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"Green Lantern: "The Riddle of the Runaway Trolley"": Alan Scott's despairing of finding a human interest story for broadcast, unaware of how much drama's occurring on the trolley car he's boarding (a rich man's about to lose a fortune, a jeweler's losing his girlfriend, and the driver's just lo


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All-American Comics #55 is an issue of the series All-American Comics (Volume 1) with a cover date of January, 1944.

Synopsis for Green Lantern: "The Riddle of the Runaway Trolley"

Alan Scott's despairing of finding a human interest story for broadcast, unaware of how much drama's occurring on the trolley car he's boarding (a rich man's about to lose a fortune, a jeweler's losing his girlfriend, and the driver's just lost his job and is determined to turn his last run on the trolley into a joyride to get back at his bosses). Two groups of thugs are also on hand, one group that wants to the trolley to get back on its route, and another that wants to let the driver go off the grid and have his fun, much to Green Lantern's confusion when Alan switches to his caped alter ego to try and make sense of the chaos.

The ones who wanted the trolley back on track were hoping to use it for an inconspicuous getaway car, and the ones who wanted the driver to have his joyride were hired by the businessman losing a fortune, who was able to break the franchise by having the car off its route for a few hours. The jeweler's girlfriend realizes her new beau is really a robber, and after she jumps off a bridge in shame and the jeweler jumps after her, and Green Lantern saves them both, they decide to get married. Alan Scott has his pick of human interest stories.

Appearing in Green Lantern: "The Riddle of the Runaway Trolley"

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Antagonists:

  • Broadway Trio
  • Muscle Mob (five thugs)
  • "Cannon" Charley

Other Characters:

  • Bankrupt Executive
  • Sam
  • Sue
  • Trolley Conductor
  • lots of Cops

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Vehicles:


Synopsis for Atom: "The Criminal Clocks"


Appearing in Atom: "The Criminal Clocks"

Featured Characters:

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Antagonists:

  • De Luxe Clock Company: Grimes, et. al.

Other Characters:

  • Clock Vendor

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Synopsis for Dr. Mid-Nite: "The Riddle of the Blazing Dummy"


Appearing in Dr. Mid-Nite: "The Riddle of the Blazing Dummy"

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Three-fingers Donigan
    • one stooge

Other Characters:

  • Ed Chatwood, ventriloquist

Locations:

Items:

  • Willy McChipsey, ventriloquist's dummy
  • Dr. Mid-Nite's Blackout Bombs

Synopsis for Scribbly and the Red Tornado: "The Professor Returns"


Appearing in Scribbly and the Red Tornado: "The Professor Returns"

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Antagonists:

  • The Professor
  • his new gang:
    • Chick
    • Dirty Bertram
    • (at least fourteen more)

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Synopsis for Red, White, and Blue: "Crooked Coconuts"


Appearing in Red, White, and Blue: "Crooked Coconuts"

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Villains:

Other Characters:

  • Agent Johnson

Locations:

  • Pier 11
    • Acme Warehouse
  • G2 Headquarters

Synopsis for Hop Harrigan: "The Impossible Isle"


Appearing in Hop Harrigan: "The Impossible Isle"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Hippity
    • his Paratots

Antagonists:

Animals:

  • Stegosaurus
  • Pterodactyl
  • two big Theropods

Locations:

Vehicles:

  • merchant ship (damaged)
    • "Catafighter" = single-use catapult-launched conventional fighter plane (abandoned)
  • two Japanese submarines (Destroyed)
  • Japanese surface raider

Notes

  • Published monthly except May, August, November, and February by J.R. Publishing Company.
  • Atom gets head-konked unconscious with a handgun barrel.
  • Dr. Mid-Nite: Myra Mason does not know about Dr. McNider's special infra-red glasses.
  • In this point of time, the text is explicit that any non-metal objects could hurt Green Lantern, not only wood. Green Lantern gets head-konked unconscious with a wooden club.
  • The Impossible Isle in Hop Harrigan turns out to be populated by Stegosauruses and Pterodactyls, and some giant carnivores too. Like many similar islands, it is volcanically destroyed on the same day that it's discovered.
  • The Red Tornado and the Cyclone Kids are collectively called "The Terrific Trio" in at least one caption and in the dialogue of both Ma and the bad guys, but not in the title of the story. These are not the same characters as the Terrific Trio (DCAU).
  • Red, White and Blue: Red gets head-konked unconscious with a pistol butt.
  • Also appearing in this issue of All-American Comics were:
    • Cicero's Cat (newspaper strip reprints) by Bud Fisher
    • Mutt & Jeff (newspaper strip reprints) by Bud Fisher
    • Jimmy Stone: "Chinese Puzzle, Part Two" (text story) by Evelyn Gaines

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