"The Revenge of Solomon Grundy!": This story is reprinted from All-Star Comics #33.
Appearing in "The Revenge of Solomon Grundy!"
- Solomon Grundy
- Baldy Balsom
- Alvin McGurk
- Eddie Mark
- Jimmy Chase
- Martha McGurk
- Mr. Mark
- Spencer Blade
- Earth's Moon
Synopsis for "The Revenge of Solomon Grundy!"
This story is reprinted from All-Star Comics #33.
Solomon Grundy, Green Lantern’s monstrous enemy, is freed of his power-bubble prison by a lightning bolt and begins a trek across the continent to attack his enemy. The other members of the Justice Society of America arrive for their meeting to find Green Lantern missing, and evidence that Grundy had been inside. Listening to the reports of Grundy’s rampage on the radio, each member individually follows a clue to find Green Lantern and stop Grundy.
Hawkman follows Grundy’s path of destruction to a small newspaper office. Hawkman rescues a man and then tries to get information about Green Lantern from Grundy, but Grundy gets the better of him. In his struggle to escape, both Hawkman and Grundy are knocked out. Grundy wakes first and leaves. Hawkman revives later and continues his pursuit. Grundy continues his quest and encounters a group of small boys playing marbles, and scares them away. Doctor Mid-Nite, acting on a tip from a local farmer, finds Grundy’s footprints at the marble game, and follows him into a house, which coincidentally, is being robbed by two crooks. Dr. Mid-Nite goes after Grundy, but is injured in the melee, so he uses a blackout bomb to get the upper hand. Grundy escapes, so Dr. Mid-Nite apprehends the robbers. Despite the efforts of two women being paid by crooks to misdirect him, Johnny Thunder finds Grundy working with the crooks to rob local stores. Grundy knocks out Johnny with one punch. Trying to impress the two women, Johnny goes after Grundy again. Grundy insults Johnny, and in a rage, Johnny takes down Grundy easily. The Thunderbolt deals with the two crooks, and then reveals to Johnny that the Grundy he beat up was only an imposter, who admits he and the crooks were preying on the public’s fear to make easy money. The Thunderbolt then insists on helping Johnny track down the real Grundy. Grundy arrives in a town where the police chief was forced into retirement. The new chief runs when he can’t stop Grundy, and in a last desperate attempt, the old chief crashes his car into Grundy. The Flash, following Grundy’s rampage, saves the old chief, but gets hit by Grundy. To save the town, Flash leads Grundy away from town, but falls off a cliff, and Grundy escapes. For his bravery, the town offers the old chief his job back. Desperate for information about Green Lantern, Grundy falls in with criminal Baldy Blossom. Baldy agrees to help Grundy, if Grundy will help him rob a bank. Grundy agrees. The Atom, meanwhile, is having no luck locating Grundy, until he hears the report of the bank robbery on the radio. The Atom finds Grundy and Blossom’s gang robbing a factory payroll in the same town. Atom easily deals with the men, but Grundy knocks him out cold, then leaves. The scene flashes back to Green Lantern, who is warned of Solomon Grundy’s escape at Justice Society headquarters by Doiby Dickles. Trying to save his friends from Grundy, Green Lantern sets about charting Grundy’s path to intercept him before any other of the Justice League members get involved. Finally catching Grundy, the two fight, and Grundy overpowers Green Lantern and holds his head underwater.
Hawkman arrives first and hits Grundy in the back of the head, releasing his grip on Green Lantern. The other members arrive, and Dr. Mid-Nite revives Green Lantern. The other four members working together subdue Grundy, but soon realize they can’t hold him forever. Johnny ponders what the man in the moon would do with Grundy, which Hawkman takes as a good suggestion, and asks Green Lantern to use his ring to imprison Grundy on the moon, which he does. Green Lantern hopes that this time Solomon Grundy will remain a prisoner forever.
Appearing in "Menace of the Moonman!"
- Moonman (First appearance)
Synopsis for "Menace of the Moonman!"
This story is reprinted from World's Finest #98.
One evening, the military gets Superman to help them with a space mission to send a man around the moon. Superman uses his super-strength to help toss a rocket containing astronaut Brice Rogers around the moon. Watching his progress with his x-ray vision, Superman watches as the rocket travels through the trail of a strange green comet before it returns to Earth. When the rocket lands, Rogers exits the rocket seemingly no worse for wear.
Later that night, Superman, Batman and Robin arrive as guests of honors at the grand opening of a new historic vehicles exhibit. As they walk around looking at the vintage vehicles and marveling at how far the human race has come they are suddenly confronted by a glowing costumed being calling himself Moon-Man. Somehow, the Moon-Man's radiance causes Superman to weaken and when Batman and Robin try to apprehend him, he uses his fantastic magnetic powers to trip them up before flying off a chariot by repelling the Earth's gravity. Despite Batman's attempt at capturing him, Moon-Man gets away.
The next morning as Brice Rogers reads his morning paper he reads about he chariot theft. When he goes into his garage later that morning he is shocked to find the stolen chariot parked next to his car. He calls in Superman, Batman, and Robin who deduce that Moon-Man must have stashed the vehicle there to pick it up later and decide to hide out and wait for the crook. When the moon rises, Rogers undergoes a strange transformation into Moon-Man, and as Superman weakens once more, the Dynamic Duo realizes that Rogers was in reality Moon-Man.
When Moon-Man escapes, the three heroes realize that the comet that Roger's rocket must have passed was made of Kryptonite and that combined with the moons rays caused his strange transformation. With Moon-Man obsessed with Moon-Related crimes, the three heroes attempt to stop him from stealing the moonstone from the local museums exhibit on India. They fail again, and Moon-Man manages to get away, hiding out near the docks until dawn. When Moon-Man's personality returns to that of law-abiding Brice Rogers, he is horrified to learn that he is really Moon-Man. Calling out to Batman, Superman and Robin that he surrenders, he is overheard by two crooks who take him hostage and escape before the three heroes can stop him.
That night when Brice turns back into Moon-Man, he goes with the two criminals to rob the "Moon-Room", featuring a giant replica of the moon to show how future expeditions will mine it's surface. When they arrive to steal the real gold and silver on display, they are attacked by Batman and Robin. After a brief struggle, Moon-Man uses his magnetic powers to send the fake moon (along with Batman and Robin) into space. Superman saves Batman and Robin from death.
When dawn breaks, Rogers awakens in an abandoned store next to a radio repair shop and hears reports about how he almost killed Batman and Robin and is horrified. That night Moon-Man brings the crooks to steal a special space platform. When Moon-Man brings it down, it turns out to be a trap sprung by Superman, Batman and Robin. As it turns out, during the day, Brice went to Superman who learned the effects causing his Moon-Man powers had worn off as they were only temporary. Deciding to capture the crooks, they set up this ruse to capture them. With their mission accomplished, Rogers is allowed to be free as he is not criminally responsible for his actions as Moon-Man and with the knowledge they learned his is ready to go on more missions to the moon.
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