"The Man Who Wanted the World": A mysterious man takes a ride in Doiby Dickles' taxi until a swank Park Avenue club. When he leaves the vehicle, he ask Doiby to wait for one hour. He identifies himself as "D. Dickles", what enrages Doiby. The man intimidates Doiby and comes out. Bandits assaults
Appearing in "The Man Who Wanted the World"
- Vandal Savage (who claims to have been Cheops, Julius Caesar and Genghis Khan) (First appearance) (Flashback and main story) (Origin)
- His henchmen
- Blood Tribe (Flashback only)(Unnamed)
- Napoleon Bonaparte (Flashback only)
- Otto von Bismarck (Flashback only)
- Philip II of Spain
- William the Conqueror (Flashback only)
- Prehistoric Era
- Egypt (26th Century BCE)
- English Channel (16th Century)
- France (13th Century)
- Mongolia (13th Century)
- Rome (1st Century BCE)
- United States of America (1943)
Synopsis for "The Man Who Wanted the World"
A mysterious man takes a ride in Doiby Dickles' taxi until a swank Park Avenue club. When he leaves the vehicle, he ask Doiby to wait for one hour. He identifies himself as "D. Dickles", what enrages Doiby. The man intimidates Doiby and comes out. Bandits assaults the taxi and Doiby fight them, then he flee in his cab. He looks for Green Lantern. When the duo leaves Alan Scott's apartment, the bandits are waiting for them in the entrance. Green Lantern easily defeats the thugs using his power ring to melt their guns and throw thrash cans in their heads.
Green Lantern and Doiby enter the Park Avenue club looking for the mysterious man. The man identifies himself as Vandal Savage and explains that everything was a plan to attract GL's attention. Vandal wants that GL locates a man named Alan Scott. In the next day, Alan Scott (Green Lantern's civil identity) visits the Wall Street offices of Savage; Savage begins to question him: - "Is it true that you have safe deposit box #13 in the Wheat Exchange Bank?" - "Yes. - "Anything of great value in it?" - "No... A few trinkets... a few shares of stock... That's all. Why?" Vandal explains that he want to buy the vault box (with everything inside) just because he is a superstitious man (the box allegedly would bring him "luck"). Alan refuses.
At night, Green Lantern and Doiby stalks the Wheat Exchange Bank, and fights bandits that had bribed the bank night watch in order to steal the vault box. Being scared by Doiby, one of the bandits drops a leather bag which contains nitroglycerin, causing a explosion that collapses the wooden ceiling on Green Lantern's head - wood, his mortal enemy! When the duo recovers their consciousness, the box #13 is gone. When Alan Scott returns to his apartment, the place is ransacked. The content of the box (which, behind the scenes, was previously withdrawn by Alan) is missing.
The following morning, Alan and Doiby speed to Stock Exchange Building. Savage's henchmen try to hold them, but they are successive in overwhelm them in a fight. Savage comes and separates each group. Savage return the stolen stocks to Alan Scott, claiming that his men met the real thieves in the last night who stole the stock and he is very glad in return it (obviously, Savage is lying).
Appearing in Hop Harrigan: "Tank Turns Trader"
Synopsis for Hop Harrigan: "Tank Turns Trader"
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Appearing in "Doiby Dickles' Dismal Discovery"
Synopsis for "Doiby Dickles' Dismal Discovery"
- Synopsis not yet written.
- This is the first appearance of Vandal Savage. Vandal will become one of the most prolific recurring villains in the DC Universe. He appears next in All-Star Comics #37.
- Beginning with this issue (?), wood is depicted as the only weakness of Green Lantern. Before that, any nonmetallic objects could hurt the hero, not only wood.
- In this story, Green Lantern seems to live in Manhattan. In previous stories, his base of operations was Capitol City, while in later stories, it was Gotham City.
- Green Lantern recites Hal Jordan's oath to recharge his ring in this issue, although Hal Jordan has yet to make his comic debut.
- Vandal Savage claims to be 1 million years-old. It would be retconned later to 50000 years-old. Obviously, archaeological research in later years would indicate that human race is not such old.
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