Finger’s story, about hoods forcing stores to sell phony medicines and other toiletries, is perfectly serviceable. Irene Miller and Doiby Dickles both get small roles.
Hasen’s art just doesn’t feel quite up to par on this adventure.
On the other hand, the splash for the Atom, with a sabotage creature, looks better than anything in this strip to date. O’Connor, Flinton and Sansone have Al Pratt and Mary James, along with other kids from their college, on a our of a steel mill.
Foreign agents are sabotaging the factory. And the factory itself looks much better than most of the backgrounds the Atom finds himself in.
Mary gets taken captive, and is rescued by the Atom. But the most memorable moment comes when the saboteurs get into a fight with each other, both falling to their deaths as the Atom looks on.
Now that Ikky and Prop know that Hop Harrigan is really the Guardian Angel, Ikky wants to play around with the costume. Hop taks him flying, and lets him try out the suit’s wings. Ikky does not have much luck – it’s apparent that he is much heavier than Hop, so that would likely be the problem – and lands in a lake.
The same day, Miss Snap gets a visit from Professor Twink, a new supporting character, and an old friend of hers. They discuss pterodactyls, and then Twink retires for the night.
Hop and Ikky sneak in, and hang the wet costume up to dry. But a series of events leads Miss Snap to attack the winged suit, thinking it a pterodactyl. That’s one way to get rid of a costume.
Sargon the Sorcerer gets into a lot of trouble while performing at a charity show to raise money for a children’s playground in this tale by Wentworth and Purcell.
Sargon does a shooting trick, but controls both the bullets and birds, so no animals were harmed during the production of this comic. But someone takes advantage of this, shooting and killing a man in one of the boxes. As Sargon was the only person holding a gun in plain view, he was the one to get arrested.
John Sargent spends the rest of the story either as himself, or in disguise. The story makes it clear that no prison would ever be able to hold this guy. All he has to do is touch a wall in order to be able to pass through it.
It’s not a bad story, but with Sargon out of costume the story just feels a bit weird.
Red, White and Blue get a story, also by Wentworth and Purcell, in which they get sent to Florida to investigate the murder of one of their agents.
While so many stories from 1939-1941 have nebulous foreign agents as the bad guys, this one sticks a swastika right on the villain’s hat, making it clear just who the enemy power is.
It also has one of the more horrific resolutions, with the killer getting burned alive in a particularly effective panel.
Tagged: Al Pratt, Alan Scott, All-American Comics, Atom, Ben Flinton, Bill Finger, Bill O'Connor, DC Comics, Doiby Dickles, Green Lantern, Hop Harrigan, Howard Purcell, Ikky Tinker, Irene Miller, Irwin Hasen, John Sargent, John Wentworth, Leonard Sansone, Mary James, Miss Snap, Professor Twink, Red White and Blue, Sargon the Sorcerer