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"Superman: "Powerstone"": This story is reprinted from Action Comics #47.



Appearing in Superman: "Powerstone"

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  • Brett Calhoun (Single appearance)
  • Digby Masters (Single appearance)
  • Von Schmertz (Single appearance)
  • Kettering (Single appearance)
  • Scarletti (Single appearance)

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Synopsis for Superman: "Powerstone"

This story is reprinted from Action Comics #47.

Appearing in Superman: "When Titans Clash!"

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Synopsis for Superman: "When Titans Clash!"

This story is reprinted from Superman #17.

Lex Luthor tricks Superman into giving him the Powerstone -- an object which gives him super-powers (just as it did the last time he possessed it). When he is sentenced to die in the electric chair, he laughs: when the electricity courses through his body, it just makes him more powerful. But ultimately, Superman defeats him.

Appearing in Doctor Fate: "The Fire Murders"

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  • Magno the Mighty (Single appearance)
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Synopsis for Doctor Fate: "The Fire Murders"

This story is reprinted from More Fun Comics #57.

A series of murders takes place, in which the bodies are burned. Dr. Fate asks Inza for help, but soon is attacked by a fiery globe. Fate sends that globe right back where it came from, plus follows it, to an isolated steel castle on a rocky coast, where Fate identifies the source of the murders, a sorcerer called Magno the Mighty, trying to extort money from the wealthy. The bad guy sends more fireballs. Fate flicks a wrist and turns them into ice.

While Fate deals with the sorcerer's Maylayan poison bats, Inza is captured. Finally, the bad guy sends the Legion of the Styx against Fate, whose mystical “life force” powers are useless against the dead. Fisticuffs ensue. Fate rescues Inza, and transforms the adept into a tiny statue of clay, which Inza seals in an ebony cabinet.

Appearing in Hawkman: "Meet Hawkwoman"

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  • Bark Bennett
  • Clinky Cassell

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Synopsis for Hawkman: "Meet Hawkwoman"

This story is reprinted from Flash Comics #24.

Appearing in Black Condor: "The Dreaded Black Condor"

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  • Dr. Foster
  • Wendy Foster

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  • Professor Steiner
  • Dr. Marsh
  • Dr. Paige
  • Hans Erlicka
  • scores of other scientists and engineers

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  • Black Condor's Black Ray pistol
  • Jaspar Crow's crew's disintegrator ray cannons

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  • illicit submarines (four destroyed)
  • Coast Guard surface warships, 5 or more (one destroyed)
  • Coast Guard patrol plane (Destroyed)

Synopsis for Black Condor: "The Dreaded Black Condor"

This story is reprinted from Crack Comics #18.

Over the previous few months, dozens of scientists (Prof. Steiner, Dr. Marsh, et.al.), are kidnapped by foreign secret agents. Meanwhile Sen. Tom Wright is having problems getting appropriations bills, for the FBI and Secret Service, through the Senate. Sen. Wright goes on a fact-finding mission, and pilots his own plane, looking over key defense plants from above. He finds a factory with way too many boxcars for its available storage track, and forms a suspicion about that.

That night, Sen. Wright returns to the plant on foot. He gets inside and while he’s looking around, sees one boxcar seemingly vanish. Tom then finds a workman and pays him $100 to swap clothes with him, then snoops around, but is quickly caught by a supervisor, who pulls out a pistol and tells Wright to come with him. They go to the boss’s office, and the boss turns out to be Jaspar Crow, who has his henchmen take the nosy senator out to the rail yard, and into a tank car. If he hasn’t suffocated to death by morning that’s too bad, because the car’s going to be loaded with prussic acid.

Inside the tank, Tom changes clothes, then the Black Condor’s Black Ray pistol, shooting yellow beams of energy, sears a hole through the side of the freight car. Condor flies onto the string of cars from which he saw one vanish, and gets atop the last car. Soon it “vanishes” also, down a boxcar-sized elevator, at least ten stories deep. At the bottom he finds a huge secret factory, making black market war materials for a foreign power. The freight car contains abducted scientists Steiner, Marsh, and others, who are put to work building submarines, for illicit export. Black Condor flies around, undetected, and finds a room where newly-arriving scientists are hypnotized into obedient laborers. Next the Condor flies into the girders above a huge laboratory, toiling inside of which, he finds Dr. Paige and the great Hans Erlicka, both of whom have been missing.

