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DICK STORM

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Full Name: Dick Storm
Nationality: American
Organization: None
Occupation Adventurer

Creator: Mort Meskin, Harry Shorten
Time Span: 1940 - 1940

ABOUT THE SERIES

Dick Storm is an adventurer.

He has an entry in this compendium because half of his small number of recorded adventures are specifically working on behalf of the governments of beleagured countries fighting intrigue and such. One of the others is almost qualifying as well.

The time period for his escapades is 1940 or just before. Storm is a man who craves danger and excitement and since at the moment America is at peace without any action to be found there, he has taken to roaming the globe searching for death-defying situations to interest and challenge him. He does pick and choose the assignments he is willing to take, telling one potential client, "I am always at the disposal of the forces for Law and Order."

He has to have been doing so for some time because he is already well known around the planet, his "fame as an adventurer has spread far and wide.", such that if there is trouble at some spot and he is seen visiting nearby, he is the man called by the authorities to lend a hand.

Since he is able to operate in various exotic parts of the Earth with no difficulty, we have to assume that he has a terrific grasp of languages, including French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, and Hindu. His understanding of battle tactics are top-notch and one of his many combat skills is the use of a fight airplane.

Storm is a handsome, tall, athletic man with short black hair and a fondness for dressing in style. Whatever he wears, be it a suit or jungle garb, he does so with panache.

Being a man of action and being so attractive, Storm is never at a loss for female companionship though he does not let any relationship tie him down. Saying goodbye to a beautiful woman he just rescued and who wanted him to stay with her so she could show how appreciative she was, Storm laments, "I guess it's not in the cards, Lana. I'm just a little too curious to know what's going on over those hills".

COMIC BOOKS, GRAPHIC NOVELS, AND MANGA

Number of Stories:6
First Appearance:1940
Last Appearance:1940

1 Dick Storm In The Foreign Legion Dick Storm In The Foreign Legion
Published by M.L.J. Magazines
Contributors: Harry Shorten (writer), Mort Meskin (artist)
Copyright: 1940

Published in Top-Notch Comics #2, Jam. 1940.
When Dick Storm, visiting a desert outpost in the Sahara, is approached by the commanding officer of the fort, he is interested in the request - to temporarily join the French Foreign Legion to uncover who is betraying their oath by informing troop movements to the Arabs.
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2 Dick Storm In China Dick Storm In China
Published by M.L.J. Magazines
Contributors: Harry Shorten (writer), Mort Meskin (artist)
Copyright: 1940

Published in Top-Notch Comics #3, Feb. 1940.
Dick Storm is called to China by that country's government to help put together a force to go up against an invading foe named Kang who is causing trouble by looting place they attack.
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3 Dick Storm In South America Dick Storm In South America
Published by M.L.J. Magazines
Contributors: Harry Shorten (writer), Mort Meskin (artist)
Copyright: 1940

Published in Top-Notch Comics #4, Apr. 1940.
The President of the South American nation of Chilan calls upon Dick Storm to help them in their hour of crisis. A "slumbering volcano" has come "to life with horrible and devastating suddenness" and the populace is falling by the thousands as plague sweeps through the small republic. The problem is that the neighboring Pruvians are about to invade the weakened nation and Storm must find a way to stop them.
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4 Dick Storm Off The Solomon Islands Dick Storm Off The Solomon Islands
Published by M.L.J. Magazines
Contributors: Harry Shorten (writer), Mort Meskin (artist)
Copyright: 1940

Published in Top-Notch Comics #5, May 1940.
In the Coral Seas off the Solomon Islands, Dick Storm is helping collect pearls from oysters when one of the crew tries to blow up the others to have the gems all for himself. Both Storm and the killer survive to land on an island only to have to contend with cannibal head-hunters. 
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5 Dick Storm In Honduras Dick Storm In Honduras
Published by M.L.J. Magazines
Contributors: Harry Shorten (writer), Mort Meskin (artist)
Copyright: 1940

Published in Top-Notch Comics #6, June 1940.
Santi, "a little republic in Honduras", has been captured by a dictator. American businessmen are losing a great deal of business and have tried to overthrow him. They have lost three men so far so they ask Dick Storm to give it a try.
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6 Dick Storm In India Dick Storm In India
Published by M.L.J. Magazines
Contributors: Harry Shorten (writer), Mort Meskin (artist)
Copyright: 1940

Published in Top-Notch Comics #7-#8, Aug.-Sep. 1940.
Stopping at a cafe while visiting a city in India, Dick Storm is approached to go into the jungles to find an American woman, daughter of a missionary, who could be ransomed for a tidy sum. Storm is ready to fight over the idea before deciding that if he did not save her, someone else would snatch her for the ransom. He will unfortunately have to deal with Chinese pirates, Indian cutthroats, lethal fever, ?African cannibals? and a cowardly white man who insists he is her boy friend but she does not agree.
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MY COMMENTS

I did not care for this series at all. Granted, this fellow did spend much of his time being a government operative, which for me makes him qualify for membership here. And the chap definitely got around with adventures in numerous places on the planet.

But the stories were dull and uninspired. It is next to impossible to enjoy a story that bores you and that is the main feeling I got from reading them. It is not a good thing to say about series when one of its pluses was that there were not many adventures.

GRADE

My Grade: C

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