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"Uncle Sam: "Sabotage"": New arrival Chamberlain Bumbershoote effects an appeasement of a rival kid gang, and when that doesn't work out, he trounces them. Despite his mannered affectations and ridiculous attire, "Chamby" is a very capable umbrella fencer.


Quote1 I'll be back in the next issue of NATIONAL COMICS, folks! Quote2
Quicksilver

National Comics #6 is an issue of the series National Comics (Volume 1) with a cover date of December, 1940.

Appearing in Uncle Sam: "Sabotage"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Foreign Commander (wears a monocle)
    • Foreign Submersible Aircraft Carrier Crew

Other Characters:

  • Fishing Launch Skipper

Locations:

  • American Military Zones, #s 1, 2, & 3 (1 and 2 are demolished.)
  • Mexico

Vehicles:

  • Foreign Submersible Aircraft Carrier (Captured)
  • Foreign Remote Control Warplanes
  • U.S. Coast Guard Cutter

Synopsis for Uncle Sam: "Sabotage"

New arrival Chamberlain Bumbershoote effects an appeasement of a rival kid gang, and when that doesn't work out, he trounces them. Despite his mannered affectations and ridiculous attire, "Chamby" is a very capable umbrella fencer.

Appearing in Sally O'Neil, Policewoman: "Mademoiselle Morgue"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Sgt. O'Neil (Sally's father)
  • Pat O'Neil (Sally's brother)
  • Mike O'Neil (Sally's brother)
  • Tom O'Neil (Sally's brother)

Antagonists:

  • Scar Celleni
    • his gang

Locations:

  • Clayton National Bank

Vehicles:

  • Sally's Car (Destroyed)
  • Celleni's Car (Captured)

Synopsis for Sally O'Neil, Policewoman: "Mademoiselle Morgue"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in Kid Patrol: "Dead Street"

Featured Characters:

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

Supporting Characters:

  • Tony

Villains:

  • rival kid gang

Other Characters:

  • Sir Chamberlain Bumbershoote (First appearance)
  • his sister (First appearance)

Locations:

  • the slums
    • Dead St. @ Watt St.

Synopsis for Kid Patrol: "Dead Street"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in Kid Dixon: "The Story of Joey McGraw"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

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

Antagonists:

  • McGraw's two Managers

Other Characters:

  • Joey McGraw
  • Joey's Ma
  • Police Raiding Party

Locations:

  • big U.S. city
    • Dixon's Apartment House

Synopsis for Kid Dixon: "The Story of Joey McGraw"

Formerly crooked boxer Joey McGraw abandons sports-cheating criminality and hires on as Kid Dixon's sparring partner. Kid Dixon beats up McGraw's racketeer "managers," and the police take them away.

Appearing in Wonder Boy: "The Johnny Doring Case"

Featured Characters

Supporting Characters:

  • Johnny Doring

Antagonists:

  • Cheatum
    • two cronies

Other Characters:

  • Mrs. Doring
  • Mr. Deems (Dies)
  • Mrs. Deems
  • Christy Deems

Locations:

  • New York City
    • Third Avenue & Parker Street
    • Subway Lines
  • State Penitentiary

Vehicles:

  • Streamlined Train

Synopsis for Wonder Boy: "The Johnny Doring Case"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in Quicksilver: "The Blades of Baron Hoff"

Featured Characters:

Antagonists:

Other Characters:

  • Newsboy

Locations:

Vessels:

  • Hoff's Yacht
  • Hoff's Magno-Gyro aircraft (Captured)
  • Quicksilver's Fire-extinguishing Gas Capsules

Synopsis for Quicksilver: "The Blades of Baron Hoff"

Fires of unknown origin break out in waterfront structures all around the island of Manhattan until the entire borough is ringed with flames. This is done to distract and impede the police, while Baron Hoff robs a huge bank in the center of town. He blockades the bank's entrance with the propeller of his remarkable aircraft, and uses a Tommy gun to murder at least one bank teller.

Quicksilver shows up at one dockside fire, and throws a small capsule at it, which extinguishes the flames. Police mistake the speedster for the firebug, and chase him, but he easily loses them, then goes on to extinguish many more fires, then he shows up at the bank robbery. Quicksilver can dodge submachinegun fire at close range, and he rapidly subdues Baron Hoff, who is left for the police.

