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.
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.
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.
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
Dr. Mid-Nite has his last outing in All-American in this issue, helmed by Arthur Peddy and Bernard Sachs.
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.
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.
The Black Pirate has his final outing in this issue, with Peddy and Sachs as the creative team again.
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.
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.
Broome and Hasen are joined by Bob Oskner for Green Lantern’s final tale in this book.
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.
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.