All-American 94 – the Harlequin’s beauty pageant

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Kanigher, Hasen and Belfi bring the Harlequin back in All-American 94 (Feb. 48).  The story picks up right where the previous issue left off, as Alan Scott discovers that the Harlequin has escaped from prison.

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When Molly tries to draw attention to her new bracelet, Green Lantern gets the inspiration to lure the Harlequin out with a beauty pageant, figuring her ego demand that she enter.

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Although it is not shown this way, one has to assume that the Harlequin uses her illusion-casting power to appear somewhat different than she does as Molly Mayne.  It gets improbable that Alan would not recognize her during the pageant.

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This story also has a really good demonstration of the illusions she can cast, which are effective at decoying and delaying Green Lantern.  As he tries to stop a non-existent tidal wave, the Harlequin steals the opal that was the prize for the contest.  But Alan had planned for this, and the opal conceals a small camera, with which he hopes to learn her identity.

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After the requisite scene that has the Harlequin aiding Green Lantern against her gang, she shows that she is no fool, returning the opal, but with the pictures destroyed.

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