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"Captain Marvel: "The Squadron of Doom"":

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Billy Batson/Captain Marvel

Whiz Comics #7 is an issue of the series Whiz Comics (Volume 1) with a cover date of August, 1940.

Synopsis for Captain Marvel: "The Squadron of Doom"

Over the previous six months, wealthy young sportsman-explorer Rodney Stark has discovered an entire tribe of frozen pleistocene men, and has built a means of bringing them back to life, and has trained them to build and fly airplanes. These monsters stole six 2-engine bombers from a USAAF airbase in Greenland, and were already building hundreds of copies of these craft. Stark claims that not even a high-explosive shell at close range will kill one of these ancient savages, and that thousands of years of intense cold has sharpened their intelligence almost to perfection. From his sub-surface factory and airbase, at or near the North Pole, with his growing army of obedient and invulnerable cavemen, Rodney Stark plans to rule the entire earth within one month.

Billy Batson has been pursuing Rodney Stark for a radio story, and he manages to get to Stark's base, then get captured by the cavemen; Stark exposits his big plan, then has Billy thrown into a sub-zero prison cell, ungagged and unsupervised. SHAZAM! Captain Marvel crashes into the air from his under-ice prison, creating a huge crater in the ice. At that moment, hundreds of planes, flown by the gigantic pleistocene men, emerge from their sub-surface hangar. Cap yanks one pilot out of his plane and flings him aside (no visible parachute) then uses the plane to crash into at least 4 other planes, which all drop into this huge opening in the ice. Stark crashes his own plane into Captain Marvel in mid-air, on purpose. He's still alive and talking as he flies out through the cockpit windshield, and is close enough that C.M. could easily catch him, but doesn't; Stark and his blazing plane wreckage plunge into the crevice where the other ships fell, which detonates the fuel tanks of those planes.

Billy Batson, the only witness to any of this, returns to the radio studio and tells the story on the air.

Appearing in Captain Marvel: "The Squadron of Doom"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Rodney Stark (Only appearance; dies)
  • Dirk Svenson
  • Caveman tribe (Only appearance; dies)

Locations:

Vehicles:

  • the Red Star, Rodney Stark's cargo ship
  • six stolen USAAF 2-engine bombers (vanished)
  • hundreds of copies of these bombers (Destroyed)


Synopsis for Golden Arrow: "The Haunted Gold Mine "


Appearing in Golden Arrow: "The Haunted Gold Mine "

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • White Wind, his horse
  • Carol Braddock
  • Sheriff of Gila Creek
    • his deaf Deputy

Antagonists:

Other Characters:

  • miners

Locations:

  • American West (See Notes.)
    • San Pesos Gold Mine
    • Gila Creek Jail
    • Old Pine Trail

Synopsis for Lance O'Casey: "The Treasure of Moon Island "


Appearing in Lance O'Casey: "The Treasure of Moon Island "

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Steel Brody
    • two henchmen

Other Characters:

  • Gail Benson
  • Gail's Native Diver

Locations:

Items:

  • Sunken Cargo of Gold Ingots

Vehicles:

  • Amaltic (long sunken ship)
  • Gail's Schooner
  • Brody's Schooner, & Skiff
  • Brian Boru II (scuttled & re-hulled)

Synopsis for Spy Smasher: "The Mask's Kidnapping Scheme"


Appearing in Spy Smasher: "The Mask's Kidnapping Scheme"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

Other Characters:

  • Doctor
  • Telegraph Messenger Boy
  • Zambo, houseboy

Locations:

Items:

  • Secret Plans, # 29-13-13

Vehicles:

  • Armstrong's Roadster
  • Mask's Autogyro
  • Spy Smasher's Gyrosub
  • Mask's Super-directional Parachute

Synopsis for Dan Dare: "Peril in Fort Worth"


Appearing in Dan Dare: "Peril in Fort Worth"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Carol Clews

Antagonists:

  • Dr. Steck (Single appearance)
    • four thugs
    • Steve, corrupt pilot
    • unknown number of corrupt factory workers: Hanz, others

Other Characters:

  • Frank Haggart, arms inventor (Only appearance; dies)
  • Monroe, President, Monroe Arms Company (Single appearance)

Locations:

Vehicles:

  • 2-engine passenger airliner
  • Monroe's private plane
  • Steck's huge hydroplane
  • Steck's motor launch
  • Harbor Patrol motor launch

Synopsis for Doctor Voodoo: "The Coming of Dr. Voodoo"

Deep in the Brazilian jungle, young American physician Hal Carey carries on his late father's medical practice, among a head-hunting tribe of white Indians called the Blancas. Hal grew up in the Brazilian jungles, and studied his father's medical texts and techniques. Opposed by the traditional medicine charlatan Okoro, Carey is forced to flee and soon teams up with a beautiful non-Blanca white girl and her jaguar, Maxinya and Jappa, who converse among themselves in a private language. Okoro tries repeatedly to kill Carey or discredit his science, and fails.

