Tuesday, March 21, 2017
The Losers - Bombing Out On The Panama Canal!
The Losers return in the one hundred and fifty-eighth issue of Our Fighting Forces and Jack Kirby's story (inked by Mike Royer) picks up right where we left it last time with the Losers facing imminent death by firing squad.
A hidden cell of Japanese soldiers have hidden a bomber in the interior of Panama and now are planning to bomb the crucial Panama Canal. Meanwhile The Losers are about to be shot by Panama Fattie's henchmen but at the last moment they find a way to start a fight which frustrates the plan. After a terrific battle in which Fattie refuses to shoot Captain Storm, a man she has fallen for on first sight, the Losers gather up the hoods and then chase down Fattie's truck as she heads off into the jungle and she refuses to drive down Captain Storm. She drives to the secret Japanese compound and the Losers follow her. In the final shoot out she is killed but enemy plane is stopped and the Panama Canal is safe.
As it turns out the Japanese did indeed have plans to destroy the Panama Canal. It involved an enormous submarine named the Sen-Toku which could potentially launch aircraft. To read more about that unsuccessful plane read this. It's a plan which in pure concept is even zanier than the scheme outlined by Kirby in this colorful yarn.
More to come.