- 1 Synopsis for "The Origin of Doctor Fate"
- 2 Appearing in "The Origin of Doctor Fate"
- 3 Synopsis for "The Enchantress of Terror Castle"
- 4 Appearing in "The Enchantress of Terror Castle"
- 5 Synopsis for "I Was the Man with Animal Powers"
- 6 Appearing in "I Was the Man with Animal Powers"
- 7 Synopsis for "The Amazing Congorilla"
- 8 Appearing in "The Amazing Congorilla"
- 9 Synopsis for "Call Him Satan—Call Him Saint!"
- 10 Appearing in "Call Him Satan—Call Him Saint!"
- 11 Synopsis for "The Origin of the Bizarro World"
- 12 Appearing in "The Origin of the Bizarro World"
- 13 Synopsis for "The Spectre"
- 14 Appearing in "The Spectre"
- 15 Synopsis for "The Spectre Strikes"
- 16 Appearing in "The Spectre Strikes"
- 17 Notes
- 18 See Also
- 19 Links and References
Synopsis for "The Origin of Doctor Fate"
This story is reprinted from More Fun Comics #67.
As a young child, Kent Nelson was exploring Mesopotamia with his father. Sven Nelson was an archaeologist who believed that the Pyramids were not created by Egyptians, but by beings from another planet. Kent wandered off alone and found a statue of Nabu the Wise, who telepathically signaled him to operate a nearby lever. This brought Nabu back to life, but also released poisonous gas that killed Kent's father. To repay him for his loss, Nabu promises to teach the young child the secrets of the universe. He said that through learning molecular control of his body he had grown to almost half a million years old, and was born on the planet Cilia as it passed Earth in orbit. Nabu raises Kent into a young man, and taught him skills such as levitation and telekinesis. Believing that he was finished with his training, Nabu told Kent that his mission was to do good and fight against evil, and Nabu passed on his amulet, cloak and helmet to young Kent.
In the present day Kent Nelson and Inza Cramer are attending a dinner party in New York City, where they meet a man who believes he is being haunted. The man is a believer in reincarnation and had made a pact with several friends to help them return to life in case of their death, but finds that their spirits are now trying to claim his soul. Kent returns to his tower in Salem, and comes back as Doctor Fate. Driving the ghosts back easily, he realizes he must stop them at their source by visiting the underworld of Charn. Negal is the ruler of this realm, and he prepares to attack the doctor until Fate demonstrates his great powers and the demon is forced to surrender.
Appearing in "The Origin of Doctor Fate"
- Negal, Ruler of Charn (First appearance)
- a shadow being
- Sven Nelson (First appearance; dies)
- New York City
- Charn, a netherworld
Synopsis for "The Enchantress of Terror Castle"
This story is reprinted from Strange Adventures #187.
Artist June Moone and her boyfriend Alan Dale attend a party at the mysterious Terror Castle. When an ancient gong is sounded by one of the guests, mayhem ensues. June stumbles into a secret chamber where she encounters a mystical being. The being tells her that she has a greater destiny. It tells her to speak the words "the Enchantress" which transforms June into the mystical-powered Enchantress.
The Enchantress returns to the party which has become a chaotic scramble. An evil presence haunting the castle threatens guests, striking at them through a tapestry. The Enchantress restores order, unblocking the doors, and getting the guests to safety. While the castle crumbles into dust, she returns to her June Moone identity and rejoins Alan.
Appearing in "The Enchantress of Terror Castle"
- Enchantress (First appearance)
- Unnamed evil presence (Single appearance)
- Charlie (Single appearance)
- Terror Castle
Synopsis for "I Was the Man with Animal Powers"
This story is reprinted from Strange Adventures #180.
Buddy Baker, a meek mild-mannered mouse of a man, gains superhuman abilities when his body is exposed to the radiation from a crashed alien spacecraft. He is in the countryside on a hunting trip with his friend Roger Denning, when he finds himself attacked by all manner of strange beasts. A circus train has derailed, and the animals have escaped. Beset by tigers and gorillas and elephants, Buddy finds himself able to harness the powers of each creature and use them against each other. He agrees to help the local professionals track down and recapture the animals. Amidst the chaos, the alien life form who came to Earth attacks a nearby town. Buddy takes it as his responsibility to stop the monster at all costs, and finds that it has powers rivaling his own. In the middle of the fight, his animal enhancements begin to fade, and he is forced to flee. Regrouping, he tries a new approach. Buddy gets a mouse, and brings it to the extraterrestrial, enforcing timid and meek characteristics onto it. Now that it's afraid of him, he backs it off of a cliff and it plunges to its death. Buddy is proclaimed a hero in all of the local papers for his daring triumph. Back at home, he is trying to work up the courage to ask his girlfriend Ellen to marry him. Mustering up as much bravery as he can, he proposes... she accepts, and he promptly faints into her arms.
