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656: Young Allies #5 (v1) [A Story]

" Horror in Hollywood "
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Young Allies #5a (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief:
Cover Artists: Alex Schomburg
Writers: Stan Lee
Pencilers: Al Avison
Inkers: Syd Shores
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Letterers:
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: August 1942
Release Date: August 1942
Story Arc: -
Pages: 49
Cover Price: $0.10
Times Read: 31                 Times Rated: 22
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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All-Winners Comics #6 (v1) [E Story]
Marvel Mystery Comics #36 [B Story]
Young Allies #5a (v1)
Marvel Mystery Comics #37a
Marvel Mystery Comics #37c
654: All-Winners ...
#6e (v1)
655: Marvel Myste...
#36b
 
657: Marvel Myste...
#37a
658: Marvel Myste...
#37c
 
 
Character Appearances
 
Main Characters
  Bucky
Bucky last appeared in All-Winners Comics #6d (v1). Bucky next appears in Captain America Comics #21a.
     
  Toro
Toro last appeared in All-Winners Comics #6a (v1). Toro next appears in Marvel Mystery Comics #37a.
     
  Jeff Vandergill
Jeff Vandergill last appeared in Young Allies #4a (v1). Jeff Vandergill next appears in Young Allies #6a (v1).
     
  Knuckles
Knuckles last appeared in Young Allies #4a (v1). Knuckles next appears in Young Allies #6a (v1).
     
  Tubby Tinkelbaum
Tubby Tinkelbaum last appeared in Young Allies #4a (v1). Tubby Tinkelbaum next appears in Young Allies #6a (v1).
     
  Whitewash Jones
Whitewash Jones last appeared in Young Allies #4a (v1). Whitewash Jones next appears in Young Allies #6a (v1).
     
Supporting Characters
  Captain America
Captain America last appeared in All-Winners Comics #6d (v1). Captain America next appears in Captain America Comics #21a.
     
  The Human Torch
The Human Torch last appeared in All-Winners Comics #6a (v1). The Human Torch next appears in Marvel Mystery Comics #37a.
     
Villains
  Adolf Hitler
Adolf Hitler last appeared in Captain America Comics #19e. Adolf Hitler next appears in Captain America Comics #21a.
     
 
Group Appearances
Nazis
Nazis last appeared in All-Winners Comics #6e (v1). Nazis next appears in Captain America Comics #21a.
   
     
The Young Allies
The Young Allies last appeared in Young Allies #4a (v1). The Young Allies next appears in Young Allies #6a (v1).
   
     
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In Nazi, Adolf Hitler is furious that his men are unable to bring American morale down, so he orders the Owl to go to the United States to put an end to their spirit. The Owl decides to begin with Hollywood.

At their clubhouse, the Young Allies get a telegram from the director of Colossal Studios in Hollywood who plans to make a movie about their adventures and wants them to play in it. Bucky offers to ask Captain America to lend them the money for the train fare. Cap just happens to pass by so he happily agrees to help them. Toro, afraid Bucky might use this favor against him, chooses to borrow the money from the Human Torch instead. While the Young Allies are getting their train tickets, the Owl has already arrived at Colossal Studios. Coincidentally, Captain America meets with the Human Torch and they note how funny it is that their next mission is also on the West Coast, so close to their little friends.

In Hollywood, as H.G. Romaninhoff is getting mad at actor Bruce Brent for being ten minutes late, Tubby makes a catastrophic entry and Brent stops the movie maker from losing his temper again. He asks the Young Allies to be there at nine next morning and leaves for the day. Using the time off to visit the set, they run into the Owl who pretends he works there. They soon realize his real intents when he cuts loose sandbags over them. Toro saves them, but the Owl opens a trap door that sends them into a pit with Matilda, a giant crocodile. Toro hurls fireballs at the creature's gaping mouth while the rest of the team makes a human ladder to climb off the pit. They watch as the Owl disappears.

In Washington, Steve Rogers and the Human Torch meet with the FBI and receive orders to stop a Japanese invasion through the West Coast. Right after their briefing, a knife with a note hits the wall behind them, carrying a death threat message from the Owl.

The next morning, the Young Allies are on set for camera tests but the camera begins shooting bullets. Bucky finds the cameraman dead with a knife in his back and another note from the Owl. On their way to their dressing room H.G. announces them that the next day, they will go on location to shoot for real in a scene where they are stopping a Japanese invasion of the West Coast. Thanks to this interruption from Romaninhoff, the boys are safe from a bomb that just blew up their dressing room.

Then they spot the Owl and go after him into some kind of medieval torture chamber. Jeff stops to take a closer look at an iron maiden so the Owl catches him and places him in the deadly device. The Young Allies rush to his rescue before Iron Maiden closes on him. Running after their foe, they bump into the director who was looking for them to introduce them to the rest of the cast.

