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"Green Lantern: "The Backwards Man"": John Able's released from prison, but he insists he never committed any crime, and since he's paid a debt to society he never incurred, now he's going to go out and commit that crime. From now on, he's the Backwards Man, doing things like wearing a mask that

All-American Comics #69 is an issue of the series All-American Comics (Volume 1) with a cover date of November, 1945.

Synopsis for Green Lantern: "The Backwards Man"

John Able's released from prison, but he insists he never committed any crime, and since he's paid a debt to society he never incurred, now he's going to go out and commit that crime. From now on, he's the Backwards Man, doing things like wearing a mask that makes it look like he's facing backwards, paying a gang in advance for helping him commit a crime, and putting up a wanted poster for himself for crimes he will commit.

Alan Scott and Doiby run into the Backwards Man and his gang as they break into a jewelry store, but actually leave jewels (very cold jewels) in the vault before leaving themselves. Then they "rob" a bank by leaving money inside and "rob" a museum by leaving art objects there. When Alan manages to catch up to them as Green Lantern, Doiby, who's seen everything, has fallen for their ruse and thinks Lantern can't fight them because they aren't criminals. This leads to both heroes getting bopped over the head and left unconscious. When they come to, weird static comes over the police band that Lantern recognizes as normal words spoken backwards, obviously the work of their new nemesis. Meanwhile, the Backwards Man's gang have been actually robbing all the places they pretended to rob earlier. Lantern and Doiby are able to trail them back to their hideout, and he reveals his secret: the jewels he left behind were frozen oxygen, and they exploded after getting hot and blew the vaults open.

Lantern and Doiby get inside and start pummeling the gang, prompting Backwards Man to flee to the roof. He and Lantern grapple on a water tower, and to keep from going back to jail, the criminal jumps off the roof to his death and almost misses a policeman on the way down. Later, Doiby asks Lantern what they were doing in that jewelry store the gang "robbed" when neither of them's interested in jewelry. Lantern answers that it was them picking out the medal the policeman said they deserved for cracking this case. After all, wasn't this whole adventure a bit backward?

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