We finally reached September 1939! And Mystery Men Comics #2!
We meet up with The Green Mask again, this time involved in a tong war. Tong wars apparently were real things, plaguing New York and Chicago into the 1930s, so they seem to be much on the mind of comic book writers even years later.
The Fu Manchu-like villain this time is called San Sin and, luckily, Green Mask seems to know exactly where San Sin is headquartered as if there was a sign out front. And, amazingly, the very first Chinaman Green Mask points a gun at just happens to know exactly where San Sin is and leads him there.
Green Mask playing along seems, at first, to be a cheap trick to stretch out the story, but the Green Mask has information we were lacking, that San Sin is a smuggler. Green Mask is playing along in order to be led to the people San Sin is getting his contraband from.
Hostage-taking can lead to some tough problem-solving situations for players to role-play through.
A planet so radioactive that it isn't safe to come within 1,000 miles of it -- that seems at least possible.
If I haven't said so before, I really like the artwork on Chen Chang...
(Scans courtesy of Comic Book Plus)