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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.

 

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All-American 100 – Johnny Thunder begins, and Green Lantern vs Knodar

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Green Lantern retains his bullet image, but loses the cover and the lead spot to Johnny Thunder, a new western hero, created by Kanigher and Toth, who debuts in this issue. Despite sharing his name with a hero who had only recently stopped appearing, there is no connection between the two Johnny Thunders.

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The series is set in the old west town of Mesa, and deals with the son of Sheriff Tane, a schoolteacher named Johnny.

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The Sheriff is very displeased that his son has chosen such a meek profession, and frequently insults and upbraids him in public.  Even in front of Kathy, the girl he clearly likes, and her younger brother Kit.

The horse is also central to this series.  Named Black Lightning, despite being white, the horse will let no one ride him, except for Johnny (although no one realizes this).

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The story in this issue deals with rustlers who keep preying on the ranchers herds.  John Tane convinces them to band together to move their cattle.  He waits until everyone leaves, puts some black dye in his hair, and gets on Black Lightning to keep watch.  Sure enough the rustlers hit the herd, and he rides in to save the day.

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It’s Sheriff Tane who gives him the nickname Johnny Thunder.  His eyesight, as well as that of the rest of the townspeople, must be just awful, as they see him close up, but no one realizes that John Tane is Johnny Thunder.

The story also leaves it unclear as to exactly why Tane chooses to adopt a secret identity, rather than just acting as himself, though an explanation does come eventually.

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Green Lantern’s strip moves to the back of the book as he has his third and final encounter with Knodar, the villain from the future, in a story by Broome and Hasen.  Knodar’s first two appearances had occurred in Green Lantern’s own book.

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Knodar escapes from his prison in the future, and comes back in time to try once again to defeat Green Lantern, this time planning to work with the “Black-Eyed Bandit” that he had read about.  He mistakes a woman for this, and she goes along with it, in hopes of stopping him.  No actual person using that name appears in the story.

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Knodar has his main weapon, a metal-producer, with which he can transform and create various objects.  His suit, covered with the letter P, is prison gear from his era.  Doiby Dickles and Streak both have small roles in the story, but it’s Green Lantern vs Knodar for the bulk of it.

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Ironically, the one who actually captures Knodar is the woman he has been dragging around with him, who turns his metal-producer against him, while Green Lantern and Doiby are being held captive.

This is Knodar’s final appearance until the 80s, when he returns in an issue of Infinity, Inc.

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 91 – the Harlequin returns, Dr. Light’s killer flowers, and the Black Pirate finds the Man in the Golden Mask

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The Harlequin returns in All-American 91 (Nov. 47), by Kanigher, Hasen and Belfi.

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The story opens with Green Lantern and the Harlequin mid-battle.  She quickly changes back to Molly Mayne, and leaps off a building, claiming the Harlequin threw her.  Green Lantern rescues her, but dumps her on the ground to pursue his foe.

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Certain that Green Lantern will not fall in love with her as herself, she forces a newspaper editor to run a notice, demanding that Green Lantern marry her, or she will destroy the treasury.  Her glasses are shown to have hypnotic abilities in this story, and illusion-casting powers in others.  There is no explanation of how Molly Mayne was able to invent these, and it remained unexplained for decades, until the Manhunters were retroactively credited with their creation.

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The Harlequin uses her glasses to take control of Doiby, and somehow has him blow up the treasury simply by touching it.  Perhaps she had it rigged to blow.

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Unable to stop her reign of terror, Green Lantern agrees to the wedding. When Green Lantern puts his ring on her finger, it causes her to see her own manipulativeness, and she leaves the ceremony.  She should be grateful the ring did not consume her in flame, as it did to another who put it on.  But one can guess that Alan had ordered the ring to do this.

The Harlequin returns the following month in the pages of Green Lantern.

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Dr. Light is back for a third outing against Dr. Mid-Nite in this story by Arthur Peddy and Bernard Sachs.  This time he has created murderous flowers, and aims to steal the money raised by a charity event.

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Dr. Light also has a grudge against Dr. McNider, not realizing he and Mid-Nite are the same person.  He gives Myra Mason a post-hypnotic suggestion to kill McNider.  Fortunately, she runs into Mid-Nite first, and he breaks the spell on her.

Definitely better than Dr. Light’s last outing.

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Peddy and Sachs are also the creative team on the Black Pirate story in this issue.  Set in France, unlike most of the Black Pirate’s tales, this is essentially just a re-write of Dumas’ The Man in the Iron Mask, replacing the Musketeers with the Black Pirate.