That night, the Owl is seen around the truck that will bring the boys to their shooting site. In the morning, while they are transported to location, Knuckles opens one of the crates and finds it crawling with poison lizards. They realize that the vehicle no longer has a driver, so while Toro keeps the lizard at bay, the boys jump off the truck before it falls off a cliff. The following vehicle picks them up. Not too far from them, Captain America and the Human Torch stop their fruitless investigation and decide to follow the Young Allies, given their usual ways of attracting trouble.

That night, when everyone is asleep, the Owl puts a poisonous snake on Bucky's chest warning him that he'll get bitten if he ever moves. The hissing wakes Jeff up and the boy comes to his friend's rescue, grasping the reptile by its tail and killing it. The snake is covered with a particular red clay that leads the Allies to investigate a cave nearby. The Owl is surprised that the kids have found him, so while they chase after him, he pushes a huge rock that rolls down towards them but they manage to get out of the way. The Young Allies go after the Nazi spy who falls off a cliff, but they realize that he probably survived the fall.

As Tubby and Knuckles leave the rest of the team to go and get flashlights, they hear voices talking about an invasion. They attack but find out their victims are simple dummies so they decide to resume their initial mission. Meanwhile, Bucky, Toro, Whitewash and Jeff are attacked by several Nazi spies who immobilize them with nets. The Owl orders his men to lower the youths into the pit he fell into, informing them that there is only one way out but he plans to send fire through a hole on the cliff to burn them alive.

While his friends are searching for the exit, Toro uses his powers keep the flames away from the team. Seeing that the flaming kid is getting control over the infernal jet, the Owl tries to shoot the young heroes down but Toro responds with fireballs and sends him off. Back with their flashlights, Tubby and Knuckles arrive at the top of the cliff. Bucky and the others unravel the net into a rope and use it to climb out of the pit. Exhausted, Toro stays behind. Bucky final finds the switch that controls the flames and Toro is rescued by the others.

The next day, the director announces they will be shooting a huge combat scene with a group of extras that pose as Japanese soldiers. The other actors not being present for this scene make Knuckles suspicious. During the take, one of the actors uses a real knife on Bucky, but the young hero loses the man in the group of extras. Seeing a man once more running to the cave, they rush after him and find a watch with Bruce Brent's initials on it, concluding he must be the Owl. Then they come face to face with a lion and the Owl closes a gate on them so they have to confront the canine. During the fight, the villain accidently hits a vital spot with a bullet and kills the beast. Toro then melts the gate and they try to find the Owl. Instead, they meet the director and two lead actors who inform them that Brent has been murdered, scratching him off their list of suspects.

The director takes them to a gigantic cavern to film their last scene where the Japanese invade the coast. The Young Allies suddenly realize that the battle is no fake; these are real Japanese attempting to invade the West Coast. They resume the fight, soon joined by the Human Torch and Captain America. Karns suddenly tries to throw a bomb at the heroes, but is subdued by Bucky, who reveals that he is the Owl. Cap grabs the bomb and hurls it at the Japanese submarines. The villain jumps off a cliff to his death. But suddenly, another knife hits a tree with a note that the Owl is many and will strike again. H.G. comes out of the debris and claims that the movie will be colossal.
 
 
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  Gecko Says:    
  2016-07-24 13:09:35  
  Those YA stories are long and boring. A truly shitty combination  
 
 

  RobinHoodMtl Says:    
  2017-05-14 17:38:40  
  Yup, these stories are endless! And to make things worse, the authors had the brilliant idea to write dialogs in bad English so that we have to decipher every word! That's how parents kept their kids busy and out of the way for weeks before video games were invented!

That being said, in all objectivity, I have to admit (again) that the quality of the artwork is above what was done in most comics at the time (which many would consider a waste of talent). Just take a look at the awesome panel on page 43. In addition, the storyline must have been quite appealing to a lot youngsters back in the days. Any kid could identify with at least one of the characters. And if I remember my childhood heroes, I would probably have chosen Knuckles!

So come to think of it, young readers really got their dime's worth.
 
 
 

 
 
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   May 16, 2017 RobinHoodMtl Added synopsis for this issue.
   January 9, 2017 TStarnes Updated the listing for Hitler.
   November 6, 2014 sewixo Changed comic details.
   October 18, 2014 Drax Updated the listing for Hitler.
   October 18, 2014 Drax Added Hitler to the issue.
   October 18, 2014 Drax Added The Human Torch to the issue.
   October 18, 2014 Drax Added Captain America to the issue.
   October 18, 2014 Drax Added Whitewash Jones to the issue.
   October 18, 2014 Drax Added Tubby Tinkelbaum to the issue.
   October 18, 2014 Drax Added Knuckles to the issue.
   October 18, 2014 Drax Added Jeff Vandergill to the issue.
   October 18, 2014 Drax Added Toro to the issue.
   October 18, 2014 Drax Added Bucky to the issue.
   October 18, 2014 Drax Added The Young Allies to the issue.
   October 18, 2014 Drax Changed comic details.
   October 18, 2014 Drax Added Nazis to the issue.
   September 27, 2014 TStarnes Changed comic details.
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