"Sandra of the Secret Service: "The Brain, Part 2"": Pirate submarine captain Snegg's big plan is to foment war between America and other nations, which will stimulate the international arms market,
More Fun Comics #21 is an issue of the series More Fun Comics (Volume 1) with a cover date of June, 1937.
- 1 Synopsis for Sandra of the Secret Service: "The Brain, Part 2"
- 2 Appearing in Sandra of the Secret Service: "The Brain, Part 2"
- 3 Synopsis for Spike Spalding: "Prince of Patrania, Part 19"
- 4 Appearing in Spike Spalding: "Prince of Patrania, Part 19"
- 5 Synopsis for Magic Crystal of History: "The Battle of Hastings"
- 6 Appearing in Magic Crystal of History: "The Battle of Hastings"
- 7 Synopsis for Wing Brady: "The Tunis Smuggling Operation, Part 3"
- 8 Appearing in Wing Brady: "The Tunis Smuggling Operation, Part 3"
- 9 Synopsis for Ivanhoe: "Episode 20"
- 10 Appearing in Ivanhoe: "Episode 20"
- 11 Synopsis for Barry O'Neill: "Fang Gow of China, Part 21"
- 12 Appearing in Barry O'Neill: "Fang Gow of China, Part 21"
- 13 Synopsis for Mark Marson, of the Inter-Planetary Police: "People of the Red Planet, Part 7"
- 14 Appearing in Mark Marson, of the Inter-Planetary Police: "People of the Red Planet, Part 7"
- 15 Synopsis for Bradley Boys: "In the Wilderness, Part 9"
- 16 Appearing in Bradley Boys: "In the Wilderness, Part 9"
- 17 Synopsis for Three Musketeers: "Episode 10"
- 18 Appearing in Three Musketeers: "Episode 10"
- 19 Synopsis for Bob Merritt: "Alaskan Adventure, Part 7"
- 20 Appearing in Bob Merritt: "Alaskan Adventure, Part 7"
- 21 Synopsis for Brad Hardy: "In the Forbidden City, Part 10"
- 22 Appearing in Brad Hardy: "In the Forbidden City, Part 10"
- 23 Synopsis for Little Linda: "Wicked Stepmother, Part 2"
- 24 Appearing in Little Linda: "Wicked Stepmother, Part 2"
- 25 Synopsis for Jack Woods: "The Secret Mine, Part 4"
- 26 Appearing in Jack Woods: "The Secret Mine, Part 4"
- 27 Synopsis for Pep Morgan, and the Riverdale Boys: "Tennis"
- 28 Appearing in Pep Morgan, and the Riverdale Boys: "Tennis"
- 29 Synopsis for Dr. Occult, the Ghost Detective: "The Life Ray, Part 4"
- 30 Appearing in Dr. Occult, the Ghost Detective: "The Life Ray, Part 4"
- 31 Synopsis for Radio Squad: "Dan Bowers, Part 5"
- 32 Appearing in Radio Squad: "Dan Bowers, Part 5"
- 33 Synopsis for Johnnie Law: "The Firebug, Part 1"
- 34 Appearing in Johnnie Law: "The Firebug, Part 1"
- 35 Notes
- 36 Trivia
- 37 See Also
- 38 Links and References
Synopsis for Sandra of the Secret Service: "The Brain, Part 2"
Pirate submarine captain Snegg's big plan is to foment war between America and other nations, which will stimulate the international arms market, thus enriching his employers. He tells this to his prisoners Sandra and Michael, then returns to take charge of the periscope. Orders are received from The Brain, to return to the sub's secret base, in an uncharted group of islands, without sinking any more ships. Despite this, Snegg seeks out another U.S. ship, and lets Sandra observe it thru the periscope, then tells her that this ship is doomed, and that she herself will fire the torpedo that sinks it.
