The Harlequin returns in All-American 91 (Nov. 47), by Kanigher, Hasen and Belfi.
The story opens with Green Lantern and the Harlequin mid-battle. She quickly changes back to Molly Mayne, and leaps off a building, claiming the Harlequin threw her. Green Lantern rescues her, but dumps her on the ground to pursue his foe.
Certain that Green Lantern will not fall in love with her as herself, she forces a newspaper editor to run a notice, demanding that Green Lantern marry her, or she will destroy the treasury. Her glasses are shown to have hypnotic abilities in this story, and illusion-casting powers in others. There is no explanation of how Molly Mayne was able to invent these, and it remained unexplained for decades, until the Manhunters were retroactively credited with their creation.
The Harlequin uses her glasses to take control of Doiby, and somehow has him blow up the treasury simply by touching it. Perhaps she had it rigged to blow.
Unable to stop her reign of terror, Green Lantern agrees to the wedding. When Green Lantern puts his ring on her finger, it causes her to see her own manipulativeness, and she leaves the ceremony. She should be grateful the ring did not consume her in flame, as it did to another who put it on. But one can guess that Alan had ordered the ring to do this.
The Harlequin returns the following month in the pages of Green Lantern.
Dr. Light is back for a third outing against Dr. Mid-Nite in this story by Arthur Peddy and Bernard Sachs. This time he has created murderous flowers, and aims to steal the money raised by a charity event.
Dr. Light also has a grudge against Dr. McNider, not realizing he and Mid-Nite are the same person. He gives Myra Mason a post-hypnotic suggestion to kill McNider. Fortunately, she runs into Mid-Nite first, and he breaks the spell on her.
Definitely better than Dr. Light’s last outing.
Peddy and Sachs are also the creative team on the Black Pirate story in this issue. Set in France, unlike most of the Black Pirate’s tales, this is essentially just a re-write of Dumas’ The Man in the Iron Mask, replacing the Musketeers with the Black Pirate.
It’s an entertaining outing, despite that. Or perhaps because of it. The Black Pirate even wears a musketeer-style hat for this adventure. Considering that his head is already covered by a cowl, one can only hope that this took place in the winter.
Tagged: Alan Scott, All-American Comics, Arthur Peddy, Bernard Sachs, Black Pirate, Charles McNider, DC Comics, Doiby Dickles, Dr Light, Dr Mid-Nite, Green Lantern, Harlequin, Irwin Hasen, John Belfi, Molly Mayne, Myra Mason, Robert Kanigher