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"Star-Spangled Kid: "The Needle"": A new villain, "The Needle", comes to town with a plan. He is sending threats to all the millionaires in town; either give up a set sum of money, or meet their end. Already there has been one victim, Morton Morrow, who didn't pay, and was killed for it. The

Star-Spangled Comics #4 is an issue of the series Star-Spangled Comics (Volume 1) with a cover date of January, 1942.

Appearing in Star-Spangled Kid: "The Needle"

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Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Needle (First appearance)
  • Reynauld (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Nicholas Murdock (Single appearance)
  • Kennessy (Single appearance)
  • Sergeant Murphy (Single appearance)
  • Police Commissioner
  • The Pemberton's butler
  • Sarah (Single appearance)

Items:

  • Needle Gun

Vehicles:

Synopsis for Star-Spangled Kid: "The Needle"

A new villain, "The Needle", comes to town with a plan. He is sending threats to all the millionaires in town; either give up a set sum of money, or meet their end. Already there has been one victim, Morton Morrow, who didn't pay, and was killed for it. The Star-Spangled Kid and Stripesy track down his next victim by eavesdropping outside police headquarters. Nick Murdock refused to pay the Needle, and now fears for his life. That night, while officers patrol the grounds of Murdock's home, up in the sky hangs the Star Rocket Racer with the Kid and Stripesy keeping a lookout of their own. A shout from inside the residence! Murdock is dead! A long needle pierced his throat. Outside, Sylvester and Stripesy suddenly notice the Needle escaping into his car. A chase begins, the Rocket Racer vs. the Needles getaway vehicle. Stripesy and the Star-Spangle Kid are quickly closing in, so the Needle tries a different trick. He leaves his own vehicle and hijacks an elderly couples auto, sending it careening off the road and into a grove of trees. He escapes unharmed, but Sylvester and Stripesy must halt their pursuit of him to help the couple. Naturally, this distraction means the Needle gets away.

In his civilian clothes, Sylvester visits the scene of the murder where reporters and police are already looking around. He particularly takes note of a strange package with no postmarking, that had already partially been cut open. He doesn't know what this means yet, but Sylvester is sure it's an important clue. Later that evening, a newspaper extra is released with a story on the young child genius' investigation into the Murdock murder. The Needle gets his hands on a copy and becomes nervous. The boy is getting too close to the truth, he'll have to be eliminated! That night, a package for Sylvester is delivered to the Pemberton Mansion. His butler places it on the shelf in Sylvester's bedroom while he sleeps. The butler then heads to the kitchen where Pat Dugan is already having a late night snack. When he mentions the package, however, Dugan leaps out of his chair and urgently runs to save his pal! Meanwhile, the package starts to stir, and a small blade cuts through the top. A small dwarf pops out of the box holding a dart gun. Pat manages to change to his Stripesy costume as he ran, rounding the house until he was under Sylvester's window. He blew a loud whistle to try and wake the boy up, but the Needle comes up behind him and konks Stripesy on the head, knocking him out. The signal worked, however. Sylvester wakes up and dodges the shot in the nick of time. The dwarf hops out the window to be caught by the Needle, who then escapes off the grounds. They failed to kill the Pemberton brat, but the Needle plans on succeeding with their next target. Sylvester dons his hero attire and goes out to revive Stripesy. They had to get in the Rocket racer and chase after the Needle and his tiny partner.

The Needle and his dwarf companion reach the Kennessy residence. He boosts the little man up through the barred window. Stripesy reaches them first, he grabs the Needle! The dwarf aims and fires his needle gun, but fortunately the Star Spangled Kid tackles his pal out of the line of fire, so it hits the Needle instead! Stripesy holds the dwarf man in his grip until the police arrive. The two killers are arrested and Sylvester and Stripesy head back home.

Appearing in Star-Spangled Kid: "Mr. Ghool"

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Other Characters:

  • Morton B. Randall (Single appearance)

Locations:

  • The Pemberton Mansion

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Synopsis for Star-Spangled Kid: "Mr. Ghool"