Appearing in Sandra of the Secret Service: "The Brain, Part 2"
- The Brain
- Captain Snegg
- his crew
- Captain Snegg
- Atlantic Ocean
- uncharted island group
- The Brain's secret submarine base
- The Brain's secret weapons factory
- uncharted island group
- Snegg's submarine
- other submarines
Synopsis for Spike Spalding: "Prince of Patrania, Part 19"
The boy king, Philip of Patrania, has been kidnapped! Princess Margo finds the sliding panel and the secret passageway. Word gets around very quickly, and everybody in Patrania is upset and worried. Count Alex sends Ruppo out to spread the rumor that Prince Philip has fled the country, in expectation of an invasion from Provokia, a (blameless) neighboring nation. The slanderous story spreads rapidly and is widely believed; public indignation is rampant.
Meanwhile, Spike, Pincus, and their friend the sailor, on foot, have finally reached the outskirts of the capital city. Night is falling, and the very noisy crowd is making them nervous. The sailor strolls into town and finds out what's what: The people are demanding answers! They will march on the capital! While they mill about, the sailor gets back and tells the younger boys what's up. They need to get to the royal palace, but Spike looks just like the missing king, so to slip thru the crowd, they make up Spike in blackface, and it works. Along with many townspeople, they approach the palace.
Appearing in Spike Spalding: "Prince of Patrania, Part 19"
- Prince Philip of Patrania
- Princess Margo
- Philip's butler
- Marie, chambermaid
- Pincus' sailor friend
- Count Alex
- Patranian Townspeople
Synopsis for Magic Crystal of History: "The Battle of Hastings"
Bobby and Binks observe the war between Harold the King and William the Conqueror.
Appearing in Magic Crystal of History: "The Battle of Hastings"
Synopsis for Wing Brady: "The Tunis Smuggling Operation, Part 3"
Aboard the smuggling ship in Tunis Harbor, Wing Brady has set fire to the compartment in which he was imprisoned, and manages to get free of his ropes, then out of the burning cabin. The fire is out of control, and the 3-thug crew won't be able to put it out. Brady gets out onto the main deck and encounters the captain, who fails to hit him with a thrown knife, then Wing dives overboard. The smuggler captain dives after him and they grapple underwater, until the captain is dead. Wing has a tough time swimming back to the Tunis shore, but makes it. However he
is very late for his dinner date with Lynn Harding and her father, and they are starting to worry.
Appearing in Wing Brady: "The Tunis Smuggling Operation, Part 3"
- Lynn Harding
- French Foreign Legion (Behind the scenes)
- Mr. Harding
- smuggling ship captain (Dies)
- two crew-thugs
- smugglers' cargo ship (Destroyed)
Synopsis for Ivanhoe: "Episode 20"
The Preceptor places Rebecca on trial for witchcraft. An honest witnesses tells a story of her having cured him from illness, which counts against her, and the hired witnesses tell their ridiculous stories, which also count against her. She appeals to Brian de Bois-Guilbert, and he reminds her of the note in her hand, at which she now looks. "Demand a champion," it says. So she throws a glove at the Grand Master, she demands trial by combat, and appeals for a champion.
Appearing in Ivanhoe: "Episode 20"
- Wilfred of Ivanhoe (Behind the scenes)
- Preceptor Malvoison
- Brian de Bois-Guilbert
- Lucas de Beaumanoir, Grand-Master of the Templars
- Conrade Mont-Pitchet
- two hired perjurers
- crippled witness
Synopsis for Barry O'Neill: "Fang Gow of China, Part 21"
At the sound of Jean's shot, Fang Gow's leaderless minions had scattered into the warren of tunnels under St. Michel Cemetery. Barry O'Neill and Inspector Le Grand are on the far side of a set of iron bars. Jean herself is dragged down a passageway, but drop-kicks her pistol to Barry, who catches it but doesn't shoot, with Jean being held like a human shield. But Barry believes he knows where they are going, and another way to get there, and sprints away, with Le Grand keeping up as best he can. Barry runs them out by the way he came in; the guard he took out and tied up earlier is still there. Le Grand searches the guard, finds a gun, and takes it along. Barry gets too far ahead of Le Grand, gets ambushed and trussed up and left behind, as the hatchetmen reach the adjoining field and escape by airplane, taking Jean with them!
