Quote1.png The Phantom Eagle will fly the skies again and again ... until the threat of the Kaiser is ended! Quote2.png
-- The Phantom Eagle


Appearing in "The Phantom Eagle"

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Synopsis for "The Phantom Eagle"

Karl Kaufman and his friend Rex Griffin grow up together and become pilots before WWI. Rex joins the military and tries to get Karl to join, but as his parents are in Germany, and seeing the writing on the wall that the US may have to enter the war raging in Europe against Germany, he refuses as he fears reprisal by the German government against his parents. He decides to enter on his own as a masked pilot calling himself the Phantom Eagle. Discovering that German Fokkers and a dirigible are attempting an invasion of the United States East Coast, Kaufman alerts Rex to get his commander, Major Norris to mount a defense. Norris is away, so Rex, though injured and grounded due to those injuries, takes it upon himself to lead a group of pilots to thwart the German hostiles. The Phantom Eagle joins the fight and even though he is able to board the dirigible and plant a bomb, destroying the command of the air attack, his friend Rex takes fire on his plane and is killed. Kaufman is devastated by his loss and vows to fight the Germans whenever he may be called upon to do so.

Appearing in "The Un-Human"

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A spaceship flies over the city, dropping a message from "Comrade X" of the "Red Planet" saying the world will be destroyed as they need it for their growing population. A gigantic, monstrous creature with 8 heads parachutes from the craft and begins destroying the city! The Torch and Toro tackle it, but it appears fireproof. It also has a poisonous, fang-like tongue, which poisons Toro. The Torch rushes him to Dr. Carter, who says the only way to save Toro's life is with a transfusion, and The Torch is the only one with the same blood type. As buildings continue to be destroyed, The Torch uses the Doctor's chloroform to knock the creature out, then returns to give Toro the transfusion.

Appearing in "The Cargo of Death"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Young Men #28.

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Synopsis for "The Cargo of Death"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Young Men #28.

On the waterfront Captain America and Bucky fight it out with smugglers bringing dope into the country from China. However during the fight the pair are knocked out and fall into the hold of a ship. They come to as the ship has begun it's voyage. When they climb out they are caught by the first mate who accuses them of being stow away and takes them to the captain of the ship. The captain, an elderly man whom the first mate hopes to replace is happy to have Captain America and Bucky aboard his ship. Unimpressed with the heroes the first mate tries to fight Cap, but is easily beaten. The captain stop the fight telling them that such strain could kill him and informs Cap and Bucky that he is bringing supplies to South Africa.

Suspecting that the first mate might be up to something, Cap and Bucky hide out and later on they catch him as he and the crew are about to beat the captain into submission and take over the ship. Cap and Bucky break up the fight and they soon arrive in South Africa. There they unload their supplies however they learn that the captain of the ship is really a communist agent and with the help of the first mate defeat the captain and his army of communist agents. After turning them over to the authorities the first mate takes Captain America and Bucky back home.

Appearing in "Black Knight"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Black Knight #3.

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This story is a reprint of the comic
Black Knight #3.

As the Black Knight participates in a contest, battling it out with other knights, Merlin the magician sees a raven flying over the battlefield and sees it as an ill omen and retreats back to his chambers to learn what the source of the evil is. Viewing events in his crystal ball, Merlin witnesses one of Mordred's minions approach visiting knight Guy of Gascombe and instructing him to humble and injure the Black Knight and he will be rewarded well. Seeing this as a means to compromise his champion, Merlin rushes back out of the castle to warn the Knight of the danger. Meanwhile, Mordred is informed that the deal has been made and so he and his wife Morgan le Fay watch on as the contest continues.

Merlin arrives too late to stop Guy of Gascombe from attacking the Black Knight from behind, knocking the brave warrior down and seriously injuring him. As the Black Knight is pulled from the fight by his horse Thunder, Mordred sends his minions after the Knight in order to learn his secret identity. This fails when Merlin steps in and uses magic dust to blind the pursuers allowing him to take the Black Knight to safety. Merlin gives his warrior a potion that partially heals him and tells Sir Percy to be careful in his civilian guise as any show of his injuries will compromise his secret identity. Meanwhile, elsewhere in the castle, Mordred plots to bump into everyone where the Black Knight was injured in order to prove who the hero is.

