Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Rocky Davis; Prof Haley; Red Ryan]; June Robbins; Malvolio and his henchmen; Ahmed (a genie)
While shopping with Ace in town, June drools over opals. Next door, a giant genie bursts out of the bank. Oddly, he only stole sacks of pennies. Summoning the team, the Challengers track red clay to pits outside town. Malvolio, 'the magician turned to crime', stirs a cauldron. Adding copper, Malvolio blows a ram's horn. The genie, Ahmed, appears and blows the Challengers away with a gale. But when June raises a hand and utters 'magic words', the genie recoils and flees with Malvolio. The crooks need brass and iron to bring the genie to full power. The Challengers pursue to a brass factory. Ace tries June's trick, but the genie attacks. The heroes knock a scaffolding on him. When June arrives, the genie flees. Seeking iron ore, they scout an old iron mine. June baits Malvolio's henchmen, who get jumped by brawling Challengers. Ace advances with raised hand and a magic incantation, and this time forces the genie back. Grabbing and smashing the ram's horn, Ace ends the menace. The trick? June was wearing a ring of opal, once used to combat black magic. Now Ace wears one too!
Ace Morgan; Rocky Davis; Prof Haley; Red Ryan; Zod, a space beast; two alien scientists
In the North Atlantic, a Navy destroyer shells an iceberg and releases four golden capsules. One sprouts tentacles that snare the ship. Call the Challengers! Prof dives and spearguns the tentacles at the heart. They wither. But three more space capsules are missing. Tracking currents, the Challengers spot a drill-nosed monster chasing fisherman. They stop it with a wall of gasoline fire, but the monster drills out of sight. Nearby, fisherman confront two tiny gold aliens who shoot rayguns in self-defense. Ace intervenes. The aliens are growing larger and blacking out. Scientists, they came to Earth to run tests during the last Ice Age! The drill-monster was their tiny pet, Zod. Their ship was engulfed by an avalanche. They entered the space capsules and... awoke nowadays. They need “ollygen” to revive. It’s in the fourth capsule. Which is about to be sunk by a tidal wave. Red rappels down and fixes a line, almost swept under himself. The Challengers fit “ollygen” masks to the aliens, who board their spaceship and fly off! And now the drill-nose monster charges! It shears off a lighthouse which topples at our heroes - only to freeze in mid-air. Revived, the aliens ray-patch the lighthouse, retrieve their pet, and zoom away. “Farewell and thank you!”