"Captain Marvel: "The Magic Locket"": Prince Mahari learns that among his jewels sold to pay off his recent debts was the fabled Ruby Locket of Gringashi. Fearing the wrath of the "stern and unforgiving idol", Mahari plots to recover it from the buyer with all haste, who turns out to be Sterling


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Whiz Comics #83 is an issue of the series Whiz Comics (Volume 1) with a cover date of March, 1947.

Synopsis for Captain Marvel: "The Magic Locket"

Prince Mahari learns that among his jewels sold to pay off his recent debts was the fabled Ruby Locket of Gringashi. Fearing the wrath of the "stern and unforgiving idol", Mahari plots to recover it from the buyer with all haste, who turns out to be Sterling Morris. For some reason only Billy and Captain Marvel can open the locket, which shows Mahari and his henchmen interrogating the auctioneer who sold the locket to Morris. Marvel jets over and saves him, but Mahari escapes. Marvel then learns that in the interim Morris gave the locket to his niece as a present, and jetting over to ensure her safety, Marvel sees an image in the locket of Mahari and his henchmen interrogating Morris about the locket's whereabouts. Marvel jets back and saves Morris, but Mahari slips out, having learned where the locket is when Morris' niece called him to check in on the image the locket showed. Marvel jets back to catch Mahari, who has the locket but in trying to escape Marvel runs right into the path of a truck that smashes both him and the locket. Marvel's then mystified to learn what the truck was carrying: the idol of Gringashi! He's left wondering if it was a coincidence or an angered supernatural party taking vengeance, but Billy announces with certainty Mahari's not in heaven.

Appearing in Captain Marvel: "The Magic Locket"

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  • Prince Mahari (Only appearance; dies)

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Items:

  • Ruby Locket of Gringashi

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Synopsis for Ibis the Invincible: "The Ghostly Cavalier"

When he falls in battle, Lord Loncreagh vows that only his family will hold dominion over his clan's castle and lands. Fast forward to the 1940s, where a new lord moves into the castle and invites his friends Ibis and Taia over to celebrate with him. Loncreagh's ghost appears to make good on his vow, raising supernatural havoc to exterminate the pretender. Eventually Ibis uses his magic powers to make the ghost reveal himself. He shows how the new owner traces his lineage to the clan that was Clan Loncreagh's most loyal allies. Satisfied that the castle is in good hands after all, Lord Loncreagh's ghost departs for the next world.

Appearing in Ibis the Invincible: "The Ghostly Cavalier"

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Other Characters:

  • Lord Loncreagh (d.1676)

Locations:

  • Loncreach Castle

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Synopsis for Crime Smasher: "Crime Smasher Goes for a Ride"

Driving his big sedan in the waterfront area, Alan Armstrong spots wanted killer Spider Vance and his accomplice Hack in another car, so he immediately runs them off the road, then chases them on foot. The hoods separate and Armstrong keeps after Vance, who leaps aboard the Hobbs Ferry just as it pulls out. Armstrong with a running start also makes it aboard, grabs Vance, and beats a confession out of him, right there on the ferryboat deck. By the time the boat reaches Boggstown, Spider has confessed to everything he's accused of, and blacked out. Crime Smasher turns Vance, still unconscious, over to the Boggstown P.D. Meanwhile Hack seeks out some underworld help in Boggstown, and soon a gang convenes at the ferryboat pier, waiting for Crime Smasher to return.

Hack's friends have actually shooed away all the passengers and left the ferryboat crew tied up on the dock, so as soon as Armstrong boards and they shove off, it's an all-on-one melee. Crime Smasher does pretty well at first, but before long he gets head-konked unconscious, stuffed in a canvas sack, and booted overboard. But like morons, the gangsters didn't go thru Crime Smasher's pockets, and he was carrying a pocket knife, so no sooner does the cold river wake him up than he cuts his way free and swims after the ferryboat. He climbs aboard using a trailing mooring line, and sneaks into the wheelhouse, punches out the pilot, then steers the boat into a small island with a lighthouse on it. As he expects, this prompts the lighthouse keeper to call in the Coast Guard, who arrive very quickly and help Crime Smasher to take down the rest of Vance's gang.

Appearing in Crime Smasher: "Crime Smasher Goes for a Ride"

Featured Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Spider Vance
  • Hack
  • Pete Gouze
  • several more thugs

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Vehicles:

  • Armstrong's Sedan
  • Vance's Sedan
  • Hobbs Ferry
  • Coast Guard Cutter

Synopsis for Golden Arrow: "The Cow Boogie Man"

Tradin' Sam, an itinerant peddler, enters a town and is dismayed to find his usual customers taken by a fast-talking huckster named Happy Jack Slack. Being in the sales business himself, Sam recognizes Jack as a conman pushing useless junk and so Jack and some henchmen tie him up and try to drop him over a waterfall. Sam's mule panics and bolts for a sheer drop. Fortunately Golden Arrow is on hand and somehow manages to fell a tree and create a bridge by shooting it with a couple arrows. Alerted to Jack's skullduggery, Golden Arrow dresses up as a city slicker and asks him what company he represents, then declares there's no such thing. Jack tries to escape, but Golden Arrow improvises a bow with a guitar and the arm of a trombone to capture the conman.

Appearing in Golden Arrow: "The Cow Boogie Man"

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Antagonists:

  • Happy Jack Slack

Other Characters:

  • Tradin' Sam
  • Eddie, bartender
  • Zeb

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Notes

  • Last issue of Whiz Comics for Crime Smasher. The series continues in Crime Smasher #1, for one issue, then ends.
    • As "Crime Smasher," Alan Armstrong operates in civilian clothing, no helmet, no jodphurs, no cape. Also, in this episode, no Gyrosub.
    • Crime Smasher gets head-konked unconscious, with a metal club, one more time.
  • Also appearing in this issue of Whiz Comics were:
    • Wilbur the Waiter
    • Pee Wee Pete
    • Doc Sorebones
    • The Culture Corner: "How to Eat Crackers in Bed", featuring Croucher K. Conk, by Basil Wolverton
    • Wicky and O'Shawnessy: "O'Shawnessy Sets a Record" (text story) by Rod Reed
    • Judge Smudge
    • "The Whiz Quiz"



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