Mordred is surprised when he bumps into his cousin Sir Percy and can hardly believe that the cowardly Percy is really the Black Knight. However, when Mordred and his minions corner Sir Percy in his chambers, they are surprised when he is defended by the Black Knight and flee. However this was merely a deception as it is Merlin who is wearing the armor. Sir Percy then quickly changes into his armor and confronts Mordred in his chambers, easily defeating Mordred and his minions and warning them against attacking Sir Percy. Later, the battered Mordred an apology to the amusement of Sir Percy.

Appearing in "Death Stalks the Shipyard"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marvel Mystery Comics #29.

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Synopsis for "Death Stalks the Shipyard"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marvel Mystery Comics #29.

A super dreadnought is being constructed in a naval shipyard under the supervision of the US Navy. Construction of the new super-ship is ground to a halt when a Nazi spy manages to convince the unionized workforce that the shipbuilders are really working for the Nazis and to go on strike. They then lock themselves in the plant and refuse to continue working on the ship. The work stoppage brings out not only the navy, but also the press including Jeff Mace, Jack Casey and Mary Morgan.

When the Navy prepares to retake the naval yard by force, Jeff slips away and changed into the Patriot and convinces them to hold off while he tries to deal with things more peaceably. Staking out the property at night, the Patriot spots the Nazi spy sneaking off the property. He follows him to another location where he catches him radioing his superiors in Berlin to inform them of his progress. Before he can stop the spy, the Patriot is knocked out by his accomplice. The two Nazis then tied the Patriot to some cement blocks and toss him in the nearby water to drown. The Patriot breaks free and cabs it back to the naval yard where he arrives just as the spies are once more rallying the union workers to revolt some more. The Patriot exposes the Nazis who are chased away by the angry workers. The pair climb up the girders of a crane with the Patriot following behind.

Confronting the two crooks, the Patriot knocks them both off the girders sending them falling to their deaths. Dying, the lead spy reveals to the crowd that he was ordered to attempt to halt production of the ship to impede American military efforts. With the truth revealed the shamed workers return to their job and the Patriot is hailed as a hero. When Jeff Mace resumes his civilian guise he protects his double identity by scoffing that the Patriot is not that impressive.

Appearing in "Vengeance"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Sub-Mariner Comics #35.

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This story is a reprint of the comic
Sub-Mariner Comics #35.

At the home of Betty Dean, the Sub-Mariner gets an important letter from Professor Zunbar asking for his immediate assistance. Going to Zunbar's lab to see what help the scientist needs, Namor soon finds himself captured by Zunbar's robots. The scientist explains to the Sub-Mariner that he intends to unlock the secret of creating creatures that can breath underwater and so far his experiments have been an utter failure and that he has chosen to capture the Sub-Mariner in order to learn his secrets.

Namor is locked in a cell where he is soon brought food by Zunbar's assistant a beautiful but cruel woman. She shows Namor an amphibious creature they have named Elmer that has taken a fancy to her and is afraid of water. Later, Zunbar's robots come and take both the Sub-Mariner and Elmer to the professor's lab to be experimented on. Zunbar explains to the Sub-Mariner that he intends to perform a brain transplant, placing the Sub-Mariner's mind in Elmer's body in order for him to perfect his technique.

However before he can begin his surgery, the Professor is warned by his assistant that the police are surrounding the building. Suddenly both Namor and Elmer break free of their bonds. Fighting through the robots, the Sub-Mariner grabs Zunbar's assistant and locks her in a cell for safe keeping. When Elmer tries to get into the cell, Namor knocks the creature out and goes looking for Zunbar, but Elmer revives and chases after him. Attempting to flee via the elevator shaft, Namor is stunned when the elevator car breaks his descent on it's way up to Zunbar's lab.

Climbing back out of the shaft, the Sub-Mariner is forced to face Elmer when the elevator door opens containing police and Betty Dean. The creature suddenly grabs a bundle of unstable nitroglycerin that is laying around and is about to throw it when Namor grabs a hose and uses it to spray Elmer. The force of the hose sends Elmer crashing out a window and as he falls the nitro explodes killing the creature. Namor and the authorities then apprehend Dr. Zunbar.

Notes

  • "The Un-Human", a previously unpublished 1950's Human Torch story featured this issue, was originally intended to be published in Sub-Mariner Comics #36, per a note found on the original photostats.[2]

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Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks
  2. Atlas Errata : Cover Alterations and Unpublished Implosion Inventory



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