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Paul Bunyan

National Comics #22 is an issue of the series National Comics (Volume 1) with a cover date of April, 1942.

Synopsis for Uncle Sam: "Unbreakable String"


Appearing in Uncle Sam: "Unbreakable String"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Mike Ratzoff (Dies)
  • "Jook" Jagger, gang chief
    • six kid burglars: Spike (Dies), others (remanded to Uncle Sam's custody)
    • two adult gangsters
  • "Doc", Jook's associate

Other Characters:

  • Police Captain
  • Police Sergeant
  • more Police

Locations:

  • the slums
    • Police Precinct

Items:

  • Ratzoff's silver
  • Spike's smoking gun
  • Doc's Unbreakable String


Synopsis for Kid Dixon: "Joe Cahoot"


Appearing in Kid Dixon: "Joe Cahoot"

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Supporting Characters:

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

Antagonists:

  • Joe Cahoot, collaborator

Locations:

  • West Coast
    • Dixon's training camp, next to
    • Cahoot's ranch

Synopsis for Sally O'Neil Policewoman: "In the Japanese Quarter"


Appearing in Sally O'Neil Policewoman: "In the Japanese Quarter"

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Other Characters:

  • NYPD cops

Locations:

Items:

  • American Defense Plans

Synopsis for "Quicksilver:"


Appearing in "Quicksilver:"

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Synopsis for Prop Powers: "Coast Patrol"


Appearing in Prop Powers: "Coast Patrol"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Lank Loomis

Villains:

Other Characters:

Locations:

  • rocky coast

Vehicles:

  • USCG scouting plane
  • S.S. Abilene (grounded)
  • USNAC bombers

Synopsis for Kid Patrol: "Scavenger Hunt"


Appearing in Kid Patrol: "Scavenger Hunt"

Featured Characters:

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

Antagonists:

  • fake bear
  • real bear

Other Characters:

  • Porky's Sister

Locations:

Synopsis for Pen Miller: " Halfsole & Fullshot Dray Co."


Appearing in Pen Miller: " Halfsole & Fullshot Dray Co."

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Chop Chu, Asian houseboy (see Notes)

Antagonists

  • gang of moonshiners, 3 or more (arrested)

Other Characters:

  • hill town sheriff

Locations:

  • the hill country, down south

Synopsis for Wonder Boy: "Nick Gatto"


Appearing in Wonder Boy: "Nick Gatto"

Featured Characters

Antagonists:

  • Nick Gatto, landlord
    • three hench mugs

Other Characters:

  • Doris Emery, evictee
  • Housing Commissioner

Locations:

  • city slum area
  • skyscraper office building
  • neighboring skyscraper office building

Synopsis for Paul Bunyan: "Crime in the City"

In a big city, Paul and Babe run across a bank robbery in progress, and violently disrupt it. But moments earlier the robbers had locked all of the bank's staff and customers in the vault. Paul has a really hard time prying open the vault door but eventually is able to do it. The robbers flee in a sedan; Paul hefts up a floor safe and flings it, bulls-eye, onto the getaway car, crashing it and scattering its occupants onto the pavement.

Appearing in Paul Bunyan: "Crime in the City"

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Villains:

  • bank robber gang

Other Characters:

  • bank guard (Dies)
  • bank staff and customers

Locations:

  • big city
    • State Bank

Vehicles:

  • getaway car

Synopsis for Merlin the Magician: "The Chun King to Hong Kong Run"


Appearing in Merlin the Magician: "The Chun King to Hong Kong Run"

Featured Characters:

Antagonists:

Other Characters:

  • Madame Kung
  • General Kung (Mentioned only)
  • Chinese Pilot
  • Sitting Bull
    • his warriors

Locations:

Items:

  • Merlin's Magic Cloak

Vehicles:

  • Chinese Special Airplane (Destroyed)
  • Japanese Fighters, two (Destroyed)
  • Japanese Amphibian Tank (captured)

Notes

  • Kid Dixon gets knocked cold in the ring again.
  • Last issue for Paul Bunyan, with art by Reed Crandall. The caption in the final panel promises another hair-raising adventure in the next issue of National Comics but this is the end.
  • Last issue of National Comics for Pen Miller, by Klaus Nordling, which then runs in Crack Comics from #23 to issue #60.
    • Some time between last issue and this issue, without explanation, Niki the valet changed names, and became Chop Chu the houseboy. His implied nationality is Retconned from Japanese to Chinese, while his appearance and comical speech pattern remain the same.
  • Prop Powers and Lank Loomis are in the Coast Guard, but their matching outfits do not really resemble Coast Guard uniforms of that era, or any other.
  • Uncle Sam gets tied up with unbreakable string, and can't get loose, even with pliers, until Buddy is endangered, then suddenly he can. This astounding "string" is not seen or mentioned again, and its inventor "Doc" disappears after the 4th page of this 9-page story.
  • Also featured in this issue of National Comics was:
    • Windy Breeze: "Biggest Liar in the World and That's No Lie!!" by Ralph Johns.



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