"Challengers of the Unknown: "The Devil's Paradise"": Somewhere in the "Third World," a showdown between the USA and the USSR is looming, threatening nuclear war. Henry Kissinger is dispatched to lead peace talks, but his airplane hits turbulence in the [[Bermuda
Appearing in Challengers of the Unknown: "The Devil's Paradise"
- Island dwellers
- Gerald Ford
- Five-horned beasts
- Challengers' Plane
Synopsis for Challengers of the Unknown: "The Devil's Paradise"
Somewhere in the "Third World," a showdown between the USA and the USSR is looming, threatening nuclear war. Henry Kissinger is dispatched to lead peace talks, but his airplane hits turbulence in the Bermuda Triangle and vanishes. President Ford meets with June Robbins and asks her to summon the Challengers of the Unknown to find Kissinger.
The Challengers fly their new plane to the Bermuda Triangle. They encounte a "vibration field" that tosses them into another dimension, where they manage to land on an island peopled with warriors riding strange multi-horned beasts. Vibrations from these beasts' horns knock the Challengers unconsious. When the Challengers awake, they find themselves in a prison cell with Kissinger, who explains that the vibration field that keeps the island invisible emanates from the beasts' horns. This field also causes the inhabitants to be immortal; they originally arrived in many different historical eras.
The warriors' tribunal decrees that the Challengers must either remain on the island or die. The Challengers fight back, are defeated, and are locked in their cell again. Using electronic gadgets hidden in their boot heels, the Challengers shatter the cell bars and slip from the castle. The warriors track them down and attack. Meanwhile, Prof. Haley uses a gadget to negates the brain-numbing horn vibrations. The Challengers fight while Kissinger swings his briefcase, and escape to the jet. "Ace" Morgan pilots the jet through the vibration field, returning to Florida. Kissinger tells the Challengers that the world should learn a lesson from the diverse warriors who have banded together on the mysterious island: "If only our world could band together against one common enemy -- and have that enemy be war itself!"
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Synopsis for Doom Patrol: "The Terrible Secret of Negative Man"
This story is reprinted from Doom Patrol #87.
An airplane carrying French movie star Mademoiselle Soullet is about to crash because the pilot has suffered a heart attack and the plane is almost out of fuel. Before they can talk Soullet into landing the plane, it is instead rescued by the combined efforts of the Doom Patrol. When Soullet asks Larry to accompany her home, this causes Rita to become jealous of the attention the French starlet is showing towards him. However unknown to the Doom Patrol, "Soullet" is really their foe Madame Rouge of the Brotherhood of Evil, who intends to use Larry's Negative Man abilities for their own personal gain, using the Soullet guise to manipulate the hero.
At Doom Patrol headquarters, the Chief replaces the radioactive bandages that are used to keep Larry's powers in check and he later tells the other members that he is going to show Soullet around the city as she doesn't know anyone in town, this also irks Rita. Soullet takes Larry to the abandoned grounds of the 1950 World's Fair where she tells him that her father was a famous inventor and that his patents were all destroyed, however the only remaining copies of his inventions were burred in a time capsule on the fair grounds. She asks Larry to use his Negative Man powers to penetrate the capsule and take pictures of the inventions so that she may secure the patents, a request that Larry is more than happy to comply with.
The device, a machine that can increase the size of small objects is what the Brotherhood of Evil seeks to collect and replicate. With her mission a success, Madame Rouge is joined by her leader the Brain and Monsieur Mallah, who work together to recreate the ray. When Rita stumbles upon this plot, she decides to expose to Larry that Soullet is really their enemy Rouge. However, she is captured by the Brotherhood and Larry is forced to comply with their command anyway: Putting toy soldiers and tanks around Federal Reserve. Aboard a helicopter, the Brotherhood would then use their growing device to make the toy soldiers and tanks grow to proportionate sizes of the real objects they have been crafted after. Fully functional, under the Brotherhood's control, these automatons break into the reserve in an attempt to steal it's supply of gold.
At Doom Patrol headquarters, the Chief explains to Robotman that he was suspicious of "Mademoiselle Soullet" from the start and had Larry play along to see what he game was, he then send Robotman to join his friends. Larry and Rita are set free after the Brotherhood manages to steal the gold. Larry realizes that there is only one way to stop the automatons from making off with the stolen loot. Removing his bandages, he reveals that he is completely radioactive (making his skin transparent) using the rays from his own body deactivates all the toy soldiers and tanks that are being operated by remote control. However a manually operated tank is unaffected, and Larry is saved at the last minute by the timely arrival of Robotman.
Madame Rouge and one of her cohorts try to get away, however are easily captured by Robotman when her sleep gas bomb fails to affect him. Later they show her that the device that they used had a flaw and that eventually whatever they used the ray on would eventually decompose. After the battle is over, Rita expresses that she is glad Larry is okay.
- This book was first published on September 30, 1976.
- "The Devil's Paradise" is a new story. It is the first non-reprint appearance of the Challengers of the Unknown since Challengers of the Unknown #75 (1970).
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