The theme of this story is that greed corrupts an otherwise honest inventor, Mr Philpott. With his friction nullifier Philpott wants to create his own electrical monopoly. In conclusion, to this Otto Binder scripted yarn, the Evening Star newspaper notes, "Philpott had a good thing--until he made an evil thing out of it! Greed was his downfall!"
This time around Freddy's escape from his bonds is actually quite plausible. Freddy realizes the ropes are slippery because of no friction and is able to free his gag and call for CMJ. Very effective art by Bud Thompson.