Appearing in Barry O'Neill: "Fang Gow of China, Part 21"
- Fang Gow (recuperating)
- many henchmen
- Paris, France
- St. Michel Cemetery
- St. Michel Cemetery
Synopsis for Mark Marson, of the Inter-Planetary Police: "People of the Red Planet, Part 7"
As poison gas floods into the throneroom, three gasmasked bodyguards run in and grab Sarno and his aides, and drag them out, leaving Mark Marson and Sgt. Montague to die. Mark finds a window and breaks it open then he and Monty leave via a stout vine growing up the side of the hide-out building. They re-enter thru another window and search for Gail. Meanwhile in Lordi's surgery, Gail wakes up on the operating table, and starts yelling for help!
Appearing in Mark Marson, of the Inter-Planetary Police: "People of the Red Planet, Part 7"
- Mark Marson, of the Inter-Planetary Police
- Inter-Planetary Police
- Sergeant Montague
- Gail Hillary
- Monarch Sarno
- Lordi, Chief of the Laboratories
- many minions
- Planet Ciro
- City of Ciralia
- Red People Hideout, a tower, near I-P.P.HQ
- North River
- City of Ciralia
Synopsis for Bradley Boys: "In the Wilderness, Part 9"
Tom and Jack and Harry encounter a grizzly bear, and Harry fights it with a knife, and the Bradleys get the bear's neck tangled up in some rope between two trees.
Appearing in Bradley Boys: "In the Wilderness, Part 9"
- Harry Matson
- Old Jug Mountain
Synopsis for Three Musketeers: "Episode 10"
Cardinal Richelielu's complex machinations have included the abduction, by his own Guards, of Madame Bonacieux, the Queen's milliner. The milliner's husband has enlisted D'Artagnan, to rescue Madame Bonacieux, but then M. Bonacieux was also arrested, and his house was placed under surveillance, with D'Artagnan inside, eavesdropping on the surveillers. One night Madame Bonacieux unexpectedly returns, and the Guards seize her. D'Artagnan sends Planchet to fetch Athos, Porthos, and Aramis, then leaves via the window. He draws his blade and raps at the front door, it opens, and he leaps inside sword first. After ten minutes of furious fighting, the cut and bruised Cardinal's Guards flee the building.
Appearing in Three Musketeers: "Episode 10"
Synopsis for Bob Merritt: "Alaskan Adventure, Part 7"
Inside the bottom of an extinct volcano in the Alaskan Rockies, Bob Merritt has gotten captured by the unspeaking Asiatic miners working in a secret gold mine there. Bob is led into the execution chamber where a giant swordsman is preparing to lop off Dicky Saunders's head.
Meanwhile back at Bob's company's camp, his pals are scanning the skies with telescopes, because he's late in returning. Four of them take off to go look for him. Meanwhile at the base of the cliff, below the Merritt company's camp, Monk Morton and his hoodlums are stymied; they can't do anything about these interlopers until he learns the location of the gold mine.
Appearing in Bob Merritt: "Alaskan Adventure, Part 7"
- Bob's Flying Pals
- Dicky Saunders
- rescue posse
- Prospector Jake
- Asiatic Priests and Miners
- Monk Morton, Gang Boss
- at least 4 thugs: Slug, others--
- Alaskan Rockies
- four scouting biplanes
Synopsis for Brad Hardy: "In the Forbidden City, Part 10"
Brad Hardy and Prince Kardos are pursued thru the Grey Forest by a giant monster, right up to the edge of a deep lake. They have to jump in and hope the behemoth won't follow. They luck out, on that score, but in the water they are unable to regain the surface, as a powerful current sucks them downward, to the bottom, into a cave, thru a narrow coral opening, and into open water. To their amazement, Kardos and Hardy are able to breathe, talk, see, and walk, under water. They are outside an undersea city, with towering coral walls. A dangerous swordfish swims into view.
