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"The Spectre: "The Golden Curse Deaths"": Two men are turned into golden statues in front of Jim Corrigan's disbelieving eyes. Accepting a free packet of chewing gum from an "old wretch" peddling them, Corrigan turns into a golden statue too. He's collected by minions of the mastermind behind th

More Fun Comics #61 is an issue of the series More Fun Comics (Volume 1) with a cover date of November, 1940.

Synopsis for The Spectre: "The Golden Curse Deaths"

Two men are turned into golden statues in front of Jim Corrigan's disbelieving eyes. Accepting a free packet of chewing gum from an "old wretch" peddling them, Corrigan turns into a golden statue too. He's collected by minions of the mastermind behind the strange transformations, and thrown off a bridge to keep the truth secret. Of course, Corrigan simply transforms into the Spectre and emerges unscathed.

Trying to learn the identity of the criminals' employer, Spectre speeds down the phone lines when one of them calls his boss to report, but "the gallant wraith" is foiled when the mastermind hangs up before he can reach the other end of the line. Trying to scare the truth out of the crooks, the Spectre is foiled again when they turn to gold as well. Having found out that Corrigan escaped their attempt on his life, the mastermind lures him into a trap but he escapes as the Spectre again.

Meanwhile, Corrigan learns his girlfriend Clarice WInston is supposedly being blackmailed by the Spectre that her father will turn to gold next unless she surrenders herself to him. Corrigan crashes this meeting as the real Spectre, but a random "occult occurrence" warps him into space. He hurries back but learns it's an hour earlier than when he left, and if he doesn't apprehend the Spectre by the time that hour's up, he'll be be thrown off the force. He conjures an illusion of the Spectre that he walks into the nearest precinct and immediately makes it disappear again.

Having obeyed the letter of the law on his orders, he changes into the real Spectre and heads back to the kidnapping he interrupted before. Easily capturing the imposter, he unmasks the false Spectre as the scientist Gustaf Gilroy, who'd learned the amazing secret of how to change anything to gold. To avoid paying for his horrific crimes Gilroy commits suicide by turning himself into gold.

Appearing in The Spectre: "The Golden Curse Deaths"

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Antagonists:

  • Gustaf Gilroy
  • Gum Vendor

Other Characters:

  • Chief
  • Jeff Crane
  • Calloway

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Items:

  • Midas Touch formula


Synopsis for Detective Sergeant Carey: "The Mystery Plane"

During a test of a new kind of advanced bomber the wings snap off under the stress of a dive. Henshaw, the designer, tells the military officials his plane should've easily withstood that and believes his plane was sabotaged. To keep the replacement bomber from suffering a similar fate he calls his old friend Detective Carey to oversee security on the replacement.

Henshaw follows Carey's advice and doubles security on the plane, but in the middle of the night the hangar where it was kept suddenly bursts in flame anyway. Carey, master sleuth that he is, anticipated this and took the liberty of moving the new bomber out to a new hiding place. Sleepy catches the saboteur, the test pilot, who almost unsurprisingly turns out to be an agent of a foreign nation. Which Carey apparently suspected also as he learns from a background check he had the FBI run on "Jones".

Appearing in Detective Sergeant Carey: "The Mystery Plane"

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Supporting Characters:

  • Sleepy

Synopsis for Congo Bill: "The Madman of the Jungle"


Appearing in Congo Bill: "The Madman of the Jungle"

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Supporting Characters:

  • Professor Joe Kent

Other Characters:

  • Alan Colby
  • Jean Villon

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Synopsis for Captain Desmo: "Mystery of the Mermaid's Brother"


Appearing in Captain Desmo: "Mystery of the Mermaid's Brother"

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Supporting Characters:

  • Gabby

Synopsis for Radio Squad: "The Warehouse Flames"

Sandy and Larry spot a warehouse on fire. After some action failing to chase down the perpetrator and the only piece of evidence they had being stolen by crooks, the warehouse's owner, a Mr. Dexter, announces this only strengthens his plans to run for mayor and wipe out crime in their city. Not long afterward Sandy and Larry spot the car of the crooks who stole their only evidence before and a chase begins. Again the crooks manage to escape, but a business owner near their crash recognize the perps as being from Manny Wein's mob, giving the cops the lead they needed.

Realizing there was something off about the story of the night watchman at Dexter's warehouse, Sandy and Larry trail him and find him helping the Wein mob dynamite another warehouse. The real mastermind shoots the watchman to keep him from spilling any secrets, but in fleeing the cops his car's hit a train. It turns out to be Mr. Dexter, and in his dying throes admits to Sandy and Larry that he was behind the crimes of the Wein mob, planning to use their high-profile crimes to drive his platform for mayor.

Appearing in Radio Squad: "The Warehouse Flames"

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Synopsis for Lt. Bob Neal of Sub 662: "Assassin"


Appearing in Lt. Bob Neal of Sub 662: "Assassin"

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Vehicles:

  • Sub 662

Synopsis for Biff Bronson: "The Menace of Dr. Zabkin, Part 2"


Appearing in Biff Bronson: "The Menace of Dr. Zabkin, Part 2"

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Supporting Characters:

  • Dan Druff

Synopsis for Sergeant O'Malley of the Red Coat Patrol: "The Mountain Trail Sniper"


Appearing in Sergeant O'Malley of the Red Coat Patrol: "The Mountain Trail Sniper"

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Synopsis for Doctor Fate: "Menace of the Nebula"

Doctor Fate becomes aware of a space nebula heading towards planet Earth, which threatens to destroy the entire planet. Fate warns Inza and in turn, she contacts a scientist to investigate the threat. Meanwhile, Fate takes an alien weapon from the Tower of Fate which he uses to destroy the nebula.

After ending the threat, Fate returns to Earth, where the scientists inform him that there are several other nebulas heading towards Earth. Fate takes his weapon and goes to space, where he destroys all the nebulas, and follows their trail to the source of the destructive energy. Eventually, Fate finds a planet with Globe Men, who seek to destroy Earth with their weapons. Fate uses his powers to destroy the Globe Men's planet before returning to Earth.

Upon arriving, Fate learns that there is a mad scientist in the Andes Mountains and taking Inza along with him, he confronts the mad scientist, killing him and destroying his secret laboratory, preventing the man from creating chaos.

Appearing in Doctor Fate: "Menace of the Nebula"

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  • Globe Men (Destroyed)
  • Mad Scientist (Dies)

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Notes

  • Published by Detective Comics, Inc.
  • The demonic figure depicted battling Dr. Fate on the cover does not actually appear.
  • Congo Bill's friend Professor Joe Kent is an archaeologist and a botanist.
  • Dr. Fate's body count: 1 mad scientist[1], 2 sorcerers[2][3], 1 spaceshipful of aliens[4], plus now an entire planetful of aliens, along with everything else that lived on that planet[5].
  • The Spectre: The Golden Curse Deaths is reprinted in The Golden Age Spectre Archives Vol. 1.
  • "Menace of the Nebula" is reprinted in The Golden Age Doctor Fate Archives Vol. 1.
  • Also appearing in this issue of More Fun Comics was:
    • "Blue Light" (text story), by Albert Summers.



See Also


Links and References

  1. More Fun Comics #61
  2. More Fun Comics #57
  3. More Fun Comics #58
  4. More Fun Comics #59
  5. More Fun Comics #61
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