John Pemberton brings his family to visit his old friend, Morton Randall. When they get to his house, they notice how nervous and afraid he seems. When John asks him about his behavior, Morton points him to the closet. Inside was a full-size coffin, with a note attached to it. Sylvester, who had been bored up until now, examines the note. It warns Mr. Randall that he will soon "Be at rest in this coffin", a threat signed by "Mr. Ghool". Morton explains that several officials have received similar "gifts" from a Mr. Ghool... and they all wound up dead! He was hoping that by inviting John and his family over tonight to keep him company, he'd be safe. At that moment Mr. Ghool, a well-dressed man with a ghastly face, enters the home with a crew of deathly-blue-skinned henchmen. His henchmen tie up Sylvester's parents, while Sylvester himself is taken into another room where Mr. Ghool wants him killed. The terrifying criminal orders Morton to step into the coffin and drink a mysterious liquid, or else he will destroy the remaining Pemberton's. Morton does as he's told. After drinking the vial, his body goes lifeless. Meanwhile outside, Pat Dugan is waiting by the limousine as one of the henchman creep up behind him. They strike, but Dugan notices the man's shadow and steps to one side just as a club comes down. He slams his attacker into a tree! No more waiting. He dons his crimefighting outfit, knowing Sylvester was going to need his help. Stripesy crashes through the front window of the house in a surprise attack. Mr. Ghool nearly drops the vial he was about to force on the Pemberton parents, Stripesy instead vaults over his henchmen and kicks the vial so that it's contents splash the villains face.

While all this had been going on, in the next room Sylvester had been playing the frightened boy role so his "captor" would lower his guard. Suddenly, Sylvester delivers a knockout right hook to the hoodlums jaw! He too, then gets in his hero costume. The Star Spangled Kid and Stripesy meet up in the main room as the fighting ensues. Mr. Ghool starts to escape out the window, tossing a bomb back into the house. Sylvester catches it and throws it back outside before it explodes. The henchmen, at least, get rounded up. They couldn't save Morton Randall, but the Kid and Stripesy untie John and Gloria Pemberton's bindings before taking off. In actuality, the duo circle around the house while dressing back up in their civilian clothes, so that Sylvester's parents don't become suspicious of their absence. The police arrive moments later. It's discovered that the henchmen were wearing grease paint, and some are actually wanted crooks.

Morton's funeral and burial are set up later, the Pemberton clan attends. Pat speaks to the cemetery groundskeeper, who tells him how there have been cases of graverobbing lately. That night, the Star Spangled Kid and Stripesy return to keep an eye out for trouble. Mr. Ghool ambushes them with more of his henchmen, this time they are overcome and tied up, forced to follow their creepy host down into an underground chamber hidden beneath a grave. Bags of money were set on a table. Mr. Ghool was using this place as a hideout to place all the cash he and his men stole. Some officials, like Morton Randall, had gotten too close to the truth, so they had yo be dealt with. Mr. Ghool points to a coffin in the back of the lair where Morton's body resides and reveals that he's not really dead, just in suspended animation. While Mr. Ghool talks, Sylvester and Stripesy work together back to back on untying their knots. Seconds later, they are free! The ugly gang charge in, but they lose the advantage because this time the partners in peril are ready for them! Mr. Ghool runs up the stairs. As soon as the last few henchmen are down for the count, Stripesy and the Kid chase after him. They meet up with the graveyard's keeper again, but as soon as Stripesy's back is turned, he is shoved back down the stairs. Mr. Ghool removes the "groundskeeper" mask and comes after Sylvester next. But the boy socks him with an uppercut, then finishes him off with a few more jabs to the chest. Stripesy runs back up the steps ready to brawl, but he's a little too late. All that was left to do was force the ghoulish Ghool to hand over the antidote for Morton's suspended state. Which he does.

Morton Randall is awake, and the police are already on their way to arrest Mr. Ghool and his men. The Kid and Stripesy drive off in the Star Rocket.

Appearing in Armstrong of the Army: "The Case of the Sand Gun"

Featured Characters:

  • Lieutenant Armstrong

Antagonists:

  • Professor Arndt (Single appearance)
  • Krogg (Only appearance; dies)

Other Characters:

  • Bender (Only appearance; dies)

Items:

  • Sand Gun

Vehicles:

  • Army Plane

Synopsis for Armstrong of the Army: "The Case of the Sand Gun"

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Appearing in Tarantula: "The Blade"

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Antagonists:

  • The Blade
  • Butch (Henchman) (Single appearance)
  • Muggsy (Henchman) (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

  • President Gomez (Single appearance)
  • Paula Gomez (Single appearance)

Items:

Synopsis for Tarantula: "The Blade"

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Appearing in Captain X: "Barges in Norway"

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Supporting Characters:

  • Stuffy

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Other Characters:

  • J.J. (The Tribute Editor)

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  • Jenny

Synopsis for Captain X: "Barges in Norway"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in Star-Spangled Kid: "The Flying Buzz Saw"

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  • WKLB Radio Station

Items:

  • Weerd Formula

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Synopsis for Star-Spangled Kid: "The Flying Buzz Saw"

  • Synopsis not yet written.



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Trivia

  • Stripesy never wears a mask, yet Mr. Pemberton has a hard time recalling where he's seen his face before. He's your chauffeur, sir.



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