"Green Arrow: "Doom Over Gayland"": At Gayland Amusement Park, three different park stockholders are murdered within a few days. In the famous "Arrowplane" coupe, Green Arrow and Speedy drive to the park late at night, and use the car's catapault to launch Green Arrow into the park manager's off


Quote1.png Those stockholder murders were in alphabetical order! Maybe it was accidental, maybe not .... the criminal mind takes funny turns. If my hunch is correct, Carl Faber's next! Quote2.png
Green Arrow

More Fun Comics #77 is an issue of the series More Fun Comics (Volume 1) with a cover date of March, 1942.

Synopsis for Green Arrow: "Doom Over Gayland"

At Gayland Amusement Park, three different park stockholders are murdered within a few days. In the famous "Arrowplane" coupe, Green Arrow and Speedy drive to the park late at night, and use the car's catapault to launch Green Arrow into the park manager's office window, set high up in a fake medieval tower. Inside is Harlan Sloan, working late into the night. As Green Arrow questions him, outside, Speedy gets into a fight with four acrobat-hoodlums in red devil suits. Green Arrow shoots a slide-line between the tower window and the ground, and swoops into intervene in that fight, which quickly becomes a chase, on the roller-coaster tracks, with Green Arrow driving his Arrowplane in pursuit of the roller-coaster cars. Green Arrow repeats his stunt with the slide-line-arrow, enabling Speedy to slide to safety. The red devils abandon the coaster cars and acrobatically clamber away down the trestlework under the tracks.

Green Arrow forms a hunch about the next victim, and visits the home of a fourth stockholder, Carl Faber, but arrives too late; Faber has left for the park. At the park, they find Faber, rigged up in an overly-elaborate deathtrap on the Parachute Ride, and they use trick arrows to rescue him from that, then check out Harlan Sloan's office. He's missing. But not really, he's hiding behind a secret panel, and now emerges to converse with Faber and the two bowmen. Leaving Faber with Harlan, Green Arrow and Speedy explore the park grounds, and again encounter the four red devils. They quickly and decisively defeat them, hand-to-hand, and then pursue them on foot as the four punks flee. Inside the Fun House, the bad guys are able to trap the archers in a spinning room, and seemingly knock them out. But the heroes were playing possum, and this time they separate one devil from the others, capture him, and dress Green Arrow in his red suit, with its rubber mask. G.A. tries to infiltrate the gang. This doesn't work, Green Arrow and Speedy are soon knocked out again, and loaded into a gigantic twin-barrel circus cannon. The new plan is to shoot them into the House of Swords, right next to the Crocodile Pen.

By the time the heroes have escaped this combination of perils, the State Police have arrived, but are having a hard time cornering the acrobatic red devils. Green Arrow snags the lot of them with a weighted bolo arrow. Then Green Arrow plays his main hunch, calling Harlan Sloan's office, and tricking him into attempting to flee with a briefcase full of incriminating evidence. It turns out there was an oil deposit under the amusement park, and Sloan had planned to be the sole owner.

Green Arrow and Speedy take one of the rubber red devil masks for Oliver Queen's trophy room.

Appearing in Green Arrow: "Doom Over Gayland"

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Antagonists:

  • Harlan Sloan
    • four "devils" ("Trigger", "Circus Joe", two others)

Other Characters:

  • Henry Andrews (found dead)
  • George Beecham (found dead)
  • unnamed third man (found dead)
  • Police Commissioner
  • Carl Faber's houseboy
  • Carl Faber

Locations:

  • Gayland Amusement Park

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Synopsis for Doctor Fate: "Art for Crime's Sake"

When a couple of friends of Inza "Sanders" buy an ancient picture, an art collector learns that it is a legendary picture which acts as a portal from the real world to the world inside the picture and he tricks Inza's friends into going inside, so that he could steal the picture. Doctor Fate shows up at the place and goes into the painting, where he confronts a giant to save Inza's friends. Outside, the art collector burns the painting, hoping to get rid of Doctor Fate, but all he manages to do is destroy the world inside the painting, including the giant, saving Fate and the others, who return to the real world and stop the criminal.

Appearing in Doctor Fate: "Art for Crime's Sake"

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Antagonists:

  • Mr. Uhlan (Single appearance)
  • Giant (Only appearance; dies)

Other Characters:

  • Bill and Betsy Brown (Single appearance)
  • Carvel Gresham (Single appearance)

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Synopsis for Radio Squad: "The Blackout Burglary"


Appearing in Radio Squad: "The Blackout Burglary"

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Synopsis for Aquaman: "Freedom of the Seas"


Appearing in Aquaman: "Freedom of the Seas"

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Other Characters:

  • Dawn Burton
  • Senator Burton
  • Police Captain Blaney
  • Dawn's young suitor

Vehicles:

  • The "Rajah of Joon"s gambling ship (sinks)

Synopsis for Johnny Quick: "The Wizard of Weapons"


Appearing in Johnny Quick: "The Wizard of Weapons"

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Antagonists:

  • Mr. Douglas (a fencing instructor)
  • Frenchy and Dixie Gorgan (henchmen)

Other Characters:

  • Tom Mason

Synopsis for The Spectre: "Death Rules the Elements"

Strange happenings involving the four elements take place (a swimming pool dries up, a fireproof building burns down, everyone on an entire block dies of suffocation). The common thread is the word "Maligno" burnt somewhere into the scene of the disturbance. A wind blows a ransom note threatening more disasters unless he's paid off into the police chief's window, and Jim Corrigan tries to follow it as the Spectre, but "the spectral sprite" discovers nothing as he tries to follow the winds. A visit to a reservoir that suddenly dried up without reason leads to a confrontation with a demonic hooded figured, Maligno himself, but the evil genius shrinks out of sight.

A professor Hunt contacts Corrigan and reveals his suspicions that Maligno is really his former assistant, Marvin Joyce, just before Hunt is consumed in a smoky haze. Corrigan visits Marvin Joyce's fiancee Louise to question her, only for the girl to be whisked off through the window by a hurricane. The Spectre pursues but Maligno conjures an entire planet in his way! He returns to find that Maligno's being given his ransom, but Corrigan is to go along and capture him. The henchmen shoot Corrigan and shove him out of their car, but he's already dead and follows as the Spectre. At the hideout he and Maligno battle again, their struggle reaching the clouds, but the Spectre sends Maligno falling back to Earth, where he shrivels down to reveal he was really Professor Hunt before dying.

Appearing in The Spectre: "Death Rules the Elements"

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Supporting Characters:

  • The police chief of Cliffland

Antagonists:

  • Maligno
    • his gang (incl. Professor Hunt)

Other Characters:

  • Marvin Joyce and Louise Turner (a research assistant and his fiancee)

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