Horton and the firemen arrive on the scene. The professor notices a nitrogen tank in the flames and rushes towards it, but the Torch gets there first and melts it before it can explode. The gas puts out his flames. The fire chief fires a gun at him, but the bullet melts on his super-heated skin. The Torch returns to Sardo, who attempts to bargain for his life.
The man ends up throwing a tank of sulfuric acid at the flaming android, but it backfires and explodes before even reaching the target. Sardo is killed in the blast. After using another tank of nitro, The Torch discovers he can now control the flames and throw fireballs. While walking down the street, covered in flames, he is surrounded by the police.
The Torch apologizes and demonstrates his control over the fire. The police take him to headquarters where he explains Sardo's evil plans. They let him live with Professor Horton, who takes full responsibility. The Torch explains his control over the fire to Horton, who sees it as a money-making opportunity. The Torch realizes that humans will only continue to use him for their selfish purposes and escapes through the ceiling to be free.
The Six Big Men consisting of; Dutch Hansen who specialized in extorting protection money from night clubs; Trigger Bolo, who controlled a protection racket for retail delivery companies; Mike Malone who controlled all the illegal gambling dens; Gus Ronson who extorted local restaurants; John Dillon who ran a racket on the subway system; and Steve Enkel who fixed politicians, judges and juries are terrorizing the city.
Eventually Dr. Lang really the gang's leader , pretending to be a civic minded citizen gathers a bunch of like minded individuals, and had them sworn in by a mayor as special investigators. They seek to hire the costumed hero known as the Angel to hunt down and eliminate each of the racket bosses. The Angel had already taken up the job and makes his presence known, leaving Dr.
Lang to believe that his plan was coming to fruition. The Angel first goes after Ronson who was acquitted of crimes thanks to a crooked jury. Unaware that the Angel had sneaked into the back seat of his car, Ronson is strangled to death by the vigilante. Going after Mike Malone next, Angel mashes the crook into a pulp. Witnessing this John Dillon attempts to flee the Angel, jumping out a window and falling to his death.
Lil provides the Angel with the location of Trigger Bolo and but vigilante is captured by his thugs. However, before Bolo could mow the Angel down, Lil orders him and Steve Enkel to take the Angel out into the woods to be executed. There Lil double crosses Bolo and Enkel, freeing the Angel, and in the ensuring fire fight Bolo and Enkel ended up killing each other. The Angel next catches Dutch Hansen before he could make a deposit of all the stolen loot and slays him as well.
Curious about who would go and pick up the loot from the safety deposit box, the Angel stakes it out and catches Lil and Dr. Lang in the act. He captures them and turns them over to the authorities, learning of their plot to double cross their colleagues in the process. A diver from salvage vessel finds wrecked ship's safe empty and just recently dropped knife from shipwreck's deck. Captain orders him back down to investigate with another diver.
They are searching the wreckage when attacked by Namor, the Sub-Mariner! He savagely attacks both men, stabbing one and crushing the diving helmet of the other. Namor then turns his attention to the ship, wrecking the propeller and running it aground. He heads back to his underwater home, where he is greeted by the "Holy One" who commends him on his attack against the humans. Namor brings the bodies of the two divers as trophies.
His mother, Fen, congratulates him on beginning his war of revenge in such a decisive manner. Namor asks her why their people hate the Earth-men so much. She explains that in the year , a research vessel called the Oracle had journeyed to Antarctica and was doing "experiments" with explosives that killed many of their fellow citizens. Since Fen looked most like a human, she was sent to find out more about what was going on. She fell in love with Commander Leonard McKenzie, and became pregnant by him.
The sailors could not understand how she was able to swim in the freezing water. She learned their language and sent back messages to the undersea army that the white men were too strong for them, but they sent an army to fight those invaders anyway. The white men's bombardment annihilated most of their race, and now, 20 years later, they are ready once again to press an attack against Earth-people, and Namor will begin this war.
Later, he takes his cousin Dorma with him to the Cape Anna Lighthouse. Once there, they attack the guard who stands watch on the lighthouse and wreak havoc on the controls and equipment hoping to destroy some of the ships that use it's beacon for safety. Some naval men come on the scene, and in order to escape, Namor and Dorma commandeer a plane which flies nearby.
Sub-Mariner commands Dorma to wreck the plane and swim back home as Namor continues his crusade against humans. Cal Brunder, a big league rancher has become a menace of Cactusville, using his army of thugs to force the smaller ranchers into selling up their property. One night they attempt to coerce Jim Gardley into giving up his land but he refuses and fights back. Brunder's goons get the drop on him and take him to their boss, who gives Gardley one last chance to surrender his land, a request that is also refused.
