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Appearing in "The Monster Awakes"Edit
Synopsis for "The Monster Awakes"Edit
An American fighter pilot named Evans, a member of the Chennault Flying Tigers during World War II, is shot down in a dogfight with Imperial Japanese pilots near the Great Wall of China. Discovering a cave, he ventures inside until he finds a massive door. Opening it, he is shocked to find a giant inside. The giant identifies himself as Garaz, a member of a race of underground Demigods, sent to the surface by his society's ruler, Bazor, as a scout.
Garaz tells Evans that he destroyed an entire village of Chinese people after making it to the surface, but was placed into a centuries-long sleep by a magic spell uttered by a mystic named Chong-Soh. Garaz then informs Evans that the Great Wall of China was actually built by the Chinese as a means to keep him from escaping should he ever return.
Garaz then places Evans on his shoulder, and embarks on a rampage on the surface. Having freed Garaz, Evans is mortified by the monster's disregard for life, as well as his role in it. Garaz then takes Evans with him to the layer of the Demigods, but is devastated to learn that the Demigods have all died during his deep sleep.
Vowing vengeance, Garaz returns to the cave, plotting his destruction of the world. The giant promises Evans that he will spare the pilot's life, as he considers Evans a friend and savior for freeing him. Using this "friendship", Evans convinces the giant to repeat the magic spell that trapped him the first time
Appearing in "The Unknown Partner"Edit
- Titus H. Crockett (Death)
- Miss Raey, Crockett's secretary
- Carter Crockett (Death)
- Harry S. Truman (Mentioned)
Synopsis for "The Unknown Partner"Edit
Crooked business man Titus H. Crockett has dedicated his life to making as much money as possible, paying little mind to those he steps on to get it. One January morning, his secretary, Miss Raey, informs him that a man in the lobby is there to see Crockett about a "massive partnership" that will make tons of money. Crockett talks with the man, who refuses to give a name, about becoming partners. The man tells Crockett that before he shares his business plans, he must know if Crockett is scrupulous enough to be his partner. Crockett shares stories with the mystery man about his many dastardly deeds, including the time he swindled his own brother Carter out of his business, a move that drove Carter to suicide.
Convinced, the businessman gives Crockett his business card and congratulates Crockett on becoming "one of his boys". Crockett is ecstatic about the partnership, but his excitement soon fades when he experiences a heart attack. As he breathes his last breath, Crockett looks at the business card and realizes he just made a deal with Satan.
Appearing in "The Ant World"Edit
- Gustav Van Doren
- Vivian Van Doren
- Mr. Drake, contractor
- Old Man Hoog (Mentioned)
Synopsis for "The Ant World"Edit
Gustav Van Doren and his wife Vivian buy the "old Hoog place", an isolated home once owned by a scientist named Hoog. Despite the wild stories of animal mutation experiments and evil energy, Gustav brushes it off as nonsense and moves in. After a few weeks, the couple experience bizarre dreams and the constant sound of of scratching coming from the cellar. One night, Gustav awake to find Vivian gone. Following the sounds of scratching to the cellar, he finds a giant ant carrying Vivian into an underground tunnel.
Chasing after them, Gustav falls into the tunnel and eventually hits the bottom, knocking himself unconscious. We awakes to find himself the size of an ant. He learns that the ants he sees before him were once humans themselves. One of the ants informs him that the ants have been enslaving people for labor, and that the humans are secretly sending out distress signals for help. In the middle of this conversation, the colony is destroyed by a giant foot that the slaves believed picked up their distress call.
Some time later, in a hospital, two doctors discuss the circumstances of Gustav's arrival as a full-sized Gustav, his head wrapped in bandages, screams out for Vivian. The senior doctor tells his co-worker that Gustav was found lying on top of a massive ant hill in the cellar, a pen in hand, and that the amount of ant bites on his body will kill Gustav. When the co-worker inquires about the bandages on his head, the doctor informs him that Gustav has the body of a man, but the head of an ant.
Appearing in "The Man Who Looked at Death"Edit
- Oren Van Schoon (Death)
- Singh Maj (Death)
- Fakirs and magicians
- Far East Courier newspaper
Synopsis for "The Man Who Looked at Death"Edit
Racist explorer Oren Van Schoon travels to India, determined to learn the mysterious secrets of the local Fakirs and street magicians. Taking a man named Singh Maj as a guide, and beating him mericilously, Schoon beats and threatens the local we comes across until they spill the secrets of their feats to him. Learning all the secrets the locals have to offer, Schoon plans to leave and exploit these secrets back home for money.
His guide comes to his door, and offers a newspaper to him from a month in the future, promising him stock information and sporting scores. Taking the paper, Schoon then shoots Singh Maj so that he cannot give anyone else the info. Opening the paper, Schoon is horrified to see the main headline that states that he will be executed for Singh Maj's murder. Still in shock of the headline, Schoon is surprised to see Singh Maj's ghost sit up out of his body, telling him that justice will be served.
It is then revealed that Schoon is retelling his tale to the reader from a jail cell, one month after the murder. He finishes his tale just as a guard comes to his cell to escort him to the gallows to be hung.
- Numbering continued from Joker Comics; 43 is the first issue
- In-story texts reveals that "The Unknown Partner" takes place in the time span of November 1948 to January 1949.
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