The story I submitted was not one of the ones chosen for the anthology; but since I never like letting material go to waste, I decided to post my story here.
JILL TRENT: SCIENCE SLEUTH
“TRUTH OR DARE”
by Kurt Wilcken
ACTION: Splash panel showing JILL TRENT strapped into what looks like an electric chair. A grim-faced figure hunches over a piece of electrical apparatus connected to the chair. She is surrounded by several THUGS, including BOSS KREZNIK, who stands over her, gloating. Perhaps DAISY SMYTHE looks on in shock as another THUG holds her back.
1 TITLE: JILL TRENT: SCIENCE SLEUTH
2 CAPTION: Jill Trent uses her keen intellect and scientific skills to solve mysteries and fight crime; but when one of her ingenious devices is used against her, can she outwit her own invention?
3 SUB-TITLE: “TRUTH OR DARE!”
4 CREDITS: Story by Kurt Wilcken; Art by _____________
ACTION: JILL and DAISY are driving along a country road in a sleek convertible. JILL is behind the wheel.
5 DAISY: So, this William Moulton Marston we’re seeing, is he the one who writes those funny-books?
6 JILL: Ha! He’s more than that, Daisy!
7 JILL: He’s also a psychologist who has done a lot of work with polygraphs.
ACTION: Closer view of JILL and DAISY in the front seat
8 JILL: He has some interesting ideas. You’ll enjoy meeting him.
ACTION: The living room of the Marston home, a well-to-do house with 1930s style deco furnishings. Perhaps, if there’s room, there might be a framed copy of a SENSATION COMICS comic book on the wall. JILL introduces DAISY to ELIZABETH MARSTON. OLIVE, a attractive, athletic-looking girl, stands nearby.
1 JILL: This is Elizabeth, Dr. Marston‘s wife, and their house guest, Olive. Elizabeth, this is my friend Daisy Smythe.
2 DAISY: Pleased to meet you
3 ELIZABETH: I’m so sorry William isn’t here yet. He phoned to say he’d be delayed.
ACTION: Several THUGS burst through the front door with guns drawn
4 THUG #1: Okay, youse dames! Don’t nobody move, and no one gets hurt!
5 THUG #2: Where’s Doc Marston?
6 DAISY: Holy cats!
ACTION: OLIVE, her fists balled up and ready to fight, confronts THUG #1, who has his gun trained on her.
7 OLIVE: What do you want with Dr. Marston?
8 THUG #1: We just need to borrow him. The boss wants an expert on lie detectors. As long as he co-operates, no one has to get hurt!
ACTION: Small, dramatic pane. JILL puts her hand on OLIVE’s shoulder and steps forward to face the viewer.
9 JILL: I am Doctor Marston!
ACTION: The THUGS are puzzled. She is obviously much curvier than they expected the Doc to be. JILL is brazening it out.
10 THUG #1: You’re W. M. Marston?
11 THUG #2: But you’re a dame!
12 JILL: Good eye.
ACTION: Close, intimate view of DAISY whispering to JILL, worried. JILL reassures her.
13 DAISY: (whispers): Are you crazy, Jill?
14 JILL: (whispers): Shh! We have to protect the Marstons! Don’t worry, I have a plan!
ACTION: JILL takes command, pointing towards the door (off-panel). In the foreground, DAISY is going off in the direction she points. DAISY’s face is to the viewer and she can see the smile she’s concealing from the THUGS; she guesses what Jill’s plan is. The THUGS are bewildered that their “prisoner” has started giving orders.
15 JILL: I’ll need some of my equipment. Daisy, get the apparatus from the trunk of the car.
16 THUG #1: Wot the--- ?
17 JILL: You want my help, don’t you?
To be continued !