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"Uncle Sam: "The True Story of Uncle Sam--Who He Was and How He Came To Be"":

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National Comics #5 is an issue of the series National Comics (Volume 1) with a cover date of November, 1940.

Synopsis for Uncle Sam: "The True Story of Uncle Sam--Who He Was and How He Came To Be"

In 1777, near Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, an American patriot remembered only by his first name, Samuel, was shot dead by some Hessian soldiers. In his last moments, he saw and talked to the spirit of Uncle Sam, and was reassured that America would be free. Sam became Uncle Sam, or united with Uncle Sam, and invisibly provided guidance to the USA during its turbulent history.

One day Uncle Sam, gigantic and invisible, passes through a small Midwestern town, and listens in on a conversation. It's about the Black Legion, and the one voice advocating standing up to them has a white beard and is also named Sam. That night, Unc appears in Sam's home, and they have a conversation, similar to the one in 1777. Sam trims his beard and changes his clothes, taking on the persona of Uncle Sam himself.

In a barn on a farm not far from town, the hooded and robed Black Legion, all six of them, are deciding on a strategy. They need to get control of this town, Glen Valley, and they're ready to use automatic weapons to get it. The next morning, they ride into town on motorcycles, wielding machine guns, and inflict a lot of civilian casualties, both in town and in the surrounding countryside.

Uncle Sam attacks them, at the county creamery, locking them inside with himself, then wades into them. Bullets are useless against him, and he snaps rifle-barrels in half with one hand, like they were pencils. One Black Legionnaire manages to whack him on the head, hard enough to bend a thick iron bar, and it DOES squash his hat, but not his cheerful approach to dealing out the fisticuffs. Very soon the Black Legion, all still alive, are hanging from hooks on the creamery wall, waiting for the police to arrive.

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Synopsis for Sally O'Neil, Policewoman: "The Bonritz Murder"


Appearing in Sally O'Neil, Policewoman: "The Bonritz Murder"

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  • Captain, Sally's boss
  • Barry Gilmore

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  • female shoplifter
  • store detective, murderer
    • two henchmen

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  • Barbara De Van, divorcee (Dies)

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  • New York City
    • Bonritz Department Store
    • Police HQ
    • Westchester, delivery address

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  • expensive diamond clip

Synopsis for Kid Patrol: "The Capture of "William Shakespeare""


Appearing in Kid Patrol: "The Capture of "William Shakespeare""

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  • Kid Patrol
    • Teddy
    • George Washington Abraham Lincoln "Sunshine " Jones
    • Porky
    • Spunky (Mentioned only)
    • Suzy (Mentioned only)

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  • Officer Pat Malone

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  • City Asylum Officials: Lem, 2 others

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  • William Shakespeare, lunatic

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  • black sedan

Synopsis for Pen Miller: "Nipper's Drug Mob"


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Synopsis for Wonder Boy: "Cheatum the Crooked Landlord"


Appearing in Wonder Boy: "Cheatum the Crooked Landlord"

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  • Cheatum

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Synopsis for Quicksilver: "Presenting Quicksilver"

A small, evil, insane scientist named Von Lohfer invents a means of gaining vengeance on the industrialist, J.B. Rockland. Posing as a police doctor, he injects half of the NYPD with a will-paralyzing hypno-fluid, and sends them out to wreck Rockland's factories and buildings.

That night, while one team is smashing up one factory, out of nowhere streaks a laughing whirlwind of violent action, subduing the hypnotized cops. It's Quicksilver, and he races outside, and does some high-speed stunts to get himself aboard a subway train, which whisks him to Rockland Center, where more of this mischief is afoot. A swarm of hypnotized cops are in the building, and Quicksilver makes some amazing progress against them, pummeling masses of fistfighters and easily dodging pistol shots, until they pull out some submachine guns. He retreats, into some extremely dangerous factory machinery, which almost kills him four times before he emerges and beats down the rest of the cops.

Picking themselves off the floor, the police regain their wits and personalities. Quicksilver rallies them to defend the offices of J.B. Rockland, and races there ahead of them. He races up the side of a big building and bursts into Rockland's office just as a hit team arrives. Quicksilver snatches Rockland out thru the window, and maneuvers them down the wall to deposit him onto a sofa, in an open-topped passing truck. He then races to the living quarters of the scientist, Von Lohfer, bursts in, beats him back and forth for a minute, then hands him over to the cops.

Appearing in Quicksilver: "Presenting Quicksilver"

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  • Von Lohfer, scientist

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  • Von Lohfer's mind-control formula

Synopsis for Kid Dixon: "Slugger Mike To Fight Champ"


Appearing in Kid Dixon: "Slugger Mike To Fight Champ"

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

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  • Slugger Mike

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Synopsis for Paul Bunyan: "The Parachutists"


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Synopsis for Prop Powers: "Americans Trapped In France"


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Synopsis for Merlin the Magician: "Dr. Morbidd's Zombie"


Appearing in Merlin the Magician: "Dr. Morbidd's Zombie"

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  • Elaine

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  • Dr. Morbidd

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  • Merlin's Magic Cloak

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Notes

  • Uncle Sam
    • This story necessarily takes place before the events described in National Comics #1 (July 1940). Sam has not yet met and hired his assistant, Buddy Smith.
  • Quicksilver
    • We are not told who Quicksilver is or where he came from. We are also not told how he decided that Von Lohfer was the culprit, or how he knew where he lived.
  • Also featured in this issue of National Comics were:

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