Appearing in Brad Hardy: "In the Forbidden City, Part 10"
- Prince Kardos, of Agharti
- giant carnivorous land monster
- giant swordfish
- Kingdoms of the Underworld
- City of the Grey People
- Grey Forest
- Grey Lake
Synopsis for Little Linda: "Wicked Stepmother, Part 2"
Silas Flint's butler conveys the Wicked Stepmother to a guest room, where she gloats about how wealthy Flint is. Silas meanwhile paces the floor all night and sleeps not a wink, worried that Little Linda will be taken away to a distant city. In the servants' quarters, the butler, the cook, the maid, and the chauffeur express the same concern.
In the morning, Silas introduces Linda to the self-proclaimed guardian, but Linda emphatically doesn't recognize or like her. Regrettable remarks are made, litigation is threatened, and the Stepmother is shown the door. Except really Linda DID recognize the Stepmother, and fibbed about it, but Uncle Silas says it's okay, and that they're now going away on a long trip.
Appearing in Little Linda: "Wicked Stepmother, Part 2"
- Silas Flint
- his butler
- his cook
- his maid
- his chauffeur
- Linda's wicked stepmother
Synopsis for Jack Woods: "The Secret Mine, Part 4"
Widow Harkins, her two ranch hands, and Rancher Hines are barricaded inside the mine entrance, on the Harkins Ranch, while Val Stanton, his five gun-throwers, plus Jack Woods posing as a desperado, are riding to attack them, and take over the ranch by force! Numbers favor the attackers but position favors the defenders. Hines aims and fires his Winchester; one gunman falls dead. Attackers dismount and approach on their bellies. Stanton begins to (correctly) suspect Woods of a double-cross, but right now they've got their hands full with this shoot-out. Another attacker falls. Jack has an idea: there must be another entrance to the mine, why not get in it behind them? Stanton agrees, but sends his best gunman, Fagin, along to keep an eye on Woods.
Jack does find a hidden entrance, they both crawl inside, and forward some distance, before the little entrance behind them is collapsed in a landslide! Jack and Fagin are trapped in the dark.
Appearing in Jack Woods: "The Secret Mine, Part 4"
- Widow Harkins
- two ranch hands
- Rancher Hines
- Val Stanton, rancher & saloon proprietor
- Fagin, 4 other gun-throwers (two die)
Synopsis for Pep Morgan, and the Riverdale Boys: "Tennis"
Pep tries out for the Tennis Team, but he's terrible at Tennis, so he switches to Lacrosse.
Appearing in Pep Morgan, and the Riverdale Boys: "Tennis"
- Coach Barr
- Chuck Kelly
- Tubs Miller
- Lank O'Doul
Synopsis for Dr. Occult, the Ghost Detective: "The Life Ray, Part 4"
That evening, Dr. Occult visits Chardon Cemetery, where his late friend Nita Crane is interred. Two tough cops accompany him, and they reluctantly help him pry the lid off Miss Crane's coffin. It's empty!
Shortly later, Rose Psychic receives a telephone call from Doctor Occult. He starts to divulge a terrible secret, when suddenly he blacks out and slumps onto his desk top. Custer the butler asks Miss Psychic to hang up so that he can call a doctor. Rose gets a taxi and speeds across town, but when she arrives at Occult's house, the doctor has arrived and is telling the butler that Dr. Occult is dead!
Appearing in Dr. Occult, the Ghost Detective: "The Life Ray, Part 4"
- Dr. Occult (Apparent Death)
- Rose Psychic
- Custer, Occult's Butler
- Lord of Life (Behind the scenes)
- two Cops
- Chardon Cemetery Caretaker
- a Doctor
- Chardon Cemetery
Synopsis for Radio Squad: "Dan Bowers, Part 5"
Sandy Kean calls his buddy the news photographer, to meet him at Police HQ, and bring his camera! Sandy plans, right now, to smash some of this city's rottenest rackets, and needs evidence. Their first stop is Dan Bowers' Carlyon Club, where Kean once again smashes all the gambling equipment, while Hal takes many photos. Kean calls in a Paddy Wagon and has Bower and his crew hauled away, then moves on to take down "Bugs" Brighty, extortionist. For the next few hours, Sandy and Hal work their way thru town, taking out big shots and small fries,
This goes on for many hectic days, until the trial date for Dan Bowers' new trial, on new charges, with new evidence. Will it be enough to offset the pervasive corruption in the NYPD? The trial begins.
