Anchors Aweigh features Lieutenant Commander Don Kerry of the US navy, and his buddy Red Murphy, who is never given a rank. They have one long serial that takes them to Brazil, where they hunt down and capture El Diablo, a revolutionary, but then spend the rest of the era dealing with problems in the south Pacific, mostly in one-shot tales.
The art is by Guardineer for the first 12 instalments, and it’s the kind of Guardineer art I don’t like, very stiff and static. But I must conceded, after he leaves the series the art gets downright awful.
The first serial is not bad, it spends a lot of time making it look like Marshall, an American embassy staffer, is really El Diablo, but instead his assistant Fernando is the one leaving the false trail, and El Diablo actually ifs from the German embassy.
The later stories are passable at best. Chinese bandits, a man who wants to blow up the Panama Canal, pirates, native uprisings, illegal gambling boats are all dealt with quickly and easily. The most interesting, or at least the weirdest, of the stories involves master japanese spy Sin Yun, who attempts to get Don and Red to reveal the secrets of a radio controlled torpedo by having hybrid animals attack them. The gorilla man is ok, but the octo-dile is hilarious.
Anchors Aweigh continues in the Early Golden Age, for some reason
Anchors Aweigh: New Adventure Comics 28 – 31 (July – Oct 38)
Adventure Comics 32 – 45 (Nov 38 – Dec 39)