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"Star-Spangled Kid: "The Bund Saboteurs"": The Graham Steel Works is in danger of sabotage. It's lucky that the Star-Spangled Kid and his partner Stripesy are around to stop the bund saboteurs from blowing up the factory. While


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Buck Dare

Star-Spangled Comics #1 is an issue of the series Star-Spangled Comics (Volume 1) with a cover date of October, 1941.

Appearing in Star-Spangled Kid: "The Bund Saboteurs"

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  • Ferd Klaug (Single appearance)
  • Unnamed Nazi officers (Single appearance)

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  • Graham Steel Works Factory
  • An old castle (Destroyed)

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Synopsis for Star-Spangled Kid: "The Bund Saboteurs"

The Graham Steel Works is in danger of sabotage. It's lucky that the Star-Spangled Kid and his partner Stripesy are around to stop the bund saboteurs from blowing up the factory. While Stripesy forces one of the men to come along with them to guide them to his boss, the Kid ties up the rest of the gang, leaving his calling card - a gold star shaped sticky note - on their foreheads.

They are guided by their captive to a castle on top of a ridge. Before the Star Spangled Kid and Stripesy can enter, however, a switch is thrown and out of the gates rolls a large mechanical wheel with steel spikes on it's treads! The captive is unfortunately run down, but the Kid manages to climb up the Wheel to the control room in it's center. Just as Stripesy is about to be run over, the Kid overtakes the operators and brings the Wheel to a halt. He and Stripesy then crash the Wheel through the gate and head for the boss' lair. But after a short brawl, the bruised and beaten boss reveals he is only an officer, and that the real boss, Klaug, is holding a meeting of the Nazi Bund party tonight. The officer then presses a switch, collapsing the castle on top of them. The Star Spangled Kid and Stripesy escape out a window, leaving the man to die.

Before going straight out to capture Klaug at the meeting, Stripesy suggests he should take the Star Spangled Kid home first, so his parents don't worry. The number one vehicle in crime fighting, the Star-Rocket car, is uncovered where Stripesy left it in the bushes. On the way, they change back into their civilian identities, the Star Spangled Kid becoming Sylvester Pemberton the spoiled rich boy, and Stripesy his chauffeur, Pat Dugan. To finish, a button in the Star-Rocket is pressed, causing it to transform into an ordinary-looking limousine. Sylvester's parents greet him with news that they were all going to the theater tonight but, with Sylvester now adopting his persona of a spoiled prodigy, he announces he has no time for that as he must retire to his room to study. In actuality, once his parents think they know where he'll be tonight, Sylvester leaves his room through the window where Dugan is already waiting outside.

To get into the Nazi Bund meeting, Sylvester and Pat Dugan pretend their limo has stalled in front of the entrance. The bunds recognize Sylvester as 'that kid from the rich family' and kidnap him, taking him inside the building where they lock him in a room. Once he's alone, Sylvester removes his outer clothing to reveal his Star-Spangled Kid costume, and proceeds to escape by removing the door's hinges. Ferd Klaug, leader of this sect of the Nazi Bund group, is interrupted from his speech in the main hall by the Kid's shout from above. The Kid swings down and punched Klaug out! His followers rush the stage, and so the Kid whistles, signalling his pal Dugan to come in as Stripesy, fists flying.

Ferd Klaug escapes into an underground tunnel, followed by the Kid and Stripesy. Klaug temporarily knocks the Kid out, but Stripesy finishes the Bund leader off with a haymaker punch. They tie Klaug up with the others and phone the police after leaving the official calling card on the bunds foreheads. The two crime fighters then return to their civilian attire as they head for home. Lamenting how it feels like their crime fighting career has only begun...

Appearing in Captain X of the RAF: "Dam the English Channel"

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  • Stuffy, Buck's mechanic (First appearance)
  • Tribute's Editor (First appearance)
  • Commander Lane (First appearance)

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  • Tribute (First appearance)
  • Captain X's underground base, in Kent, near the Great Chatham Naval Base

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  • Viscid, a metal-forming liquid

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  • Jenny (First appearance)

Synopsis for Captain X of the RAF: "Dam the English Channel"

Nazi scientists have developed a liquid called "viscid" which combines with water to instantly form a hard metal, and employ it to build a dam across the English Channel, enabling a mechanized invasion of England.

Buck Dare, a reporter for a London newspaper "Tribute" and secretly Captain X of the RAF, flies an advanced warplane called "Jenny," made from a pale blue plastic alloy and powered by U-237, hangared in an underground base in Kent. Jenny has a range of 25,000 miles, fully loaded, and can cruise at 700 mph. Also Jenny can hover in place, using a special vibrating ray.

Seeking a story for his editor, Buck flies over to Dunkerque and abducts the first German officer he happens to see, but the resulting fight carries him down a secret hatch and into an underground tunnel, where he soon encounters the Wermacht's Channel-Dam-building project. One boastful officer spills the beans, and Captain X quickly grabs control of the viscid-pumping machinery, and uses it to block out the German infantry, then to sabotage the dam wall. He and his prisoner emerge into the channel and rise to the surface, using the metal-creating properties of viscid to slow their ascent and avoid getting the bends. They then swim back to Dunkerque, where Captain X uses a radio-control device to recall Jenny to him, and soon they are en-route to Britain. Dare rigs up the captured officer with a parachute and kicks him out of the plane over Croyden Airdrome, and radios in the position of the Channel-dam-building project. The RAF dispatches a flight of Blenheim bombers to the site, and they bomb it into rubble. Buck Dare turns in his newspaper story.

Appearing in The Tarantula: "Ace-Deuce"

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  • Olga (First appearance)

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  • Pugs O'Bannion (Mentioned only)

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Synopsis for The Tarantula: "Ace-Deuce"

Ace-Deuce's gang robs a theater, only for one of the guests to prove to be the heroic Tarantula, who makes quick work of the gang with his fists and web-shooting pistol. Later, back in his identity as John Law, the Tarantula is warned by his housekeeper that she heard over the radio that Ace-Deuce managed to escape from the police.

The gangster reconvenes with the rest of his men and announces a plan to rob socialites at a hi-rise party, but gets a particular crook, Pugs O'Bannion, to snarl up the building's elevators so the hi-rise will be inaccessible as they rob it. During the robbery "Pugs" turns out to be the Tarantula in disguise, and he launches a surprise attack on the gangster. Ace-Deuce tries to flee in an autogyro with the loot but Tarantula jams its rotor with his web gun. Cornered, Ace-Deuce then tries to escape off the building using a parachute. He and Tarantula struggle on the way down, resulting in the air being let out of the parachute. Tarantula is saved by his ability to stick to walls but Ace-Deuce falls to his death. Afterward John Law's housekeeper is relieved that he can give up his dangerous double life as the Tarantula with Ace-Deuce gone, but he tells her Tarantula's career has only begun.

Appearing in Armstrong of the Army: "Mystery of the Aerial Photographer"

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  • Armstrong

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Synopsis for Armstrong of the Army: "Mystery of the Aerial Photographer"

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Appearing in Star-Spangled Kid: "Dr. Weerd and the Metal Monster"

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Notes

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  • Captain X of the RAF:
    • Buck Dare smokes a pipe.

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