Appearing in Radio Squad: "Dan Bowers, Part 5"
- Hal, photographer
- Dan Bowers
- his gambling gang
- Amos Twist, Bowers' lawyer
- Bugs Brighty
- New York City
- Morgan Building
- Carlyon Club
- many crime scenes
- Morgan Building
Synopsis for Johnnie Law: "The Firebug, Part 1"
Johnnie Law is walking his beat when a fire breaks out in a tenement nearby. Fire trucks arrive, but the building can't be saved. This is the third such fire in two weeks. Officer Law rescues a ragged urchin from the smoky, tottering tenement, using a clothesline to move between buildings. Observing all this from another crummy old building is the firebug, gloating over his handiwork.
That evening Officer Law visits the rescued kid, at the hospital, learns that he's a homeless orphan, and decides to adopt him. Johnnie gets a message to report to his precinct immediately, and when he does, the Chief meets him and orders him to take off his uniform.
Appearing in Johnnie Law: "The Firebug, Part 1"
- Johnnie Law, rookie cop (First appearance)
- Mrs. Ashley, Law's landlady
- Tim, orphan
- Police Chief
- New York City
- Lower East Side, tenement district
- Police HQ
- Published by Nicholson Publishing Co., Inc.. Indicia calls this issue "Vol. 2, No. 9".
- The menacing swordfish appearing at the end of Brad Hardy by Tom Hickey will be replaced at the start of next issue's story, without explanation, by a giant salamander-like monster.
- Doctor Occult has a butler, named Custer. In More Fun Comics #11 he had a butler named Jenkins.
- Last issue for Hap the Sap by Pete De Angelo.
- This issue Will Ely replaces W.C. Brigham on Jack Woods.
- First issue for Johnnie Law by Will Ely, three pages. With two exceptions (Wing Brady and Spike Spalding), all other strips in this book are two pages long, or less.
- This feature ran from the present issue to More Fun Comics #44
- This issue, Pirate Gold is absent, but returns next issue.
- The news photographer, Hal, in this month's Radio Squad episode was introduced, but not named, in More Fun Comics #16.
- After this issue, Sam the Porter by Alger is gone for three issues, but returns in More Fun Comics #25.
- This issue, Spike Spalding by Vincent Sullivan expands from two pages to four. Next issue it will be back down to two pages.
- Also featured in this issue of More Fun Comics were:
- Alger's Variety Show by Alger
- Do You Know? by H.C. and A.D. Kiefer. Among other interesting gacts, it talks about the duck bill, known currently as platypus.
- Hanko the Cowhand, by Fless
- "Fun Club" (promotional text) by Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson
- Just For Fun by Alger
- Just Jokes (one-panel gags) by Whitney Ellsworth
- Just Suppose: "Napoleon adopts steam power.", (hypothetical history scenario) by H.C. and A.D. Kiefer.
- Straight From Hollywood by Laidlaw
- "Talk About Talkies" (text article) by Mary Partrick
- Thrilling True Stories, by Richard B. Speed & Creig Flessel
- Trissie by Tom Folliard
- Woozy Watts, by Alger
- Will Ely signs his Sandra of the Secret Service and Jack Woods and Johnnie Law stories as "Will Georgi".
- Russell Cole signs his Just For Fun and Alger's Variety Show and Sam The Porter and Woozy Watts strips as "Alger".
- Gill Fox signs his Straight From Hollywood strip as "Laidlaw".
- Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster sign their Doctor Occult, the Ghost Detective feature as "Leger & Reuths", but sign their Radio Squad feature as "Siegel & Shuster".