Doiby Dickles, one of the best sidekicks from the Golden Age, is introduced in the Green Lantern story in All-American 27 (June 1941), by Bill Finger, Sheldon Moldoff and Irwin Hasen.
Irene Miller is the first one to meet Doiby, nicknamed that because he always wears a derby hat, and has a very strong Brooklyn accent. Apex Broadcasting has created a new, staticless way of transmitting, which has brought rivals, eager to get the secret, but the company, or just sabotage them. Irene is being followed, but Doiby fights off her pursuers.
Irene tells Alan Scott about this, and he pays Doiby a thank you visit as Green Lantern, before rushing off to prevent a bombing of a radio tower.
The hoods capture Irene, and Doiby dressed up as Green Lantern in an attempt to scare them off. It only provokes laughter, but you still have to admire Doiby’s nerve. Green Lantern shows up in time to save him and Irene, defeating the bad guys.
Doiby gets a note from Green Lantern as the story ends, inviting him to become his sidekick. Although he somewhat fits the stereotype, being short, fat and bald, Doiby somehow sails above that. Maybe it’s the accent, but there is just something a bit more likeable about this guy.
Uncle Gus’ gambling addiction is at the root of Mayer’s Scribbly story in this issue. The eponymous hero is stuck largely in the background, though, and Red Tornado is the star.
After roughing up some gamblers, Ma Hunkle reveals her identity to the Cycle Kids, Dinky and Sisty.
They go through a lot of trouble attempting to retrieve money Gus had stolen from him after he wins betting on the horses. They do not succeed, but it scarcely matters, as Gus has won a bundle shooting dice. I think Gus is the one they need to beat up.
Wentworth and Purcell have Sargon the Sorceror deal with the theft of a statue in this story. The statue is form the same ancient culture as his Ruby of Life. In fact, it even has a ruby in its forehead, which both the owner and the thieves believe to be the real thing.
Sargon plays on this for a bit, bringing the statue to life, and making the thief believe that he did it. It’s a simple story, made more enjoyable by the inadvertent damage caused by the weight of the marble statue as it walks.
Tagged: All-American Comics, Apex Broadcasting, Bill Finger, Cyclone Kids, DC Comics, Dinky, Doiby Dickles, Green Lantern, Howard Purcell, Irene Miller, Irwin Hasen, John Wentworth, Ma Hunkle, Red Tornado, Sargon the Sorcerer, Scribbly, Sheldon Mayer, Sheldon Moldoff, Sisty