More Fun 78 – Green Arrow launches the Arrowcraft, Dr. Fate and the Wax Museum, Aquaman in the Sargasso Sea, Johnny Quick trounces Dr. Clever, and the Spectre helps a haunted magician
Nice shot of the catapult launch from the Arrowplane (Arrowcar!) on the cover of More Fun 78 (April 1942).
The story has to do with a modern day pirate, the Black Raider, and introduces Green Arrow’s boat, the Arrowcraft. The little bit we see of Oliver and Roy’s apartment (the first two panels above) is about all we ever see. No real context to their lives.
Again, a decent but largely forgettable story. I do like the little insert close-up of Speedy’s shot on one page.
Murders and a Wax Museum make this an entertaining read, for a late Dr. Fate story, by Gardner Fox and Howard Sherman.
The villains are just a gang of thieves, but they dress up as characters from a wax museum to confuse the police and scare people. Inza and Kent are at a society costume ball that they attack.
Fate gets captured, and put into a glass chamber to suffocate. That dratted half-helmet again! No magic to escape, purely strength and ingenuity. This series has all but given up on the supernatural.
Aquaman deals with a self-appointed King of the Sargasso Sea in this story.
The man has made his kingdom of abandoned boats, and populated it with wanted felons. It’s really not a bad idea for a recurring villain, but this guy was just a one-shot.
Still, this one almost didn’t make it into the blog, until I hit the last page. Aquaman has no problems blowing the king up, and in the last two panels defines his mission, but looks so amazingly happy doing it.
Dr. Clever has his third outing against Johnny Quick in this story, illustrated by Mort Meskin.
Johnny’s mask alters in this one as well, gaining some width on the side that really helps define the character’s face. The story has Dr. Clever calling himself the Man of a Million Murders, but that was the “title” used by Mr. Zero a number of months ago. As Mr. Zero never appeared again, it would seem that Dr. Clever likely killed him, making him one of the numbered deaths, and then continued his scheme.
A lot of things happen SUDDENLY in this story, but its fun.
Jerry Siegel and Bernard Bailey find an almost comfortable mix with the Spectre and Percival Popp in this story, as they pursue a spirits who emerge to rob the audience during a magician’s show.
Popp basically just acts as Jim Corrigan’s sidekick through this, off to the side while the Spectre investigates the mystical side to the case.
Of course, the magician is the real culprit. They always are. But the Spectre gets to show off some of his powers at least.