"Newsboy Legion: "The Newsboys and the Champ"": Zeke Potts has some trouble in the big city, and Tommy helps him out with it, and they become good friends. Zeke is really big, and can tie a wrought-iron fence in a knot, so when the Newsboy Legion needs a prizefighter, for a fund-raising project,


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Liberty Belle, in her jodphurs and boots

Star-Spangled Comics #20 is an issue of the series Star-Spangled Comics (Volume 1) with a cover date of May, 1943.

Synopsis for Newsboy Legion: "The Newsboys and the Champ"

Zeke Potts has some trouble in the big city, and Tommy helps him out with it, and they become good friends. Zeke is really big, and can tie a wrought-iron fence in a knot, so when the Newsboy Legion needs a prizefighter, for a fund-raising project, they recruit Zeke. He at first has zero fighting skills, but the Guardian trains him, and the boys are able to connive Zeke's way into a championship match, versus Slugger Kane.

It's really bad; Kane just takes him apart; Potts hasn't got the killer instinct he needs ... until the Guardian plays a very rude trick on him, to properly infuriate him for the task at hand. It works, and Zeke rallies up and wallops Slugger for a knock-out! The Legion spends the prize money on rehabilitating the deserted gym in their neighborhood.

Appearing in Newsboy Legion: "The Newsboys and the Champ"

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Supporting Characters:

Other Characters:

  • Zeke Potts, the "Ozark Buzzsaw",
    • managed by the Newsboy Legion, trained by the Guardian
  • Slugger Kane, boxer
  • Max Lawlor, Kane's manager
  • Spike Dunphy, boxer

Locations:

Items:


Synopsis for Star-Spangled Kid: "Needle in the Haystack"

All over the country, for several weeks, a wave of crime has moved across the country, in which electrical power plants are blown up, followed immediately by simultaneous looting of banks and post offices in all the blacked-out towns and cities powered by those plants. Many guards and witnesses are gunned down. Sylvester Pemberton racks his brains for a week, without sleep, failing to figure out how these crimes are coordinated. His father sees how unhealthy this is and sends him out to a Victory Farm, in the Midwest, to build up his health, and sends Dugan along to keep an eye on him.

Out in the country, young Pemberton spots an itinerant farmhand that he recognizes: it's a member of The Needle's old gang! A fracas ensues but the gangsters get away when they set fire to a wheat field, diverting the heroes' attention.

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Appearing in Star-Spangled Kid: "Needle in the Haystack"

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Other Characters:

  • Victory Farm Hands

Locations:

Synopsis for Liberty Belle: "Belles of Liberty"

Big-time war-effort organizer, and enormous windbag, Nathaniel Baxter, publicly campaigns to get the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps disbanded. Radio personality Libby Lawrence, covering this story, decides that this guy needs to have a conversation with Liberty Belle.

That night after her show, Libby changes identities and leaves her high-rise apartment via the window, and walks to the nearby WAAC post, meets up with Libby's friend Captain Stanley, and gives the enlisted WAAC recruits a rousing pep talk. Belle spends the night in the WAAC barracks, then spends the next day in training exercises, where she outshines everybody at everything.

Meanwhile walking along a city street are Nathaniel Baxter and Ricky Cannon, arguing about the value of the WAAC program, when they get ambushed, head-konked, and abducted by a big sedan full of German secret agents. This head-konk didn't really do the job, and Rick plays possum while they ride back to the spy hideout. On the car floor, Ricky writes a note, and slips it out of the car, at just the right moment for it to catch the attention of a beat cop, who looks at it and acts on it. He calls Mr. Revere at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, who rings the Liberty Bell, which causes Belle's miniature replica bell to reverberate. She know she needs to call Tom Revere at once!

