In the dead of night while the city slept, out from their subterranean sanctuaries they came, crawling and staggering - those accursed creatures which once had been men and women... while a terror-mad horde searched for Dr. Skull, condemned of bringing eight million people to destruction!
For reasons that remain recondite, the second issue of The Octopus was retitled The Scorpion. And the sinister supervillain was renamed. Otherwise, the magazine was a direct continuation of the previous incarnation, with the new leader of the Purple Eyes Cult attempting to force New York to knuckle under his iron rule through terror and intimidation. Only the Skull Killer could stand up to him.
Who is The Octopus? All of Manhattan trembles at the mention of the name cloaking the most malevolent mastermind since Fu Manchu. Leader of the Purple Eyes Cult. Master of a legion of deformed monsters that were once men. Would-be conquer of the world. A titan of tentacled terror. Who could defeat such a fiend? Only a hero as ruthless as he!
The dreaded Skull Killer returns! Jeffrey Fairchild, alias kindly Doctor Skull, alias the crime-crushing Skull Killer and the hero of the first issue of The Octopus, is back for another run against the insane leader of the Purple Eyes cult. But this time, the malevolent mastermind is not the Octopus, but his sinister successor, the diabolical Scorpion! Branded with a scorpion symbol on his face, this new titan or terror bids fair to outdo the depredations of his predecessor.