Appearing in Pen Miller, Cartoonist Detective: "The European-American Band"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Niki, his valet

Antagonists:

Other Characters:

  • FBI raiding party

Locations:

  • Lakeside E.A.Band Hideout
  • Nearby Government Arsenal

Items:

  • E-A Band membership pin

Vehicles:

  • Miller's super-charged car

Synopsis for Pen Miller, Cartoonist Detective: "The European-American Band"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in Paul Bunyan: "The Ape-Man Strikes"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Bunyan's Boss
    • Lumberjack Crew: Axel, Cookee, others

Antagonists:

  • Barnham, Circus Owner
    • Joe, hench
    • Barnham's circus crew: Strongman, others

Other Characters:

  • King, an ape-man, as tall as Paul, wears trousers

Locations:

  • North Woods
  • Chicago
    • Barnham Circus

Vehicles:

  • Buckboard Wagon

Synopsis for Paul Bunyan: "The Ape-Man Strikes"

King the Ape-Man joins Paul Bunyan's lumberjack crew.

Appearing in Prop Powers: "The Secret Nazi Air Base"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Jim, copilot

Villains:

Other Characters:

  • kidnapped secret agent
  • two fishermen

Locations:

  • Brazil (departure point)
  • concealed landing field, in U.S.

Items:

  • antiaircraft cannon

Vehicles:

  • 4-engine airliner
  • dinghy
  • four Stukas (Destroyed)

Synopsis for Prop Powers: "The Secret Nazi Air Base"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in Merlin: "Unboring Mr. Marlow"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • J.D. Marlow

Antagonists:

  • Wild Indians (As an illusion only)
  • Pirate Crew (As an illusion only)
  • Giant Ogre (As an illusion only)

Items:

  • Merlin's Magic Cloak

Synopsis for Merlin: "Unboring Mr. Marlow"

Grumpy old bored millionaire J.D. Marlow is accompanied by Merlin on a series of hallucinatory adventures, which inspires him to write a big check to the Red Cross.

Notes

  • Kid Dixon ran in National Comics Vol 1 from #1 to #32.
  • Kid Patrol ran in National Comics Vol 1 from #1 to #35.
  • Merlin the Magician ran in National Comics Vol 1 from #1 to #26.
  • Paul Bunyan ran in National Comics Vol 1 from #1 to #22.
  • Pen Miller ran in National Comics Vol 1 from #1 to #22.
    • Pen Miller smokes a pipe.
    • Pen Miller, cartoonist-detective, employs a valet.
  • Prop Powers ran in National Comics Vol 1 from #1 to #26.
    • Unlike Uncle Sam's adversaries this month, Prop Powers' antagonists are clearly labeled as "Nazis." U.S. entry into WWII was still about a year in the future when this was published.
  • Quicksilver ran in National Comics Vol 1 from #5 to #73. National Comics itself only lasted for two issues after that.
    • Baron Hoff's Magno-Gyro aircraft could fasten itself to a bank building with a suction cup, and could adjust its propeller from overhead to frontal, while hovering in place near street level.
    • Quicksilver breaks the Fourth Wall in the last panel of the last page, bursting thru a giant newspaper heralding his latest triumph, and announcing that he would return next issue.
  • Uncle Sam ran in National Comics Vol 1 from #1 to #45.
    • Several skyscrapers were knocked down, in two densely populated "American Military Zones," inflicting an unknown number of casualties. Afterwards, this is never mentioned again.
    • The foreign enemy's submersible aircraft-carrier crew are hooded and robed at all times, but their commander wears a conventional uniform, with a big peaked officer's cap and a monocle, and in moments of stress yells "Himmel!", so their national identity isn't really much of a mystery.
    • The foreign submariners are captured alive, a relatively rare outcome in a 1940 comic book.
  • Wonder Boy ran in National Comics Vol 1 from #1 to #26.
    • Closing caption: "Wonder Boy easily forces confessions out of the criminals .. they then face the extreme penalty, and now --- "
  • Also appearing in this issue of National Comics were:

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