Framed by the Peace Tower, our hero Johnny Canuck rushes to
face his first challenge, a meeting with Prime Minister Mackenzie
Meanwhile, inside the PM's office...
King is seen in silhouette against the windows of his Centre
Block office. He holds a phone to his ear, hunched over in fatigue
and grief. Another grim report about the War. King hangs up the
phone and holds his head in his hands. As he glances to his desk
calendar, we see that he has underlined the meeting with Johnny
"Finally, some good news", he thinks.
Enter Johnny Canuck, The Fightin' Canadian! "You wanted
to see me, Mr. Prime Minister?" asks our hero.
King beams and ushers Johnny into his office.
"Johnny! Johnny my Boy, come in! Have a seat. Let's get
right to business, shall we?"
King's face quickly becomes somber.
"Johnny, your country needs you. We face horrors far beyond
those we saw in the last war. The Germans have pulled out all
"They've sought out help from beyond the stars, from far
into the future, from other dimensions. They even play at damnation,
coming at us on all fronts, Johnny. We need all the help we can
muster. Will you help us?"
Johnny now stands before a billowing red ensign, hands on hips
and chest puffed out as he delivers his credo:
"From sea to shining sea, I will stand on guard for Thee!"
"I had a feeling you would say that!" beams King. "Johnny,
allow me to introduce Mr. Lisgar, minister responsible for the
Department of Extra-Normal Affairs."
A thin man appears in the doorway. His wire rim glasses frame
a humourless face, and dark circles round narrow features, Lisgar
is clearly a man with a terrible responsibility. He nods toward
the prime minister.
"He will be your government liaison for the duration, I'm
sad to say." Johnny's face takes on an air of determination.
"Never fear Mr. Prime Minister! I solemnly swear that I will
give my last breath in defense of the Dominion."
"Let's pray it doesn't come to that my son. Now go! No time
to waste.Lisgar has an assignment for you already," says
"Yes Sir!" Johnny salutes and then heads off with Lisgar.
King watches Mr. Lisgar and Johnny Canuck leave his office before
wearily turning his attention to the floor to ceiling map of Europe
marked with troop movements and grim numbers. Silently, King wonders
about the future.
"Thank goodness this wonderful hero has turned up. But is
he too late?"
The action returns to Lisgar and Johnny, now walking down the
corridors of power within the House of Commons.
"Well, Mr. Canuck, I am going to be frank with you. I don't
cotton with all this hocus-pocus stuff you've sold the prime minister
on. You better hope you have what it takes. The Commonwealth
"I won't let you down Sir." offers Johnny.
"Yes, yes. Bluster all you like. Now then, no time for chitchat.
Your first assignment is a humdinger! Those cowards in Berlin
have been plotting to assassinate King George V in Toronto!"
"Holy Halifax! Those dastardly fiends!" interjects
The two men exit the doors of the House of Commons and rush to
a waiting car.
"No time to waste! Driver, to the aerodrome!"
The car races off, but we find that the enemy is one step ahead
of our hero! In the shadows, a figure looms over the unconscious
body of a pilot who has been tied up and stripped of his uniform.
"Ve have a zpecial zurprise vaiting for you, Johnny Canuck!
In the interior of the transport plane heading for Toronto, Johnny
is the lone occupant, surrounded by cargo. Back on the ground,
the roped up pilot comes to, just in time to watch the plane zip
"My plane! Who stole my plane?"
Who indeed? A Nazi spy of course!
"Wow, the King! That's a big step up from protecting my
trap line" thinks Johnny. He is roused from his daydreams
by strange radio chatter coming from the cockpit. He goes to the
door of the cockpit and sees the pilot reading a manual penned
in foreign language.
"Hey Mac, where did you go to school?" asks Johnny.
"Zeee, I mean the University of... Moose Jaw."
"There is no university in Moose Jaw!" says Johnny.
Fists fly. The pilot gets the upper hand, knocking
Johnny to the floor. He then grabs a parachute and dives
from the plane.
"Say GutenTag to zee King, swinehund!" says the Pilot
as he jumps.
Johnny looks through the cockpit glass just in time to see that
the plane is rushing toward the Royal York Hotel in downtown Toronto!
The King and his guests, including a young Princess Elizabeth,
are having tea on the roof patio!
HOW WILL OUR HERO ESCAPE? IS THE KING DOOMED?
Find out next monthin Two-Fisted Tales!
*Originally published as Two-Fisted Tales #8, December
1939, "Rendezvous with Danger!" was the first of many
Fightin' Canadian stories.
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