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Note: for the next couple of weeks we'll be looking at a classic Crimebuster story written by Charles Biro and drawn by Norman Maurer. If you want to see the Crimebuster story The Case of the Lacrosse Rape Hoax, go on and click! Issue #2 will start up online in February 2017!

Wow, there is nothing happening in these four panels. I'm guessing that Charles Biro had to fill half of a page and had no idea what to put there. All that stuff about a gas truck exploding, well, that'll happen later.

In the meantime, we see Squeeks getting a lesson in how to do magic. Squeeks is a monkey that understands English, and he has no fear of strangers whatsoever.

I will point out, though, that in the first panel we see a strong silhouette showing Squeeks and the magician's left arm. Silhouettes are a thing with Norman Maurer. At odd times, he will drop in a panel that includes a very striking silhouette.

In the other two panels, yeah, there isn't much happenign. Silently, Squeeks reaches into the hat. Then he pulls out a rabbit (again, by the ears, which rabbits hate). Was anyone surprised by this? I'm surprised that the rabbit is looking nonchalantly at the primate which has him restrained by the ear. Probably the rabbit would be kicking so hard that his spine might snap, terrified of the strange-smelling furry thing that's about to kill him.

In panel four, we have Crimebuster. He's raring to go as he looks out on the audience from behind the curtain. The audience of young orphans is going completely nuts, they love this magician's act. The magician is taking a bow while Squeeks, still baffled, is scratching his head. I guess the rabbit disappeared again after the last panel in some extraordinary way.

Comic transcript

The magician has rolled up his sleeves. Behind him, a sign reads "Dave the Great" (I think). The magician says to Squeeks, "Alright, Squeeks! Now it's your turn to do a trick. There's nothing in the hat, is there? But I'll wave my magic wand like this, and then you reach..."

The magician holds out the hat silently in a grubby hand marked by pocks and bumps. Squeeks stares hard at the magician and smiles as he reaches into the silk top hat. Squeeks is smiling because the top hat is blue and doesn't match the magician's gray-brown tuxedo at all.

Squeeks feels something! He pulls and... it's a rabbit with a giant capybara head! Squeeks yells his own name over and over in shock and fear!

The rabbit disappears into a bright blue spot of light that zips around the darkened hall three times before returning to the magician's outstretched hand, and then it pirouettes before flashing brightly, and vanishes.

The crowd goes nuts! This group of orphans has never seen anything like what just happened! Crimebuster looks at them from behind the curtain and grins. The orphanage owner touches Crimebuster's arm gently and says "You're on next, Crimebuster!"

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