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National Comics #21 is an issue of the series National Comics (Volume 1) with a cover date of March, 1942.

Synopsis for Uncle Sam: "The Man Behind the Man Behind the Gun"


Appearing in Uncle Sam: "The Man Behind the Man Behind the Gun"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

  • I.J. Grab, slumlord
    • his chauffeur
  • fifth-columnist gang boss
    • several Nazi agents (some die)

Other Characters:

  • Joe, new defense worker
  • Chamber of Commerce

Locations:

  • Autoville
    • defense factories
    • Trailer Town
      • shabby defense worker housing, across the river from the factories
    • Grab's shabby tenements
      • even crummier dumps
  • Highway 102, into Autoville


Synopsis for Wonder Boy: "Murder at State College"


Appearing in Wonder Boy: "Murder at State College"

Featured Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Nitzie
  • Bugs
  • 3rd punk

Other Characters:

  • college athletes: Jim, others
  • Professor Bane (Dies)
  • Dean Hanscomb

Locations:

  • State College
    • Bryant Hall
    • Gymnasium

Synopsis for Sally O'Neil, Policewoman: "Stacey Trent"


Appearing in Sally O'Neil, Policewoman: "Stacey Trent"

Featured Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Batty Gogan
    • his hoods

Other Characters:

  • Stacy Trent, baseball prodigy
  • Richard Trent, defense lawyer

Locations:

  • New York City
    • neighborhood playground
    • squatters dump, other side of town
    • Police Garage

Synopsis for Prop Powers: "Coast Guard Rescue"


Appearing in Prop Powers: "Coast Guard Rescue"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Lank Loomis

Villains:

Other Characters:

Locations:

  • swanky night club
  • rocky coast

Vehicles:

  • freighter (runs aground)
  • USCG surf boat
  • USCG F4U Corsair

Synopsis for Kid Dixon: "'Lightning' Brown"


Appearing in Kid Dixon: "'Lightning' Brown"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • B. Galsworthy "Bottle" Topps, Dixon's Manager

Antagonists:

  • corrupt referee (Dies)
  • "Spade" Morgan
  • "Ace" Deckish
  • "Fats" Tallow

Other Characters:

  • 'Lightning' Brown, from Harlem

Locations:

Synopsis for Quicksilver: "Boxed Cobra"


Appearing in Quicksilver: "Boxed Cobra"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:


Antagonists:

  • Lefferman
  • Klumac
  • Ken Butler

Other Characters:

  • Lord Astor

Locations:


Items:


Vehicles:



Synopsis for Pen Miller: "Count Lutefisk"


Appearing in Pen Miller: "Count Lutefisk"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Niki, Asian valet

Antagonists:

Other Characters:

  • G-Man Trellis
  • two more G-Men

Locations:

  • New York City
    • 144 Spruce Blvd., apartment building
    • Lutefisk's Townhouse
    • Municipal Gas Works Reserve Tank, at the center of the city (targeted)

Synopsis for Kid Patrol: "Rodeo"


Appearing in Kid Patrol: "Rodeo"

Featured Characters:

  • Kid Patrol
    • Teddy
    • George Washington Abraham Lincoln "Sunshine" Jones
    • Porky
    • Suzy

Antagonists:

  • evil cowboy

Other Characters:

  • Barney the Barker

Locations:

Synopsis for Paul Bunyan: "Crime in the Hinterlands"

In a cave in Kentucky, Paul Bunyan and Babe discover a gang of hillbilly counterfeiters. A fracas ensues, Paul wallops them all up real good, then drops them off at the nearest town's jail.

Appearing in Paul Bunyan: "Crime in the Hinterlands"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Villains:

  • counterfeiters: Zeke, two more

Locations:

Synopsis for Jack and Jill: "Canadian Laurentian Ski Vacation"


Appearing in Jack and Jill: "Canadian Laurentian Ski Vacation"

Featured Characters:

  • Jack Doe
  • Jill Doe

Supporting Characters:


Villains:


Other Characters:


Locations:

  • New York City
    • Grand Central Terminal
  • Canadian Laurentians
    • Ski Hotel

Items:


Vehicles:



Synopsis for Merlin the Magician: "Vampire Bats of Trinidad"

Nazi scientists develop a large new species of vampire bats and release them into the wild, in Trinidad, in order to cause problems for the new U.S.Army base there. Merlin shows up, tracks down the Nazis, to a weird old set of ruins back in the jungle, beneath which lies their secret base. Merlin invades the base, defeats all the Nazis, and rescues the daughter of the local Army unit's C.O. The U.S. troops capture most or all of the Nazi agents, and kill all of the giant bats.

Appearing in Merlin the Magician: "Vampire Bats of Trinidad"

Featured Characters:

Villains:

  • Nazi Agents:
    • many military
    • two scientists
    • Yantz, in black giant-bat outfit

Other Characters:

  • Captain Arden, U.S.Army
    • his troops
  • Gale Arden, daughter

Animals:

  • giant vampire bats (wiped out)

Locations:

  • Trinidad
    • newly acquired U.S. military base
    • San Molo ruins
      • concealed Nazi biology lab

Items:

  • Merlin's Magic Cloak

Notes

  • Jack and Jill live in New York City.
  • Last issue for Pen Miller's Asian valet Niki under his old name. Next issue he is called Chop Chu, and his implied nationality changes from Japanese to Chinese. His appearance and comical speech pattern remain the same.
  • Prop Powers and Lank Loomis are both now in the Coast Guard.
    • Earlier they were in the Navy Air Corps.
    • Lank gets head-konked unconscious, with a hammer.
  • Uncle Sam: "The Man Behind the Man Behind the Gun"
    • Story takes place in early winter. Impoverished children contract pneumonia and die.
  • Wonder Boy gets hit in the head with a bowling pin and it knocks him out.
    • Wonder Boy is awarded a degree of "Doctor of Laws" by State College.
  • Also featured in this issue of National Comics were:

Trivia

  • Jack and Jill with art by Mort Leav is credited to "Lowell Riggs."
  • Kid Dixon with art by Klaus Nordling is credited to "Bob Reynolds."
  • Kid Patrol with art by Charles Nicholas is credited to "Dan Wilson."
  • Merlin the Magician with script and art by Fred Guardineer is credited to "Lance Blackwood."
  • Paul Bunyan with art by Reed Crandall is credited to "Storey Weaver."
  • Prop Powers with art by Witmer Williams is credited to "Lynn Byrd."
  • Sally O'Neil with art by Mort Leav is credited to "Frank Kearns."
  • Windy Breeze by Jack Cole is credited to "Ralph Johns."
  • Wonder Boy with art by Nick Cardy is credited to "Jerry Maxwell."


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