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It’s an entertaining outing, despite that.  Or perhaps because of it.  The Black Pirate even wears a musketeer-style hat for this adventure.  Considering that his head is already covered by a cowl, one can only hope that this took place in the winter.

All-American 85 – the Sportsmaster debuts

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Green Lantern gets the cover of All-American 85 (May 1947), but the story inside, which introduces one of his major villains, has no connection to the image.

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John Broome, Irwin Hasen and John Belfi open the story on “Crusher” Crock, an exceptional all-around athlete, who nonetheless gets barred from most sports for his antagonistic and violent behaviour.

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He leads a gang in robbing a polo match, all of them wearing costumes to conceal their identities.  The wooden mallet proves dangerous for Green Lantern, but Doiby comes to his aid.  It doesn’t take long before Alan suspects that Crock is behind the series of sports related crimes, and, indeed, he openly admits this to Green Lantern, announcing his plan to become the “King of Sports.”

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Crock appears to die at the end of the tale, following a sword fight with Green Lantern.  We even see his grave and headstone.  But the character clearly proved popular with the readers, and returned a few months down the road in Green Lantern’s own comic, taking on the monicker Sportsmaster.

All-American 82 – Green Lantern and the gangster of love, Winky, Blinky and Noddy end, and Dr. Mid-Nite vs Dr. Light

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Green Lantern’s villain gets a cover appearance on All-American 82 (Feb. 47), in all their purple checked suited glory.

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Cleve Klang is on trial for an assortment of charges, including murder, as this Bester and Reinman story begins.  Despite plenty of evidence, he is acquitted, as everyone in the courtroom has become really enamoured of him.

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Green Lantern discovers that Cleve has managed to acquire an ancient Babylonian “love magnet,” the source of all this affection.  As long as Cleve has it, no one can make a move against him, not even the Lantern.  Banks are happy to give him their money, and Green Lantern becomes his servant.

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For a while, Doiby and Lantern try to get around this by going overboard with it.  Cleve gets too much of everything, as they hope this will make him throw the magnet away.  But eventually Alan uses his ring to reverse the polarity of the love magnet, making everyone hate Cleve, who winds up running to the hero to save him, by arresting him.

While it’s a shame that Green Lantern did not reverse the polarity from the start, it is a really different way of using his ring, presumably the first time he had done such a thing.

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Winky, Blinky and Noddy’s series comes to an end in All-American with this circus-based story by Harry Lampert.  While Hibbard was on the art, the strip somehow looked a bit more “serious,” though it was always played for laughs.  But I find with Lampert, who also did the story in the previous issue, it just becomes another “funny” series.

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The trio continue to appear in Flash Comics and All-Flash, so it’s not like ending their series here got rid of the characters.

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Bearing no resemblance to the Justice League of America villain with the same name, Dr. Light pits himself against Dr. Mid-Nite in this Stan Aschmeier tale.

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A thoroughly logical foe for Dr. Mid-Nite, Dr. Light uses devices that employ bright and/or intense light for his crimes.  Lasers are the obvious choice, but he also uses light to distract people from his crimes.  Mid-Nite’s blackout bombs prove successful against Dr. Light’s weaponry, although McNider sprains his ankle in their first encounter, and the felon flees.

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Each of the two up their game, and their gear, for their their second encounter.  Really, Dr. Light does not have a chance, as Dr. Mid-Nite is capable of functioning in the light, while Light is useless in the dark.

 

All-American 74 – Doiby gets magic shoes, and the Flash helps out Winky, Blinky and Noddy

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The leprechaun returns to cause more trouble for Green Lantern and Doiby Dickles in the Bester and Reinman story in All-American 74 (June 1946).

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Alan Scott does a story on the leprechaun, despite his superior’s dismay that he is saying leprechauns are real.  His broadcast has the effect of making people talk about the creature, which is all that is needed to power him up enough that he can un-freeze himself and escape from Green Lantern’s trophy room.

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Still, his role in this story is pretty small.  Still believing Doiby to be a relative, he creates magical “safety shoes” for him, which are intended to keep him out of trouble.  In fact, they provide most of the chaos on the story.

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It’s nowhere near as fun as the first story with the leprechaun, and no great loss that he never appears again.

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Winky, Blinky and Noddy get jobs putting up advertising posters in this story by Hibbard.

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It’s pure slapstick chaos, and pretty good, for what it is.

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The Flash shows up on the final page, succeeding where they failed.  The ad itself, about workplace safety, is suitably ironic.