Synopsis for "All This Has Gone Before But I Still Exist"
This story is reprinted from Strange Adventures #216.
Deadman exits the Society of Assassins' headquarters and encounters Vashnu, to his great surprise. He inhabits Vashnu's body, reads a scroll in his hands, and learns of the existence of Nanda Parbat, a paradise on Earth. After saving Vashnu from a pair of the Sensei's killers, he trails them back inside the Society's headquarters and hears the Sensei order Willie Smith to board a plane and destroy Nanda Parbat with a laser weapon. Deadman accompanies Smith, inhabits the body of the plane's pilot, and, while they are over the part of the Himalayas which contains Nanda Parbat, engages him in battle. A pistol shot punctures a window, and Smith is sucked outside by the outrush. Deadman leaves the plane with the pilot, who turns back without harming Nanda Parbat. Deadman descends towards Nanda Parbat, which proves to be a Shangri-La of sorts, and, unexpectedly, materializes into human form, making a hard landing without his ghostly powers. He encounters Taj Ze, the massive, sword-wielding guardian of the realm, and Lotus, a beautiful Asian woman who shows him the cave in which Rama Kushna resides. Deadman wins a test of entrance with Taj Ze and enters, to confront his guardian spirit. Rama Kushna, in the cave, hears Deadman's plea and his demand to be allowed to return to the outside world, that he may help redress the imbalance of evil. Rama agrees, and Deadman is allowed to leave and begin his mission anew. At the exit to Nanda Parbat, Deadman is stopped by Lotus, who wishes to leave, but fears that her former nature, which was quite evil, will corrupt her again. She wishes to remain in Deadman's company, for safekeeping. But Deadman refuses, exiting and becoming a ghost again in the outside world. Lotus sobs behind him for a few seconds, until Willie Smith appears, yanks her past the boundary of Nanda Parbat, and watches as an evil smile fills her lovely face.
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Synopsis for "You Can't Hide from a Deadman"
This story is reprinted from The Brave and the Bold #86.
While busting up a crime scene, Batman is suddenly attacked by Robin, and then Commissioner Gordon and various people on the streets. Batman realizes it is actually Deadman who is possessing the bodies and attacking him. Fighting off all these attacks, Batman manages to convince Deadman to stop, and soon learns that his friend was hypnotized into attacking him by the evil Sensei.
Eventually, they learn that the Sensei plans to destroy Nanda Parbat. Batman and Deadman travel there and stop the Society of Assassins from destroying the land. Afterwards, Batman leaves, and Deadman is left wondering why he can only become a physical form in the realm of Namba Parbat.
Appearing in "You Can't Hide from a Deadman"