Cal calls the sheriff to have Jim charged on trumped up cattle rustling charges and he is locked in jail. Realizing the old sheriff is not cut out for his job anymore, Jim feigns being sick, in order to trick the sheriff into opening his cell and so Gardley knocks him out. Stealing a horse and riding out into the wilderness, Jim lets the horse free and then raids his own ranch for supplies.
He spends the next number of weeks practicing his shooting skills until he becomes a crack shot. Seeking a horse, he spots a white stallion running free and one day is surprised to see that it had been caught and penned in. Taming the horse, he names it Lightning.
Jim then decides it is time to go after Cal Brunder, and swearing to fight crime he dawns a black mask and dubs himself the Masked Raider. Meanwhile, back in town Cal Brunder gets opposition from the Bleck Ranch and sends his boys to shoot the ranch owner and burn the ranch to the ground as a warning to the other ranches to give up their properties. When the sheriff confronts Cal about it, Cal warns the sheriff against opposing him. Soon Brunder's reign of terror nets with success as the ranchers prepare to deal with him.
However, just after Cal hears the news he is alerted that one of his men has been shot. Pegged to his corpse is a note, a warning to Brunder and his men that they will pay for their crimes. After gaining the support of the sheriff the Masked Raider rides into Cal Brunder's ranch and begins dusting it up with the aid of the townsmen.
As the Masked Raider deals with his goons, Cal attempts to escape on a horseback. However the Masked Raider ropes him in a lasso and pulls him off his horse. He then turns Brunder and his men over to the sheriff to be sent off to jail.
After the Masked Raider leaves, the sheriff wonders if the Masked Rider will go after bigger criminals. After Professor John Roberts has been gone for three months searching the jungles of the Amazon to find a diamond that can supposedly enslave people, his friend Ken Masters and nephew Tim Roberts decide to travel out to find the missing scientist. As they fly out from Florida in their own plane, they soon become aware that they are being followed by John Crafton -- a rival plantation owner.
Unfortunately for Ken and Tim, their plane cracks up and they crash, and while they survive they are soon captured by some of the local natives. Crafton and his men land safely and when they are confronted by the natives as well, they try to fight them but one of John's men is killed before they can flee the scene. In the native village, Ken and Tim are brought to the chief who sentences them to death and sequesters them in a prisoner hut until it's time to be executed.
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I'm not saying that the Torch comes off like a bad guy, it's just that he's clearly not a super-hero in the mold of, say, Superman. He's more of a freak. He does show some morality, though. When the Torch's creator, Professor Horton, seems very ready to exploit the Torch to make money, the Torch just flies off.
The Sub-Mariner, on the other hand, does come off like a bad guy. The first few humans that he kills by accident A caption describes Namor's quest as a "crusade against white men! And he's the hero of the story! In ! The other Atlanteans in the story are odd looking. Namor's mom is more human looking than the rest. Everett's underwater panels had an ink-wash effect that were unfortunately muddled by mass printing and the technique was abandoned.
Trivia: The first 8 pages of the Sub-Mariner story first appeared in black and white in Motion Picture Funnies Weekly, a never-printed giveaway comic. An additional 4 pages were added for this issue. It's pretty obvious where the original story ends.
There's even a blanked out narration box. The Angel story is a little more traditional. He's a dude that dresses up in tights and a cape and punches bad guys in the face. He gets called in when the police can't handle a case due to the formalities of the law. He's your standard Tarzan type, but he's got a tragic tragic origin involving a plan crash, a dead mother, and a father who goes crazy.
There's also a western story about Jim Gardley, who becomes the Masked Raider. And a generic adventure story about some white explorers who head into the Amazon jungle to steal diamonds from the locals. And a text story about a race car.
But for my timeline project, we're not really interested in these. In many ways, the art and writing here is more compelling than some of the stuff from the Silver Age. It's also interesting how diverse the art is. The comic sold out of its initial 80, issue print run and with subsequent printings eventually sold , copies, more than the average DC comic of the time.
Chronological Placement Considerations: It can't get any earlier than this, unless we're going to get into Marvel Westerns. And we're not. Anyway, I read Marvel Comics 1. It really is a product of its time. But I still really enjoy reading it. Posted by: pst May 10, AM. Marvel Comics only ran for a single issue before being quickly renamed to Marvel Mystery Comics with its second issue.
The Marvel Mystery Comics title ran as an ongoing series for ten years, garnering over 90 issues. Marvel Comics was a historic landmark for being the first book that would launch Timely into the business of producing regular comics every month up to the present day now under the name Marvel Entertainment, Inc.
It is also notable for being the introduction of characters who would later inspire more important characters of the same names, such as the android Human Torch who later inspired Johnny Storm 's alter ego , the jungle man Ka-Zar who later inspired another character, Kevin Plunder , with the same hero name and physical traits and the Sub-Mariner whose history from the original Marvel Comics issue was later merged into his history within the main Marvel shared-universe continuity.
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