"The Three Magicians of Baghdad": After sending Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson 1000 years into the past, Professor Nichols is horrified to find that he cannot bring them back to the present. Sending out a ca
- Just stand where you are and I'll make this carpet really fly-- fast enough to carry us forward through time!
- -- Superman
Appearing in "The Three Magicians of Baghdad"
- Abdullah and the 40 Thieves
Synopsis for "The Three Magicians of Baghdad"
After sending Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson 1000 years into the past, Professor Nichols is horrified to find that he cannot bring them back to the present. Sending out a call to the Daily Planet asking for Superman's aid, Clark Kent rushes to the roof and changes into Superman and flies to Gotham City. There he meets with the Professor and learns that the Professor sent Wayne and Grayson back in time 1000 years to Baghdad to solve an ancient mystery. Without further explanation, Superman flies off and breaks through the time barrier to the point in time where Bruce and Dick had gone missing.
While in the distant past, Bruce and Dick had just arrived solve the mystery of the mystic mountain disappearances. Changing into Batman and Robin, the Dynamic Duo commission a boat to sail to the supposedly mystic mountain to investigate. There they learn that the mountain is really a powerful magnet and they are pulled from their boat and get stuck to it thanks to the metal in their Utility Belts. When the Professor fails to bring them to the present at the allotted time, they realize the the magnetic force in the mountains may be hindering Nichols' ability to bring them back. They climb up the mountain where they meet the legendary Aladdin. Aladdin, they learn, was tricked into spending his family fortune on a supposed magic lamp from a man named Abdulla. When it turned out that the lamp was a fake, he attempted to get his money back but Abdullah accused Aladdin of being one of the 40 thieves and the young man would be forced to flee for his safety.
Hearing Aladdin's tale, Batman and Robin agree to help him get his fortune back. In order to do so, the Caped Crusaders use the technology in their utility belts to fool Abdullah into thinking the lamp really is magical. However, Abdullah has them arrested and brought before the king to stand on accusations that they are frauds that are working for the 40 thieves. However, the king gives Batman and Robin the opportunity to prove their claim. This happens to be just as Superman arrives from the present and he poses as a genii to support their claims. After they are cleared of the charges against them, Batman goes to find the lair of to locate the 40 thieves so that he can clear Aladin's name.
Wishing to purchase the lamp back from Batman and Robin, Abdullah asks them to prove that their "genii" is real and so they "order" Superman to collect ice from the north pole and bring it back. While Superman is away, Abdullah reveals that he is the leader of the 40 thieves and captures Robin to gain possession of the lamp. When Superman returns, Abdullah orders him to get him great material wealth and various other items of power. However, Superman always goes overboard such as bringing Abdullah a giant bowl full of molten gold, or giving him the "most powerful weapon" by harnessing lightning with a chain taken up into the clouds.
As Batman searches for the 40 thieves, he learns that they have captured Robin and frees the Boy Wonder. They then attack the thieves, and before they can strike back at Batman and Robin, Superman arrives with the "magic mountain", using its magnetic force to disarm the thieves metal swords. Tossing the magnet into space, Superman then captures the 40 thieves and after revealing the plot to the king, the king agrees to restore Aladdin's wealth and end his exile. With their mission accomplished, Superman, Batman and Robin return to their own time.
Appearing in "Archer From Across the Sea"
Synopsis for "Archer From Across the Sea"
Green Arrow agrees to train his European counterpart, the Bow Master, not knowing he is really training an impostor.
Appearing in "The Weapon of Peace"
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- This issue of World's Finest is considered by some comic indexers to be the first issue to regularly feature the Green Arrow of Earth-One. Other indexers place the dividing line between Earth-Two and Earth-One elsewhere. The DC Comics Database has selected this issue.
- The Three Magicians of Baghdad is reprinted in World's Finest Comics Archives #1.
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