"The Nightmare Dummies and...the Spectre": This story is reprinted from Adventure Comics #434.
Appearing in "The Nightmare Dummies and...the Spectre"
- Gwendolyn Sterling
- Ezekial "Zeke" Borosovitch (Only appearance; dies)
- Frank (Only appearance; dies)
- Pete (Only appearance; dies)
- Chris (Single appearance)
- Mr. Monarch (Single appearance)
- Karen (Single appearance)
- New York City
- Monarch Mannikin Company
- Monarch Mannikin Company
Synopsis for "The Nightmare Dummies and...the Spectre"
This story is reprinted from Adventure Comics #434.
A series of bizarre murders by manikins draws the attention of law enforcement, Det. Corrigan, and The Spectre. Further investigation leads Corrigan to Monarch Mannikins, whose shipment was involved in said attacks. It is here that he gets a lead that despite mostly being manufactured by machine, a few of the manikins are still made by hand by Ezekiel "Zeke" Borosovitch. When questioned about the possibility of them coming to life and attacking people, Zeke admits that they might do so as they have feelings that most people ignore. By chance, he encounters Gwen, kidnaps her, makes a manikin in her likeness, and has it attack Corrigan. The attempt fails and Corrigan, as the Spectre, engages with and dispatches Zeke's manikin army before transforming the maker himself into one of his former creations.
Appearing in "The Man Who Stalked the Spectre"
- Earl Crawford (First appearance)
- The Grandenetti Gang (Single appearance)
- Jerry Grandenetti (Only appearance; dies)
- Mitch Grandenetti (Only appearance; dies)
- Unnamed Grandenetti (Only appearance; dies)
- Freddy (Single appearance)
- Bob (Earl's Editor) (First appearance)
Synopsis for "The Man Who Stalked the Spectre"
This story is reprinted from Adventure Comics #435.
The Spectre's activities have been noticed by newspaper journalist Earl Crawford, who is intrigued by the number of mysterious murders, disappearances and strange events surrounding criminals of the city. Crawford decides to investigate, despite the dissent from his editor and he goes undercover as Clark Kent to the New York City Police Department, where he is assigned to go along Detective Jim Corrigan, who reluctantly accepts "Kent's" presence.
During the capture of one of the crooks, Corrigan suddenly disappears and Kent is intrigued when the only thing found is a miniature statue of the criminal. When Crawford drops by the Police Department, he learns the possible whereabouts of a wanted crook. Crawford goes looking for the criminal, as to warn him of the mysterious presence that is killing criminals in the city.
Crawford finds the criminal's hideout, but as he is trying to warn the crook, The Spectre appears and turns the crook into a block of wood before he puts the wood on the saw, leaving only pieces of the criminal. Crawford is shocked to find out his deductions of a mysterious being attacking crooks is real, but he is more disgusted with the whole event, and demands an explanation of The Spectre, who simply leaves the place and Crawford is left wondering what to do next.
Appearing in "The Gasmen and...the Spectre"
- Earl Crawford
- Field Marshall Offel (Only appearance; dies)
- Pete (Single appearance)
- Simms (Single appearance)
Synopsis for "The Gasmen and...the Spectre"
This story is reprinted from Adventure Comics #436.
Certain day in New York City, a group of terrorists use a lethal gas with which they kill sixty people. The group's leader is the military genius Field Marshall Offel, who soon blackmails the city by threatening the Mayor with another attack unless he is given a large amount of money.
Jim Corrigan is in charge of the investigation and Earl Crawford, the reporter whose story about the "ghost of vengeance" was rejected, has been assigned to cover the incident. When the authorities have no choice but to give in to Offel's demands, Corrigan offers to deliver the money to the criminal.
Corrigan is met by Offel's enforcers at the meeting point, where they retrieve the money and kidnap Corrigan as well. Crawford witnesses the scene and he follows the criminals' helicopter back to their hideout. When Corrigan and the crooks descend, they try to kill the officer with their toxin, but this action prompts The Spectre into action. After transforming the crooks into statues, Spectre goes after Offel, who tries to escape on a boat to the ocean, but Spectre prevents this by summoning a large squid, which eats the criminal entirely.
By the time Crawford arrives, he is only able to find the statues of the criminals and Jim Corrigan standing near the docks. Unsure of what happened, Crawford asks Corrigan if there was anything unusual, and Corrigan simply replies "nope".
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