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Ace Powers is a detective hero from The Golden Age of Comic Books, created by Gus Ricca and published by Lev Gleason in Silver Streak Comics #3-6. He was the head of a city's detective bureau, and spent his days encountering strange criminal masterminds.

This comic contains examples of:

  • Arch-Enemy: The Panther, an escaped asylum patient who dresses in a catlike costume to commit crimes, serves as this to Ace, being his only recurring foe.
  • Buried Alive: In Silver Streak Comics #5, the Panther tries to get rid of Ace Powers by burying him alive. The Panther and his gang end up buried in the same hole after the building collapses in on them.
  • Calling Card: The Panther leaves a panther claw at the site of each murder he commits.
  • Disney Villain Death: The Panther jumps off a burning building and is seemingly killed by the fall at the end of Silver Streak Comics #4, but he survives and returns in the next issue. In said next issue, the Panther and his gang are all knocked into a deep hole by debris that buries them alive. The Panther survives this, only to be killed by his boss the Spook, but his goons are killed.
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  • Impersonating an Officer: Heat Devron, Big Bad of Silver Streak Comics #3, steals Ace's badge and car in order to bluff his way through the police blockades with the loot he stole.
  • The Man Behind the Man: The Panther, Ace's Arch-Enemy, is revealed to be working for a mastermind known as the Spook in the comic's final issue.
  • Night of the Living Mooks: The Spook has skeletal henchmen who only exist based on his will.
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  • Scary Scorpions: Ace is attacked by a giant one at the beginning of Silver Streak Comics #6.
  • The Sociopath: "Heat" Devron, a gangster who robs a bank, impersonates an officer and orders the police to kill the rest of his gang so he can keep the loot.
  • Starter Villain: Heat Devron, a gangster who robbed a payroll and was working on betraying his gang in order to take all the money for himself. He's arrested at the end of the issue, and never returns.
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  • You All Meet in a Cell: The Panther's scheme in Silver Streak Comics #5 involves him breaking some of his old asylum buddies out of prison.