All-American 26 – Green Lantern becomes a loan shark, Guardian Angel to the rescue, Dr. Mid-Nite patrols the harbour, and Sargon the Sorcerer debuts

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Bill Finger is joined by Irwin Hasen for the Green Lantern story in All-American 26 (May 1941).

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Loan sharks are at the core of this story, specifically one who is devious enough to avoid conviction, even when brought to court.  Alan Scott and Irene Miller talk with the victim, denied justice, and Alan decides to take the matter into his own hands.  Interestingly, he does this by joined the loan sharks team.  He proves very useful at intimidating the borrowers, using his ring to paralyze them temporarily.  He is so good at his job that the other muscle gets jealous and try to kill him.

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They shoot Lantern and leave him for dead, apparently quite ignorant of the ring’s abilities.  He follows them to the zoo, where they release the lions, as the zoo owner is in debt to the loan shark.  Green Lantern uses his ring to round up the lions and terrorize the goons.  In fear for their lives, the hoods obey Green Lantern’s orders and testify against their boss.

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Hop Harrigan’s story is very much in the pattern of a super-hero tale.  Ikky and Prop are sent on another mission for the Secret Service, with Hop left behind for being too young.  He gets into his Guardian Angel costume and follows them.

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As with the previous story, Ikky and Prop fail at their mission.  Hop saves the day, and his friends, who still have no idea that he is the Guardian Angel.

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Reizenstein and Aschmeier use little of the elements they had introduced in the first Dr. Mid-Nite story in this second tale.  No blackout bombs, and the story is almost entirely set during the daytime.

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The story simply recounts Dr. Mid-Nite’s efforts to keep the waterfront safe from harbour pirates, and expose the radio announcer exploiting the situation as their leader.

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Sargon the Sorcerer gets introduced in this issue, in a story by John Wentworth and Howard Purcell. The story bears some mild resemblance to the origin of Dr. Fate, although in this case the ancient civilization involved is a fictional one, the Tiparanes.  They have a powerful gemstone, the Ruby of Life.  It passes from owner to owner, culture to culture, until it winds up in the hands of an American archaeologist.

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He makes a necklace with the ruby for his wife, and when his young son, John Sargent, is born, the ruby is the first thing the boy sees and touches, fulfilling an ancient prophecy.

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As an adult, John discovers that the Ruby of Life has given him the power to command and control anyone or anything that he has touched.  He decides to conceal his powers in plan view, becoming a magician, and adopting the stage name Sargon the Sorcerer.  So there is a dash of Zatara in here as well.

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Towards the end of the tale Sargon defeats some hoods who are running a protection scam, threatening the owner of the theatre at which he is performing.

 

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