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Appearing in "Fighting Mad!"

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Synopsis for "Fighting Mad!"

Combat Casey and Penny Pennington are clashing with communist soldiers when Combat gets fighting mad and uses his brawn to knock the enemies senseless. After the fight, Penny suggests to Combat that he shouldn't always use brawn in a fight but also his brain and gets Casey to promise to let Penny show him what he means the next time they run into some enemy soldiers. Later when they do spot some enemy soldiers, Penny uses a thrown rock to distract them allowing Combat and Penny to get the drop on them. But before they can take the Chinese soldiers prisoner, two more jump out of a tree ambushing the two Americans, and sending Combat rolling down a hill. One of the Chinese soldiers takes a shot at Combat, and he is left for dead while Penny is taken prisoner.

However, Combat was only playing possum and gets up and is rearing for a fight, but stops himself as he insists on rescuing Penny by using his brains instead of being fighting mad all the whole time. Sneaking to a nearby village, Combat spots a commanding officer getting into a chauffeured car, and sneaks inside himself. Inside the vehicle he takes the commander hostage. He then gets the driver to get out and tell the other communist soldiers that he will exchange their commander for Penny and then drives off.

When the commies seemingly comply, Combat is tricked when they merely turn over one of their own soldiers dressed in Penny's uniform. Furious, Combat completely loses his temper and floors the vehicle to the commie outpost and crashes into it with guns blazing. Getting out of the wrecked car he then uses his bare hands to pound on the enemy soldiers who quickly surrender after facing his berserker fury. When Penny is freed and they head back to base, Penny realizes he was wrong and tells Combat to never let anyone change the way he does anything from now on.

Appearing in "The Enemy Strikes!"

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Synopsis for "The Enemy Strikes!"

June 30, 1943: Combat Casey and Penny Pennington are part of a troop deployment to Rendova Island when suddenly Japanese frog men begin blowing up the cargo ships among the fleet. Realizing how this is done, Combat and Penny dive overboard and attack two of the Japanese frog men, cutting their air hoses to force compliance and also get more air for themselves. The fight is cut short when suddenly a pair of sharks attack, but Combat stops them when he mortally wounds one whose blood sends the other attacking its fellow hunter. Combat and Penny then take the Japanese frogmen prisoner and bring them aboard.

However the two enemy soldiers refuse to talk about their empire's plan, so Combat and Penny volunteer to find out. Outfitting themselves with diving gear they jump into the ocean to find the location of the frogmen. They soon come across an enemy sub and in order to destroy the enemy vessel undetected they manage to get a necklace of underwater explosives around the next of a shark. In a panic the shark swims toward the sub trying to get the explosives off, but it fails and the resulting explosion destroys the sub, the shark, and some frogmen exiting the vessel for another strike. Soon American troops are able to land on Rendova Island and raise an American flag, the commanding officer of the vessel commends Combat and Penny for their help.

Appearing in "No Gas Masks!"

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Synopsis for "No Gas Masks!"

World War I story narrated by Combat Casey.

Appearing in "The Combat Engineers"

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Synopsis for "The Combat Engineers"

Penny educates the reader on the role of Combat Engineers in the war.

Appearing in "Combat Casey"

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Synopsis for "Combat Casey"

Combat Casey and Penny Pennington are working with another fellow soldier named Buggsie who was rejected from the tank corps because he failed one test. To satisfy Buggsie's love of tanks while they are out on bazooka patrol, Combat uses his bazooka to incapacitate a tank so that Buggsie to get a closer look at it. The trio then attack the enemy soldiers that are inside, incapacitating them and Buggsie risks his life to toss out a grenade that was dropped into the tank in order to keep it in working order.

Over the next few days that their unit has camped out waiting for supplies, Buggsie spends his time repairing the tank and impressing Combat and Penny with his knowledge of the vehicles, making them wonder why he was rejected from the tank course if he only failed one particular test.

When enemy soldiers attack their position, Combat, Penny and Buggsie scramble into the tank and use it to defeat enemy troops as well as enemy tanks with deadly accuracy. After words they are shocked to learn that Buggsie was not piloting the tank at all and that he froze up, explaining that the one test that he failed was his drivers test. Shocked by this but proud none the less, Combat, Penny and the other members of Dog Company throw a celebration for their very own "one man tank corps".

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  • This issue begins a run of stories that show Combat Casey and Penny Pennington fighting for a unit called Dog Company. The unit commanded was commanded by long time Combat Casey supporting character Captain Rocke, but this is the first time a comman unit was specifically named and consistantly used in Combat Casey stories, as such this would be considered the units first appearance.

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