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Ace McCoy is an Adventure hero from The Golden Age of Comic Books, published by Ace in Sure-Fire Comics #1-3 and Lightning Comics v1 #4-5. He's a crack pilot who solves crimes for the federal government with his mechanic and sidekick Bill Regan..


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  • Blasting It Out of Their Hands: Averted. In Lightning Comics v1 #4, Ace has to stop the Big Bad from shooting him while they're parachuting by blasting the gun out of his hand. However, it's shown in a Bloodless Carnage way that the bullet went through his hand.
  • Derelict Graveyard: The plot of the first issue has Ace investigating a ship's disappearance in the Sargasso Sea, which is portrayed as being full of ships that were caught in its gyres and the perfect lair for Nazi ship wreckers.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: The focus of Sure-Fire Comics #2 seems to be on Ace and Regan thwarting an airplane hijacking carried out by a Nazi spy named Scholz, but about halfway through it's revealed that this was all part of a larger sabotage scheme led by seemingly helpful military man Major Maxim.
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  • Disproportionate Retribution: The villains of Sure-Fire Comics #3 were fired from commercial piloting, so they stole some government money meant to aid a recently-flooded area, leaving the residents of the town to likely death.
  • Eat the Evidence: One of the baddies of Sure-Fire Comics #1 ate a piece of paper that was a clue in a battleship's disappearance.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Ace and Bill constantly travel together, to the point of renting a farmhouse together in Lightning Comics v1 #4.
  • MacGuffin: Lightning Comics v1 #4 has Ace and Bill hired to secure a buoy full of diamonds that a criminal gang are also after.
  • Mighty Whitey: Sure-Fire Comics #2 has Ace saving Brazil's Air Force from Nazi sabotage.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Black Marie, Big Bad of Lightning Comics v1 #5, would just kill our heroes and her kidnap victim, but she doesn't want the heat a murder will bring, so she just leaves them in the wilderness to die instead.
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  • Ransom Drop: Lightning Comics v1 #5 has Ace and Bill air-dropping the money needed to rescue a kindapped movie star. The kidnappers then rob the plane in order to circumvent any possible traps at the stated drop site.
  • Starter Villain: Captain von Hartmann, the leader of a Nazi shipwrecking operation. He's a formidable threat, but is killed in a U-boat crash at the end of the first issue.
  • Thematic Rogues Gallery: All of Ace's foes make use of fighter planes. This is, of course, because intense dogfights are the main draw of the comic.

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