""O'Ryan Gang and the Deep Six"": Seagrin, an oceanic New God, is found murdered by the police and Orion. He deduces that forces from Apokolips have found a way of screening their operations from a Mother Box. To find the "jammer", he enlists the help of his four new friends from Earth
- Oh, how heroes love to flaunt their nobility in the face of death! Yet they know better than most that war is but the cold game of the butcher!
- — Darkseid
Appearing in "O'Ryan Gang and the Deep Six"
- Ray Johnson (Single appearance)
- Seagrin (Only appearance; dies)
- Verna Johnson (Single appearance)
Synopsis for "O'Ryan Gang and the Deep Six"
Seagrin, an oceanic New God, is found murdered by the police and Orion. He deduces that forces from Apokolips have found a way of screening their operations from a Mother Box. To find the "jammer", he enlists the help of his four new friends from Earth, calls himself "O'Ryan", and sends them to infiltrate Inter-Gang. They do so, and trick the Inter-Gangsters into exposing the jammer device. Orion destroys it, then seeks out the Deep Six, the murderers of Seagrin, and is caught by Slig, one of the Deep Six members.
Appearing in "The Secret of the Buzzard's Revenge!"
- Manhunter (Rick Nelson) (First appearance)
- The Buzzard (First appearance)
- his gang
- Inspector Donovan (Only appearance; dies)
- Officer Clancy
- Mrs. Marston (Single appearance)
Synopsis for "The Secret of the Buzzard's Revenge!"
This story is reprinted from Adventure Comics #73.
Rick Nelson returns to Empire City from an African hunting trip, and throws a big party as his fashionable apartment. His old friend Inspector Donovan confides in him that a new screwball criminal has been plundering the city, with impunity. Meanwhile the swing music on the radio breaks off and a breathless announcer warns the public that the Buzzard has been sighted ... From behind the announcer is knocked unconscious, as the Buzzard takes over the microphone and broadcasts his challenge to the entire city: he's here to loot it at will, and none of them can stop him!
Donovan leaves the party to go deal with this emergency. On his way out, Inspector Donovan compares big game hunting with crime fighting, giving Rick some things to consider as he dances with Gloria. Soon, elsewhere in the city, Donovan and his cops pursue the Buzzard, shooting as they go. He climbs and leaps and leads them onto some rooftops, then onto a particular roof, where he activates a trap door, dropping them all down a shaft in the middle of the building. None survive.
The next morning, Rick Nelson reads about Donovan's death, and swears to avenge it. By that evening, he's got a costume and a new identity. That night Manhunter takes to the streets of Empire City. Through the open window of a police car, he hears the Buzzard, taking over the police dispatch radio channel and taunting them about it, then describing a crime he intends to commit. Police all go zipping away toward the announced location, but Manhunter races to the opposite side of town. Some local newsboys have seen the Buzzard, on the roof of Mrs. Stanton's big, old, gloomy mansion; Manhunter gets directions then closes in. He gets inside ahead of the Buzzard, and sets a snare. Soon the elusive criminal is dangling upside down above the floor. He challenges Manhunter to fight him fair and square; Manhunter impulsively releases him then steps in for a fistfight. Reinforcements for the Buzzard run into the room, four thugs, they dogpile Manhunter and quickly tie him up.
Then the wealthy Widow Marston is brought into the room. The Buzzard wants her to rewrite her will, in favor of Hugo Van Beck, but the old lady defies him, figuring she's dead either way. And while the Buzzard is trying to intimidate her, he steps in a little too close, and she just snatches that ugly mask right off his ugly head! By this time Manhunter has worked his way loose, and starts taking out the distracted hoodlums one by one, until he works his way back to their boss, and punches him out.
The next morning a big game cage is delivered to Police Headquarters, containing the Buzzard and his henchmen.
- This issue is reprinted in New Gods (Volume 2) #2, Jack Kirby's New Gods and Jack Kirby's Fourth World Omnibus Vol. 1.
- No trivia.