"Plastic Man: "The Menace of Serpina"": Eel's friend Pulman Coach asks him to find his missing business associate, Sylvester Smirk. Plastic Man finds him being squeezed by Bobo the boa constrictor. Hardwich hired Madame Serpina to kill his business rival Smirk. Plastic Man kills the snake and fi


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Plastic Man

Police Comics #21 is an issue of the series Police Comics (Volume 1) with a cover date of August, 1943.

Appearing in Plastic Man: "The Menace of Serpina"

Featured Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Madame Serpina (Single appearance)
  • Mr. Hardwich
  • Tony (a thug)
  • Mammo the Strongman
  • Bobo (a snake) (Dies)

Other Characters:

  • Sylvester Smirk
  • Pulman Coach

Locations:

  • Broker Club, on Ball Street
  • Consolidated Railroads offices
  • Gayway Amusement Park

Synopsis for Plastic Man: "The Menace of Serpina"

Eel's friend Pulman Coach asks him to find his missing business associate, Sylvester Smirk. Plastic Man finds him being squeezed by Bobo the boa constrictor. Hardwich hired Madame Serpina to kill his business rival Smirk. Plastic Man kills the snake and fights off Serpina's circus strongman admirer Mammo, saving Smirk and helping him close his business deal.

Appearing in Manhunter: "The Blue Room of Blanding's Castle"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Hugh Blanding
  • Alice Blanding

Other Characters:

  • Officer Clancy
  • Robert Drake

Locations:

  • Blanding's Castle (imported from Europe by an eccentric millionaire)
    • The Blue Room

Synopsis for Manhunter: "The Blue Room of Blanding's Castle"

An insane woman kills men in a special blue room inside Blanding's Castle, and her uncle tries to hide this secret from Manhunter and the authorities.

Appearing in Phantom Lady: "Phantom Lady vs. the Spider Widow"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

  • The Boss
    • Chuck (Dies)
    • other gunman

Other Characters:

  • Officer Mike

Locations:

Synopsis for Phantom Lady: "Phantom Lady vs. the Spider Widow"

Phantom Lady receives a letter from the Spider Widow challenging her to duel, to see who is the most capable crime fighter. However, Spider Widow has also received the same letter from Phantom Lady. The Raven acts as referee. During their duel, they realize they've been set-up by a couple of gunmen, who are on hand to watch the duel. These creeps learn the secret identities of both Sandra Knight and Dianne Grayton, and shoot the Raven in the back. They close in on the two duelers and get too close; Phantom Lady kills one of them by hurling a fencing foil thru his heart. The other two gunmen try to fight it out with the super-heroines, but one gets knocked out with Spider Widow's thrown fencing foil and the other is captured by a policeman who just happens to drive by right then.

Appearing in The Spirit: "Oriental Agents"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Foreign Agents

Other Characters:

Locations:

Synopsis for The Spirit: "Oriental Agents"

Homer Creep, Ellen Dolan's ex-fiancee, is kidnapped by foreign agents who put him under a hypnotic spell to kill a man.

Appearing in Flatfoot Burns: "Prof. Snap Gadget"

Featured Characters:

  • Flatfoot Burns

Synopsis for Flatfoot Burns: "Prof. Snap Gadget"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in Destiny: "The Apaches"

Featured Characters:

Antagonists:

  • four Parisian Apaches: Jean, Pierre, Marcel, one other

Other Characters:

  • Richard Dayton, millionaire (Dies)
  • one policeman

Locations:

Synopsis for Destiny: "The Apaches"

Four Parisian Apaches move to the U.S. and commit a series of crimes, culminating in the attempted kidnapping of an important Defense contractor, Richard Dayton. In a distant part of the the same city, Destiny is mystically alerted to Dayton's plight, so he clears his mind and is transported to the scene of the crime. But his arrival panics the thugs into stabbing Dayton then fleeing, and Dayton dies. Destiny figures out that the Apaches are escaping via the sewer system, and follows them into it. They attempt to ambush him, but Destiny out-fights them and turns them over to the police.

Appearing in Human Bomb: "Introducing the Bombardiers"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • The Bombardiers (First appearance)
    • Miss Red Rogers
    • Montague T. McGurk (Curly)
    • Swordo the Sword Swallower

Antagonists:

  • Japanese soldier (Dies)

Other Characters:

  • James (Ms. Roger's chauffeur)
  • Tommy Rogers (Ms. Roger's brother) (Dies)

Locations:

Items:

  • Chemical 27-QRX Capsules

Synopsis for Human Bomb: "Introducing the Bombardiers"

  • Synopsis not yet written.



Notes

  • All Quality Comics characters and the distinctive likeness(es) thereof were originally Trademarked & Copyright © 1951 Quality Comics. The characters and the distinctive likeness(es) thereof were acquired by DC Comics in 1956. While some of the properties acquired did not have copyright and trademarks renewed, some of those depicted here are Trademarks & Copyright © 1973-2008 DC Comics, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  • Manhunter gets head-konked unconscious with a pistol butt.
  • "Phantom Lady vs. the Spider Widow" and Human Bomb: "Introducing the Bombadiers" are both reprinted in The Quality Companion (TwoMorrows Publishing, 2011).
    • This is one of the very few crossovers to take place in the Quality Universe.
    • Spider Widow's letter to Phantom Lady opens: "Since you chose to invade the borders of my place in Feature Comics last month, (...) challenge you to a duel in your home territory, Police Comics!"
    • The Raven gets a bullet wound in this story and is in the hospital at the end of it.
    • Three hoodlums learn the secret identities of Phantom Lady and Spider Widow. One is killed but the other two are arrested alive.
  • Plastic Man: The Menace of Serpina is reprinted in Plastic Man Archives Vol. 2.
    • Woozy Winks doesn't appear in this story.
  • Spirit: "Oriental Agents" was originally printed in The Spirit comic strip (9/29/1940) by Register and Tribune Syndicate.
  • Also featured in this issue of Police Comics were:

Trivia

  • There is a billboard ad for Pepsi Cola in the Plastic Man story.



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