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"The Man in the Moon": Harry Danvers is a carnie, born with only one eye. A lunar eclipse causes him to go wild with rage and steal a blade from the sword-swallower. Fortunately, Alan Scott and Doiby Dickles are attending the show and step in, but the eclipse also makes Green Lantern's ring tgo

Green Lantern #16 is an issue of the series Green Lantern (Volume 1) with a cover date of June, 1945.

Synopsis for "The Man in the Moon"

Harry Danvers is a carnie, born with only one eye. A lunar eclipse causes him to go wild with rage and steal a blade from the sword-swallower. Fortunately, Alan Scott and Doiby Dickles are attending the show and step in, but the eclipse also makes Green Lantern's ring tgo crazy with power, and propel all three to the Moon. There, they're attacked by an army of misshapen monsters. Because GL refuses to fight with his ring while it's shorting out, and the monsters somehow have wooden clubs that get through the ring's protective powers, he and Doiby are eventually overwhelmed. The duo are tied up and taken before the monsters' leader, a giant chicken with three heads. It calls them "Selenites" and says they must be killed. Before the deed can be done, a female monster becomes smitten with Doiby and cuts them free.

The heroes flee into the underground tunnels, and soon discover a chamber filled with one-eyed men. Expecting more monsters, GL and Doiby attack them, only to find out these are the Selenites, the scientifically-advanced rulers of the moon. The Selenites put the savage monsters on a reservation to keep them from killing and destroying. They also found Harry Danvers and offered him shelter. The eclipse starts fading, and Danvers leads GL and Doiby back to the surface, so they'll be pulled back to Earth when the eclipse's effects end. Danvers also decides to stay on the moon, where he'll be considered normal among the other one-eyed men. GL and Doiby make their return in the middle of the high-diving stunt at the circus.

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  • Moon Monsters

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  • Harry Danvers
  • Trina, fattest lady in the world
  • Rinaldo, sword-swallower
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Synopsis for "The Lizard of Fire"

Green Lantern and Doiby take on the Lizard, an arsonist in a reptilian costume. The villain tries to extort money from wealthy industrialists by unleashing his swarm of mythological fiery salamanders on their properties whenever it rains. After being captured and seeing how the Lizard stores the flaming pests, GL figures out they weren't real, they were made of "metallic sodium" that burns when it gets wet, explaining why the Lizard only planned his strikes on rainy days. After one last clash, the duo manage to catch the Lizard. Yet because of all the flying around they've done in rain, Green Lantern and Doiby catch colds.

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Synopsis for "The Jewel of Hope"

Green Lantern and Doiby Dickles fly to a tiny island off the African coast to investigate radio signal-scrambling. They rescue Kaveu, a man that was a member of a Native African secret society, the Society of the Shark. After GL flies him back to civilization, Kaveu drops a smoke bomb to escape Green Lantern's interference in his nefarious plans. Kaveu tries to form a gang to steal a valuable jewel; he joined the Society of the Shark in the first place to learn more about it. Doiby witnesses this underworld meeting and attacks the crooks, but gets overwhelmed. Kaveu is about to shoot the cabbie when he has a strange attack that he refuses to let the other crooks see, a menacing mark appearing on his face. This allows Doiby to get free and fire the signal rocket to call Green Lantern.

Kaveu's gang gets away with the Jewel of Hope, but an astral projection of a shaman from the Shark Society appears to give Kaveu a last warning to give up the jewel or he'll suffer their curse. His gang discovers the power of the jewel; it transforms into whatever the user hopes for, like a magic compass so GL and Doiby can chase the gang down. Their car crashes and they flee into an aquarium, which turns out to be a fitting location because Kaveu's fate for betraying the Shark Society is to go from a man to a shark. The Jewel of Hope goes missing in the scuffle, but an innocent child finds it and it turns into a badge.

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  • Kaveu

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  • Malie (an African Native secret society)

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Notes

  • Published by Jolaine Publications, Inc.
  • The first story implies that the Earth's Moon has a breathable atmosphere and is inhabited by monsters. Unlike other JSA stories where extradimensional counterparts to the planets of the Sol System are inhabited, this is actually our moon. At this point in time, there was no proof that other planets were lifeless; therefore, inhabited Sol System planets were common in the fiction of that period. In the Real World, our moon was visited by the first time in 1969, 24 years after the publication of this issue.
    • The same story implies that the Selenites were a Earth race that departed to the moon when Atlantis perished; the text doesn't imply that they are Atlanteans.
    • It also somewhat contradicts Green Lantern #7, which also said the moon was inhabited and had a breathable atmosphere, but both only below the surface.
  • Also appearing in this issue of Green Lantern Quarterly was:
    • "Mutt & Jeff" (newspaper strip reprints) by Al Smith



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