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"Secret Identities": Day 1

Quote1.png ... He was a feisty little bastich and no mistake. May the blessings of the Triple Fish God be upon his passing and grace him with peace on the Triplefold path. Now let's get goin'. Quote2.png

52 #37 is an issue of the series 52 (Volume 1) with a cover date of March, 2007. It was published on January 17, 2007.

Synopsis for "Secret Identities"

Day 1
At the Fortress of Solitude, Skeets runs amok. He slams into the shrunken city of Kandor, nearly toppling it over. Rip Hunter tells Supernova to give him the controls to his costume, and take off. Supernova obeys, and flies away. Suddenly, in his place, Booster Gold appears. Skeets is perplexed. He does not understand how Booster is still alive. Booster knew that an outside force was controlling Skeets, so he faked his own death, and traveled backwards in time twelve weeks from this point to assume the guise of Supernova. From there, Rip Hunter and he had been surreptitiously gathering advanced technology from around the globe, preparing for what they knew would be a tremendous battle.

While Booster keeps Skeets distracted, Rip Hunter quickly cobbles together a Phantom Zone Projector. He activates it, and a wave of purple energy projects outward. Rather than imprisoning Skeets however, the Phantom Zone energy only serves to nourish him, and he begins eating the Phantom Zone. Before Skeets can do any more damage, Rip and Booster time-jump away.

Day 4
Green Lantern flies over Star City, using his ring to restore power to the impoverished areas of the city. From a rooftop, Oliver Queen and Dinah Laurel Lance look on. Dinah cannot believe that Ollie is actually running for Mayor of Star City.

Day 5
On a remote asteroid in outer space, funeral services are held for Animal Man. Lobo, in his capacity of priest, administers the last rites. He then hops onto his space-hog, leaving Adam Strange and Starfire to their fate. Solemnly, the two surviving heroes get into the Thanagarian ship and blast off. Animal Man suddenly awakens and screams, "No. Don't leave me!!!" Two yellow-skinned aliens appear beside him.

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Synopsis for "The Origin of Firestorm"

Jason Rusch was desperate to go off to college to escape life with his abusive father. One day he absorbed the nuclear energy given off by the dying super-hero Firestorm. The energy transference transformed Jason into the new prime host for the Firestorm matrix. He later met with Professor Martin Stein and Firehawk, who have aided him in understanding his new found abilities.

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  • This issue shipped on January 17th, 2007.
  • This issue contains flashbacks to events that took place in Week 26.
  • "Secret Identities" is reprinted in 52 Vol. 3 of the 2007 4-volume edition, 52 Volume Two of the 2016 2-volume edition, and 52 Omnibus.


  • The ticker-tape at the bottom of the cover reads, "Booster Gold Returns!... Funeral for a Friend... Skeets Attacks!"

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