All-American 8 – Gary Concord – Ultra-man debuts, Hop Harrigan on vacation, tea or time travel?, and Scribbly draws the teacher

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All-American moves a bit closer to having a super-hero with issue 8 (Nov. 39), as Gary Concord, Ultra-Man is introduced.

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Gary himself does almost nothing in his first story.  He reads the story of his father, also called Gary.

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The elder Gary was working on a formula for peace when the big deadly war of 1950 broke out.  His laboratory gets bombed, and his experiments and chemicals crash to the floor, and combine to create a growing foam. Gary frantically writes out his peace formula as the foam seals him in suspended animation.

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He wakes after a period, uncertain how much time has passed, and sees that he has grown much larger.

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Outside, it becomes apparent that much time has passed.

This introductory story continues in the next issue.  But it’s terribly odd to have the first chapter not really devoted to the main character, but instead his father.

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Hop Harrigan heads north with Geraldine, as they go to spend some vacation time with Ikky and Wash.  I haven’t really talked about Wash.  He’s an elder sidekick, not as prominent as Ikky.

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Hop and Geraldine wind up in a shooting battle in the air, as smugglers who want to put Ikky out of business attack them.  Hop saves the day.

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“A Thousand Years a Minute” really gets started in this issue, as the boys come to visit Dr. Lazar.  He explains to them his time travel machine.

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Lazar gets so excited about his invention that he keels over and dies.  His Asian servant demands that the boys take the time trip that the doctor wanted them to.  Great time to lay a guilt trip.

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The boys get into it, after finding a caveman skull with a bullet in it.  As the servant brings them tea, perhaps as an apology for being such a demanding jerk earlier, they take off through time.

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Sheldon Mayer’s Scribbly series has the boy run afoul of a teacher, after Scribbly’s mother requests that her son’s newspaper job be taken into account.  The teacher intentionally keeps him after class to make him late.

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Scribbly uses her image as a “before” shot in an ad, to the amusement of the class, and the teacher’s fury.

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She takes Scribbly to the principal, who is impressed with the boy’s art.  So the tale gets a happy ending – likely a happier one that whatever personal event this was based on.

 

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