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"The Barker: "Trouble Comes in Small Packages"": The synopsis for this issue has not yet been written.

National Comics #61 is an issue of the series National Comics (Volume 1) with a cover date of August, 1947.

Synopsis for The Barker: "Trouble Comes in Small Packages"


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Synopsis for Steve Wood: "Vilma and the Black Bottle"

Steve Wood's secretary Sally is upset when he cancels a date with her for business, and even more when she sees the note summoning Steve written by another woman named Vilma. Despite Inspector Flanagan's offer to set Sally up with his nephew, she goes to the dive where Steve's meeting Vilma to spy on him.

In the back room of a seedy waterfront bar, Steve meets with Vilma, an old flame who picked a rival over him. A rival whose racket was recently wiped out. However, he left Vilma a rare poison that can kill without a trace, and the underworld's eager to get it. Over her dead body if necessary. As demonstrated when Sawbones and his gang show and demand she hand it over, or else. Steve easily corners them with his gun, but when he tells Vilma to get the police, she busts a chair over his head.

When the waterfront detective comes to, he finds himself Sawbones' prisoner, and that the gangster and Vilma have agreed to split the proceeds from the poison 50/50. Sawbones plans to test the poison on Steve to see if it lives up to its reputation, then switches to trying it on Sally when she barges in. This enrages Steve into getting his second wind and beating the daylights out of Sawbones' henchmen. As Vilma grabs the bottle and tries to flee, the police catch her at the door. Sally followed Steve, and they followed her, Inspector Flanagan explains. Sally smashes the bottle to keep the poison from being used, and drags Steve off for the date he cancelled at the beginning, telling him he ought to be glad his girl Friday has such a jealous nature. It's what saved his life, after all.

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  • Steve Wood, Waterfront Detective

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  • Sally, secretary
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Synopsis for Sally O'Neil Policewoman: "The Framer"


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Synopsis for Quicksilver: "The Evil Eye"


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Synopsis for Lassie and Laddie: "Uncle Balthazar's Youthful Outlook"


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  • Lassie
  • Laddie

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  • Roberta
  • Roger

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