All-American 73 – Green Lantern and the hillbillies, Winky, Blinky and Noddy begin, and Black Pirate ends

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Green Lantern heads for the hills in All-American 73 (May 1946), in a story by Kuttner and Reinman.

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There is some really nice art on this tale, and it’s bizarre, but entertaining.  Alan Scott seems to be now producing radio shows, and his network is given as W.M.G.C.  The G.C. probably refers to Gotham City – in later years, the company he works for will be called Gotham Broadcasting.  I do not think this is a case of him changing companies, but rather a post-War change of corporate identity.  Doiby heads out with Alan to the land of the hillbillies to help with the broadcast, but does not seem to have an official capacity.

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They wind up in an enjoyably silly sequence of events, dealing with a backwoods family whose goal was to steal a million dollars worth of stuff.  They are close to their goal as the story begins, and rob Alan’s train, which causes him to go into action as Green Lantern.  The Lantern is a bit more concernend with his broadcast than with mountain crimes, and the family loses what they stole, but otherwise goes unpunished.

To his shock, the broadcast turns out to be a ratings hit.

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Winky, Blinky and Noddy were long running supporting characters in the Flash series, and there “solo” series had already appeared in All-Flash before moving to All-American with this issue.  The art is by Everett Hibbard, who illustrated many of the Flash’s adventures.  In this tale they open a restaurant, and capture two policemen, believing them to be criminals.

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The actual criminals turn up a bit later on, and they take those down by poisoning their food.  The trio continue to appear in the Flash’s stories as their series progresses in this book.

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The Black Pirate gets another story that is only really poor because of the artwork.  The Pirate, and his son Justin, come to the aid of a young woman given as a servant to a drunken count by her father.  The story never touches on anything sexual, but it’s fairly clear that the girl will be used that way by the count.

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The Black Pirate and son duel with the count, insisting that he give her up.  Having his actions thrown in his face this way seems to shake the man up, and he realizes that he has gone about wooing the girl, who he is seriously interested in, completely the wrong way.  The Count and the girl do get together at the end, but only because she is willing to, and he is willing to wait for her.  The final panel, of the Declaration of Independence, seems a bit of a stretch.

The Black Pirate’s series ends for about a year, but does resume in this book.

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