"The Sorceress' Apprentice!": Blue Devil and Superman wait on the Justice League Satellite where Blue Devil meets Elongated Man. After a discussion on the need for secret identities, Blue Devil challenges Superman to an arm wrestling match to help determine Blue Devil's strength
Blue Devil #4 is an issue of the series Blue Devil (Volume 1) with a cover date of September, 1984.
Appearing in "The Sorceress' Apprentice!"
- Marla Bloom
- Norm Paxton
- Sharon Scott
- Unnamed helicopter pilot
- Unnamed inhabitants of Nebiros's Dimension
- JLA Satellite
- Gotham City
- Los Angeles, California
- Marla Bloom's Office
- Unidentified Street Payphone
- The Devil's Isle (Ile Du Diable)
- Nebiros' Home Dimension
- Blue Devil's Trident
Synopsis for "The Sorceress' Apprentice!"
Blue Devil and Superman wait on the Justice League Satellite where Blue Devil meets Elongated Man. After a discussion on the need for secret identities, Blue Devil challenges Superman to an arm wrestling match to help determine Blue Devil's strength level. With some encouragement from Elongated Man, Superman agrees and easily defeats Blue Devil. Zatanna Zatara appears and Superman introducers her as the person he thought might help. After an unsuccessful attempt to remove Blue Devil's costume magically, Zatanna magically summons the Demonography book from Shadowcrest where she learns more of Nebiros' history:
Ages ago, before the dawn of history, Nebiros was worshiped by an unnamed "warlike race." In gratitude for the offerings Nebiros helped them conquer many lands becoming a world power and threatening the other kingdoms, such as Mu, Atlantis and Lemuria. The greatest mages of these lands banished Nebiros and defeated his armies. Ultimately all of Neibros' lands sank beneath the oceans except the island where he was found.
Marla Bloom sends Norm Paxton back to the Devil's Isle to get establishing shots of the terrain for the movie. He reluctantly goes. Sharon Scott calls and she and Marla discuss the court injunction against Blue Devil and the fact that Sharon can't find him as he left with Superman before she could reach him.
Zatanna and Blue Devil teleport to the Devil's Isle as she determines that only Nebiros can undo the magic that grafted the costume onto Blue Devil. Zatanna mends the broken devil's head shaped artifact and opens the portal to Nebiros' dimension. Blue Devil enters and after a brief altercation with a flying inhabitant finds Nebiros who reveals that he has magically infused Blue Devil's trident (lost in their initial encounter) with occult energy. Nebiros grabs Blue Devil and heads to the portal. Sensing Blue Devil's approach, Zatanna opens the portal to let him out only for Nebiros also to leave. Nebiros makes it out of the ruins and uses his trident to down Norm Paxton's helicopter which lands safely. Zatanna deduces that Nebiros has some problem with water and douses him. What effect this has is unclear but the heroes are confident that his island will keep him contained. But Nebiros can now leave the island thanks to the trident and he flies off heading for Mexico coastline. Zatanna and Blue Devil magically follow leaving Norm and the helicopter pilot trapped on the island.
- This story takes place before the events in Justice League of America #228.
- There is a running gag throughout the series of cameo appearances by comic strip character Pogo Possum. In this issue he appears in a portrait in the library of Shadowcrest.
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