Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Atom #31

Atom #31 (On Sale: April 4, 1967) has a nice cover by Gil Kane and Murphy Anderson.

Inside we have "Good Man, Bad Man – Turnabout Thief" by Gardner Fox, Gil Kane and Sid Greene. The Atom stops a gang of crooks that are attempting to rob Ray Palmer's lab. During the battle Mrs. Burns, a cleaning lady, is injured. Ray takes her to the hospital where she is treated with a photonoscope. As she recovers, Mrs. Burns calls out for her son Johnny. At the same time Hawkman and Hawkgirl battle a gang of crooks led by Johnny Burns. In the middle of the fight, Johnny unexpectedly reconsiders his evil ways and reforms. He helps Hawkman defeat his gang and turns himself in.

Later after Atom and Hawkman relate their stories to one another, Hawkman brings Johnny to see his mother. During the reunion, Hawkgirl sends a distress call to Hawkman, who is joined by the Atom in answering the call.

Atom and Hawkman then battle Toyboy, a costumed crook with power over toys. After disabling the crook, they unmask him and discover that it is Johnny Burns.

Edited by Julius Schwartz.

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