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"Green Lantern: "The Mystery of the Theatre of Fear"": Mr. and Mrs. Johnson see a play where a kidnapped boy and his nurse are killed when the ransom isn't delivered in time, which terrifies Mrs. Johnson into wanting to make sure their own boy is alright. As soon as they get home they receive a

All-American Comics #39 is an issue of the series All-American Comics (Volume 1) with a cover date of June, 1942.

Synopsis for Green Lantern: "The Mystery of the Theatre of Fear"

Mr. and Mrs. Johnson see a play where a kidnapped boy and his nurse are killed when the ransom isn't delivered in time, which terrifies Mrs. Johnson into wanting to make sure their own boy is alright. As soon as they get home they receive a threatening call to deliver $10k or they'll never see their child again. He gets the money and goes to deliver it, only for the Johnson boy and his nurse to arrive back from the movies as soon as he's gone. Captain Riley's assigned to the case of this swindling and investigates the theater where the Johnsons saw the play, thinking there's likely a connection. He runs into Irene Miller, who's going to be acting in a new production that night, and Alan Scott's on the scene also. The news of the swindle makes Scott suspicious and he decides to be on hand too as Green Lantern. Just as before, after the play, "Radio Bombing," Apex Broadcasting receives a threatening call that they'll be bombed.

Green Lantern and Doiby catch the criminals in the act, and he melts the bomb into nothing with his ring, but the hero is knocked unconscious by a sock full of rocks and the hoods escape with him. Doiby and Captain Riley chase after them in Doiby's cab, and in the course of the chase Green Lantern regains consciousness and in trying to knock him out again one thug hits the driver instead. Green Lantern saves Doiby and Riley from crashing with a wall of force but the crooks get away in the process. They find Forbes, the head of the theater, tied up, and he blames Green Lantern (who's gone back to Apex to make sure Irene Miller's safe). Forbes declares he isn't intimidated by this and plans to go ahead with the next night's production, "The Murdered Police Captain" (which makes Captain Riley nervous).

"The Murdered Police Captain" portrays Green Lantern as a masked gangster out to get the only man who can threaten his racket, Captain Riley, who the actor then dives at in the audience. Fortunately he's saved by the arrival of the real Green Lantern, who speeds off to Apex Broadcasting, where Forbes has pulled a gun on Irene Miller because she's discovered he was really the one who wrote those plays, and had lied about them being wired in by an author in Arizona. Green Lantern gets there just in time and Forbes' bullet bounces off the hero's body, shielded from harm againt all metals, and goes back to its source instead, killing Forbes. The next day Irene Miller's not amused by Alan Scott asking the actress for an autograph after the night she'd had.

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  • Forbes and his gang

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  • John Johnson
  • Tommy Johnson
  • Captain Riley
  • Mr. Bigg

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Synopsis for Doctor Mid-Nite: "The Movie Mystery"


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  • Steve Fink

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  • Sam Oldwinn

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Appearing in Atom: : "The Egg Racket"

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  • Slade and his gang

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  • Malcolm (a dairy delivery man)
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Synopsis for Sargon: "Sargon Smashes a Gambling Casino"


Appearing in Sargon: "Sargon Smashes a Gambling Casino"

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  • Flora Styles

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Synopsis for Scribbly: "Aiding the War Effort"


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Synopsis for Hop Harrigan: "The Boy Miracle on Wings"


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Synopsis for Red, White, and Blue: "The Puzzle of the Perilous Parachutes"


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Notes

  • Published by J.R. Publishing Company
  • Also appearing in this issue of All-American Comics were:
    • Cicero's Cat (newspaper strip reprints) by Al Smith
    • Mutt and Jeff (newspaper strip reprints) by Al Smith



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