THE PEACEMAKER #5

“The Fire World”

Writer: Joe Gill

Artist: Pat Boyette

The Peacemaker has come up with a new fire resistant material. He sends the formula and a sample to a company in the states. Then releases a statement to the press that this is being released for the good of all. Mr. Blaze is a fire-eater working at a circus. Unfortunately his act isn’t very good and he burns his hands. He hears about the formula on the news and decides to steal it. So he breaks into the mail room at the company after blinding the guards. He sets the place on fire to cover his theft.

Mr. Blaze then goes to a deserted island with a volcano and finds it inhabited by lava men. He puts on the formula and convinces the lava men that the outside world is out to get them. He builds them jet packs and they go to steal a navy ship that is being used as a test for an atomic blast. This test is being monitored by the Peacemaker who discovers Mr. Blaze and his lava men stealing the ship. They capture Peacemaker and force him to build them an advanced indestructible atomic jet. When he finishes they toss Peacemaker into the volcano and plan to pour lava in to trap him.

Peacemaker though has an AZG(absolute zero generator) device. The cool causes an explosion and propels him out of the volcano. Peacemaker soon finds out that Mr. Blaze is attacking the U.S. and is invincible. So he goes to Washington D.C. Fortunately the compound Mr. Blaze uses to shield himself only has a limited half-life. He is forced to eject from the jet and Peacemaker destroys it with the AZG. He then uses the AZG to seal off the volcano but Mr. Blaze has escaped.

“The Conclusion of the Card Carrier”

Writer: Joe Gill

Artist: Montes Bache

Frenchy is captured by Soviet agents but manages to escape. He gets off a radio message before being recaptured. Hank Hennessy the leader finds out the member of the Marchers whose card was found at the first scene was killed before the firebombing. Sonya makes her report that the Marchers couldn’t be under the Commies because she knows the Commie mind. So the rest of the team meets up and takes on the Soviet agents. They finds out the leader was the publisher of the conservative newspaper. This guy wanted to drum up anger against the Commies so he could take over the government and launch an attack on the Soviets. He hired ex-Soviet agents and tried to frame the Marchers.

The final issue of the Peacemaker at least from Charlton. This was a real doozy. Once again we get an evil goatee genius only this time with a turban and in white face because of the chemical. There are these kooky lava men which Mr. Blaze has no trouble in getting them to follow him. Peacemaker is losing it by letting himself get captured so easily and building the evil guy an indestructible jet.

Also the conclusion of the Fightin’ 5. This was an interesting turn to have the conservative guy the enemy and not the pinko Commies. Sadly this is the last of the Fightin’ 5. The world will just have to find some other way to stop those crazy Commies. As for the Peacemaker he would return later for DC which we will look at next week. I sure do love these hokey old stories from the sixties.

THE PEACEMAKER #4

“The Peacemaker”

Writer: Joe Gill

Artist: Pat Boyette

Christopher Smith is hiring a new secretary and only one candidate shows. Nora O’Rourke is a naturalized American from Ireland. She comes with a black eye she got by fighting a man planting a bomb in her dressing case. Seems someone was threatening the candidates and Nora is the only one that wasn’t scared off. Before the interview continues it is interrupted by a sniper trying to kill Smith. Smith uses his long range pellet gun to knock out the sniper. It is apparently a common occurrence for people to try and kill him.

So Smith decides to let Nora in on his secret. He is the Peacemaker. How he grew up with a fighter pilot father and scientist mother to become interested in rockets. He designed and flew an advanced jet and I guess made tons of money. While as a diplomat he found himself powerless to stop Bork an international arms dealer who was starting wars to help sell his arms. So as the Peacemaker he stopped Bork.

The chateau of the Peacemaker is then attacked. Colonel Uz another Cossack with a goatee is attacking to get the Peacemaker’s weapons. The Peacemaker manages to destroy his weapons before succumbing to the gas. He wakes up a captive and is forced to repair all the weapons that Uz stole from various countries. Only the Peacemaker sabotages the weapons. When Nora is threatened the Peacemaker acts. Uz finds out his weapons are useless and tries to escape in his jet but the Peacemaker sabotaged it. Once again the world is save.

“Card Carrier”

Writer: Joe Gill

Artist: Montes Bache

Some vandals in Rochester, NY firebomb the offices of a conservative magazine. The police can’t capture them but they find a card belonging to a member of the Marchers. The magazine criticized the Marches as Pinkos so it is assumed they are Commies. That is why the Fightin’ 5 are called in. They have Sonya go undercover to the Marchers since she is a former Commie and can recognize if they are under control of the Soviets. They set a trap at the magazine’s print shop and the vandals are stopped. The vandals think they got away but Frenchy is following. He follows them to the sewers and discovers a secret room. Only the Commies have caught him.

