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All-American 102 – Sheriff Tane gets shot, Dr. Mid-Nite, Black Pirate and Green Lantern end

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Johnny Thunder gets a very emotional and intense story in All-American 102 (Oct. 48), the final issue of this series under this title, which is also the last issue to feature Green Lantern, Dr. Mid-Nite and the Black Pirate.

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Kanigher and Toth open the story with John Tane taking his students down to the pond for a lesson on how there is always someone bigger and more powerful, preying on the weak.  It’s intended to stop kids from bullying, though I have doubts that it would.

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Sheriff Tane gets shot by an outlaw gang.  John is so upset when he hears that he rides Black Lightning to his wounded father, to the shock of the gathered crowd.  His father may be dying, so takes the opportunity to once again attack his son for being a school teacher.

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Switching to Johnny Thunder, he tracks down the man who shot his father, and the bulk of the story is very intense, much moreso than the previous two stories.  The sheriff does survive. living on to criticize his son even more

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Dr. Mid-Nite has his last outing in All-American in this issue, helmed by Arthur Peddy and Bernard Sachs.

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Dr. McNider is being shown some new surgical instruments, designed to be able to be used in the dark. In case of blackouts, not specifically for McNider.  Crooks burst in to steal the instruments, hoping to find the secret and use it on tools for stealing in the darkness.

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Dr. Mid-Nite tracks them using the chemicals that were used on the instruments, which the criminals stepped in, leaving a glowing trail in the dark.

Certainly not the best adventure for Dr. Mid-Nite.  He continues to appear in All-Star Comics as a member of the Justice Society.

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The Black Pirate has his final outing in this issue, with Peddy and Sachs as the creative team again.

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Jon Valor and his son Justin are pursuing some highwaymen when they see a windmill turning against the wind.  Stopping to investigate, they learn that the mill is believed to be haunted by the ghost of one of Valor’s ancestors.

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Of course, that is not the case.  The innkeeper is controlling the mill.  He is part of the gang of highwaymen, using the mill to scare away curious villagers.  The Black Pirate exposes him and gives the people a stern lecture about superstition.

The Black Pirate does not appear again until he guest-stars along with other historical characters in an issue of Justice League of America in the late 70s.  His son Justin has to wait a few more years, showing up in a DC Comics Presents in the early 80s.

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Broome and Hasen are joined by Bob Oskner for Green Lantern’s final tale in this book.

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It’s not one of his best.  Doiby Dickles helps out as Green Lantern deals with thieves who prey on conventions.  Alan Scott is broadcasting from the first one they hit, which gets Green Lantern on the case.

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The last couple of pages, as Green Lantern makes the crooks airplane go haywire, are kind of fun, but otherwise there is little to commend this outing.

Green Lantern next appears in his final solo story in Comic Cavalcade the following month.

 

All-American 99 – Streak saves the day, and Hop Harrigan ends

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Streak, the Wonder Dog gets the starring role both on the cover of All-American 99 (July 1948), and in the Broome and Toth Green Lantern story inside.

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Streak even narrates this adventure, as Alan Scott takes the dog for a vacation in the mountains.  Molly Mayne has a small role at the beginning of the tale, one of the very few times she appears in a story without becoming the Harlequin.  She informs Alan about a dying prisoner who refuses to reveal the location of his $2 million hidden loot.

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While Green Lantern is involved in the story, it’s Streak that is given the focus, and much of the action, as he fights off wild animals and killers, rescues people when a dam bursts, and tries repeatedly, and without success, to inform the Lantern of what is going on.

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In the end it is even Streak who finds the stolen money.  Green Lantern is all but reduced to a supporting character in his own series.

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Hop Harrigan’s long running series comes to a close in this issue, with a fairly unremarkable tale by Howard Purcell.  There is a female pirate, Jolly, who takes over the airplane Hop and Tank are flying across the Atlantic.

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Her base is on an old pirate ship, floating in the Sargasso Sea, amid other abandoned vessels.  Hop and Tank find the pirates, and free the kidnapped passengers.

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Jolly escapes, and though Hop expects her to return, the story ends with the announcement of the new series that will be replacing this one.

Hop Harrigan had been a popular enough character during the war to appear in two books, a movie serial and a radio show, but after this story he made only one more appearance, a cameo in an issue of Young All-Stars.  Although the series began before the war, and he went back to his aerial adventures afterward, it was only during the war years, when he was flyer in battle, that the series really took flight.

All-American 98 – Green Lantern competes against the Sportsmaster, and Dr. Mid-Nite vs the Sky Raider

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The Sportsmaster, last seen a few months earlier in the pages of Green Lantern, returns to challenge the hero in a story by Kanigher and Toth in All-American 98 (June 1948).

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The story opens in the Gotham City Athletic Club, where a man named Corck makes an unusual bet that neither hockey team will win the game they are playing that evening.

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Alan Scott is a member of the Club, and was there when the bet was placed.  He saw Corck face to face, but does not connect him with the Sportsmaster, which is really sort of ridiculous.  It is easy for the reader to tell they are the same man.  But Green Lantern is surprised to hear that the Sportsmaster is on the loose.

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Corck continues to place his bets against anyone winning competitions, while the Sportsmaster keeps sabotaging sporting events.

