More interesting is this page from "Wing" Walker, the first aerial dogfight drawn for comic books. Here, we see the Japanese Aviators use the stunt Shoot Gas Tank, and Wing using the stunt Dead Stick to fool them into thinking he's about to crash.
However, sperm whales are ridiculously massive for a game where the mechanics do not scale up exponentially. Doing a quick combination of number crunching and guesstimating, for a 56+ ton animal, I figure a whale would have 70 Hit Dice, with each Hit Die being rolled on d20s! Best to run away when you see a whale coming...
I also seem to have been wrong about The Strange Adventures of Mr. Weed. Mr. Weed is just a historian and serves as the everyman hero; the real inventor of the first time machine made for comic books was Uriah Mowcher, the scientist. There are yet no details about how the bathysphere-like time machine functions.
(Scans courtesy of Comic Book Archives at http://www.luminist.org/archives/CB/#ADV)