A sky full of death awaited Dusty Ayres, superace of the U.S. air defense, when he soared forth to accept the challenge of the Black Hawk, merciless angel of terror of the tyrant Fire Eyes. All Dusty’s steel-nerved aerobatic skill… all the miraculous advancement of his screaming Silver Flash II seemed pitifully futile before the power and subtle cunning the Black Invaders now marshaled against the free world’s stronghold. Could one man dispel the looming purple cloud of doom that darkened the nation’s skies?
Dusty Ayres, air ace, is a pilot of unmatched skill and bravery. He alone had saved America from the Black Invaders once before, and now–would he trade his life to save the President’s son, from the demonic Fire-Eyes?
“Dusty pulled the Silver Flash clear and poked its cowled nose straight up for heaven. Up–up he went, straight through the swarm of American planes wheeling and reversing about the slowly circling bomber.”
“For a split second he flashed a look at the giant wing, started to check his climb, and then cursed and pulled the Silver Flash up steeper.”
“No, it was useless to try the last part of his plan. The first part had to be taken care of. He had to get the control ship high above him. Once he got it, the bomber’s controls would automatically go back to neutral–the gyroscopic stabilizer would do that–and the plane would fly a straight line course to the end of its fuel supply.”
Dusty Ayres is America’s Speed Ace. In his custom built Silver Flash airplane, he sets world speed records. Now, America is about to be attacked by the Black Invaders who have just conquered Europe and Asia.
Dusty Ayres is called into a critical mission which will dictate the fate of America. Along the way, he will meet Agent 10, America’s top Intelligence Agent who has infiltrated the ranks of the enemy.
The first issue
A ribbon of violet-white light struck the stratosphere balloon.
Dusty swung the radio gun on a second Black ship. It burst into flame.
“To Captain Ayres: The greatest among us has died by your hand. We, the living, are pledged to avenge that loss. Within forty-eight hours you and your comrades will be wiped from the face of the earth. Nothing can save you!” This message, signed Ekar, was dropped on Dusty’s drome; at the same time another Yank air field nearby was wiped out by a new horror weapon – a flaming rain that destroyed everything it touched! How can America fight this new menace? How can she keep the Blacks from crossing her borders?’
“When Dusty heard about America’s new invention, the X-Rayoscope, by which the human eye could penetrate night, fog and clouds for a distance of two hundred miles, he thought victory was at hand. With such a machine to spy on the enemy, the war would soon be over. But he didn’t know about the doom even then speeding through invisible skies, had not yet heard of the green thunderbolt!”