Tuesday, October 9, 2018

More Fun Comics #50 - pt. 2

We left off with King Carter exploring Ali Ghazi's palace. There is a pit in the middle of a hallway that leads to an underground stream.Confronting Ali in a shrine, King arms himself with a sword and engages him in melee. Ali triggers a trap that makes four poisonous snakes drop from a trap door in the ceiling.

Not all guards are bad, as evidenced in The Buccaneer (and backed up by the Alignment of guards in The Mobster Manual). Dennis is leading the rightful king and a small band of loyal followers towards the castle (again, it's weird this takes place in the West Indies), but a guard gives them fair warning not to come any closer or they will be shot at. Politely warned, they all turn around and go away (but plot how to come back later).

In Radio Squad, we learn that Sandy and Larry are not only patrol partners, but they share an apartment together, and share a car. They fail to encounter any random mobsters all day while on patrol, but happen upon car thieves in their own garage! Head blows are easy enough to deliver that they can even be synchronized; Sandy and Larry are both knocked out that way at the same time. Later, after trailing a crooked businessman back to the thieves' hideout, they are captured by armed lookouts (crooked businessmen and lookouts are both statted in The Mobster Manual).

Lt. Bob Neal is going to be testing several science trophies on his submarine today, including advanced Scuba gear, a machine that turns water into breathable air (Machine of Water Breathing), and a drill "powered by the ocean" (?), that can "literally go through anything" (so, wrecks as a 9th level superhero?).  Bob is in constant danger during testing these inventions; the Machine of Water Breathing doesn't work and he has to be rescued before he suffocates, and while testing the drill a "monstrous ray fish" bumps his air hose and fouls it. Giant devil rays are in The Mobster Manual (maybe I should include a note about how they like to foul air hoses). Oh, and Bob finds gold in the volcanic ruins around Hawaii, as unlikely as that seems.

The Flying Fox story has some rather obvious flaws in it. There's supposedly a mystery to how transport planes are being forced to land and their pilots killed, but when FF puts himself in danger, it becomes apparent that the air bandits shoot at the planes. How was that not evident sooner -- did no one think to examine the planes for bullet holes? This is the first story where the term "Immelmann" is used, to refer to the Immelmann turn invented in WWI (and I first learned about from playing Dawn Patrol).  FF defeats a "giant guard" on his way into the air bandits' hideout, but we never actually see all of the guard and what we do see of him in the panel does not make him look very giant.

Detective Sergeant Casey is solving the case of who is murdering the jurists who convicted a dead man. His strategy is to have police openly guard every jurist but one, luring the killer to that one, and then disguising himself as the vulnerable jurist. To build suspense for the reader, Casey refuses to confide his plan to his captain, which I can't imagine a police captain actually allowing.

(Read at fullcomic.pro)

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