"To Haunt A Killer": This story is reprinted from Strange Adventures #214.
Appearing in "To Haunt A Killer"
- Phil Carling (Dies)
- Willie Smith
- Fred Ames (Dies)
- Mr. Ames
Synopsis for "To Haunt A Killer"
This story is reprinted from Strange Adventures #214.
Deadman encounters an engaged couple, Ruth and Phil, watching a circus performance in Madison Square Garden. He takes over Phil's body for a while, intending to abandon his quest and enjoy human life again. However, he gives up the effort after a few days and exits Phil's body, and, to his horror, sees Phil coldly gun down Fred Ames, a man the Mob has marked for death. Deadman soon learns that Phil, unknown to Ruth, is a professional killer. To bring him to justice, Deadman takes over the body of Fred Ames's father, a "man of 1,000 faces", and uses makeup to impersonate Fred Ames. He appears again and again in Phil's sight, until goading him into attempting murder again in the presence of police. After Ames is apprehended, one "officer" takes Phil aside and kills him, quickly shedding his disguise and getting away.
Appearing in "A New Lease On Death"
- Society of Assassins (First appearance)
- Homer Dobbs (Single appearance)
Synopsis for "A New Lease On Death"
This story is reprinted from Strange Adventures #215.
Deadman trails Willie Smith, the assassin who killed Phil, to Hong Kong, where Willie (and Deadman) finally meet the Hook, Deadman's killer. Willie captures the Hook after a quick chase, and brings him to the secret headquarters of the Society of Assassins to face trial before their leader, the Sensei. Deadman learns, in the course of the trial, that he was only killed as an exercise to certify the Hook's "graduation" into the Society. Ironically, he was successful, but Cleveland Brand's masquerade as Deadman has convinced both the Hook and the Society that he has failed, and a second try also failed. Thus, the Sensei declares the Hook a failure, and, in a martial-arts duel, kills him. Deadman, during the fight, tries to take over the Sensei's body and discovers he cannot enter it. Left alone with the Hook, Deadman breaks into hysterical laughter, feeling that he is trapped in a mad dream. Then the voice of Rama Kushna intrudes, asking if a balance has been struck. Deadman reluctantly admits that it must have been, since Hook "paid for his crime one way or another." Rama Kushna then tells Deadman that he has "satisfaction", and "Fate has come full circle!" At that, Deadman angrily shouts that he has no satisfaction, that justice has not been done, and asks Rama Kushna if his "gift" was an eternity of frustration. But the spirit does not answer back, and the only "audience" the screaming Deadman has is the body of the Hook.
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