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"Green Lantern: "Crime Is an Art"": The heads of the Pitney Museum out west are afraid of the destruction of all their art treasures should the Japanese bomb their city, and decide to move their exhibits somewhere safer for the time being. This announcement reaches Alan Scott and Doiby, who are


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All-American Comics #54 is an issue of the series All-American Comics (Volume 1) with a cover date of December, 1943.

Synopsis for Green Lantern: "Crime Is an Art"

The heads of the Pitney Museum out west are afraid of the destruction of all their art treasures should the Japanese bomb their city, and decide to move their exhibits somewhere safer for the time being. This announcement reaches Alan Scott and Doiby, who are there to make sure radio installations are in place in case the warning of an air raid needs to be made. Unfortunately it also reaches unscrupulous parties who'd love to possess the museum's priceless pieces. Afraid of criminals having exactly this thought, Alan becomes Green Lantern, powers up his ring and heads over to the museum to warn them. They explain to the hero the announcement was actually a feint: the exhibits are being moved that night, not a few days from then. The details of the route are hidden in a secret place in the museum.

An unscrupulous guard tips off some of the interested criminals, such as crooked art dealer Lon Snade and gangster Gat Holster, and when Green Lantern returns to the museum to check on the directors he finds criminals have already been there and shot them dead. The only help he gets from a dying director are the cryptic words "key...up". The only other survivor has amnesia. While wandering the museum trying to puzzle it out, Lantern and Doiby end up in a room with replicas of ancient Egyptian marvels of engineering, and realize "key...up" probably means "Cheops". Sure enough, they find the details of the route hidden in a replica of the Pyramid of Cheops. After pounding the criminals who've caught up with them, the director who survived shows up and pulls a gun on the heroic duo. He was actually the one who hired Gat Holster's mob to rob the place, and killed the other directors so he could steal the treasures. Lantern and Doiby catch him, then the rest of the gang when it tries to ambush the convoy carrying the art treasures.

Appearing in Green Lantern: "Crime Is an Art"

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Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Lon Snade, art dealer
  • Gat Holster, bandit chief
    • his gang
  • Museum Director Watkins

Other Characters:

  • Museum Directors: Wright, Loft, (both die.)

Locations:

Items:


Synopsis for Atom: "Al Pratt's Disguise"


Appearing in Atom: "Al Pratt's Disguise"

Featured Characters:

Antagonists:

  • protection racketeer
    • his gang

Other Characters:

  • three business proprietors

Locations:

Synopsis for Dr. Mid-Nite: "The Man Who Defeated Death"


Appearing in Dr. Mid-Nite: "The Man Who Defeated Death"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Clipper Jackson
    • his gang

Other Characters:

  • Jamison (Deceased)
  • NYPD Detective (Wounded)

Locations:

  • Keystone City
  • Dr. McNider's Office
    • Memorial Hospital
    • Jackson's Waterfront Hideout

Items:

  • Jamison's Shrinking Ray

Synopsis for Scribbly and the Red Tornado: "Trip to the Zoo"


Appearing in Scribbly and the Red Tornado: "Trip to the Zoo"

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Animals:

  • Looey the Lion

Locations:

Synopsis for Red, White, and Blue: "Blooey Got a Cinder in His Eye"


Appearing in Red, White, and Blue: "Blooey Got a Cinder in His Eye"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

Locations:

  • Mobbins Shipyard

Items:

  • Incendiary Liquid (looks like water, acts like dynamite)

Synopsis for Hop Harrigan: "Lightning Strikes"


Appearing in Hop Harrigan: "Lightning Strikes"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Hippity
    • his Pararompers and Paratots (First appearance)

Antagonists:

Other Characters:

  • international assortment of refugees
  • Dutch radio operator (Dies)
  • operator's young son (joins Paratots)
  • U.S. Marines

Locations:

Vehicles:

  • Harrigan's Scouting Plane (Destroyed)
  • Nazi Submarine Flotilla
  • Me-109
  • U.S. P-51s and B-24s

Notes

  • Published monthly except May, August, November, and February by J.R. Publishing Company.
  • The Atom uses putty and make-up to transform his appearance, and infiltrates a robbery gang. This is a skill he rarely uses.
  • Dr. Mid-Nite is able to duplicate Jamison's Shrinking Ray technology, and builds a miniature model of it, which is later expanded to full size by the original device. He then reduces himself to "sub-microscopic size", and enters a patient's body via a skin pore. Inside it, he reduces and removes a bullet from the patient's heart, saving his life.
    • After this story, this amazing technology is never used, seen, or mentioned again.
  • In this point of time, any non-metal objects could hurt Green Lantern, not only wood. Green Lantern gets head-konked unconscious with a wooden chair.
    • Museum Director Watkins gets knocked out by a scalp-grazing bullet-wound, which gives him amnesia.
  • Hop Harrigan survives another plane crash.
    • Hop's sidekick Hippity understands all languages, but cannot speak. He carries a battery-powered buzzer and communicates via morse code.
    • Hippity recruits his international gang of Pararompers and Paratots from an international accumulation of refugees. Next issue, they'll go up against the Japanese Navy.
  • Red, White and Blue: Whitey and Blooey get head-konked unconscious with wooden clubs.
  • Also appearing in this issue of All-American Comics were:

Trivia

  • Stan Aschmeier signed his Dr. Mid-Nite story as "Stan Josephs".
  • The final panel of most of the stories in this issue are advertisements for War Bonds, featuring a cartoon rendition of Emperor Hirohito, signed by Dr. Seuss.


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