""There is Laughter in Hell This Day"": While out in the tropics, Dr Thirteen and Marie witness a ceremony where a man is sacrificing himself to Tala, a death god that the indigenous people worship. When
Appearing in "There is Laughter in Hell This Day"
- Tala (First appearance)
- Mister Square (First appearance)
- Wild Rose (First appearance)
- Spartacus (First appearance)
- Attila (First appearance)
Synopsis for "There is Laughter in Hell This Day"
While out in the tropics, Dr Thirteen and Marie witness a ceremony where a man is sacrificing himself to Tala, a death god that the indigenous people worship. When Dr. 13 tries to debunk their beliefs as superstition, he unleashes Tala upon the world. Tala follows them back to the United States, riding their plane, where she engages in a brief battle with the Phantom Stranger in the air. However, when Dr. 13 confronts the Stranger after they land, he dismisses the whole episode as yet another hoax.
Later in New York, four teens (Mr. Square, Wild Rose, Spartacus, and Attila) are looking for a way to make money, when they ask a local derelict, all they get is a book of spells for their trouble. Deciding to camp out in a haunted house, when they start reading the spells in the book they unleash Tala who attacks them with demons.
The Phantom Stranger arrives to stop her and his powers are able to cast her out, shortly after this victory Dr. 13 arrives with Marie and Dr. 13 begins to try to debunk the Phantom Stranger's claims of supernatural involvement. Upon further investigation of the house, they find it's original owner, a woman who was bricked into the the walls by a jealous husband. When the Phantom Stranger and the others recover her from the home, the building collapses and she dies, after the funeral and the woman is put to her grave, Phantom Stranger and Dr. 13 pay their respects, afterwards the Phantom Stranger teleports away, however Dr. 13 is not convinced that Phantom Stranger is anything but a hoax.
Appearing in "Out of This World"
- Paul Seldin (Single appearance)
Synopsis for "Out of This World"
The Phantom Stranger tells the story of Paul Seldin, who picks up a girl by the side of the road during a rain storm. After taking her out to dance, he drops the girl off at home. When he tries to see her again, her mother brings him to the cemetery, to show her that the girl has been dead for years.
- This issue is reprinted in Showcase Presents: Phantom Stranger Vol. 1.
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Links and References
- Phantom Stranger article at Wikipedia
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