"The Spectre: "The Voice That Doomed... the Spectre"": Certain day in New York City, a bank is robbed by a terrorist group called The Symbiosis Liberation Army and Gwendolyn Sterling is taken as a hostage. By the time Detective Jim Corrigan arrives at the place

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Green Arrow, as he is being attacked by the planets Mars and Mercury

Adventure Comics #439 is an issue of the series Adventure Comics (Volume 1) with a cover date of June, 1975.

Appearing in The Spectre: "The Voice That Doomed... the Spectre"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Gwendolyn Sterling


  • The Symbiosis Liberation Army (First appearance)
  • Carter (Only appearance; dies)
  • Nick Shawn (Only appearance; dies)
  • Ducky McLaren (First appearance)

Other Characters:


Synopsis for The Spectre: "The Voice That Doomed... the Spectre"

Certain day in New York City, a bank is robbed by a terrorist group called The Symbiosis Liberation Army and Gwendolyn Sterling is taken as a hostage. By the time Detective Jim Corrigan arrives at the place, the crooks have made their getaway and Corrigan decides to follow them to their hideout as The Spectre.

Upon arriving at the place, Spectre manifests himself in front of the thugs before turning their flag with snakes as their symbol into real snakes that strangle and kill the criminals. Switching back to Jim Corrigan, he rescues Gwen and takes her back to her home. During the ride, Gwen explains how much she loves him and how she would like to be together with Jim, despite his spectral condition. Unfortunately, Jim can't accept her marriage proposal and he tells her that it would be better to never talk or see each other again, as it would only make matters worse between them.

That night, Jim ponders his existence and demands from the higher power to be ridden of the curse of The Spectre. The Voice listens to Jim's plea and the powers of the Spectre are removed overnight. The next day, Jim Corrigan is summoned to deal with crooks member of the Ducky McLaren gang. Unaware that he had lost his supernatural powers, Corrigan confronts the criminals recklessly and he gets shot in the arm, but he manages to hit one of the crooks with a bullet, killing him.

Corrigan is soon taken to a hospital, where he recovers from a serious injury and he comes to the realization that he is human once again. Having regained his humanity, Jim goes to Gwen's home, where he tells her about his change and they agree to get married as soon as possible.

Elsewhere, Ducky McLaren learns about Jim Corrigan's engagement and he decides to eliminate the "meddling detective" for having killed one of his top mobsters.

Appearing in Green Arrow: "Father Time's Inn!"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters: Antagonists:

  • Father Time (Single appearance)
  • Mercury (Single appearance)
  • Mars (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

  • First-Quarter Moon (Single appearance)
  • Saturn (Single appearance)
  • Saggitarius (Single appearance)


  • Land of Magic


  • None


  • None

Synopsis for Green Arrow: "Father Time's Inn!"

This is an unpublished saga of the Seven Soldiers of Victory – written in the Golden Age but never completed until 1975. Part Three: Green Arrow and Speedy enter the Land of Magic in front of Father Time's Inn. They enter hoping to find a way home. They meet Father Time and his Boarders – heavenly bodies such as stars, moons, planets, etc. All of the Boarders are arguing. Green Arrow and Speedy stop the erupting brawl, but are themselves knocked out my Mars and Mercury. They escape by turning Father Time's hourglass upside down, thus reversing time and making the ropes untie themselves. Time goes all the way back to the beginning of Father Time and the heavenly bodies' argument. Father Time turns his hourglass back to normal and commands the constellations to attack Green Arrow and Speedy. After GA beats back Sagittarius and Cancer, he offers to help mediate the argument (the sun intentionally hid behind the earth to eclipse the new, shiny crescent moon). Father Time rewards Green Arrow and Speedy by lending them a comet to return home.



  • On the Spectre story, there is a place called "Broome Street"; a clear reference to comic book writer John Broome.

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