Appearing in "I Was the Man with Animal Powers"
- Buddy Baker (First appearance)
- Roger Denning (First appearance)
- Alien Monster
- Ellen Frazier (First appearance)
Synopsis for "The Amazing Congorilla"
This story is reprinted from Action Comics #248.
Congo Bill is summoned by a native of a village he is approaching and told that the village chieftan and medicine man, Kawolo, who is also a dear friend of Bill's, has fallen down a cliff and lies precariously on a ledge. Bill repels down to Kawolo and extracts him from the ledge and returns him to his village. Kawolo senses he is not long for this life and gives his friend, Congo Bill, a magic ring that will allow Bill, upon rubbing the ring, to change identities with the tribes god, the Golden Gorilla. He is told that during the transformation, his mind will reside in the gorilla, allowing him to use the god's strength for an hour, and the mind of the gorilla will reside in the body of Bill. A week after Kawolo's burial, Bill is exploring a cave system when a cave-in traps him. Bill decides to try the ring, though he doesn't expect it to actually work, and just as Kawolo said, Bill switches identities with the Golden Gorilla. On his way to clear the mouth of the cave, he sees an actress, part of a movie set filming a jungle scene, being stalked by a leopard. He chases the leopard away, but the director wants to capture him for use in his movie. During his tussle with the movie crew, the Golden Gorilla falls and hits his head and is knocked unconscious. When he awakens, he finds himself in a mobile cage. He causes the cage to roll down a hill and gets the door open, fleeing his captors. He steals the crew's airplane, but has the plane's engine shot by the crew. He then parachutes out and makes his way to the cave, where his body is still trapped, and frees himself. The movie crew comes running up just after Bill has regained his human form and he tells them that the gorilla had run off.
Appearing in "The Amazing Congorilla"
- Movie Set Director, Cast and Crew
- Single-Prop Airplane
Synopsis for "Call Him Satan—Call Him Saint!"
This story is reprinted from All-Star Western (Volume 2) #3.
Appearing in "Call Him Satan—Call Him Saint!"
Synopsis for "The Origin of the Bizarro World"
This story is reprinted from World's Finest #181.
When an experimental duplicator ray was used on Superman, an imperfect duplicate known as Bizarro was created. A Bizarro duplicate of Lois Lane was also created to keep Bizarro company. The couple left Earth and founded Bizarro World, a planet populated by duplicates of themselves created with an imitator machine. The Bizarro planet was changed into a cube shape, and the Bizarros adopted a code to do the opposite of all Earthly things.
Appearing in "The Origin of the Bizarro World"
- Superman (Flashback only)
- Bizarro Lois Lane (Flashback only)
- Bizarro, Jr.
- Bizarro Jimmy Olsen
- Bizarro Perry White
- Bizarro Lana Lang
- Bizarro Lex Luthor
- Bizarro Krypto
- Bizarro Lucy Lane
- Bizarro Kltpzyxm
Synopsis for "The Spectre"
This story is reprinted from More Fun Comics #52.
Detective Jim Corrigan is murdered by gangster "Gat" Benson, then is resurrected by The Voice and supernaturally empowered as The Spectre.
Appearing in "The Spectre"
- Wayne Grant (First appearance)
Synopsis for "The Spectre Strikes"
This story is reprinted from More Fun Comics #53.
Jim Corrigan, having recently been restored to life as the Spectre, enters the warehouse where his killers hold Clarice Winston. Corrigan frightens one man to death and touches two others, reducing them to a pile of bones. Clarice has been shot during the scuffle, but Jim revives her with a touch. Finally he summons the police. When the police arrive, Jim restores the hoods to life and turns them over to the police.
Because he is not truly alive, Jim does not tell Clarice what happened. Instead he breaks off his engagement with her and makes a clean start. At his boarding-house room, with needle and thread, he fashions a green and white costume for himself, and begins his mission as the Spectre.
Appearing in "The Spectre Strikes"
- "The Origin of Doctor Fate" is incorrectly listed in the table of contents as coming from More Fun Comics #55.
- This entire issue was reprinted in DC Universe: Secret Origins.