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"Green Lantern: "The Reforming of Elegant Esmond"": Gang boss "Elegant" Esmond announces he's quitting crime and plans to reform. He's been a crook for so long none of his attempts at doing good works deliver satisfaction, until he sees a man try to drown himself. After hauling the man back onto

All-American Comics #56 is an issue of the series All-American Comics (Volume 1) with a cover date of March, 1944.

Synopsis for Green Lantern: "The Reforming of Elegant Esmond"

Gang boss "Elegant" Esmond announces he's quitting crime and plans to reform. He's been a crook for so long none of his attempts at doing good works deliver satisfaction, until he sees a man try to drown himself. After hauling the man back onto the street (after having to punch him out to do it), Esmond hails Doiby's cab and has him take them back to his hideout. His gang recognizes something Esmond himself didn't: the man he saved is Ronny D'Wink, a disinherited heir to an insurance empire, who's been missing for a month. Ronny plays this situation to his advantage, blackmailing Esmond's gang for a million dollars or else he'll tell the police the Esmond gang kidnapped him. Meanwhile, Doiby's made the same connection and tells Alan Scott about where he dropped them off.

After charging up his ring with a catchy new version of his oath, Lantern and Doiby hurry back to the deli Esmond uses as his hideout, but Ronny knocks Green Lantern out with a wooden chair and Doiby with a sausage, not willing to let his plans be ruined. The gang robs a series of valuables owned by millionaire J.B. Throttleneck, and as he examines the crimes Green Lantern comes to a startling realization. Finally he and Doiby catch up to the gang aboard Throttleneck's yacht, which sinks when Esmond grapples with him and makes a beam from the power ring go wild and punch a hole through the hull. When the police arrive to slap the cuffs on Esmond, Green Lantern tells them no crime's been committed: J.B. Throttleneck was the alter ego he created for himself after giving up crime. All of the wealth was only stolen from himself, and went down to the bottom with his sunken yacht. Ronny, on the other hand, masterminded the whole affair and goes to prison. Esmond gets a new job tuning up airplane motors because of the skills he developed cracking safes.

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Notes

  • Also appearing in this issue of All-American Comics were:
    • Mutt & Jeff (newspaper strip reprints) by Al Smith
    • Simp O'Dill (newspaper strip reprint), by Sol Hess and Wallace A. Carlson
  • Green Lantern begins using the more famous version of his charging oath in this issue.
  • In this point of time, any non-metal objects could hurt Green Lantern, not only wood.



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