The Shadow is forced to leave George Orwell in the capable hands of his sidekick and pilot Miles Crofton when Cranston’s presence is demanded by Major Esmeralda Aguilar and a handful of soldiers who take the traveler to meet the madman who plans to see himself on the throne of Spain when the war ends.
Although taken by force, Cranston is shown every courtesy of a respected guest in El Rey’s castle fortress which allows Lamont time to make plans for later that night when the Shadow makes an unexpected appearance during El Rey’s dinner party killing the maniac’s minions and supporters who plan to help install him on the throne.
Of course the Shadow also has to deal with the Black Sparrow who, although sexually aroused by watching her former lover kill so skillfully, isn’t to pleased when the targets in his sights belong to her boss. The comic ends on a cliffhanger as the Shadow unmasks Del Rey, but we’ll have to wait a month to find out who is under his mask. Worth a look.