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"Superboy: "The Girl Who Trapped Superboy"": A teen-aged heiress invites Lana Lang, two girls, Clark Kent Alvin Smith and Tommy Tate to her mansion for a weekend, hoping to prove that one of boys is Superboy.


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Rainbow Archer

Adventure Comics #246 is an issue of the series Adventure Comics (Volume 1) with a cover date of March, 1958.

Appearing in Superboy: "The Girl Who Trapped Superboy"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Other Characters:

  • Gloria van Dyke (Single appearance)
  • Jeeves (chauffeur) (Single appearance)
  • Alvin Wilson (named Alvin Smith) (Final appearance)
  • Tommy Tate (Single appearance)
  • Two Girls (Unnamed) (Single appearance)
  • Maid (Unnamed) (Cameo)
  • Professor (Unnamed) (Cameo)
  • Tootsy (Gloria's dog)
  • Horses

Locations:

Vehicles:

  • 4 Engine Propeller Airliner

Items:

  • Gloria Van Dyke's Superboy Collection
    • Superboy (In picture only)
    • Superboy (Statue only)

Synopsis for Superboy: "The Girl Who Trapped Superboy"

A teen-aged heiress invites Lana Lang, two girls, Clark Kent Alvin Smith and Tommy Tate to her mansion for a weekend, hoping to prove that one of boys is Superboy.

Appearing in Aquaman: "The Town That Went Underwater"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Other Characters:

  • Mayor of Beachcroft (Unnamed) (Single appearance)
  • Citizens of Beachcroft (Unnamed) (Single appearance)
  • Giant Octopus
  • Porpoises
  • Eels
  • Whale
  • 4 Seals
  • Sharks
  • Ocean Liner (hurricane)
    • Captain
    • Crew Member
  • Ocean Liner (iceberg)
    • Captain (Unnamed) (Cameo) (Single appearance)
    • Crew Member (Behind the scenes)
  • Freighter (pirates)
    • Captain (Unnamed) (Cameo) (Single appearance)
    • Two Crew Members (Unnamed) (Cameo) (Single appearance)
  • United States Coast Guard (Mentioned only)
  • United States Navy
    • Two Sailors (Unnamed) (Cameo) (Single appearance)
  • United States Army
    • Four Officers (Unnamed) (Cameo) (Single appearance)

Locations:

Items:

  • Tail of a Comet (Unnamed)
  • Treasure Chest

Vehicles:

  • Ocean Liner (Unnamed) (trapped in a hurricane)
  • Ocean Liner (Unnamed) (struck an iceberg)
  • Freighter (Unnamed) (chased by two pirate ships)
  • Two Pirate Ships

Synopsis for Aquaman: "The Town That Went Underwater"

Aquaman creates an underwater amusement park for the people of Beachcroft, but at the same time ignoring calls for help that would take him away.

Appearing in Green Arrow: "The Rainbow Archer"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Rainbow Archer (First appearance)
    • his henchmen:
      • Iggy (Cameo) (Single appearance)
      • Joe (Cameo) (Single appearance)
      • Three Men (Unnamed) (Cameo) (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

Locations:

  • California
    • Star City
      • Raines' Studio
      • Counterfeiting Location (Unnamed)
      • Police Headquarters (Mentioned only)
      • Docks
      • Queen's Residence

Items:

  • Counterfeit Press
  • Counterfeit Money
  • Trick Arrows
    • Gun Barrel Plugging Arrows (Unnamed)
    • Lariat Arrows
    • Flaming Green Arrow Signal (in the sky)
    • Nine Flaming Green Arrows
  • Rainbow Archer's Arrows
    • Red Flare
    • Vari-Colored Flares
    • Amber Arrow (Detour sign)

Vehicles:

  • Two Star City Police Boats
  • Ocean Liner
  • Arrowplane
  • Armored Car

Synopsis for Green Arrow: "The Rainbow Archer"

Albrecht Raines an artist by day was also a leader of an underworld criminal gang, that was printing counterfeit money. Green Arrow and his sidekick, Speedy, investigating the trail of phony money and quickly identify Raines' counterfeit bills by their inaccurate coloring. They capture Raines and his men and take them to prison.

In route to the police station, Raines escapes and declares his vengeance against Green Arrow and Speedy. He dons a costume and begins calling himself the Rainbow Archer. On his first operation, He loots the purser's office of an ocean liner and uses slinging arrows of various colors to escape. His second operation he attempts to loots an armored car, using an amber arrow. Due to his hatred of Green Arrow however, he refuses to use arrows that are colored green. Police officers arrive on the scene and the Rainbow Archer attempts to distract them. Green Arrow shows up and stops him once again. He returns Raines to prison ending his career as the Rainbow Archer once and for all.

Notes

  • Also features:
    • Varsity Vic gag strip.
    • Superboy's Workshop one page featuring how to make an underwater telescope.
    • Read 'em and Laugh! one page of jokes.
    • Little Pete gag strip.
    • Do You Know What's Behind a Law? one page public service advertisement.
  • The Rainbow Archer is reprinted in Four-Star Spectacular #5.
  • While there is no definitive cut-off point between Earth-Two and Earth-One continuity in the Green Arrow stories of the 1950s, the DC Database considers this issue to be the first appearance of the Earth-One Green Arrow and Speedy. This is because of the presence of the Rainbow Archer, who is later confirmed to exist on Earth-One.[1]
  • Alvin Wilson is named Alvin Smith in this story. He appeared last in Superboy #62. This is Alvin's final appearance to date.

Trivia

  • In the 1950s and 60s, it was not unusual for heroes and villains to assume costumed identities that reflected their actual names. In the Green Arrow story in this issue, Albrecht Raines becomes a villain known as the Rainbow Archer, an obvious play on his last name, Raines.



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