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"Green Lantern Versus the Harlequin": Alan Scott and Molly Mayne heatedly discuss the dynamic between their alter egos. Molly bets Alan dinner that the Harlequin will get Green Lantern to help her commit a crime before the end of the day. An old lady catches a ride in Doiby's cab, asks about the

Green Lantern #29 is an issue of the series Green Lantern (Volume 1) with a cover date of December, 1947.

Synopsis for "Green Lantern Versus the Harlequin"

Alan Scott and Molly Mayne heatedly discuss the dynamic between their alter egos. Molly bets Alan dinner that the Harlequin will get Green Lantern to help her commit a crime before the end of the day. An old lady catches a ride in Doiby's cab, asks about the flare gun he uses to call Green Lantern, and fires it off against his wishes. This turns out to be a good thing as a bank robbery's taking place not far from where Doiby stopped off, but when Green Lantern rescues the old lady from being run over by the gangsters' car she drops her disguise and reveals herself as the Harlequin, with a valise actually full of stolen money. Which, she says, means that on a technicality he helped her commit a crime. After freeing GL the Harlequin drives through town with him, still cuffed, convincing everyone who sees them that the hero's gone bad. At her gang's windmill hideout she refuses to let them kill Green Lantern, saying he loves her and she knows him better than anyone. Harlequin agrees to let them test this theory by leaving her tied to one of the arms of the windmill, sure that Green Lantern will come save her.

Green Lantern goes along with the gang to commit a robbery, but they pistol-whip the hero and plan to empty their guns into him, not willing to take a chance on the Harlequin's infatuation with him. His protective powers saved Green Lantern from their surprise attack and he easily captures them. He goes to save Harlequin only for the gangsters to tell him the windmill was rigged to explode if its wheel stopped spinning, and there's a terrific blast. Green Lantern had used his ring to launch the windmill into the sky where it exploded harmlessly. He delivers the gang and Harlequin to the police, restoring his reputation, but she escapes from her hospital suite, stalemating the pair again.

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Synopsis for "The Challenge of the Harlequin"

Harlequin's driving out to meet with her gang, only to find herself instead the victim of an ambush by her own minions. After easily surviving, they admit they're unnerved by her pursuit of Green Lantern. She loves him, but the feeling isn't mutual, and being in the employ of an arch-criminal like the Harlequin guarantees Green Lantern will come after the rest of them. She promises to bring Green Lantern down within twenty-four hours, but her gang remains dubious. Meanwhile, Molly Mayne finds herself attending a party alongside Alan Scott, and involved in a game of scavenger hunt, where the two are assigned to bring in each other's alter egos. The pair obligingly switch to their costumed identities, but Harlequin sees Green Lantern and Doiby talking with the beautiful blonde who assigned the players their objectives, and after tailing them to the lighthouse attacks in a jealous rage where she believes she's been spurned for the blonde and knocks Green Lantern out with her wooden mandolin. Harlequin's underlings don't obey her instructions to leave Green Lantern alive, instead throwing him and the other captives into the ocean to drown. He snags a bell buoy with his ring and captures the gang, although the Harlequin stages a daring escape before being delivered to prison.

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Synopsis for "The Harlequin Haunts Green Lantern"

The Harlequin fights her way into the DA's office, saying she'll readily give herself up, but only if Green Lantern agrees to be her defense counsel at her trial. Having made her request, she flees to let Green Lantern hear the news and make up his mind. His answer is quick and decisive: no, he will not defend such a notorious criminal under any circumstances.

Harlequin tries to force the issue by committing brazen crimes to show she's too dangerous to run around free. First she and her new gang steal a shipment of valuable moonstones, hidden under piles of coal, and she takes out Green Lantern with a blow from her wooden mandolin. Next she threatens to rob the funds at the Fortress Building, which suddenly starts toppling over. Green Lantern manages to forces it back up with his ring, but it was only one of Harlequin's illusions: she and her gang were robbing the real Fortress Building while Green Lantern was busy righting an illusory fake.

With pressure from the public to obey Harlequin's demands lest she commit ever more brazen crimes, Green Lantern agrees. But at her trial, demands that he be prosecuted and jailed for aiding a criminal. Harlequin's hirelings have had it with her attempts to woo the hero and spring out of their disguises in the jury box. To save the object of her desire, Harlequin creates an illusion that makes it seem Green Lantern was shot dead but really he was hypnotized into fleeing the room with her. Harlequin escapes capture again, but is at least reassured that Green Lantern's alive and unharmed.

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  • An all Harlequin-issue.



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