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"Green Lantern: "The Slave Racket"": A poor family starves in Capitol City, while the father, Jim Cass, walks the streets looking for a job. Two thugs offer him employment with R. J. Karns, a shipping tycoon. The duties involve working in the tropics, and Cass sets out for warmer climes. In real



Appearing in Green Lantern: "The Slave Racket"

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  • R. J. Karns
  • Pancho Lupo
  • Joe
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  • Jose
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  • Jim Cass
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Synopsis for Green Lantern: "The Slave Racket"

A poor family starves in Capitol City, while the father, Jim Cass, walks the streets looking for a job. Two thugs offer him employment with R. J. Karns, a shipping tycoon. The duties involve working in the tropics, and Cass sets out for warmer climes. In reality, the application forms that Karns had men sign were contracts, binding them as laborers for a year. In effect, these men are slaves and do all the menial labor on the island. Cass, however, manages to escape in the hold of an outbound ship. He takes his story to the newspapers, but they refuse to print it out of respect for Karns and his rock-solid reputation. He tries Apex Broadcasting, but they reject him as well. Irene Miller, however, is interested in his story and lets Alan Scott in on the tale. They loan Cass some money, and Scott resolves to see what the Green Lantern can do about the case.

Scott gets a month off work and begins acting as an unemployed bum on the docks. The thugs pick him up and get him a job in the tropics with Karns. Scott experiences the slave labor and transforms into the Green Lantern at night. He attacks the guards but is knocked out by his weakness: a wooden weapon. They execute him by firing squad the next day. Metal, however, cannot harm GL, and he resumes his identity as Alan Scott, the slave.

Night after night, island guards are found paralyzed as if dead. Pancho Lupo, head of the island's operations, searches the slave shacks for evidence of voodoo magic. They find the magic lantern but decide not to confiscate it. Later that night, Green Lantern surprises several slaves and uses his ring to give them the willpower to fight to escape. They charge the guards, and Green Lantern easily dispatches Lupo's men. Lupo brings out his plane, equipped with a machine gun, but Green Lantern quickly puts it out of commission. Unable to board the ship, the men ask for help. Green Lantern uses Lupo as a bargaining chip, and the former slaves climb on board, heading home for the United States.

Days later, the former slaves walk into the District Attorney's office, Lupo in tow, and tell their story. Karns is arrested and put on trial. Lupo lies on the stand, however, so the Green Lantern makes an appearance. In fear for his life, Lupo finally tells the truth, and Karns is sent to jail for good.

Appearing in Scribby: "Neither Man Nor Mouse"

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  • Smokey

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Appearing in Hop Harrigan: "The Factory Infiltrators"

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Appearing in The Atom: "Shakedown Racket"

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Appearing in Adventures in the Unknown: "Rescue on Mars (Part V)"

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Appearing in Jimmy Stone: "The Missing Witness"

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Appearing in Ben Webster: "Just Call Me Mr. Black"

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Appearing in Red, White, and Blue: "Duty on the Docks"

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Notes

  • Aside from the stories above, this issue contains:
  • "Mutt & Jeff" and "Cicero's Cat" by Bud Fisher
  • "Popsicle Pete the Typical American Boy"
  • "Ripley's Believe It Or Not"

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