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"The Barker: "The Hawk"": Carnie Calahan, the Barker, is congratulated for booking the Wills Bros. daredevil act as they promise to be a popular draw. Before their first show, however, he finds them on edge and asking to be let go from their contract. Apparently they were visited by a costumed e

Quote1.png Just a minute! Wait here while I give the Wills Brothers one of those special Carnie Calahan pep talks! It's their first performance here you know! Quote2.png
The Barker

National Comics #55 is an issue of the series National Comics (Volume 1) with a cover date of August, 1946.

Synopsis for The Barker: "The Hawk"

Carnie Calahan, the Barker, is congratulated for booking the Wills Bros. daredevil act as they promise to be a popular draw. Before their first show, however, he finds them on edge and asking to be let go from their contract. Apparently they were visited by a costumed evildoer known as the Hawk who runs something of a protection racket for carnival daredevils, with a large bird known to appear and cause fatal accidents during the acts of those who refuse to cooperate. Even among those who know of him, none are sure if the Hawk is a man, or bird, or somehow both!

The Barker promises to deal with the problem for them, but is soon confronted by the Hawk himself, who responds to the Barker's demands to leave by stepping behind a tree and emerging as an actual hawk. It attacks the Barker and his friends Tiny and Midge before being scared off by the snake charmer's python. Afterward one of the Wills Bros. is sent into a fall during his high-wire act by the same bird, but is caught safely before he hits the ground. His brother is too terrified now to do his lion taming act, so the Barker takes his place. During the act the bird appears again, but is attacked by the lion. The human Hawk attacks with a gun to save his bird, confirming the human and bird are separate.

In the ensuing chaos the Hawk is mauled to death by the lion. Colonel Lane recognizes the Hawk as having once been a magician named Rabello, which explains how he was able to make quick undetected exits and appear as if he had the power to transform into a bird. With the Hawk's threat dealt with the last Wills Brother prepares to perform his human cannonball stunt, rejoicing that at last things are safe and sound again.

Appearing in The Barker: "The Hawk"

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  • Wills Bros. (Ken, Ben, and Len)
  • Col. Lane
  • Shali the Snake Charmer

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  • The Hawk (Dies)

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Synopsis for Sally O'Neil Policewoman: "Mr. Tommor's Crime Syndicate"


Appearing in Sally O'Neil Policewoman: "Mr. Tommor's Crime Syndicate"

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  • Mr. Tommor
  • Maxton
  • DeBalbo
    • other crooks

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Synopsis for Steve Wood: "The Punjab Diamond"

A Mr. Johnson hires Steve to guard the famous Punjab Diamond, arriving by steamer the next morning. He's afraid if the police found out about it, the diamond's shipment to the United States would be widely publicized, painting a target on it for thieves. Reporter Peggy Allen stops by Steve's office looking for a hot story, which he refuses to give her. However Steve's secretary extorts Peggy for nylon stockings before telling her where Steve will be the next morning.

At the ship's arrival Steve sees small-time hood Louie Scanelli boarding it, gets suspicious, and follows. Louie turns out to be part of a small gang who've managed to steal the Punjab Diamond. Steve brawls with them, knocks them out and recovers the diamond, then swims back to the dock to avoid having to explain himself to the customs agents. The police pick up Steve's opponents, then go to pick up Johnson himself, who masterminded the whole thing to be able to steal the diamond for himself. Peg explains the rest of it to Steve: Johnson's a jewel thief, the Punjab Diamond didn't belong to him. He'd been trying to smuggle it out of war-torn Europe with this scheme. Peg also taunts Steve with telling the police about his part in the goings-on, which could land him in jail alongside Johnson if she did.

Appearing in Steve Wood: "The Punjab Diamond"

Featured Characters:

  • Steve Wood, Waterfront Detective (First appearance)

Supporting Characters:

  • Sally, secretary (First appearance)
  • Inspector Flanagan (First appearance)

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  • Johnson
  • Louie Scanelli
  • Hart
  • Jerry

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  • Peggy Allen

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Synopsis for Tinker Tom: "The Tinkers' Picnic"


Appearing in Tinker Tom: "The Tinkers' Picnic"

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  • Tinker Tom

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Synopsis for Lassie and Laddie: "Uncle Balthazar's Lodge"


Appearing in Lassie and Laddie: "Uncle Balthazar's Lodge"

Featured Characters:

  • Lassie
  • Laddie

Supporting Characters:

  • Roberta
  • Roger

Synopsis for Quicksilver: "Crime Takes To the Air"


Appearing in Quicksilver: "Crime Takes To the Air"

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  • Cribb
    • his Air Gang, 3 thugs
  • Rodsby

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  • Mr. Kickshaw

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  • Kickshaw Building

Vehicles:

  • Cribb's Autogyro

Synopsis for Intellectual Amos: "All About Ants"


Appearing in Intellectual Amos: "All About Ants"

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  • Intellectual Amos

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Notes

Trivia

  • The Hawk story was listed in the book The Legion of Regrettable Supervillains: Featuring the 50 Strangest Supervillains in the History of Comics.


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