Frustrated, Okoro calls for trial by combat; the two will fight with big blades tied to their shoulders, elbows, and knees. Hal wins by cartwheeling forward into Okoro, which completely baffles him and causes him to beg for mercy. The enthusiastic white Indians proclaim Hal their new king; Hal's not having a bit of it, but the name "Doctor Voodoo" does stick.

Later Dr. Carey sets up a clinic and Maxinya hires herself on as a nurse; she and Jappa the Jaguar begin teaching Hal how to speak Jaguar, and other animal tongues.

Appearing in Doctor Voodoo: "The Coming of Dr. Voodoo"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Maxinya (means "heaven woman") (First appearance)
  • Jappa, a jaguar (First appearance)

Antagonists:

  • Okoru (First appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Mister Carey (Only appearance; dies)
  • Mrs. Carey (Only appearance; dies)
  • Blanca Headhunters

Locations:

Synopsis for Ibis the Invincible: "Chaos at the Carnival"

Ibis the Invincible and Taia take a vacation to Hollywood in their sleek roadster. Along the way Ibis uses the Ibistick to 1/ prevent a collision caused by Ibis's very bad driving, 2/ fix a rigged carnival attraction from a game that never pays off into one that every player wins, 3/ creates a safety net in the path of a daredevil diver on an otherwise-doomed stunt, 4/ turns a hurled knife into a butterfly, 5/ turns a hip-flask of liquor into a cup of black coffee. Ibis and Taia pretty much adopt young Tommy, an orphan carnival roustabout, and they leave in the roadster, soon turning the car into a super-streamlined airplane and flying to Hollywood. There the Ibistick magics up a new suit for Tommy, replacing his outlandish carnival clothes, and they start visiting movie sets.

At Honor Brand Pictures, Producer Carl Brand has very-expensively brought the authentic and accursed tomb of Amnos the Black Pharoah, from Egypt to Hollywood, and reconstructed it on a movie set. Ibis, Taia, Tommy, Brand, and one workman proceed into the tomb. Inside the gloomy tomb, a sliding panel in the wall silently opens and a shadowy figure grabs Tommy and pulls him into a secret chamber.

Appearing in Ibis the Invincible: "Chaos at the Carnival"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

  • a shdowy figure

Other Characters:

  • Carl Brand (First appearance)
  • Tommy (First appearance)

Locations:

Items:

Vehicles:

  • Ibis's sleek roadster, later changed into a super-streamlined airplane

Notes

  • 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 Squadron of Doom" is reprinted in 'The Shazam! Archives Vol. 1'.
    • It is not clear what steps were taken by Captain Marvel, after Rodney Stark's death, to defeat the remaining hundreds of planes. (The art shows never more than six planes at any one time, almost all of which are destroyed in one panel, but the caption says there are hundreds of planes.) It's also not clear what becomes of all of the supposedly-invulnerable pliestocene men, or how many of them there were. None are ever seen again.
    • Dirk Svenson planted a time-bomb on Billy Batson's rented airplane, and was apparently still at large at story's end.
    • At one point while Captain Marvel is scouting Stark's base, the six stolen army bombers vanish right before his eyes. This is never explained.
  • Doctor Voodoo
    • The origin of Doctor Voodoo is revealed in this issue.
    • Carey's got an antidote for the poison used on Blanca spears and arrows.
    • Twice during this story, Jappa the jaguar sprints away to safety with both Maxinya and Hal on his back.
  • Golden Arrow: At some point early in the history of this character, his adventures shift from the mid-20th century to the late-19th century. Up until Whiz Comics #5, in-story details have indicated the series to be set in the 20th-century. In issues 6, and 7, the same cast of characters continues, so it could and should still be set in 1940. But there are no cars or highways, and no telephones or phone poles, in the dialogue or art. And everybody has a horse. So up to a point it's ambiguous, but in 8, we see a horse-drawn jail wagon. So after that, it's not the 1940s any more.
  • Lance O'Casey':
    • Lance's simian first mate Mr. Hogan can work underwater, wearing a scaled-down deep-diving suit.
    • Also deep-sea divers are able, by an unexplained means, to hear and speak to each other.
    • This is the first story to specify that the "South Sea" around Maloana Island is in the Pacific Ocean and in the Tropics.
    • O'Casey gets head-konked with a blunt instrument and falls down but is only stunned.
  • Spy Smasher:
    • Alan Armstrong's Virginia Estate has a stable of horses.
    • Spy Smasher's Gyrosub has a synthetic vaporizor gun, which can disguise the vehicle as a small cloud.
  • Also featured in this issue of Whiz Comics were:
    • "Whiz Comics' Trading Post" (full page text, swap meet bulletin board)
    • "Thrills Ahead!" (1/3 page ad for the current issue of Master Comics)
    • "Hey, Pals!" (full page ad for the current issue of Special Edition Comics)
    • Lance O'Casey's Sea Dogs: "Famous Men of the Sea" (1 page, no credits)
    • "The Horned Bear" (text story)
    • "It's a Honey!" (another 1/3 page ad for the current issue of Master Comics)



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