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"The Spectre: "The World Within the Paintings"": Seemingly out of nowhere, Cliffland is menaced by giant grotesque monsters. The Spectre tries to stop them while invisible, but is surprised to find that they can see him, and that they can momentarily weaken him by shooting green rays from their



Appearing in The Spectre: "The World Within the Paintings"

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Antagonists:

  • Monsters from the picture

Other Characters:

  • Mr. Winston, Clarice's dad
  • museum guard

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Synopsis for The Spectre: "The World Within the Paintings"

Seemingly out of nowhere, Cliffland is menaced by giant grotesque monsters. The Spectre tries to stop them while invisible, but is surprised to find that they can see him, and that they can momentarily weaken him by shooting green rays from their eyes. Then a massive drum starts tolling, elsewhere in the city, and the horrendous creatures disappear inside a museum. The Spectre pursues them, but they get away.

Later the Spectre interrupts two hoods holding up the Winston home, in search of the Ja-Set Ruby. The Spectre manifests separately from Jim, and deals harshly with the home-invaders, but breaks off the fight by freezing time in the room, and leaving to attend to a bigger emergency. Somewhere downtown, the Spectre rescues a mass of cops from a squad of otherworldly monsters, by materializing a protective invisible screen between the two sides. The monsters again shine their green rays on him, but now the Spectre just shrugs it off, then manually flings one monster into the depths of interstellar space, and punches another one into a million pieces, then pursues a third monster back to the museum.

Inside the museum’s main gallery, one painting, centuries old, shows some clouds, which have shifted slightly since the Spectre's earlier visit. The Spectre gets an unusual idea, and dives directly into the picture. Once inside the painting, The Spectre finds a number of the monsters, assembling under the balcony of a metallic palace, and harangued by an insane and evil hunchbacked man. His beef is that he has never existed, so he plans to take over the material world. The Spectre confronts him, and black doom encircles the Grim Guardian in its stifling folds. "How can you hope to oppose black magic beyond all understanding, because it never existed?!" But the Spectre is surrounded by a protective glow of pure light. The monsters rush up and attack him, but they melt into a torrent of oily fluid, as he stands firm. The unnamed hunchback flees toward the portal to reality, dropping some glowing globes to confuse the pursuing Spectre, but the Spectre shrinks himself, and dives thru the balls.

This fight is visible in the painting in the museum, by a completely freaked-out guard. The hunchback turns out to be one of the monsters, just before the Spectre leaps out of the painting, turns on his heel, and incinerates it with a gesture, destroying this dangerous gateway into the real world.

Finally, Spec returns to save Clarice from the hoods, sends a flying bullet back into its gun, then huffs and puffs and blows the thugs directly to the police station.

Appearing in Detective Sergeant Carey: "The Captive Ship"

Featured Characters:

  • Detective Sergeant Carey

Supporting Characters:

  • Sleepy

Synopsis for Detective Sergeant Carey: "The Captive Ship"

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Appearing in Congo Bill: "The Moon Orchid"

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  • Professor Joe Kent

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Synopsis for Congo Bill: "The Moon Orchid"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in Captain Desmo: "The Kangean Islands"

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Supporting Characters:

  • Gabby
  • Nick Black

Antagonists:

  • Captain Mains
  • Commissioner Frahd

Locations:

  • Indonesia
    • Kangean Islands

Vehicles:

  • Vought OS2U Kingfisher
  • schooner

Synopsis for Captain Desmo: "The Kangean Islands"

Captain Desmo exposes the Voodoo King who has scared away the native workers.

Appearing in Radio Squad: "Murder of the Gun Collector"

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Synopsis for Radio Squad: "Murder of the Gun Collector"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in Lance Larkin: "The Gold Miner's Daughter"

Featured Characters:

  • Lance Larkin

Supporting Characters:

  • Eve Norman
  • Mr. Norman

Antagonists:

  • Zordoff

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Synopsis for Lance Larkin: "The Gold Miner's Daughter"

Larkin accompanies Eve back to her father's gold mine. There, they discover someone has used zombified natives to scare off Mr. Norman. Larkin uses salt to cure the natives. Then he arrests Zordoff as a spy and gives the thousand pound reward to the Normans.

Appearing in Biff Bronson: "The Restaurant Bombers"

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Supporting Characters:

  • Dan Druff

Antagonists:

  • Protective Association
    • "Big Noise" Perry
  • Police Captain Gardner

Other Characters:

  • Wilson, Restaurateur
  • the Mayor

Locations:

  • Wilson Restaurants, three of them

Synopsis for Biff Bronson: "The Restaurant Bombers"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in Sergeant O'Malley of the Red Coat Patrol: "Mystery of the Disappearing Logs"

Featured Characters:

  • Sergeant O'Malley of the Red Coat Patrol

Synopsis for Sergeant O'Malley of the Red Coat Patrol: "Mystery of the Disappearing Logs"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in Dr. Fate: "The Leopard Girl"

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  • Sarkiss (Single appearance)

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  • Helen, the Leopard Girl (Single appearance)
  • Ray Knight (Single appearance)

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Synopsis for Dr. Fate: "The Leopard Girl"

Inza is one of many guests at the mansion of Sarkiss, where she meets Helen, whose skin is slowly becoming spotted, similar to that of a leopard. Intrigued by this, Inza summons Doctor Fate, who arrives at the place and prevents the leopard girl from attacking Inza.

Fate starts investigating and finds that Sarkiss has been drugging Helen in order to turn her skin into that of a leopard. Exposing the hoax, Doctor Fate reveals the truth to Inza, who is still skeptic about the whole situation. In order to prove her that there are no such things a supernatural beings, Doctor Fate removes his helmet and reveals himself as a man to Inza, who is shocked at this development.

Notes

Trivia

  • Doctor Fate said "have no such things as vampires and ghouls, those are only hypnotically induced suggestions... actually they don't exist", a statement not plausible in the context of many other stories.



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