free. Nearby, Grim finds traces of the "Gray Death," and gets ready to confront the "trader". But as soon as he pulls out his pistol, he is jumped from behind by a squad of Islanders, and dragged before their chief. But Grim knows that the chief of these islands is Djenal, and this "chief" is not him. Grim calls him a phony!

Appearing in "In the Wake of the Wander, Part 8 (of 17)"

Featured Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Hostile Islanders
    • Kango, usurper (not yet named)

Other Characters:

  • Filson, alleged trader (not yet named)
  • Djenal, Lord of the Islands (Behind the scenes)

Locations:

  • Island of Missing Men
    • Islanders' Village

Synopsis for Hubert: "The Long Line"

Hubert hears an advert for Ina Pinch's new movie on the radio, and decides to go to the movies. While waiting in line, Hubert is confounded, the line never seems to move. But when he takes a better look at the line, it has definitely moved, it's just that he's been standing in front of a mannequin this whole time!

Appearing in Hubert: "The Long Line"

Featured Characters:

  • Hubert

Other Characters:

  • Ina Pinch (Mentioned only)

Synopsis for Bob Merritt and his Flying Pals: "The Mystery Plane, Part 6 (of 25)"

In San Francisco, the real Prospector Jake escapes from his captors, and sends a telegram to Bob Merritt on Long Island, warning him about the impostor. In his office, Bob confronts the impostor, who pulls a gun on him; Bob upends his big desk and thwarts that shot, but his houseboy Fernando gets behind him and head-konks Bob unconscious. Fernando stays and the fake Jake leaves.

Appearing in Bob Merritt and his Flying Pals: "The Mystery Plane, Part 6 (of 25)"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Buzz
  • Shorty

Antagonists:

  • Prospector impersonator
  • Fernando, houseboy

Other Characters:

  • Prospector Jake

Locations:

Synopsis for G.Wiz: "Can Fish Swim in the Dark?"

G.Wiz needs to write a letter but he can't find the ink. After searching for it everywhere, he knows his little brother Blister must have it. Blister agrees to give G.Wiz the ink, but there's one problem, the kid has already poured the whole bottle of ink in the fish's bowl, as he wanted to know if the fish could swim in the dark.

Appearing in G.Wiz: "Can Fish Swim in the Dark?"

Featured Characters:

  • G.Wiz (First appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Blister (Single appearance)

Notes

  • Published by More Fun, Inc..
  • In Bob Merritt, Prospector Jake signs his telegram "Prospector Jake".
  • Title banner for the Doctor Occult story calls it Doc Occult.
  • First issue for G. Wiz by Harold Sherman.
  • With this issue, Henri Duval, by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, expands to two pages, but makes its last appearance. The story breaks off in mid-cliff-hanger.
    • Also, Siegel and Shuster sign this episode as "Hugh Langley", after signing all prior episodes with their own names.
  • Last issue for Harlan David Haskins art on Magic Crystal of History.
    • In this issue, Bobby and Binks are in ancient Egypt, on the verge of a great battle. Next issue, the feature is absent, and when it returns in issue #12, the kids are in their own era, observing a different event from the past. This transition is never explained.
  • With this issue, Ramblin' Jim, by Stan Randall, expands to two pages, then drops out of the line-up.
  • Last issue for Slim Pickins, by Stan Randall.
  • Wing Brady is absent from this issue, but returns next issue, with Tom Hickey replacing Henry Kiefer as writer/artist.
  • Also appearing in this issue of More Fun Comics were:
    • "Books Books" (text article) by Edith Brittin
    • "Definition of a Licking" (text story) by Oliver Brault
    • Do You Know? (art and facts) by Henry Kiefer
    • Fishy Frolics (art) by Fless
    • Imagine That: "Leonidas" and "Louis XV", (historical illustrations) by Henry Kiefer
    • It's a Fact! (art and facts, uncredited)
    • "More Fun and Magic" (text page) by the Wizard of Biff
    • Mr. Divot: "Golfing to China", by Whitney Ellsworth (Single appearance)
    • "Talk About Talkies" (text page) by Mary Partrick

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