"The Spectre: "The Gasmen and... the Spectre"": Certain day in New York City, a group of terrorists use a lethal gas with which they kill sixty people. The group's leader is the military genius Field Marshall Offel, who soon blackmails the city by threatening the Mayor with another attack un
- In the spectral netherworld where I must dwell... all things are... possible...!
- -- Spectre
Appearing in The Spectre: "The Gasmen and... the Spectre"
- Earl Crawford
- Field Marshall Offel (Only appearance; dies)
- Pete (Single appearance)
- Simms (Single appearance)
Synopsis for The Spectre: "The Gasmen and... the Spectre"
Certain day in New York City, a group of terrorists use a lethal gas with which they kill sixty people. The group's leader is the military genius Field Marshall Offel, who soon blackmails the city by threatening the Mayor with another attack unless he is given a large amount of money.
Jim Corrigan is in charge of the investigation and Earl Crawford, the reporter whose story about the "ghost of vengeance" was rejected, has been assigned to cover the incident. When the authorities have no choice but to give in to Offel's demands, Corrigan offers to deliver the money to the criminal.
Corrigan is met by Offel's enforcers at the meeting point, where they retrieve the money and kidnap Corrigan as well. Crawford witnesses the scene and he follows the criminals' helicopter back to their hideout. When Corrigan and the crooks descend, they try to kill the officer with their toxin, but this action prompts The Spectre into action. After transforming the crooks into statues, Spectre goes after Offel, who tries to escape on a boat to the ocean, but Spectre prevents this by summoning a large squid, which eats the criminal entirely.
By the time Crawford arrives, he is only able to find the statues of the criminals and Jim Corrigan standing near the docks. Unsure of what happened, Crawford asks Corrigan if there was anything unusual, and Corrigan simply replies "nope".
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- "The Gasmen and... the Spectre" is reprinted in Wrath of the Spectre #2 and Showcase Presents: The Spectre Vol. 1.
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