These last few entries in the Dawn of Comics are awkward, in a way. Three series begin in November, and two in December, so I am discussing and evaluating these on very little. I had to draw a line somewhere, and I stand by Flash Comics 1 as the divider, but these guys get a short shrift.
So anyway, King Carter.
He is a “wealthy oilman, adventurer and collector of precious stones and gems,” who we meet in China, as he is searching for jade. He gets buzzed by a plane, but it’s not the threat he thinks, it’s an old friend, Red Rogers, now a photographer for a newsreel, out on assignment. They hook up to take aerial pictures of a secret military base, get shot down, and and escape when the chinese choose to drive their jeep off a cliff. Both this and the following story are so racist, but it’s just so prevalent in this time period.
In issue 50 King and Red are in India. Red gets hit by a car while saving a boy in the street, and King tracks the car to its owner, an Indian prince trying to overthrow the British. Of course, the Prince Ali Ghazi is made as evil as possible, walling King up alive (but doing such a poor job that King pushes his way through the wall, with his hands tied behind his back.) Cheer as the American helps the Brit defeat the native fighting for his land!
King Carter continues in the Early Golden Age
King Carter: More Fun Comics 49 – 50 (Nov – Dec 39)