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An interesting issue -
from jfglade:
"First Sword Story and Wing Wendall in Costume
[This issue contains] two relatively significant stories, both by Vernon Henkel. I can only speculate that either it was suggested to Henkel that costumed characters were the wave of the future, or he had decided that by himself, because the issue marks the first appearance of Chic Carter in his short-lived Sword persona, and the first appearance of Wings Wendall in what certainly looks like a mystery man costume. Both stories are models of economical and inventive storytelling, and both are complete in just four pages.

The story which introduced Chic Carter as the Sword was also his last appearance in Smash comics; the Chic Carter series transfered over to Police Comics with the new titles first issue, and Carter acted as the Sword in the first four issues of that book and then apparently never used that identity again (Carter also wound up in National comics a little later on and was a remarkably enduring character). Wings Wendall stayed in Smash, and wore his new spiffier duds only once more before turning them in for good. Interestingly, Smash Comics #24 marked the last time either character appeared in four page stories and both went on to be featured in slightly longer stories (six pages). At this late date, it is hard to say why Henkel or an editor decided why both characters should briefly try mystery man affections and then return to their tried and true formats, but I would certainly be willing to listen to speculative explanations."
Issue: #24
Published: July 1941, Price: 0.10 USD, Pages: 68, Editing: Ed Cronin
Color: Color Dimensions: Standard Golden Age U.S. Paper Stock: Glossy Cover; Newsprint Interior Binding: Saddle-Stitched Publishing Format: Was On-Going Series
 Comic Contents:
Cover (1 page)
Featuring: Bozo the Robot
Credits: Pencils: Gill Fox ? | Inks: Gill Fox ?
Genre: Science Fiction
Characters: Bozo The Robot The Ray [Happy Terrill] (inset) Midnight [Dave Clark] (inset) Espionage [Black X] (inset) The Jester [Chuck Lane] (inset)

Comic Story (9 pages) Spy In a Sawdust Ring
Featuring: The Ray
Synopsis: The Ray and Bud temporarily join the circus after saving some aerialists from attack. In the process, they discovered an FBI agent was also there to take down Vera, the equestrienne.
Credits: Pencils: Reed Crandall [as E. Lectron] (signed) | Inks: Reed Crandall [as E. Lectron] (signed)
Genre: Superhero
Characters: The Ray [Happy Terrill] Bud Vera And Her Wonder Horse The Great Ivan Pietro

Comic Story (1 page)
Featuring: Archie O'Toole
Genre: Humor Children
Characters: Archie O'Toole

Comic Story (5 pages) The Circus Mystery
Featuring: Midnight
Synopsis: A circus performer uses monkeys as pickpockets, which draws Dave away as Midnight from his date for the evening, and he is in the process of busting up the racket when Doc and Gabby come on the scene, intent on using the doctor's new mind-reading invention on the gang.
Credits: Script: Jack Cole (signed) | Pencils: Jack Cole (signed) | Inks: Jack Cole (signed)
Genre: Adventure Superhero
Characters: Midnight [Dave Clark] Doc Mortimer Wackey Gabby (a Monkey) Alice Taylor (Dave's Girl) Alonzo Schtunk (villain)

Comic Story (6 pages) On Broadway
Featuring: The Purple Trio
Credits: Pencils: Alex Blum [as S. M. Regi] (signed) | Inks: Alex Blum [as S. M. Regi] (signed)
Genre: Adventure
Characters: The Purple Trio [Warren Tiny Todd Rocky Hill] Garry Bore

Comic Story (4 pages) The Invisible Sky-Base
Featuring: Wings Wendall
Synopsis: Wings dons the costume worn by the enemy spies to sneak into their Invisible Sky-Base.
Credits: Script: Vernon Henkel (signed) | Pencils: Vernon Henkel (signed) | Inks: Vernon Henkel (signed)
Genre: Aviation
Characters: Wings Wendall Spinner Benson The Bullet-Plane Lorner

Comic Story (1 page)
Featuring: Wun Cloo
Credits: Pencils: Jack Cole [as Ralph Johns] (signed) | Inks: Jack Cole [as Ralph Johns] (signed)
Genre: Humor Detective-mystery
Characters: Wun Cloo Killer Diller

Comic Story (5 pages) Frisco Finley
Featuring: The Jester
Synopsis: Nick Perselle tries to frame Mulligan for murder.
Credits: Script: Paul Gustavson | Pencils: Paul Gustavson | Inks: Paul Gustavson | Letters: Paul Gustavson
Genre: Superhero
Characters: Jester [Chuck Lane] Mulligan Frisco Finley Nick Perselle (villain)

Comic Story (6 pages) The Sumatra Adventure
Featuring: Espionage Starring Black X
Credits: Script: Lane French [as Will Erwin] (signed) | Pencils: Witmer Williams | Inks: Witmer Williams
Genre: Spy
Characters: Espionage [Black X] Batu Alex Durham Osaki Kali Madam Doom (villain)

Comic Story (5 pages) The Face
Featuring: Invisible Justice
Synopsis: Thurston battles spies intending to sabotage the Panama Canal.
Credits: Script: Art Pinajian [as Art Gordon] (signed) | Pencils: Art Pinajian [as Art Gordon] (signed) | Inks: Art Pinajian [as Art Gordon] (signed)
Genre: Superhero
Characters: Kent Thurston Chac Mool B-7 Chima

Comic Story (5 pages) The Culver Murder
Featuring: The Scarlet Seal
Synopsis: Barry meets his heart throb, Judy Wilson, while protecting her brother from mobsters.
Credits: Script: Harry Francis Campbell (signed) | Pencils: Harry Francis Campbell (signed) | Inks: Harry Francis Campbell (signed)
Genre: Detective-mystery
Characters: The Scarlet Seal [Barry Moore] John Culver Henry Wilson (Judy's Brother) Judy Wilson (Barry's Love Interest) Kuber (villain)

Text Story (1 page) The Hunted Castle [sic]
Featuring: Jimmy Christian
Credits: Pencils: ? (header) | Inks: ? (header) | Letters: typeset
Genre: Adventure
Characters: Jimmy Christian

Comic Story (4 pages) The Fire God
Featuring: Abdul the Arab
Synopsis: Abdul is ship wrecked on a mysterious island and sentenced to be sacrificed to the Fire God
Credits: Script: Bob Powell [as Powell Roberts] (signed) | Pencils: Bob Powell [as Powell Roberts] (signed) | Inks: Bob Powell [as Powell Roberts] (signed)
Genre: Adventure
Characters: Abdul Hassan The Queen

Comic Story (4 pages) The Sword
Featuring: Chic Carter: The Sword
Synopsis: Framed for murder, Chic Carter dons a mask to evade the police.
Credits: Script: Vernon Henkel | Pencils: Vernon Henkel | Inks: Vernon Henkel
Genre: Detective-mystery Superhero
Characters: Chic Carter As The Sword (intro) Bull Hennessey Sgt Monahan One Thumb Hogan Egghead

Comic Story (7 pages) The Headless Men
Featuring: Bozo the Robot
Synopsis: Hazzard and Bozo face a group of weird mobsters who wear special suits to make themselves look headless in order to scare their victims to death.
Credits: Pencils: George Brenner [as Wayne Reid] (signed) | Inks: George Brenner [as Wayne Reid] (signed)
Genre: Science Fiction
Characters: Hugh Hazzard Bozo The Robot Gus Gyp Commisioner Hunt Devlin The Headless Men (villains)

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