"The Survivors!": A man with a strange white face decides to transform himself into Christopher Smith, much to the real one's surprise, and declares his intention to conquer the world with similar strange people who call themselves the "Survivors". Only few minutes ago, Smith was inspecting an

Peacemaker #2 is an issue of the series Peacemaker (Volume 1) with a cover date of May, 1967.

Appearing in "The Survivors!"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Marshal Uv (Flashback and main story) (Single appearance)

Antagonists:

  • The Survivors (Flashback and main story) (Single appearance)
    • Beel (Flashback and main story) (Only appearance; dies)
    • Lig (Flashback only) (Only appearance; dies)

Other Characters:

Locations:

Items:

  • Peacemaker's Helmet
  • Peacemaker's Jetpack

Vehicles:

  • Mole machine (Destroyed)

Synopsis for "The Survivors!"

A man with a strange white face decides to transform himself into Christopher Smith, much to the real one's surprise, and declares his intention to conquer the world with similar strange people who call themselves the "Survivors". Only few minutes ago, Smith was inspecting an Eastern European uranium processing facility after the world powers had accepted his nuclear disarmament plan tentatively. Marshal Uv showed him that the complex was not working anymore, but Smith questioned where the workers were. Uv claimed that they were shifted from the facility after it was shut down, but he recognized he was lying as people there were forced to work like slaves in the uranium mines.

After finding the guards pointing their guns at the mine entrance, Smith decided to investigate. Uv stated that it was a restricted area, but he reminded him that he was authorized to inspect anywhere. Investigating further into the mine, he remembered the stories about the men working them becoming mutated, with their hair disappearing entirely and eyes being unable to tolerate light. Spotting a figure in the dark, he assured them he meant no harm, but was soon attacked by the mutated people and restrained. The leader of the mutants revealed he knew Smith and he would serve in furthering his plans, before introducing himself as Beel. As they went further inside, Smith saw a city which Beel stated they had uncovered while digging.

The powerful weapons found in the old city had allowed the mutated miners to overthrow the authority of the troops forcing them to work. Beel also revealed to Smith that the exposure to uranium had granted them powers to shapeshift, and showed him what he looked before being mutated, before stating he had decided to don his appearance. Back in present, Beel tells Smith that the uranium provides them with light, while the reflective surfaces allow a candle's light to magnified many times, providing them with enough warmth. He then shows him a mole machine they have built, adding they used it to create tunnels to conquer every continent. As Smith gets puzzled how they'll defeat the entire world's forces, Beel reminds him about the weapons they discovered earlier.

Realizing Bee's ambitions of conquest are serious, Smith runs off into the maze-like mine and dons his Peacemaker disguise. While trying to find Beel, he soon gets caught in an escapable cage designed by the former masters of the miners. As Beel shows him how the Survivors will disguise themselves as world leaders to further their invasion, it allows Smith to plant an explosive on the cage without being caught. The cage is destroyed, but he is soon overwhelmed by the survivors. As Beel orders them to launch their invasion, the mutants leave Smith alone in excitement. This however allows him an opportunity to destroy the mole machine with a laser-beam. The blast however sets off a chain reaction and he escapes using jetpack.

Outside, Uv gets shocked at the destruction of the mine and wonders what to tell to his nation's Premier. Smith then tells him that he should simply say the inspection team was satisfied that no illegal tests would be conducted there.

Appearing in "The Ultimatum"

Featured Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Premier Gekk (Single appearance) (Flashback and main story)

Other Characters:

  • Christopher Smith's secretary (Flashback and main story)

Locations:

Items:

  • Peacemaker's Jetpack

Vehicles:

  • U-X

Synopsis for "The Ultimatum"

The dictator Premier Gekk shows off his military's weapons to peace envoy Christopher Smith, stating he'll defeat all armies that attack him, while also refusing to listen to his diplomatic words aimed at establishing peace. He then promises that he'll soon see the most indomitable warplane ever built. Sometime ago, Smith had discovered Gekk's military build-up and hurried to his home. Telling the White House that Gekk would be showcasing his arms to the world at a parade in three days in order, he warned them to be ready for any attack, adding he didn't believe Gekk will change his mind even if he tried persuading him. Later at the parade, Smith is struck with awe at the sight of the weapons and worries about Gekk's new warplane.

Back in the present, Gekk states that his new warplanes can travel at 3,000 miles per hour and are equipped with a recoil-less cannon that fire atomic shells. In addition, he states that their guided rockets are tipped with atomic charges and he has a whole fleet of them. As the warplanes arrive, he demands that the United States surrender and tells Smith to deliver the ultimatum to his President. Though the United States is fully prepared to counter the attack, Smith knows they will cause widespread destruction of Gekk's forces and thus heads to his room to don the disguise of the Peacemaker. Flying to the U-X plane using his jetpack, Smith arms the plane's anti-radar system.

The missiles are fired by Gekk's forces when they spot the U-X, but the anti-radar system messes with their targeting system, causing them to land on their own soil. Gekk's new warplanes soon intercept the U-X and the commanding plane fires its guided missiles at the U-X, which Smith destroys with his own plane's missiles. The commanding plane is also destroyed and the squadron pursues the U-X, trying to target it with their atomic cannon. Smith however deftly evades them and causes them to crash. Smith soon knocks out Gekk's ground forces using a noxious gas and radios the UN inspection teams to tell them that Gekk is willing to disarm his troops.

After dealing with Gekk, Smith goes back to his diplomatic career and efforts at persuading world powers to peace. At his private château, his secretary comes to inform him bout the arms report from Central Asia arriving by mail. He tells her that he has already read it and will be sending a stern letter next time.

Appearing in "The Canadian Caper"

Featured Characters:

  • The Fightin' 5
    • Frenchy the Fox
    • Granite Gallero
    • Hank Hennessy
    • Sonya (Joins team)
    • Tom-Tom

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

Other Characters:

Locations:

Items:

  • Belt jets

Vehicles:

  • Convair B-58

Synopsis for "The Canadian Caper"

The Fightin' 5 are sent to investigate the mysterious disappearance of the Americans working at an Arctic radar site and are joined by Sonya, who the CIA accepted despite her being a Soviet. As they get captured by the Red Army, Sonya uses her credentials as an NKVD to gain their trust and frees the others, allowing them to escape with the imprisoned Americans,

Notes

  • This comic issue was published by Charlton Comics, a defunct comic book publishing firm owned by Charlton Publications. DC Comics acquired the rights to most of Charlton's super-hero characters in 1983.
  • The Fightin' 5 were not acquired by DC, therefore the Peacemaker's stories are the only one completely covered here.
  • The issue is reprinted in Peacemaker (Modern) #2.
  • Smith's secretary in "The Ultimatum" is different than Miss Blair, who appeared in Fightin' 5 #40.

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