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"The Ray: "The Curse of the Marshwoods"": The synopsis for this issue has not yet been written.

Smash Comics #20 is an issue of the series Smash Comics (Volume 1) with a cover date of March, 1941.

Synopsis for The Ray: "The Curse of the Marshwoods"


Appearing in The Ray: "The Curse of the Marshwoods"

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  • Jud Marshwood
  • Slyme

Other Characters:

  • Timothy Marshwood
  • Mr. Marshwood (flashback, death)

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Synopsis for Wings Wendall: "The Peace-Maker"

An old man known as the Peace-Maker promotes peaces in public rallies across Europe. A reporter recognizes him and is shot down just before he can report his findings. Wings and Spinner are sent to look into the Peace-Maker. They're attacked by a pair of thugs on their boat trip over, who warn them to stay away from the Peace-Maker, but who are knocked overboard after a fistfight. In Paris, Wings and Spinner spot beautiful spy Olga Varick and follow her to a castle in the countryside where they realize the Peace-Maker is really Zaroff, the infamous spy. He'd been trying to rally people to overthrow their governments so he could take over, and flees in a plane. Wings flies after him and smashes the wings of Zaroff's plane, making it crash.

Appearing in Wings Wendall: "The Peace-Maker"

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Supporting Characters:

  • Spinner

Antagonists:

  • The Peace-Maker (Zaroff) (Dies)
  • Olga Varick

Other Characters:

  • Steve Conroy (Dies)

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Synopsis for Midnight: "Chango the Magician"

A gawky kid tries to ask out his crush but this is forgotten when the safe in the office where she works literally sprouts legs and runs away. The kid flees and runs into Dave Clark in the street, who sees that all kinds of valuables are running or flying away from their owners. Clark jumps on a trunk as it runs past and is taken to the hideout of Chango the magician, evidently an old foe, who's using his otherworldly powers to gather all the city's wealth. When Clark tries to tackle him, Chango uses Pig Latin to change Clark into a pouch of tobacco and smokes him. The smoke reforms into Dave Clark and he falls into a lake, with amnesia, but a meeting with the gawky kid a few minutes later restores him memory. He puts on his Midnight outfit and confronts Chango again, who conjures snakes to draw and quarter the hero. Fortunately the first thing Midnight had done was shoot Chango with a dart laced with sleeping venom, and it kicks in before Midnight's pulled apart like fresh bread. Dave Clark then flashes a message into police headquarters where to find Chango and the stolen money.

Appearing in Midnight: "Chango the Magician"

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  • Chango

Other Characters:

  • Twitch
  • Rita

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  • Midtown

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Synopsis for The Purple Trio: "Rocky the Champ"


Appearing in The Purple Trio: "Rocky the Champ"

Featured Characters:

  • The Purple Trio:
    • Rocky Hill, strongman
    • Tiny Todd, midget
    • Warren, ventriloquist

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  • Joe
  • Charlie

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Synopsis for Invisible Justice: "The Ghost Rider"

Kent Thurston heads to the country to meet up with his old buddy Jerry, who's participating in a big auto race. His car's nicknamed "the Ghost Rider", after his father who was also a racing fool and would go so fast it looked like nobody was driving his car. Underworld type Abe Gaffro tries to sabotage Jerry's car to win the prize money himself, and when Kent fights off the thugs, has them capture Jerry during the race instead. With his invisibility cloak Kent's able to pass himself off as an actual Ghost Rider, winning the race for his friend and arresting Gaffro.

Appearing in Invisible Justice: "The Ghost Rider"

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Antagonists:

  • Abe Gaffro
    • his henchmen

Other Characters:

  • Jerry Sears
  • Biff Benton

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Synopsis for Espionage Starring Black X: "Madame Doom Strikes at Sea"

A big U.S. warship gets blown up while on strenuous maneuvers in the mid-Pacific. Then a week later another one does, and so do two submarines, and so Black X flies out to a never-named "refueling island" where the sinkings took place, and infiltrates a movie company, as a deep-sea diver, and encounters other deep-sea divers, who turn out to be commanded by the formerly-apparently-dead Madame Doom, who now has a stationary automated torpedo-launcher on the seabed, and has been nailing these ships.

Before their struggle ends, in a gunfight, Black X gets captured and tied up but bursts his bonds "with superhuman strength." After some more shooting, Black X stands on the bridge, steering Madame Doom's ship, with her supposedly still aboard it, steaming slowly across the electric eye that activates the launcher; her ship sinks with almost all hands, including a bunch of knocked-out and bullet-wounded enemy thugs.

