The adventures of Don Kerry and Red Murphy continue as Anchors Aweigh finishes its run in 1940. We do finally learn that Red has the rank of lieutenant, which I’m guessing is lower than Don’s lieutenant commander. Their final seven stories take them from Baja California to Jamaica, the Panama Canal and the Philippines, as they deal with foreign agents and everyday crooks.
The art is largely passable, though the jungle snake pit the heroes have to walk through in issue 49 looks simply ridiculous.
My favourite story in this brief period comes in Adventure Comics 48, as Don impersonates a drug dealer to find out who is running the gang. Much of the story consists of him acting the tough guy to avoid giving himself away, rebuffing other members of the gang, and even the wife of the man he is impersonating, until Don uncovers the postmaster as the drug czar.
The second last tale is set in the “south seas,” and while pursuing pirates Don and Red get trapped during a hurricaine. The location of the final story, pitting them against rum runners turned gun runners, is not given. So I am going to place them both in Hawaii at the end of their run. It is curious to stop a series about sailors just before the US enters the war, so it seems to me that Don and Red died in the attack on Pearl Harbour.
Anchors Aweigh: Adventure Comics 46 – 52 (Jan – July 40)