The Dr. Fate story in More Fun 83 (Sept 42) has a lot of supernatural trappings to it, destiny and fortune-telling, but Gardner Fox and Howard Sherman still manage to avoid a mystical story.
As with the issue before, the “two fates” the con men are dealing with is just a scam. And again, Inza and Kent get involved through their friends.
I was surprised when the crystal ball was talked about as if it were some sort of ray machine, but that’s just another example of the systematic removal of all magic from Dr. Fate. You have to wonder why they stuck with the character for so long, instead of just cancelling his series, when they didn’ t want any element of what the character was.
Black Jack makes another appearance in More Fun in this story, strongly cementing his position as Aquaman’s arch-enemy of the Golden Age.
The story has to do with a lost treasure from the time of the Louisiana Purchase. The best part of the story has Aquaman imprisoned in a chest by Black Jack. He summons a variety of sea creatures, not just fish, who manage to open the box and free him. Another boost to his powers.
Black Jack returns in a couple of months.
The Johnny Quick story in this issue has Johnny filling in for a delivery boy who is being harassed by crooks. But it also is the story in which Johnny displays a chest symbol for the first time, and his costume is finally “complete,” thanks to Mort Meskin.
The main part of the story is not Johnny and crooks, rather, it’s Johnny doing delivery boy stuff at super-speed. This kind of story would become more and more frequent as his series went on. I call them “task” stories, as its all about doing the tasks of a given profession, or variety of professions, rather than about solving crimes.