World’s Finest 89 – the Club of Heroes, and Tales of the Arrow Maker guests

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A number of later stories and concepts look back to the Club of Heroes tale from World’s Finest 89 (July/Aug 57) for their genesis, although they all ignore what is the real thrust of this story.

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The Club of Heroes draws its membership largely from the Batmen of All Nations – the Knight and the Squire, the Musketeer, the Legionary and the Gaucho had all last appeared in that story, a couple of years earlier.  Hamilton, Sprang and Kaye add Superman to the mix, invited by millionaire John Mayhew.

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But after this promising start, the rest of the story deals with Lightning Man, which is pretty obviously Superman in a different guise.  He has been affected by kryptonite, and has no idea he has developed a split personality as a result.

Most of the heroes from this story would not appear again until revived during Grant Morrison’s run on Batman, although this organization would be credited as a root from which the Global Guardians grew.

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Tales of the Arrow Maker, by Jim McArdle, steps in to take Tomahawk’s place for one issue.  It’s a fitting replacement, as the series was a back-up in Tomahawk’s own book.

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The Arrow Maker tells some young native boys the legend of Kawan, the Keeper of Winds and Wendi, the West Wind.

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It’s not a bad story by any means, but my favourite thing about it is that one of the children is named Saucy Chipmunk.

 

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