Within the hour, Liberty Belle is scaling the wall of the abandoned "Pirate Tavern" in the Riverfront neighborhood. There is no sign of life in the building, but she does find a "Liberty Head" dime, and decides that it's a clue left behind by Ricky. Then she finds a trap door and a secret tunnel and an underground pier, with a motorboat full of boastful, bullying spies, four of them, plus Cannon and Baxter, tied up. Nazi threats aren't making much of an impression on Baxter, who just jeers at them. Belle withdraws to the tavern and makes a telephone call, then returns to the secret pier. Baxter and Cannon are both defying the Nazis, and Ricky is just about to get shot in the head, when Liberty Belle jumps aboard and starts kicking the spies around. When she gets pushed into the river, her WAAC pals show up in a rakish speedboat. Nathaniel Baxter is flabbergasted to see these young women in action, and soon changes his opinion of the W.A.A.C.s He calls a press conference to let the public know that he's now behind them all the way.

Appearing in Liberty Belle: "Belles of Liberty"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Herr Schlee, the "Little Fuehrer" (wears a monocle)
    • henchmen, at least 3: Eric, Karl, others

Other Characters:

  • Nathaniel Baxter
  • Captain Stanley, WAAC
    • Pvt Mary Jones
    • many other enlisted WAAC soldiers

Locations:

Vehicles:

  • WAAC Trucks & Motorcycles
  • WAAC Speedboat

Synopsis for Penniless Palmer: "The Case of the Capering Mice"

International Mouthpiece Habyus Korpus tries to drive swank restaurateur Zoopa Nutski out of business, using stolen trained mice from Professor Mergatroy. Nutski hires Penniless Palmer to save his business, and the bad guys are caught. Palmer's payoff is a lifetime of free eats at Nutski's eatery, the Volga Boatman, for himself and his hungry crew. But the U.S. Army needs the restaurant site for a training facility, and pays Nutski handsomely for it, so the deal is off.

Appearing in Penniless Palmer: "The Case of the Capering Mice"

Featured Characters:

  • Penniless Palmer, Ace Detective

Supporting Characters:

  • Oxie, undernourished operative
  • Bunny South, salary-less secretary

Antagonists:

  • Habyus Korpus, International Mouthpiece
    • three well-armed ruffians
    • many trained mice (retrained)

Other Characters:

  • Zoopa Nutski
  • Professor Mergatroy, World-Famous Mouse Trainer
  • U.S. Army procurement officer

Locations:

  • Volga Boatman, Nutski's swank eatery

Synopsis for T.N.T. & Dan the Dyna-Mite: "Solid Ghosts"


Appearing in T.N.T. & Dan the Dyna-Mite: "Solid Ghosts"

Featured Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Bruiser Blane
    • four gangsters

Other Characters:

  • Old Johnny Gill

Locations:

  • New York City
    • Southfield High School baseball field
  • Placer Gulch, (a long train ride away from NYC)

Items:

Synopsis for Robotman: "The Jigsaw Crimes"


Appearing in Robotman: "The Jigsaw Crimes"

Featured Characters:

Antagonists:

  • four burglars, ex-pals of Dusty Martin
  • Dusty Martin (Behind the scenes)

Other Characters:

  • Paul Dennis' apartment neighbors
    • their sleepless cranky baby

Locations:

Items:

  • jigsaw puzzle, clue to concealed gold stash

Notes

  • Published by Detective Comics, Inc.
  • First issue for Liberty Belle in Star-Spangled Comics, after appearing in Boy Commandos #1, Winter 1942, and #2, Spring 1943. This series ran in Star-Spangled Comics until issue #68, May 1947.
    • At the time of this story, the Women's Army Corps was a brand new thing, established in May of 1942. The name was shortened from WAAC to WAC, within the first year of the Corps' existence.
    • Libby Lawrence works for the Green Network.
    • Ricky Cannon gets blunt-instrument head-konked, but not knocked out, just "barely stunned."
  • The TNT & Dan story is set in the early part of Baseball Season.
    • Tex and Dan each blow up two sets of street clothes in this adventure.
  • Also appearing in this issue of Star-Spangled Comics were:
    • Stamps: "Kenya - Uganda - Tanganyika" (text article) by Sidney M. Elias
    • Clancy the Cop by Henry Boltinoff
    • Gags
    • "Message from the Dead" (text story) by Nelson Carr



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