Appearing in Espionage Starring Black X: "Madame Doom Strikes at Sea"

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  • two U.S. surface warships (Destroyed)
  • two U.S. submarines (Destroyed)

Synopsis for Abdul the Arab: "The Story of Salome"


Appearing in Abdul the Arab: "The Story of Salome"

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  • Hassan

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Synopsis for The Scarlet Seal: "The Sabotaged Chutes"

A wounded man stumbles in Barry and Pat's precinct, mumbling "Army..Panasians..Silk..Para-" before his pursuer leans in the door and shoots him dead. Searching the corpse, they find he was attached to army intelligence. His colonel informs them the dead agent is the fourth one killed on the case, of suspected military sabotage in Chinatown, and voices his hope that the Scarlet Seal would investigate. Barry sees to it that he does, slipping away to put on his yellow makeup and Mandarin outfit, then goes to talk to his tong buddies. He's told about the "despised Panasians" being seen around Chinatown a lot, and even having the "effrontery" to buy a large building. Which, it so happens, is next door to one owned a member of the tong, allowing Scarlet Seal easy access by just jumping from one roof to the next.

Inside he overhears the villains' plan, but in trying to escape back out the skylight, the box he's standing on collapses. The Panasians tie up Scarlet Seal but thanks to the tricks he learned from Houdini, he easily escapes and knocks out the saboteurs. Passing along what he learned to the Colonel, all paratrooper training exercises are called off. Sodium hypochlorite was put on the parachutes by the saboteurs, which rotted them and would've killed the paratroopers.

Appearing in The Scarlet Seal: "The Sabotaged Chutes"

Featured Characters:

  • Scarlet Seal

Supporting Characters:

  • Captain Tim Moore

Antagonists:

  • The Panasians

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Synopsis for Magno: "The Framing of Tony Segora"

At night, the First National bank gets robbed, and Tony Segora, holding the loot bag, is set up by his own gang, with no car keys and no gun, to get cornered by the police, who shoot him dead. Tom Dalton reads about it the next day, along with the allegation that Segora had bumped off Boss Malone before the bungled robbery, and Tom decides that the published explanation is all baloney. Tom works through the rest of that day, then that night, as Magno, he breaks into the Medical Examiner's office and finds a report on the death of Boss Malone, who was killed by a round from a .45 long-bore Colt, which isn't at all like the .38 auto that Tony Segora used to pack.

Magno visits the Golden Slipper, one of the late Boss Malone's hangouts, and beats up a random guy, who turns out to not be one of Malone's gang, but who pays protection to Malone's mob. He warns Magno not to go into the bar, because about six gunmen are inside; Magno goes in anyway. He sneaks up on and knocks out one thug (Gimpy), takes his gun, and shoots at the ceiling, which draws out two more thugs from an inner office; he beats them up, then goes in and confronts the new, Mexican boss of Malone's mob, who throws a dagger at him. Magno deflects the dagger right back at him, pins him to the wall, and grabs two guns off him, and one of them is a .45 long-bore Colt while the other is Tony Segora's .38. The new boss makes one last stab at fighting Magno, but is thrashed, and punched through a wall, which knocks him out. Magno then turns him over to the police.

Appearing in Magno: "The Framing of Tony Segora"

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Supporting Characters:

  • Mike Harvey

Antagonists:

  • Tony Segora (Dies)
  • Boss Malone (Dies)
  • unnamed Mexican new boss
    • several thugs

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Synopsis for Chic Carter: "Mongol Menace"


Appearing in Chic Carter: "Mongol Menace"

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  • Gordon Bruce
  • Won Kai (Dies)
  • Princess Chin Lu
  • Chin Lu's father

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Synopsis for Bozo the Robot: "The Building Racketeers"


Appearing in Bozo the Robot: "The Building Racketeers"

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  • Acton

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Notes

  • Espionage
    • 1/ Quality Universe WWII History: Panama, Nicaragua, and Mexico just got invaded, by a not-named "oriental power," back in Smash Comics #16 (Nov 1940). There also were several large-scale naval battles over the Pan-American Caldwell Line back in Smash Comics #7 (Feb 1940).
    • 2/ It takes a crew of deep-sea divers to reload this idiotic torpedo weapon, and it only shoots when a ship sails across one particular spot. Which, in fairness, has already happened at least four times in this story, so the weapon had SOME moxie, but for what it costs to operate, the unidentified bad guys could have laid a dozen minefields.
    • 3/ This is Madame Doom's sixth appearance in this series. We never learn or even ask WHO Madame Doom is working for this time around, or HOW she survived her seeming suicide last time around.
    • 4/ Batu hasn't done any telepathy since Smash Comics #15 (Oct 1940).
    • 5/ Based on internal and prior timeline evidence in the Black X series, events of this story are thought to have taken place circa 1941-April.
  • Midnight:
    • Chango was Midnight's first super villain.
  • Also appearing in this issue of Smash Comics were:

Trivia

  • Alex Blum signed his Purple Trio story as "S.M. Regi."
  • Art Pinajian signed his work on Invisible Justice as "Art Gordon."
  • Bob Powell signed his pencil work on Wings Wendall as "Powell Roberts."
  • George Brenner signed his work on Bozo the Iron Man as "Wayne Reid"
  • John Devlin wrote and drew this issue's episode of Archie O'Toole but the "Bud Thomas" credit line does not appear.
  • Harry Campbell signed his Scarlet Seal story as himself.
  • Lou Fine signed his work on The Ray as "E. Lectron."
  • Will Eisner signed his work on Espionage as "Will Erwin."


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