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Quote1.png You must be Doctor Savage. My name is Lamont Cranston. I'm very pleased you've chosen to visit our club. Quote2.png
--The Shadow

Appearing in "The Big Boom"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • The Shadow's Agents:
  • The Fabulous Five:
  • Theodore "Ham" Brooks
  • Monk Mayfair
  • Renny


  • Compton Moore
  • Mr. Fodder
  • Mr. Heller
  • Mr.Kelly

Other Characters:

  • Commissioner Ralph Weston
  • Vivian Roy
  • Prof. Ishmael Roy
  • Mr. Farmington


  • New York City


  • A Ray Gun


Synopsis for "The Big Boom"

RECAP: When a gangster kidnaps a scientist, who's invented a special detonator "ray" gun, the scientist's daughter enlists the help of Doc Savage and his crew. However, unknown to Doc, The Shadow was already on the case as a disguised gangster named "Ombra." When the two met, Doc knocked out the disguised Shadow and took him back to his Crime College to operate on his brain.

While the two heroes confronted each other in the operating room, three of the Shadow's agents came to rescue their chief and were able to take down Doc's Fabulous Five rather easily. Finally, a "cease fighting" was called out and the two teams compared notes and realized they were both investigating the same kidnapping case. The two agreed to team up and swap some agents.

Doc Savage went off with three Shadow agents, and Renny, to a warehouse to thwart the gangster who kidnapped the scientist. There, they rescued the scientist who then informed them that his daughter had been captured by the hoodlum, Johnny Malone.

Meanwhile, The Shadow sneaked into Johnny's office to find out who was the ringleader behind the kidnapping. Johnny and his head henchmen entered the same room where the Shadow was hiding and made some phone calls. Outside the building, several masked men stormed the area with their machine guns firing. It was a hit. Johnny was shot, as were several members of his gang. The Shadow leaped out of the darkness, fired a few rounds, and made his escape.

Some minutes later, Doc Savage approached Johnny's building. He quickly noticed the carnage all around and a strange symbol scrawled on the wall, as if it were a calling card to a meeting place.

PART THREE: Doc Savage visits the Shadow at the Cobalt Club, as the "Cobalt symbol" scrawled on the wall was a clue to their next meeting. The two discuss who's behind the stealing of the scientist's special detonator "ray" gun and come to the conclusion that it's a munitions maker named Compton Moore. Their agents are then dispatched to several locations in hopes of finding Mr. Moore.

Later, agent Hawkeye discovers that Mr. Moore is going to set off a military panic by destroying the National Guard Armory with the detonator "ray" gun. He believes that the scientist's daughter will be tied up inside the armory.

The two heroes, and their agents, head for the armory together -- not realizing it's a trap. When they approach the armory, they don't realize that they're being watched by Mr. Moore, the scientist's daughter and several henchmen above, staked out on a nearby rooftop with the detonator "ray" gun pointing at them and the armory. The two heroes rush into the building, and the henchmen fire the gun, causing the armory to explode.

To be concluded in Doc Savage (DC Comics) #18.


  • Editor error: The gangster "Johnny Malone" is now called "Johnny Moran."


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