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"Green Lantern: "The Unmasking of the Harlequin"": After an "out of town broadcast", Alan Scott and Molly Mayne are driving back to Gotham City when they drive past a series of Burma Shave-style signs: "If the Harlequin - Green Lantern would unmask - Let him become her kin - Then simple would be


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Dr. Mid-Nite

All-American Comics #95 is an issue of the series All-American Comics (Volume 1) with a cover date of March, 1948.

Synopsis for Green Lantern: "The Unmasking of the Harlequin"

After an "out of town broadcast", Alan Scott and Molly Mayne are driving back to Gotham City when they drive past a series of Burma Shave-style signs: "If the Harlequin - Green Lantern would unmask - Let him become her kin - Then simple would be his task!" Another sign and even a skywritten message reiterate Harlequin's offer of matrimony, and the next day Alan Scott and Molly Mayne awake and switch to their costumed identities to see how their rival reacts. Green Lantern flies up when he spots the skywriting plane in the air again, this time piloted by the Harlequin herself, who slips out through a trapdoor before the plane explodes, leaving a message in fireworks that the Harlequin will unmask herself if Green Lantern will do the same. Everyone sees the message, including crook Tricky Trent, who comes up with an idea to exploit it.

Green Lantern and the Harlequin then appear to commit brazen robberies, but are tackled and apprehended by their victims banded together. Doiby hears the news, but when he speeds to police headquarters realizes the "Green Lantern" who's been arrested isn't Alan Scott. The real Green Lantern and Harlequin join forces to clear their names, just as the fakes escape from prison. Green Lantern levitates their getaway car into the air, and after easily subduing the fakes, the pair do agree to unmask in front of each other...but right as they fly into a cloud and don't see a thing, maintaining the status quo. They agree it's fate that they continue their chase, unknowing who the other really is.

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Synopsis for Cotton-Top Katie: "Late for Supper"


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Synopsis for "The Battle of the Sea Lanes"

The Golden Pirate reappears to ruin Lord Carlisle so she can have his ships.

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Synopsis for Hop Harrigan: "Debut in Danger"


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Synopsis for Doctor Mid-Nite: "Mind Over Murder"

Boss King goes to extraordinary lengths to induce Doctor Mid-Nite to question his own sanity. He sets up a fake publishing company and releases a pulp magazine containing an alternative version of the story in the current issue of Charles McNider's pulp. That story is an account of a recent battle between Boss King and Doctor Mid-nite; in the "real" story (in "True Adventures of Dr. Mid-Nite"), Mid-Nite won that battle; in the fake version (in "Real Adventure Yarns"), Boss King wins.

McNider sends Myra out on an errand and changes identities, then pays a visit to the new publisher's office, where he finds Boss King himself, inexplicably unjailed and running a magazine company. King calls in two henchmen and there's a fracas, during which Mid-Nite gets head-konked with a thrown pistol; this fails to knock him unconscious, but a follow-up head-konk, from Boss King himself, does.

Mid-Nite wakes up in a jail cell, having been dumped on the front steps of the local police precinct. The cops do not buy his story about the pulp magazine, and the desk sergeant even shows him the current issue of "Real Adventure Yarns," with no such story in it. The police urge him to seek medical attention. To prove his point to the cops, the Dark Crusader leads them to the upstart publisher's office. But when they arrive there and step inside, it's Dr. McNider's office, with Myra Mason sitting at the front desk. Concerned, she calls Dr. McNider into the room, and in he comes. The cops leave Mid-Nite in the doctor's care.

It soon turns out that Boss King has also set up this fake doctor's office, and kidnapped Myra Mason to act the part of secretary-receptionist there. Also there's an electromagnetic chair in the room, which holds Mid-Nite paralyzed long enough for the fake McNider to fool the cops into leaving. Myra deactivates the chair, and Mid-Nite unmasks "McNider" as Boss King, just before three henchmen run into the room. Mid-Nite loses this fight, and is knocked out for a second time in the same story.

Boss King also has a submarine, moored at a deserted pier on the bay. Having now successfully planted the idea of Doctor Mid-Nite's insanity in the minds of the police (for the purpose of blaming him for this upcoming fake murder-suicide), he now ties Doc and Myra to the topside handrail of this vessel, and submerges it. Doctor Mid-Nite escapes (see "notes" below) and frees Myra, then treads water until the sub resurfaces, boards it, confronts Boss King, throws down a blackout bomb, and beats up King's three gunmen plus Boss King.

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  • Doctor Mid-Nite's secret identity:
    • Given that Boss King knew enough to set up a fake version of Charles McNider's office, in his scheme to bamboozle Dr. Mid-Nite, it seems very likely that B.K. must have figured out his secret identity some time ago.
    • And given that it's now 1948, and that she's known him since 1941, it is hard to understand how Myra Mason has not figured it out, but going by this story's dialogue, she sure hasn't.
  • Doctor Mid-Nite's escape from the submarine deathtrap takes place off-panel. One of two things happened here:
    • a) Like most nonsuperpowered superheroes, Mid-Nite conceals some blades (probably scalpels) in his costume, and he simply used one to escape, then recreationally lied about it afterward, just to mess with Boss King's mind.
    • b) The thing with the starfish (see the quotation at the top of the page) actually did happen, in which case there had to have been an unannounced intervention by Aquaman, who then swam back to Adventure Comics without sticking around to claim credit.



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