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"Captain Marvel: "The Haunted Halloween Hotel"": Sterling Morris has a brother, Cuthbert, whose wife Priscilla is a fearsome opinionated woman who berates him into buying an old hotel for their home. Trying to get help from Sterling, Cuthbert inadvertently gives him the idea of rigging up the ol

Quote1.png Have done with this unmanly blubbering --- a Porterhouse has never been known to triumph over a beaten adversary, sir. Quote2.png
Colonel Porterhouse

Whiz Comics #36 is an issue of the series Whiz Comics (Volume 1) with a cover date of October, 1942.

Synopsis for Captain Marvel: "The Haunted Halloween Hotel"

Sterling Morris has a brother, Cuthbert, whose wife Priscilla is a fearsome opinionated woman who berates him into buying an old hotel for their home. Trying to get help from Sterling, Cuthbert inadvertently gives him the idea of rigging up the old place to seem haunted to scare Priscilla out of wanting to buy it. At first Billy refuses to participate on moral grounds, then sees what Priscilla's like. He tries to hand the job of escorting her over to Captain Marvel, but a vision of the hero appears to him and refuses to have anything to do with that woman.

Unknown to the Morrises, the old hotel's been used as a hideout by a group of German spies. Chaos ensues as fake ghosts, spies, and an angry society wife collide. Things only become more shambolic as Captain Marvel continues to refuse to get involved and transforms back as quickly as possible whenever Billy calls him.

Appearing in Captain Marvel: "The Haunted Halloween Hotel"

Date:

  • Halloween 1942

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

  • two German Spies, (Karl, Emil)
  • U-boat Commander
    • U-boat landing party

Other Characters:

  • Cuthbert Morris (Sterling Morris' brother)
  • Priscilla Morris (Sterling Morris's sister-in-law) (First appearance)
  • Sid Winker (a ghost)
  • Gramps, WHIZ sound engineer
  • Son, WHIZ sound engineer

Locations:

Vehicles:

  • German Submarine


Synopsis for Golden Arrow: "The Killer of Ghost Town"


Appearing in Golden Arrow: "The Killer of Ghost Town"

Date:

  • Halloween

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Murch, as King Kade's Ghost (First appearance)

Locations:

Items:


Vehicles:



Synopsis for Spy Smasher: "The Misfortune Teller"


Appearing in Spy Smasher: "The Misfortune Teller"

Date:

  • Halloween 1942

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

Other Characters:

  • Corby's Gardener
  • Old Meg

Locations:

  • Corby's Mansion, near the ocean

Synopsis for Lance O'Casey: "The Isle of Lonely Gods"


Appearing in Lance O'Casey: "The Isle of Lonely Gods"

Date:

  • Halloween 1942

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Mike Bellew

Antagonists:

Other Characters:

  • castaway yacht crewman (Dies)
  • Dola Lee
  • Mr. Lee

Locations:

  • Para Puni, the Isle of the Lonely Gods

Vehicles:

  • O'Casey's Schooner, the Starfish
  • Yacht "Dola Lee", wreckage

Synopsis for Ibis the Invincible: "The Black Witch!"


Appearing in Ibis the Invincible: "The Black Witch!"

Date:

  • Halloween 1942

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

Other Characters:

  • Van De Peyster family

Locations:

  • Van De Peyster Mansion
  • an abandoned "haunted" mansion

Items:

Vehicles:

  • Black Witch's Broomstick

Synopsis for Colonel Porterhouse: "Porterhouse the Invincible and the Phantom of Porterhouse Manor"


Appearing in Colonel Porterhouse: "Porterhouse the Invincible and the Phantom of Porterhouse Manor"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Sis
  • Brother
  • Mrs. Porterhouse
  • Chadwick (Flashback only)

Antagonists:

  • Phantom Hag of the Heath (actually two people) (Flashback only)
    • old man
    • his ward

Other Characters:

  • Sir Childron Porterhouse (in painted portrait) (Flashback only)
  • little boy next door

Locations:

  • England
    • Duffenshire
      • Porterhouse Towers

Items:

  • Porterwand (Flashback only)

Notes

  • In Captain Marvel: "The Haunted Halloween Hotel", Captain Marvel and Billy Batson have a conversation and a disagreement. This happened rarely.
  • According to Colonel Porterhouse, the Porterwand was given to him by the Khedive of Egypt, in recognition of his scholarly contributions to Egyptology. It was discovered in a tomb from the Fourth Dynasty, and is a potent talisman against evil.
  • Also featured in this issue of Whiz Comics was:
    • "Death Wears a False Face" (text story) by Robert Arthur

Trivia

  • Most stories in this issue are set on a Halloween Night, and all of them involve sinister skulking hooded figures.


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