""Ghosts of Miracles"": June 28th, 1898
- In six weeks, Mr. Bond, I have been almost killed on two occasions. If this affords delight to your monogrammatic superior, Mr. Mycroft Homes, then I am, as you may be sure, immensely comforted.
- -- Mina Murray
Appearing in "Ghosts of Miracles"
- C. Auguste Dupin
- Campion Bond
- Inspector Dick Donovan (Single appearance) (First appearance)
- Selwyn Cavor (Single appearance) (First appearance)
- Kitty Carr (Single appearance)
- Miss Randall (Single appearance)
- Polly "Pollyanna" Whittier (Single appearance)
- Rosa Belinda Coote (Single appearance)
- Cavorite (Behind the scenes)
Synopsis for "Ghosts of Miracles"
June 28th, 1898
Allan Quatermain struggles to free himself from the grip of Edward Hyde. Auguste Dupin shoots Hyde's left ear off. Quatermain shoves a bottle of laudanum into his mouth causing him to pass out. They cart him to the Nautilus where they witness Hyde transforming into his alter ego, Henry Jekyll. They offer Jekyll a promise to cure his condition if he agrees to work with them.
July 3rd, 1898
Campion Bond sends the League to Miss Rosa Coote's Correctional Academy For Wayward Women to investigate three separate claims of immaculate conception. They discover that these unexplained pregnancies are the result of the actions of one Hawley Griffin, the Invisible Man. They expose Griffin and convince him to come with them.
July 5th, 1898
Back at the British Museum, Campion Bond introduces the League to Professor Selwyn Cavor. Cavor is the inventor of a mineral called Cavorite. Cavorite has anti-gravity properties that could be used to create airborne attack craft. But the Cavorite has been stolen, and Bond wants the League to retrieve it. Several references are made about Bond's superior, a mysterious figure named "M". Mina suspects that M is secretly Mycroft Holmes, the brother of London's infamous detective, Sherlock Holmes. Bond does not confirm nor deny Mina's assertion.
The League gathers together and ventures toward the Limehouse district. They are in search of an Asian crime lord who is suspected of being responsible for the Cavorite theft.
Appearing in "Allan and the Sundered Veil (Part II) - In the Ruins of Time"
- Marisa (Single appearance)
- Time Traveller (First appearance)
Synopsis for "Allan and the Sundered Veil (Part II) - In the Ruins of Time"
Allan Quatermain goes into a seizure from the effects of the taduki plant. Marisa begins frantically sobbing, trying to help him. From her personal exposure to taduki, she possesses the ability to stare through Allan's skin and see the bones and muscle beneath it. Allan finds his consciousness transported through time and space. He arrives on a strange, alien world outside of the normal flow of time. He meets fellow time-lost traveler John Carter, and his 20th century great-nephew Randolph Carter. The three of them bear witness to a strange, grotesque, horrifying monster. Suddenly there is a brilliant flash of light and a man known only as the Time Traveler appears.
- 1st appearance of Henry Jekyll in this title. Edward Hyde appeared last issue.
- 1st appearance of the Invisible Man in this title. The Invisible Man is based upon the H.G. Wells literary character of the same name. In Wells' novel, Griffin was never given a first name. This issue establishes that Hawley Griffin is not the original Invisible Man, but rather he is the first individual to invent the invisibility process. The name Hawley is taken from an early 20th century murderer named Hawley Crippen. What relation Hawley Griffin has to Wells' Griffin (if any) is unknown.
- Behind the scenes appearance by "M".
- The character of Rosa Coote is based upon a character that appeared in several pieces of 19th century erotica entitled, The Yellow Room, The Pearl and Miss Coote's Confession.
- One of the impregnated characters at Miss Coote's is named Polly Whittier. This is the title character from the 1913 Eleanor Porter novel, Pollyanna.
- The character of Professor Selwyn Cavor is taken from the H.G. Wells novel, First Men In The Moon.
- There is a portrait inside the British Museum displaying an earlier incarnation of the League. Characters featured in the portrait include: Lemuel Gulliver, the Scarlet Pimpernel, Dr. Syn, Fanny Hill and "Hawkeye" Leatherstocking.
- Although it is never stated outright throughout the course of this series, the Asian crime lord that Campion Bond refers to is the Sax Rohmer character, Fu Manchu. Fu Manchu makes his first appearance next issue.
Notes on "Allan And The Sundered Veil":
- Randolph Carter is the literary creation of American gothic horror novelist, Howard Phillip Lovecraft. He appeared in stories entitled, The Statement Of Randolph Carter, The Dream Quest Of Unknown Kadath, The Silver Key and Through The Gates Of The Silver Key.
- John Carter, is the creation of Edgar Rice Burroughs. Carter was originally a confederate soldiers from Virginia during the Civil War. He found himself transported to Mars where he became a hero and warrior. There is no original link connecting John Carter to Randolph Carter. Allan Moore is taking creative license by making one the great-nephew of the other.
- The Time Traveler is the creation of H.G. Wells and was the featured inventor in the Wells novel, The Time Machine.
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