Monday, February 11, 2019
Smash Comics #7 - pt. 1
Black X has his original name back now and is no longer being called Black Ace. This page is interesting because it seems believable enough that it could be real history, only it's not. As far as I can tell, this "Caldwell Line" is a clever fabrication.
We get another example of a fighter (or a spy, if using that 1st edition class) wrecking bonds.
It will be interesting to see if the next installment really follows this and takes place in Chicago.
(The real story disappoints, though; the ventriloquism is unnecessarily explained away, and the reason for the gem is stolen right out of The Moonstone.)
First villain lair in a swimming pool. There are not a lot of other situations where books on sea diving turn out to be valuable clues.
(Scans courtesy of Digital Comic Museum.)