"Doctor Fate: "The Shadow Killers"": When several shadow men appear and start commiting crimes, Doctor Fate tracks them down to the lair of Ian Karkull, the mad scientist who invented the machine that turn men into shadows temporarily.

More Fun Comics #69 is an issue of the series More Fun Comics (Volume 1) with a cover date of July, 1941.

Synopsis for Doctor Fate: "The Shadow Killers"

When several shadow men appear and start commiting crimes, Doctor Fate tracks them down to the lair of Ian Karkull, the mad scientist who invented the machine that turn men into shadows temporarily.

During the confrontation, Doctor Fate is apparently wounded by Karkull's machine, but he is simply pretending in order to capture the whole gang. Having stopped all the henchmen, Fate focuses on Karkull, who used his machine on himself, turning into a shadow. Doctor Fate, unable to harm or stop shadows, destroys the machine, condemning Karkull to live eternally as a shadow.

Appearing in Doctor Fate: "The Shadow Killers"

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  • Ian Karkull (First appearance) (Flashback and main story)
    • Slick
    • Hart
    • 3rd thug

Other Characters:

  • Everett Dahlen (Only appearance; dies) (Flashback and main story)

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Appearing in Detective Sergeant Carey: "The Aqueduct Case"

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  • Sleepy

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Appearing in Clip Carson: "The Swamp of Pestilence"

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Appearing in Captain Desmo: "The Count"

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  • Gabby

Synopsis for Radio Squad: "The Priceless Art Treasures"


Appearing in Radio Squad: "The Priceless Art Treasures"

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Vehicles:

  • Radio Car K-7

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Appearing in Lance Larkin: "Mystery in Jungletown"

Featured Characters:

  • Lance Larkin

Synopsis for Red Coat Patrol: "Bailey's Nugget"


Appearing in Red Coat Patrol: "Bailey's Nugget"

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  • Sgt. O'Malley

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Synopsis for The Spectre: "The Strangler"

A wealthy man is strangled to death, his head almost crushed, inside of a locked room. Just as Detective Corrigan makes the grisly discovery a threatening call comes demanding 10,000 dollars. The operator's able to trace the call to the home of Daniel Lakespur (just like one of the towns wiped out in his last adventure). Corrigan confronts Lakespur, but his ghostly powers tell him the man had nothing to do with the murder, especially when it turns out five other men died in identical ways at the same time. A threatening note arrives for Lakespur from "the Tentacle", demanding money or he'll suffer such a dire fate himself if he doesn't pay a ransom, which happens despite police protection.

Finally deciding that seven deaths is severe enough, Corrigan becomes the Spectre to protect the next threatened man. Watching invisibly, he sees a strange plant come to life and try to strangle the wealthy victim, but crushes the deadly flora before it has the chance. His charge safe and the method of murder discovered, the Spectre hurries to where the ransom was meant to be dropped and turns himself into a bag of money. When it's brought back to the greenhouse of the plants' creator, the Spectre changes back into himself, but in fleeing the spirit of vengeance the Tentacle gets too close to his own killer plants and is crushed.

Appearing in The Spectre: "The Strangler"

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Supporting Characters:

  • Chief of Police, Cliffland

Antagonists:

  • The Tentacle, horticulturist (Only appearance; dies)

Other Characters:

  • Jake Carstairs (Single appearance)
  • Daniel Lakespur (Only appearance; dies)
  • Thomas Bardsley (Only appearance; dies)

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Notes

  • Published by Detective Comics, Inc.
  • Doctor Fate:
    • According to Roy Thomas, in All-Star Squadron Annual #3, Ian Karkull's elaborate attack on eight future U.S. presidents took place on 28 & 29 June, 1941.
    • Doctor Fate first encountered Ian Karkull in this issue, and then fought a teamed-up Karkull and Wotan in More Fun Comics #70.
    • Therefore both of those adventures took place before 28 June 1941.
    • According to Green Lantern's remark on page 26 of the Annual, the second Fate-versus-Karkull battle had happened "last year."
    • Therefore both of those More Fun stories took place not later than December 1940, with earlier Doctor Fate stories being likewise "compressed forward" on the Earth-Two timeline to compensate.
  • Spectre: The Strangler is reprinted in The Golden Age Spectre Archives Vol. 1.
  • Doctor Fate: "The Shadow Killers" is reprinted in The Golden Age Doctor Fate Archives Vol. 1.
  • Also appearing in this issue of More Fun Comics were:



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