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Sergeant O’Malley continues to pursue criminals, protecting gold miners and lumberjacks, as we discover he is stationed in the Yukon Territory.  The town of Beaver Run appears in a number of the stories, as does the town of Moose Run, though it is only referred to once, in issue 57, and Beaver Run is first mentioned in issue 58, so perhaps these are meant to be the same town.

His native helped Blackhawk is in most of the stories, and O’Malley’s dog Flame makes two more appearances.  His second, and final, in issue 62, has Flame take on a bear, sending it over a cliff where it falls onto a fugitive.  Flame appears to be all right at the end of the tale, but I suspect he died from injuries in the fight.

O’Malley clearly loves his job.  In two stories he is on vacation, but still wearing his dress reds.

The stories that work best are the more straightforward ones, in which O’Malley has to track and capture the bad guys.  As the tales were generally only 6 pages long, the more complex ones tend to have plot holes, or are just messy.  One of the better instalments, issue 63, has O’Malley using a dogsled to pursue a robber.  Blackhawk gets thrown through a hole in the ice by the felon, and O’Malley dives into the freezing water with a rope, rescuing Blackhawk and getting to safety before constructing a crude ice-boat to catch up to the villain.

The only story that stretches credulity is in issue 68, when an elaborate temple is discovered under the waters of a lake.  They plan to drain the lake and disassemble the temple to move it to Ottawa.  The temple appears asian in construction, but there is never any explanation of who built it, or how it wound up under a lake.

O’Malley’s series ends in late 1941, and I suspect he left the force to enlist in the army.  It’s the kind of thing he would have done.

Sgt. O’Malley:  More Fun Comics 51 – 72  (Jan 40 – Oct 41)


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