So an origin story for the Peacemaker. To be honest it was a little sparse and underwhelming. Yet it continues to have the kooky over the top villain. We do find out the Peacemaker is just a walking bomb with all sorts of chemicals and explosives hidden on his body. He has such stuff as a gun that ejects an odorless gas as supersonic speed. Oh and he manages to substitute paper-mache for real bullets in Colonel Uz’s weapons which is a real feat.

The Fightin’ 5 is another gem. Sad this title was cancelled but we do get some real fun stories as a backup. I love how anti-communist they were back in the sixties. What a golden age that was. We find out that Granite Gallo still doesn’t trust Sonya and Hank also has his doubts. Apparently once a Commie, always a Commie.

THE PEACEMAKER #3

“Our Future World”

Writer: Joe Gill

Artist: Pat Boyette

Christopher Smith after a hard day of negotiating peace heads off to the beach. His guest is the beautiful Gerda Hain a world renowned atomic expert. She gets kidnapped by some fish-men. So Christopher Smith must don his Peacemaker suit and go to the rescue. The trail leads to an underwater city and he is attacked by fish-men. The Peacemaker decides to let himself get captured. He finds out the city was built by Enrico Lucetti. Lucetti is this mad genius who has decided to build under the sea and convert people into fish-men so they can survive the coming nuclear holocaust. Not content to wait he has plans to launch some missiles from his sub to start the war.

The Peacemaker after easily escaping finds this out but decides to let himself get captured again. Only now he is in a plastic bubble that resists his laser from his helmet. Fortunately the floor is vulnerable and he lasers his way out. He manages to destroy the controls which blows up the sub. Enrico is eaten by sharks as he tries to escape.

“Special Prisoner”

Writer: Joe Gill

Artists: Montes Bache

Granite Gallo goes undercover as Lowell Simms the assistant President. Didn’t know we had one. Anyhoo the plan is for him to be captured by the KGB so they can lead the Fightin’ 5 to the location another scientist is held. This scientist has developed a new advanced atomic jet. Seems everything back in the sixties that was modern was also atomic. Gallo has the plans. Only the Fightin’ 5 manage to break them out.

Joe is getting a bit lazy with the writing. This is a recycled story from the Fightin’ 5. A mad genius turning people into fish-men and planning to destroy the world. Not really complaining since it is such an enjoyable bit of cheeze. The Peacemaker is so cool. He lets himself get captured because he is just so damn good they couldn’t do it for real. This was a full length story instead of two separate small ones. It doesn’t have an East European Commie dictator out to destroy the world but a well meaning nut job. It has the trademark of the series with goofy technology that blows up real easy and hokey dialogue.

The Fightin’ 5 was also a fun little story. Once again they save the world from those damn Commies. We get some fun little interaction with Granite and Sonya. Granite clearly has a thing for Sonya but also still doesn’t trust her. Nice to see that Gill got to continue the Fightin’ 5’s adventures in this series.

THE PEACEMAKER #2

“The Survivors!”

Writer: Joe Gill

Artist: Pat Boyette

Christopher Smith is on assignment to a uranium mine in the eastern block. He is inspecting it to see if the Commies are honoring a disarmament treaty. The mine seems inactive but he is suspicious that they have all these weapons pointed at the mine entrance. So he goes in to look around. He gets captured by a race that look like shapeless white blobs. These are former slave laborers that the radiation mutated. These slaves can now change their appearance to look like anyone. They also found a city from an ancient civilization intact. Using the recovered technology they have drilled to all the world’s cities with an underground mole. They plan to assume the identities of world leaders and start a war to destroy civilization. Christopher escapes and changes into the Peacemaker. He is captured again but uses hidden explosives to escape his cage. His laser helmet destroys the mole and sets off a chain reaction that destroys the mine.

“The Ultimatum”

Writer: Joe Gill

Artist: Pat Boyette

Premier Gekk of some Soviet type country is out to conquer the world. He has build up an army and most importantly has a squadron of advanced bombers. These bombers can fly at 3,000 mph, have a recoilless 80mm cannon that fires nuclear shells and rockets that also are nuclear. Gekk gives Christopher an ultimatum to deliver to the President. Surrender or be totally destroyed. Christopher goes to deliver the message but instead changes into the Peacemaker. Using his advanced jet he manages to destroy the squadron and they crash into the army detonating their nuclear shells. Then he unleashed a knockout gas on the rest of the army. Gekk is forced to surrender to U.N. disarmament inspectors.

