World’s Finest 20 – the Toyman’s toy boats

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Way to mess with Robin’s mind there, Superman.

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Don Cameron, Ed Dobrotka and Stan Kaye give the Toyman his first appearance in this book, in World’s Finest 20 (Winter 1945).

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The Toyman had last appeared a few months earlier in Action Comics, and returns to steal a wavelength detector that he sets to give him an advance warning if Superman is approaching him.  He then uses explosive toy boats to disable ships and rob them.

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The wavelength detector is more of a hassle for Superman than the toy boats, but eventually he prevails by travelling underground, while using his x-ray vision to track the Toyman.

The Toyman gets a bit of a break, a year in prison it seems, as he does not return till early 1947, in the pages of Superman.

 

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