Condor changes clothes again, and approaches Paige as Tom Wright, and is soon able to verbally bring the scientist out of his hypnotic state. Paige then shows Tom where the captive scientists are barracked, and returns to resume his labors. Moving from cell to cell, Tom de-hypnotizes over a hundred scientists and gathers them together. But an alert supervisor in a watchtower notices something wrong: “Calling the leader! The men act strange … We think the trances are being broken by someone!” The masked face of Jaspar Crow appears on a large “televisor” screen, and gives the order to execute the scientists; the henchman throws an electrical switch sending thousands of volts through the steel shacks where the scientists are housed. Finding these empty, the guards pull out guns and start hunting for the escapees. The Black Condor has soon knocked them out and given their guns to the scientists, but now the bad guys have a howitzer-sized ray gun, shooting beams of energy at them. The Condor easily eludes the beams, which melt some girders, which fall onto some machinery, to destructive effect. The bad guys then hurry to load their disintegrator ray aboard a submarine, and get under way, announcing their plan to wreak havoc along the east coast. The submarine disappears through a sea-lock door, but the Black Condor’s pistol, shooting a red beam, blasts open the lock door like a tin can. Just then the Condor is distracted by seeing the hypnotist fleeing on foot. He catches this guy and forces him to call the leader on a televisor screen, then to hypnotize him as soon as his face appears. This seems to work, but when “the leader” appears in person and is unmasked by the Condor, he turns out to be some flunky left behind by Jaspar Crow. He has however called the police, as instructed.

The escaped submarines, armed with disintegrator ray weapons, are lurking off the Cape Hatteras coast, and a large number of Coast Guard ships are approaching them. One sub surfaces and fires on one of the patrol ships, sinking it. This is observed by a Coast Guard patrol plane, which flies in to attack the sub, but also is disabled by the ray. The Black Condor arrives in time to yank the pilots out of the falling plane, and land them safely aboard one of the approaching warships (at least four). There he borrows four heavy bombs, and flies off to attack the submarines, and picks them off one by one.

Soon Wendy Foster and her father are delighted to read in the paper about how Tom Wright single-handedly smashed the scientist-kidnap ring AND got the FBI’s funding appropriation doubled.

Appearing in The Spectre: "The Return of Zor"

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  • Zor
  • Pedro Gonzales

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  • Wayne Grant
  • Professor Dale Ericks
  • Sergeant Dexter (Dies)

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Synopsis for The Spectre: "The Return of Zor"

This story is reprinted from More Fun Comics #57.

Using telepathy, Zor commands world-reknowned scientist Professor Dale Ericks to build a mechanism of unknown purpose, which then activates itself and projects Ericks across the depths of infinity to the weird castle where Zor is imprisoned, then to free him from a paralysis-ray. Ericks' reward is to take Zor's place. Once free, the evil spirit murders Police Sergeant Dexter and frames Jim Corrigan. Zor battles the Spectre, in a fierce exchange of comets, but Zor has more powerful knowledge of physics.
-- Zor then enlists the aid of murderer Pedro Gonzalez, by magically interrupting his hanging. Pedro kidnaps Clarice Winston (her 4th kidnap) and ties her to a log and sends it over a waterfall. Spectre is prevented from interfering by an invisible wall created by Zor. The Voice tells Spectre that evil is vulnerable to the mystic ectobane tree. (That's the sum of their fourth conversation.) Spectre zooms to the distant country of Lugania, magically harvests some ectobane trees, rapidly builds a coffin, returns to the waterfall, paralyzes Zor, and places him inside it. He then rescues Clarice by reversing the waterfall, and transforms Gonzalez into a tree. Zor is then banished to the depths of the universe.

Appearing in Starman: "The Menace of the Invisible Raiders!"

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  • The Mist (First appearance)
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Synopsis for Starman: "The Menace of the Invisible Raiders!"

This story is reprinted from Adventure Comics #67.

Appearing in The Ray: "Music Hath Charm"

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  • Dock Commissioner Jennings
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Synopsis for The Ray: "Music Hath Charm"

This story is reprinted from Smash Comics #17.

Happy Terrill investigates some ship sinkings, suspecting Dock Commissioner Jennings of being in on the mischief (which he is). By following the commissioner, the Ray is able to learn that a clarinetist named Stradivous, operating at a remote lighthouse, is using hypnotic music and conventional radio waves to mentally control first the radiomen then the crews of the targeted cargo ships. The Ray saves a ship loaded with gold from crashing, by turning off its engines, then, using his powers in an innovative new way, un-hypnotizing the crew. Then he visits the lighthouse hideout of the crooks, and gets captured, but Stradivous has carelessly left the transmitter on, and his music draws a police boat to the lighthouse.

Appearing in Superman: "Superman's Greatest Feats!"

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Synopsis for Superman: "Superman's Greatest Feats!"

This story is reprinted from Superman #146.

After Superman saves Atlantis from an atomic testing, Lori Lemaris begs him to try and change history so that Atlantis will not have sunk. Despite his knowledge from a trip back to Abraham Lincoln's time as Superboy that history cannot be changed, Superman agrees to try. He goes back in time, prevents Atlantis from sinking, rescues Christians from the Colosseum, saves Nathan Hale from being hung by the British, rescues General Custer and his men at the Little Big Horn, stops John Wilkes Booth from shooting Abraham Lincoln, and builds a fleet of space arks which save the population of Krypton before their homeworld explodes. But, when he sees baby Kal-El in the arms of Lara at a time in which he still exists materially, he realizes that he cannot be in his own universe, where such a paradox would be impossible. Instead, he learns that he has gone into a parallel universe, where history can be changed. Since his existence there creates cosmic disturbances that threaten that universe, Superman returns to the Earth-One plane, and tells Lori that he cannot change their history--but in that other universe, Atlantis never sank and the people of Krypton live.

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