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"Green Lantern: "The Building Racket"": A building collapses mysteriously, but convinced there won't be an investigation because it was unoccupied, Alan Scott becomes Green Lantern to investigate. He finds a building inspector checking out the foundations, but about to be ambushed by a pair of t

All-American Comics #34 is an issue of the series All-American Comics (Volume 1) with a cover date of January, 1942.

Synopsis for Green Lantern: "The Building Racket"

A building collapses mysteriously, but convinced there won't be an investigation because it was unoccupied, Alan Scott becomes Green Lantern to investigate. He finds a building inspector checking out the foundations, but about to be ambushed by a pair of toughs. Green Lantern comes to his rescue, and has his suspicions confirmed by the inspector's research: the building collapsed because of inferior building materials. GL tails the thugs back to their boss, and coerces him into telling the hero who's behind the scheme by dropping him off the building: the real brains are the Livingston Construction Company, one of the biggest in town. Green Lantern gets the crook's address, then ties him up there and goes to report his findings to the mayor, who turns out to be in on the scheme and has the crook killed and pins his murder on Green Lantern. However the hero quickly clears his name by using his powers to prevent a new bridge made from inferior materials from collapsing.

Green Lantern confronts the head of Livingston and uses his ring to threaten him with being permanently paralyzed unless he spills the dirt on the shoddy construction, which he does: he used inferior materials to save money, and was bribing the mayor to keep things quiet. Meanwhile, the mayor's trying to skip town but gets into Doiby's cab and has a fist-type accident that allows them to apprehend him before he can escape justice.

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Synopsis for Red, White, and Blue: "Terror of the Man-Made Meteors"


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Synopsis for Scribbly: "Hunt for the Red Tornado's Identity"


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Synopsis for Sargon the Sorcerer: "Sargon's Challenge"


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  • Prince Stroganoff
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Synopsis for Atom: "The Defense Bond Manipulators"


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Synopsis for Dr. Mid-Nite: "Dr. Kwack"


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Trivia

  • In Green Lantern's story, the hero greets a villain named Livingston: "Mr. Livingston, I presume". It is an obvious pun with "Dr. Livingstone, I presume," the famous greeting of Henry Morton Stanley upon locating David Livingstone in Africa.
  • In the Green Lantern, Atom, and Red Tornado stories, different characters say the phrase "Keep 'Em Flying." This was a slogan to encourage Americans to continue to buy war bonds and thus be able to finance USA costs during World War II.
  • Irwin Hasen's art on Green Lantern is signed as "Martin Nodell."
  • Al Smith signed his Mutt & Jeff strips as "Bud Fisher."


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