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Quote1.png Perhaps it is time for a change! Perhaps, when the mighty oak governs us--one day in the future--life on Earth will be better! We did what we had to do! Someday, in the distant future, the might oak may govern us all... and perhaps those stately, peaceful trees will do a better job than man! We shall see! Yes, we shall see...! Quote2.png
—United States Government Official

Appearing in "The Man in the Crazy Maze"

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Supporting Characters:

  • Daily Press
    • Johnson (First and only known appearance; dies)

Antagonists:

  • Fate

Other Characters:

  • Numerous unnamed maze patrons
  • Tommy
  • Tommy's Father
  • Unnamed Doctor
  • Unidentified Police Department

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Synopsis for "The Man in the Crazy Maze"

A crooked amusement part owner builds a maze that has no exit and offers ten thousand dollars to anyone who can find the exit. He makes a great deal of money until a reporter threatens to expose him as a cheat and the owner takes him to the maze after closing time and locks him into an airtight section. The authorities rule it an accidental death, but his business has dropped off due to competition from another maze across town. The murderer talks to the owner of the other maze about becoming partners and the owner agrees if he can find the exit of his maze. The killer thinks that will be easy since he knows how mazes are constructed, but he soon becomes lost and notes that the maze has been stocked with enough food and water to keep a man alive for years. The owner of the new maze is revealed to be Fate, and he states that his maze actually does have one exit, but not one his unfortunate guest is going to like. The exit goes straight down to Hell.

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Appearing in "Blueprint for Victory"

Reprint of the 3rd story from
Marines in Battle #6

Featured Characters:

  • Cam Westover (First appearance)
  • Bill Trayne (First appearance)

Supporitng Characters:

  • Major Franks

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Synopsis for "Blueprint for Victory"

Reprint of the 3rd story from
Marines in Battle #6

A two page text piece concerning a World War II "Cloak and Dagger" operation in the Rhine.

Appearing in "The Imitation Man"

Featured Characters:

  • Carlos Zarago

Supporting Characters:

  • Numerous Zarago clones

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  • Numerous unnamed soldiers

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  • Duplication Machine

Synopsis for "The Imitation Man"

A dictator forces a scientist to use his duplicator machine on him so that he can can have a substitute appear in public places to avoid assassination attempts. The duplicate is too much like the original, however, and refuses to subject himself to danger when he can seize power to rule the country. The dictator returns to the machine with the intent of destroying it only to find it has continually been producing duplicates. While the twelve individuals are distracted arguing among themselves, a revolution occurs, and the new democratic regime deports all versions of the former dictator.

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Appearing in "Beware the Uboongi!"

Featured Characters:

  • Russian Astronauts (Apparent death)
    • Igor (Apparent death)
    • Numerous unnamed astronauts (Apparent death)

Supporting Characters:

  • Government of Russia

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Vehicles:

  • United States Spacecraft
  • V-300 Superthrust Rocket

Synopsis for "Beware the Uboongi!"

The planet Uranus. Sometime in the future. Americans land on the planet, but can't claim it because they are chased off by ferocious creatures. Back on Earth, they report that Uranus has two species: one is peaceful, the other, the Uboongi, is deadly. Communists hear that the Americans weren't able to claim the planet, so they make preparations to claim it, heedless of the Americans' warnings. The twist is that the Russians didn't know that the ferocious-looking beasts were harmless, but it was the tame-looking ones that were the menace.

Appearing in "The Mighty Oak!"

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  • Joe
  • Unidentified Police Department

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  • Atomic Bomb

Synopsis for "The Mighty Oak!"

An atomic test gives an oak tree the ability to think and uproot itself to move and plots the destruction of man's implements of war and crime. At the end of the story the scientists are revealed to be knowledgeable as to what effect the atomic test would have upon the oak and they are willing to accept the oak and its offspring will provide better governance of Earth than humanity.

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