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"Captain Marvel: "The Temple of Itzalotahui"": While Billy Batson is preparing for his regular news radio report for station W.H.I.Z., he receives a caller, Whitey Murphy; Whitey and Billy met while on the Malcolm Expedition (during which they helped film Republic's "The Adventures of Captain Ma


Quote1 Dr. Phoebus Weber, eh __ queer name! Quote2
-- Dan Dare



Appearing in Captain Marvel: "The Temple of Itzalotahui"

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  • Miss Dalshaw, WHIZ Secretary
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  • Pauncho, translator
  • John Malcolm, explorer
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Synopsis for Captain Marvel: "The Temple of Itzalotahui"

While Billy Batson is preparing for his regular news radio report for station W.H.I.Z., he receives a caller, Whitey Murphy; Whitey and Billy met while on the Malcolm Expedition (during which they helped film Republic's "The Adventures of Captain Marvel" serial). Whitey informs Billy that the head of that expedition, famous explorer John Malcolm, has disappeared while on another expedition, in the jungles of Central America. Billy spearheads a new expedition to rescue the lost explorer, while announcing to his listening audience his plans to send back daily broadcast reports.

After days of trekking deep into the Guatemalan jungle, following Malcolm's trail, they come across an ancient Mayan pyramid, on an island upon a hidden lake. They soon discover that it is the temple of the Monstrous Monkey-God, Itzalotahui. Captain Marvel engages in a terrific struggle with the ancient Mayan god, causing the entire island to rock and tremble. During this battle Whitey wanders through the temple, accidentally coming across a weary Malcom, who had been abandoned by his party, then forced to stay on the island, where he began to succumb to a tropical fever. Led back to Captain Marvel, the hero explains the truth of the terrifying Mayan god, that it is merely an elaborate stone idol, designed over a millennium ago to simply appear alive, thanks to flaring natural gas jostling it.

Realizing that if word got out, about the mountainous island being possibly full of millions of dollars worth of natural gas and oil, that the beautiful, peaceful land, as well as the lives of the natives, would be ruined by "White Men's civilization" fighting over the rights, and reducing the locals to forced labor, the trio agree to never reveal their discovery.

Appearing in Golden Arrow: "The Rattler"

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Appearing in Spy Smasher: "Showdown with Kurt Bund"

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  • Kurt Bund
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Appearing in Lance O'Casey: "The End of the Mutineers"

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Appearing in Dan Dare: "The Sinister Spider"

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  • Carol Clews (Final appearance)

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  • Hypno Harry's Illuminated Glass Eye

Synopsis for Dan Dare: "The Sinister Spider"

Private Detective Dan Dare is called to a remote mansion, via telegram, by eccentric scientist Phoebus Weber, who has been threatened by a mysterious killer called "The Spider." Carol Clews comes along. In his enormous mansion, Weber updates them on the threat: in one hour, at midnight, he's scheduled to be murdered. Before any questions can get asked, they are interrupted by Tony, Weber's assistant, calling him away to the laboratory. Left on their own, Dan and Carol search thru the big and spooky old house. In an upstairs hallway, they encounter a man-sized spider, standing upright, who tells them that they will die at midnight.

A suit of medieval plate armor is standing nearby; Dan grabs it by the ankles and swings it like a baseball bat, smacking the big bug to the floor. But before he can follow up, two thugs swing into the room on ropes, and acrobatically grab Dan and Carol with their legs, then are hoisted into the attic on those ropes. Upstairs, Dan smacks them both into a hatchway, then he and Carol resume their search of the house. Soon they are ambushed again by the two thugs and the giant spider. The Spider has a single eye in the center of its forehead, from which shines a strange hypnotic ray. It doesn't seem to work on Dare, who kicks the Spider with both feet, and knocks aside both henchmen, grabs Carol's arm, and runs. They escape down a fireman's pole, thru a hole in the floor.

In the basement they find a bank vault door. Dare cracks the combination lock and opens the door. Inside are safe-deposit boxes and loose cash and jewelry laying around. The Spider arrives at the vault door, the lights go out, and the menacing figure's eerie eye-beam shines around the room. Dare finds a light switch, just in time, and one short fistfight later, Dare unmasks the Spider as Dr. Phoebus Weber himself, who in turn is really "Hypno Harry," a long-busted bank robber, with a hypnotic gimmick, that Dare had sent to prison years earlier. His elaborate revenge scheme exposed, Harry makes a detailed confession, revealing that the vault is the never-found hiding place for the loot from his long-ago crime wave. Carol has meanwhile taken a handgun away from the Spider and uses it to cover the two henchmen.

When the police arrive, one of them has brought with him yet another telegram, for Dan Dare, calling Dan away to yet another case.

Appearing in Dr. Voodoo: "Golden Flask Quest, Part 6, Herculo Svenson"

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  • Herculo Svenson (First appearance)

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Appearing in Ibis the Invincible: "Into the Black Hole"

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Notes

  • Published every four weeks by Fawcett Publications, Inc..
  • Captain Marvel: "The Temple of Itzalotahui" is reprinted in The Shazam! Archives Vol. 3.
  • Last issue for Dan Dare. Although this story ends with a telegram, calling Dan away to deal with a powerful opium ring terrorizing California from a prison hideout, that case remains unchronicled.
  • Also appearing in this issue of Whiz Comics was:
    • "Paid in Full" (text story), illustrated by Carl Formes

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