"The Spectre: "The Second Death of the... Spectre"": Jim Corrigan was granted the chance of being human again and his powers as The Spectre were taken away. With his regained humanity, Corrigan engaged with the woman he loved, Gwendolyn Sterli
- I am Lt. James Brendan Corrigan--! And what I want is vengeance--!
Synopsis for The Spectre: "The Second Death of the... Spectre"
Jim Corrigan was granted the chance of being human again and his powers as The Spectre were taken away. With his regained humanity, Corrigan engaged with the woman he loved, Gwendolyn Sterling and he took down an important faction of Ducky McLaren's gang, which earned him a death sentence from the mob.
Shortly prior to his wedding, Corrigan is tipped off about McLaren's activities and he goes to the indicated place by himself. Unfortunately, it was a set up by the criminals, who got Corrigan surrounded and they shoot at him, killing him for good. The murderers then take Corrigan's body to Gwen's place, where she is preparing her wedding dress right after her whole happiness crumbles to ashes as she clutches the dead body of the man she loves.
James Corrigan is soon buried and very few people attend his funeral. That night, The Presence summons the spirit of Corrigan to the heavens, where it decides that Corrigan's mission is far from over and the powers of The Spectre are once again bestowed upon him before he is returned to Earth and his body is unearthed by the cemetery's caretaker.
As soon as Corrigan is back among the living, he transforms into The Spectre and goes looking for McLaren's gang. Upon finding them, he kills the leader of the gang by turning his duck toy into a giant monster that devours the gangster and then, The Spectre proceeds to grab the vehicle where the rest of the hoods are trying to escape and he tosses the car across the galaxy.
Elsewhere, Gwen Sterling is mourning the loss of her beloved man, wishing she could hear Jim's voice once again. It is then that Corrigan's spirit appears next to her and explains that even if he has returned to Earth, he is no longer James Corrigan, the living human being, but the spirit of vengeance called The Spectre; a destiny that cannot be avoided. With these words, Spectre leaves Gwen, who will forever remember the man she loved.
Appearing in The Spectre: "The Second Death of the... Spectre"
- Gwendolyn Sterling
- The Presence
- "Ducky" McLaren (Only appearance; dies)
- Mitch (Only appearance; dies)
- Mugsy (Only appearance; dies)
- Al (Only appearance; dies)
- Louie (Only appearance; dies)
Synopsis for Crimson Avenger: "Kings Make a Full House"
This is an unpublished saga of the Seven Soldiers of Victory – written in the Golden Age but never completed until 1975.
Crimson Avenger and Wing discover streams of water that makes them grow to giant size or shrink to the size of blades of grass. They experiment to get themselves back to normal.
They spot a collapsing castle. Growing to giant size, they prop up the castle to prevent any damage.
The castle's owner, King Mistybrain objects to their saving his castle. He has visitors – other kings – who refuse to leave and collapsing the castle is the only way to get them to leave! The Crimson Avenger and Wing offer to help. One of the guests, King Adelbert, overhears and vows to stop our heroes!
He spikes our heroes' drinks with the shrinking potion and tries to smash them on the dinner table. CA and Wing escape by tossing the salad and other food at the king until they can get to their growing potion.
Growing to giants, Crimson Avenger and Wing vow to find work for the lazy guests. At the mention of work, the kings run off. To thank them for their help, Mistybrain shows Crimson Avenger and Wing the direction out of the Land of Magic.
Appearing in Crimson Avenger: "Kings Make a Full House"
- King Adelbert (Single appearance)
- King Mistybrain (Single appearance)
- Land of Magic
- "The Second Death of the... Spectre" is reprinted in Wrath of the Spectre #3 and Showcase Presents: The Spectre Vol. 1.
- This is the final Spectre story published in Adventure Comics. The sudden change of the series' format left various scripts unpublished until they were finally released in Wrath of the Spectre #4, fourteen years later.
- This issue establishes that James Corrigan was born in 1940.
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