"Captain Marvel: "The Circus of Death"": The sinister scientist Sivana, whose evil brain whirls with dread schemes of destruction, imports to Earth, from Venus, six rocketshipsful of exotic animals, and opens a circus, intending to make a fortune and become the most powerful man alive. This
- This place is too hot for comfort, Blimp. We're scramming.
- -- Scoop Smith
Appearing in Captain Marvel: "The Circus of Death"
- Dr. Sivana, (his 5th evil scheme)
- Clarence the Maniac Man, a sideshow freak of a cave man
Synopsis for Captain Marvel: "The Circus of Death"
The sinister scientist Sivana, whose evil brain whirls with dread schemes of destruction, imports to Earth, from Venus, six rocketshipsful of exotic animals, and opens a circus, intending to make a fortune and become the most powerful man alive. This is Sivana's fifth evil scheme. One half-crazy sideshow freak, "Clarence the Maniac Man," spurned by the lovely highwire dancer Lovelia, releases some dangerous animals. Captain Marvel fights and defeats assorted bulletproof sabretooth tigers, a prehistoric elephant, two giant horned crocosaurs, and kills the only gorillion (a hybrid gorilla-lion centaur) in the universe, then using the big circus tent, he bags all the alien animals, flies them out to sea, and drops them into a watery grave. Sivana flees back to Venus, unpursued by Captain Marvel. Clarence is still at large at story's end, and it seems quite possible that his mischief went undetected.
Appearing in Golden Arrow: "The Bank Robbery That Backfired"
- White Wind
Synopsis for Golden Arrow: "The Bank Robbery That Backfired"
Golden Arrow once again goes up against Brute and Bronk Braddock, who start a stampede to distract the town while they rob the bank.
Appearing in Lance O'Casey: "The Launch of the Brian Boru II"
- Heathens (Single appearance) (Flashback and main story)
- Diana Winslow (First appearance) (Flashback and main story)
- Drew Winslow (First appearance) (Flashback and main story)
- Brian Boru II (First appearance)
Synopsis for Lance O'Casey: "The Launch of the Brian Boru II"
Lance O'Casey rescues a girl cast adrift at sea, then saves her father from island savages.
Appearing in Spy Smasher: "Amusement Park Assassin"
- Eve Corby
- Admiral Corby
Synopsis for Spy Smasher: "Amusement Park Assassin"
Spy Smasher stops the villainous Mask from assassinating Admiral Corby at an amusement park.
Appearing in Dan Dare: "The Great World's Fair Mystery"
- Carol Clews
- Dr. Ling Chow (Single appearance)
- "Lefty" Louis (Single appearance)
- Colonel Parsons (Single appearance)
Synopsis for Dan Dare: "The Great World's Fair Mystery"
Dan Dare solves a series of murders at the New York World's Fair.
Appearing in Scoop Smith: "The Emperor of the Bahamas"
- Scoop Smith, America's Ace Reporter
- Blimp Black, photographer
- Bruce Lane, editor
- Otto Krug, ambergris smuggler (Dies)
- Smuggler Crew (two die)
- Louis Ferretti
- other Ex-Convicts
- Amphibious Airplane
- Freight Steamship
Synopsis for Scoop Smith: "The Emperor of the Bahamas"
Earlier, the notorious ambergris smuggler Otto "Scarface" Krug escaped during his trial, in a stolen airplane, which then crashed, off the Florida Coast. Now editor Bruce Lane reads an incoming wire story on his teletype, about a new outbreak of ambergris smuggling, and he dispatches Scoop Smith and Blimp Black to go to the Bahamas and check it out.
Two days later, in an amphibious airplane piloted by Scoop, almost at their destination in the Bahamas, Scoop and Blimp are forced down by engine trouble, and land near a palm-covered island, well off the main shipping lanes, with an unidentified freight ship anchored nearby. So they climb aboard this ship and snoop around. They find some "palm oil" barrels that don't smell right, form a suspicion, and get ready to leave, when two brutal crewmen armed with baling hooks grab them and try to take them prisoner, for "the Emperor." Scoop and Blimp punch their way free, but have nowhere to go but over the side. The two thugs idiotically dive in and swim after them. Between the swimmers and the shore is a giant octopus, which drags the two thugs under. They get into the woods, but have to hide from headhunters, and are found by Louis Ferretti, a wanted fugitive from New York City. Ferretti has a rifle, and a story to tell, about Otto Krug.
