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Appearing in "I Was a Prisoner of the Martians!"

Featured Characters:

  • Darius Wolfe

Antagonists:

Other Characters:

  • Ms. Smyth (Darius' Secretary)
  • Board of Directors (Mentioned)
    • Mr. Farnsworth (Mentioned)
  • Malcolm Avery
  • "The Day the Martians Struck" Cast & Crew
    • Joe
    • "Cynthia"
    • Numerous unnamed employees

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Locations:

Vehicles:

  • Martian Spaceship

Synopsis for "I Was a Prisoner of the Martians!"

A cruel movie director shooting a Martian invasion movie on the desert is kidnapped by the real Martians, when their ship needs repairs the aliens return to earth saying they will free him if someone comes to his rescue, the director can only hope some of the people he miserably treated will save him.

Appearing in "Masquerade"

Reprint of the 2nd story from
Journey Into Unknown Worlds #38

Featured Characters:

  • Tommy

Supporting Characters:

  • Kitty Blake (First appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Old King Cole

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Synopsis for "Masquerade"

Reprint of the 2nd story from
Journey Into Unknown Worlds #38

A man with no imagination is invited to a costume party by his girlfriend, but stumbles across real fairy-tale folk instead.

Appearing in "My Forbidden Paintings!"

Featured Characters:

  • Ashley Crane

Supporting Characters:

  • Paint Brush Merchant

Antagonists:

  • Mythavia Revolutionaries
    • Numerous unnamed members

Other Characters:

  • Ashley Crane's Landlady
  • Mythavia Army (Mentioned)

Races and Species:

Locations:

Items:

  • Magic Paint Brushes

Synopsis for "My Forbidden Paintings!"

A struggling painter receives a magical paint brush with the power to make three of his paintings come true. The merchant who sold the paint brushes warns the man that will come to regret them.

Ignoring the prediction the artist uses the paint to craft his first work of art, that of a self portrait making him appear more handsome and attractive. This painting comes true as he runs to the mirror and witnesses that he's already transformed. His follow up painting was created to gain much fame and renown and so he painted himself receiving the International Art Award. This painting took some time but eventually Ashley Crane was recognized for his talent and received the reward for his painting "Freedom". Finally for Crane's last painting he craved power and so he painted himself as a dictator. When he awoke some men knocked on his door and declared the last ruler of Mythavia declared Ashley Crane the new ruler before his death.

After that last painting however, the curse caught up with Ashley Crane. As it would turn out his previous painting entitled "Freedom" did just that and inspired a revolution within his country. This new revolution within Mythavia resulted in Ashley's dictatorship to be overthrown putting Ashley Crane in a Mythavian prison for next 5 years.

Appearing in "I Made Time Stand Still"

Featured Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Unnamed Police Officer

Other Characters:

  • Tabby (Sydney's Cat)
  • Unnamed Jewelry Store Owner
  • Numerous unnamed robbery victims

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Locations:

Items:

  • Sydney's "Time Machine"

Synopsis for "I Made Time Stand Still"

A man invents a machine that stops time and goes around robbing people. When he starts time back up again he is surprised when he's arrested. It turns out the entire time he was robbing people everyone could see saw what he was doing while frozen.

Appearing in "I Love a Mermaid!"

Featured Characters:

  • Unnamed Man

Supporting Characters:

  • Alethea

Races and Species:

Locations:

Synopsis for "I Love a Mermaid!"

A seaman finds and instantly falls in love with a mermaid, they are separated when she returns to the ocean. The man goes looking for her obsessively until they meet again. This time the man chooses to follow her and much to his surprise he doesn't drown and in fact he breathes better under the waves than above them. It is at this point he discovered he was a merman.

Appearing in "The Man Who Floats in Space!"

Featured Characters:

  • Space Patrol
    • Captain Racer
    • Numerous unnamed patrollers

Antagonists:

  • Space Pirates
    • Bogane
    • Numerous unnamed pirates

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Locations:

Items:

  • Decoy Space Suit

Vehicles:

  • Freighter ZR-7

Synopsis for "The Man Who Floats in Space!"

Space pirates get the idea of using an empty space suit floating in space as a decoy to lure in unsuspecting freighters. Just as the pirated thought to have sprung their ambushed it turns out an intelligence operative hid in the space suit and signaled the space patrol as soon as they got close, together the operative and the patrol apprehended the leader of the space pirates.

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