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The Sportsmaster challenges Green Lantern to a series of athletic games, and the Lantern agrees.  They prove fairly equally matched, although Green Lantern winds up having to deal with various traps that Sportsmaster has set up.  The last contest takes place in a pool.  The Sportsmaster and Green Lantern fight underwater, and the villain escapes through the open drain.

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When Corck shows up with the imprint of Green Lantern’s ring on his jaw, the Lantern is able to finally identify him as the villain.  Aside from the silliness of not recognizing the villain he has faced before, this is a decent tale, with very good art.

The Sportsmaster returns in the pages of All-Star Comics, as a member of the Injustice Society.

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Dr. Mid-Nite gets one of his better villains in this story by Rudolph Palais.  The only real drawback to the tale is its brevity.  The Sky Raider uses a flying dogsled, and looks like a Mongol raider dressed as Santa Claus.

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He pulls off some impressive aerial crimes, and has a gun that sprays a quick hardening plastic, which he uses to trap Dr. Mid-Nite.  The action is fast and furious.  Mid-Nite guesses that the sled is kept in the air by helium, and deduces Sky Raider’s identity by checking out helium purchases.  He shows up at the man’s lair, while Sky Raider still thinks that Dr. Mid-Nite is dead at the bottom of the lake.  A blackout bomb, and Mid-Nite takes down the Sky Raider and his ersatz Mongol horde.

 

All-American 96 – Green Lantern rescued by Streak the Wonder Dog

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Green Lantern’s canine sidekick, Streak, the Wonder Dog, recently introduced in the pages of Green Lantern, makes his first appearance in All-American Comics in issue 96 (April 1948), in a story by Kanigher and Toth.

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Doiby Dickles and Alan Scott notice that the girl living in the apartment next to Alan is distraught, but it’s Streak who comes to her aid, and hears her whole sad story.  She was working with a criminal gang, getting a job as a maid at the Whitehall residence so that she can learn how to get to their jewels.  But she fell in love with the son of the family, and no longer wants to be part of the plot.

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Streak wears no costume or anything, but he is quite smart for a dog, using Doiby’s Lantern-signal to alert Alan when Doiby gets caught by the thieves.

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Later, Streak tries and fails to warn Green Lantern of an attack from behind.  Streak actually rescues the hero twice during the course of the story.

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It’s not a bad story, and Green Lantern does get to save the day in the end.  The final panel asks readers to write in if they want to see more of Streak.  Clearly they did, as Streak returns in a few more issues.

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.

All-American 93 – the Harlequin passes the pen, and Black Pirate duels his son

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The Harlequin is back in All-American 93 (Jan. 48), in a story by Kanigher and Hasen.

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Hoping to lure the Harlequin by making her jealous, Green Lantern asks Molly Mayne out on a date.  She has formed yet another criminal gang since her last outing, and by pure coincidence, the Lantern takes her to the Palladium, which her gang intends to rob the same evening.  She gets into costume to try to stop her gang so the date can go on.

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The Harlequin stories are already falling into a very repetitive pattern, which is a shame.  Her gang capture Green Lantern, and intend to kill him, despite her pleas not to.  She gives him a small torch, disguised as a pen, so he can escape their death-trap.

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Her gang then turn on her, and Green Lantern has to save her life.  In this story, he actually does manage to take her to jail,but she promptly escapes, thanks to her hypnotic glasses.

While I do really enjoy the bizarre relationship between these co-workers, the stories themselves need a dash more creativity.

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The Black Pirate also gets a flirtatious female villain in this story, by Peddy and Sachs, the Golden Pirate.

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Justin Valor is the first to encounter her, as he enters a town just as her ship is raiding them.  Justin gets captured, and she uses a potion to remove his will and make the boy her slave.

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The Black Pirate catches up with them, still wearing his snazzy hat.  The Golden Pirate orders Justin to duel his father.  Not wanting to kill his on son, Jon Valor concedes, and agrees to take the potion as well.  But it turns out he had already been immunized against it, and was just playing for time.  He has the antidote, enough for all her men, so the Golden Pirate jumps into the sea to escape.

All-American 92 – the Icicle returns

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The Icicle returns with a cover story by Kanigher and Alex Toth in All-American 92 (Dec. 47).

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Alan Scott’s radio show may strive for authenticity, but it always seems to go a bit too far.  While dramatizing the events of the Icicle’s first case, the actor playing the villain turns out to actually be the Icicle, and kidnaps Alan.  The story also brings back Lorna Dawn, a secret service agent who was part of the first Icicle tale.

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The Icicle brings Alan Scott to a South American country, and turns him over to Galazar, a rebel leader, who wants to use Scott’s skills to block radio transmissions as he overthrows the government.  As neither the Icicle nor Galazar realize that Alan is the Green Lantern, they do not take proper steps to secure him, and he easily escapes.

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Green Lantern and the Icicle have a really well drawn battle on the mouth of a volcano.  The volcano serves to protect Green Lantern as the Icicle triumphs in this fight.  I should also note that Toth alters the Icicle’s costume.  Not a lot, but it looks far better than it did in the previous tale.

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Galazar’s overthrow succeeds, at least in the short term, but he and his men then turn on the Icicle.  Makhent was expecting this, and turns the tables, killing Galazar before moving on to his real goal, stealing the country’s treasury.  But Green Lantern puts a stop to that.

The Icicle returns in a few months in the pages of All-Star Comics, as a member of the Injustice Society.