A dozen or so ex-convicts including Ferretti are virtually enslaved by this "Emperor" Otto Krug, and are tired of it. Ferretti shows them a good hiding place, a jaguar cave, only it's got jaguars in it. Smith fights and defeats the huge cats, using a grip he learned from catching wolves in Texas. While Ferretti foments rebellion among Krug's hench slaves, Scoop and Blimp climb over the wall into Krug's compound, where they get captured by his guards, a squad of headhunter riflemen. Krug has them locked in his Spider Den, with some very large spiders. Ferretti also sneaks into the compound, finds the den, talks to Scoop, runs to get some dried palm leaves, and passes them through the window into the spider den, where Scoop and Blimp are furiously swatting at the spiders with their shirts. Scoop sets fire to the leaves and the spiders get burned. When the guards run into the smoke-filled room, Scoop and Blimp elude them and escape into the castle. There they meet up with Ferretti and his rebel smugglers, and are soon embroiled in a melee with Krug's headhunter soldiers. Amid the battle, Ferretti kills the Emperor, then is himself gunned down. Scoop and Blimp depart very quickly.
When they make it back to the big city, their boss, as usual, promises to send them on another little vacation.
Appearing in Ibis the Invincible: "The Lost Ibistick"
- Hobo (Single appearance) (Dies)
- Captain Tom Hooker (Single appearance)
- Willie (Single appearance)
Synopsis for Ibis the Invincible: "The Lost Ibistick"
At the end of last issue's episode,
This is an in-universe article with out-of-universe material.
A week later, still vainly searching the little fishing village, Ibis & Taia read in the paper that an ex-hobo with a magic wand has threatened to wipe out America unless he is proclaimed king, and has already killed a dozen men. Ibis, with Taia, goes to the guy's luxurious new home and confronts him; the ex-hobo tries to turn Ibis into ice; this backfires on him fatally. Ibis then transforms the gaudy mansion into a small homey cottage and gives it away to an elderly homeless couple. With that problem solved, Ibis and Taia decide to drive to Hollywood and check out the movie stars; a sleek roadster is conjured up; and away they go, but very soon Ibis has driven onto a grade crossing directly in front of an onrushing streamlined passenger train. To be continued!
- This series was published by Fawcett Publications. All characters and likeness(es) thereof associated with the Captain Marvel family of titles became the legal property of National Periodical Publications (DC Comics) in 1991.
- Captain Marvel: "The Circus of Death" is reprinted in 'The Shazam! Archives Vol. 1'.
- Last issue for Scoop Smith by Bill Parker and Greg Duncan. Beginning with issue #7, Scoop's strip is replaced by Dr. Voodoo.
- Also appearing in this issue of Whiz Comics was:
- "A Beggar Reclaimed" (text story)
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- Marvel Family Recommended Reading
- Whiz Comics (Volume 1)
- Captain Marvel Adventures (Volume 1)
- Captain Marvel, Jr. (Volume 1)
- Mary Marvel (Volume 1)
- Master Comics (Volume 1)
- Marvel Family (Volume 1)
- Hoppy the Marvel Bunny (Volume 1)
- Shazam! (Volume 1)
- Shazam!: The New Beginning (Volume 1)
- The Power of Shazam! (Volume 1)
- Superman/Shazam!: First Thunder (Volume 1)
- Shazam!: The Monster Society of Evil (Volume 1)
- The Trials of Shazam! (Volume 1)
- Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam! (Volume 1)
Links and References
- Captain Marvel at Wikipedia
- Captain Marvel at Toonopedia
- Captain Marvel at DCU Guide
- Dan Dare at Wikipedia
- Golden Arrow at Wikipedia
- Golden Arrow at Toonopedia
- Ibis the Invincible at Wikipedia
- Ibis the Invincible at Toonopedia
- Ibis the Invincible at DCU Guide
- Lance O'Casey at Wikipedia
- Marvel Family at Toonopedia
- Scoop Smith at DCU Guide
- Shazam at Wikipedia
- Shazam at DCU Guide
- Spy Smasher at Wikipedia
- Spy Smasher at Toonopedia
- Spy Smasher at DCU Guide
- Whiz Comics article at Wikipedia
- Whiz Comics series index at the Grand Comics Database (creator credits)
- Whiz Comics #6, July 1940