This serial was written by Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson, the founder and
owner of DC Comics. It`s not bad, about on
par with many of the other serials of the day.
Set just as World
War I ends, Captain Stewart attends a party in Paris where he falls for
the Baroness Elsa Von Saxenberg, a lady-in-waiting for the Queen of
Sweden. She owns a huge sapphire, which she received from her
archeologist father, who disappeared in Mongolia. Stewart does not want
to marry her, then head back to certain unemployment in the US, or
force her to live the life of an army wife, but after she shows him a
note from her father, revealing the location of a huge amount of these
sapphires, Stewart gets himself re-assigned to military intelligence and
posted to China, to find the gems.
Elsa comes with him, as does
his best friend and army buddy, Miller. They also recruit Corporal
Drednoff, an American of Russian descent, to act as their translator.
Shady Count Kraft Von Bolander has had his eye on Elsa`s sapphire for a
while, and steals the note, though Stewart forces him to give it back.
He teams with Russian spy Piotr Slotny to attempt to find the sapphires
first, kill Stewart and his men, and steal Elsa away.
Stewart and his men evade chinese spies and hire cars to drive the
thousand miles to Barston Well, deep in the Gobi Desert, the location of
the jewels. Von Bolander and Slotny are one step ahead of them, and
get the corrupt Governor of Kalgan on their side. The Governor sends
out men to kill Stewart, but he turns the tables and captures them
Setting out from Kalgan, they send Drednoff ahead by
train, but Von Bolander has men set a bomb on the tracks, and others who
go to attack Stewart`s camp. The attack on the camp fails, but the
train does explode, though Drednoff survives.
And that`s where the
story gets cut off. If Wheeler-Nicholson had not run out on his
company we would know what happened next. And he would have become the
wealthy and famous publisher of Superman.
Monastery of the Blue God: New Adventure Comics 14 - 25 (Mar 37 - Apr 38)