"Sandman: "The Dream of Peter Green!"": In New York City, Peter Green is a social activist, seeking to get a municipal recreation center built. Wes Dodds and Sandy Hawkins applaud his sentiments and sign his petition. But Green also has a thuggish looking detractor with a belligerent demeanor. R
Synopsis for Sandman: "The Dream of Peter Green!"
In New York City, Peter Green is a social activist, seeking to get a municipal recreation center built. Wes Dodds and Sandy Hawkins applaud his sentiments and sign his petition. But Green also has a thuggish looking detractor with a belligerent demeanor. Right then, a speeding car squeals down the street, running down some kids in the process. Pursuing cops stop to render first aid to them, while Wes and Sandy duck into an alley and re-emerge as the Sandman and Sandy. Sandman punctures the fleeing car's tire with a shot from his Wirepoon gun. The mobsters abandon their car and flee on foot, through a children's playground. Sandman and Sandy overtake them and fight their way across the yard, making innovative use of the playground equipment in thrashing the three thugs. A crowd gathers, and Sandman gives a rousing pitch in favor of playgrounds and recreation centers, and introduces Peter Green and his petition. People eagerly sign up, and soon Green has thousands of signatures to present to the City Council.
Influential members of the City Council argue that the City has all the financial burdens it can bear, but Sandman invites the Councilmen to accompany him on an educational tour of the city. In a wealthy neighborhood he shows them a construction site, where kids from different parts of the city congregate, to fight each other for the right to play there. Sandman attributes this to crowded conditions and dangerous traffic. Some bricks get thrown, and Sandman has to intervene, with most of the kids fleeing immediately, but Sandman catches one. By a remarkable coincidence, this kid turns out to be the son of the most vocal of the budget-wary Councilmen. After this, the whole argument changes.
Eventually permits and contracts and plans are in place and construction begins on a recreation center. There is a scandal; Green alleges that the general contractor, Webb, has substituted inferior materials into the project. Wes Dodds reads about this in the newspaper, and knows that Webb is a dangerous character. He and Sandy suit up, and start looking for Peter Green. Their search brings them to the Corn Trust Building, built and occupied by Webb. Inside Webb's office, Webb is bullying Peter Green, unsuccessfully. Then Sandman and Sandy drop in, through an open window, and a new brawl begins. One of Webb's hoods has a grenade, and he gets ready to use it. He throws and misses, and the resulting explosion does a great deal more structural damage than would be expected. That's the hallmark of Webb construction projects. The collapsing walls and ceilings are closing off all avenues of escape. Webb wants to team up with the heroes, to escape this mess. Sandman grabs the guns off Webb and his thugs, then agrees. They get to a window, and Sandman shoots a Wirepoon cable across the street to another building. They make their way across, with Sandman going last. Webb gets a chance to try to cut the cable while he's still halfway out there, but Sandman prudently brought along a hand grenade he'd grabbed from Webb's office. He uses it to blow up a water tower that's above and behind the roof where Webb and his goons and Green and Sandy are. Everyone is bowled over by the water.
After Webb is jailed, and replaced on the building job, the sturdily-constructed new recreation center goes up, and soon the city's youth have safe places to play. Peter Green just modestly goes his way, but Wes and Sandy have a lot of good things to say about him.
Appearing in Sandman: "The Dream of Peter Green!"
- Webb (Single appearance)
- Bugs (Single appearance)
- Ratsy (Single appearance)
- Peter Green (Single appearance)
- Councilman Corrigan (Single appearance)
- Young Delinquent Corrigan (Single appearance)
Synopsis for Starman: "The Meteor Mob!"
Appearing in Starman: "The Meteor Mob!"
- Shiver (Single appearance)
Synopsis for Shining Knight: "King 'Artie's' Crime Court!"
Appearing in Shining Knight: "King 'Artie's' Crime Court!"
- Big Artie (Single appearance)
- Gaspipe Grogan (Single appearance)
- Lopear (Single appearance)
- Officer Clancy (Single appearance)
Synopsis for Genius Jones: "The Eighth Day of the Week!"
Appearing in Genius Jones: "The Eighth Day of the Week!"
- Fuller Gyle (Single appearance)
- Mr. B. Wildurd (Single appearance)
- Mr. Habeus Corpus (Single appearance)
Synopsis for Mike Gibbs: "Honorable Information, Please!"
Appearing in Mike Gibbs: "Honorable Information, Please!"
- Mike Gibbs, Guerrilla (Final appearance)
- Japanese Occupation Troops
- Captain Namura (Single appearance)
- Kushiri (Single appearance)
- Min Ping (Single appearance)
- American G.H.Q.
- Published bi-monthly by Detective Comics, Inc.
- After this issue, Genius Jones moves on to More Fun Comics, starting with More Fun Comics #108, March 1946.
- Last issue and final appearance for Mike Gibbs, Guerrilla.
- Last issue for Sandman, and last Golden Age appearances for Sandman and Sandy.
- "The Dream of Peter Green!" is reprinted in The Sandman by Joe Simon & Jack Kirby.
- Last issue for Starman, and last Golden Age appearance for Starman.
- "The Meteor Mob!" is reprinted in The Golden Age Starman Archives Vol. 2.
- Wes Dodds smokes a pipe.