“The Fightin’ 5”

Writer: Joe Gill

Artist: Montes Bache

The Fightin’ 5 need a new member since the death of Irv the Nerve. Their leader Hank Hennessey is also now without his left arm and eye. The computer choses the Soviet defector Sonya from their last mission. Hank now has to stay behind and supervise because of losing body parts as the four member go off. Their mission is in the artic where the Soviets have captured technicians from a radar site. The Five go looking for them flying around on their jet packs. They find the secret Soviet base hidden behind an artificial fog bank. The group is captured by Soviets on their jet packs firing knockout missiles. Sonya convinces the commander she is with the NKVD and isn’t locked away. She then frees her teammates and the captive technicians. They destroy the base and head on home.

Another fun old hokey issue from the early days of the cold war. The first story was a bit different in having an opponent you can sympathize with. These guys were mutated by the Commies and used as slave labor. Now they just want to get back at the world by destroying it. I can understand that. Still they have to be destroyed to save world peace.

The second is the more typical evil power mad goatee guy dressed as a Cossack leader out to conquer the world. They always look the same. Anyway this guy has some real balls in just demanding the world surrender. Thankfully they have the Peacemaker with his super high tech stuff or otherwise the world would be Commie by now.

Finally is the Fightin’ 5. I don’t remember Hank losing an arm and eye but the story did end kind of abruptly last issue. Anyway we find out old Irv the Nerve had to die so they can replace him with the hot Commie chick. Naturally being a former Commie the other guys don’t trust her. This seems to be confirmed when she goes over to the Soviets. Joe should really pay attention to stuff going on in the world. The NKVD changed over the to the KGB back in the fifties well after this was written. Anyway it all works out in the end.

Another fun issue filled with improbable technology and evil Commies out to take over the world.

THE PEACEMAKER #1

“The Killer on the Reef!”

Writer: Joe Gill

Artist: Pat Boyette

Someone is causing trouble for fishermen in the Pacific. Nets are being destroyed and ships sunk. Christopher Smith is the preeminent peace diplomat for America and is on a trawler to investigate. The trawler is attacked by a frogman who destroys the ships nets and attaches an explosive charge to the hull. Now Smith must change into his other persona of The Peacemaker. He jumps in the water and takes off the explosive to use against the frogman’s sharks. Then he follows him to a nuclear sub and knocks the frogman out. The Peacemaker instead enters the sub and confronts the Commodore. The Commodore is a madman who claims all the waters of the world for himself. The Peacemaker uses his laser in his helmet to set off the nuclear reactor. The sub has to surface and the crew abandon it before it explodes. The Commodore raves that he was going to Antarctica to meet someone who would help him conquer the world.

“The Hidden Power”

Writer: Joe Gill

Artist: Pay Boyette

Christopher Smith is slapped by a diplomat from a small Balkan country. This diplomat threatens America. So Smith investigates as The Peacemaker. He finds some supersonic cargo planes going to Antarctica. Following he finds that this nation has a secret uranium mine and is building powerful nukes. Using his pistol that fires nerve gas(non-lethal) he knocks out the guards and goes into the airshaft. They detect him and use the fans to pull the Peacemaker into the fiery reactor. Only the Peacemaker can uses his jets to go supersonic and punch through the wall. He destroys the place and stops this little country from threatening world peace.

“Ruler of Darkness”

Writer: Joe Gill

Artist: Montes Bache

Leontid Jrozia is a dictator of a small Balkan nation. (One of those again.) He wants to nuke the world and emerge from his bunker to rebuild as he sees fit. Hank Hennessey has been captured by his henchwoman Sonya a beautiful blonde in a tight spandex suit. Sonya kills Hank and takes him to be buried. It is later revealed that she just used a paper wade to knock him out. She joins forces with the Fightin’ 5 and go to stop the mad dictators plan. First they down a MIG with a rocket pistol. Then at the missile base Irv the Nerve manages to cut power wires but is electrocuted. Sonya goes to the hidden self-destruct button and pushes it. This blows up the secret bunker and ends the mad plan to destroy the world.

The Peacemaker is sort of like Batman. A rich guy but a peace diplomat instead of a playboy. A man who loves peace so much he is willing to fight for it. Instead of supervillains he battles Communist dictators from the Balkans. He has all sorts of gadgets like a laser helmet and nerve gas pistols and a fighter jet. The stories are just off the wall nuts. The villains are cardboard cutouts. The science is very questionable and in some instances downright impossible. Yet I love this series. It comes from a very simpler time when comics were just interested in a fun story and not logic.

We also get a backup to the Fightin’ 5. Another Gill creation that has the equally kooky plots and gadgets. Another fun story that continued on after being cancelled in it’s own series. Two great characters making the world save from Communism. Thanks to Modern Comics a company that reprinted old Charlton comics from the sixties I was introduced to this lost gem in my childhood.