More Fun 82 – Green Arrow meets Robin Hood, Dr. Fate vs the Lucky One, and Aquaman lives in Atlantis
The first of many, many versions, Green Arrow and Speedy meet Robin Hood in More Fun 82 (Aug 42), which also sees the logo shrink and move to the corner of the cover.
Speedy is the first to travel back in time, popping some experimental “time pills.” Oliver follows quickly after.
The story then has the two heroes join forces with Robin Hood and his Merry Men. As there are no trick arrows yet, Green Arrow is really not much different from Robin Hood in the story. The two would meet again and again over the years, every time as if it were the first.
Gardner Fox and Howard Sherman give Dr. Fate an interesting villain in this story, although his name, the Lucky One, leaves something to be desired.
He runs really large and elaborate cons, convincing people he has great luck. As usual, Kent and Inza learn of him through society friends, and Dr. Fate goes into action.
In the top two panels it really appears that Fate is flying, yet by the bottom of the page he seems unable to do so, in order to avoid the card trap.
Aside from that, this story has much better visuals than any story in while. Still no magic from Fate, but that was far in the past now.
The villain does not appear again, but certainly seems to be cut of the same cloth as later JLA villain Amos Fortune.
Aquaman’s story slightly resembles his fight with the King of the Sargasso Sea, as a man takes kingship on an island of convicts (cleverly called Convict Island).
What makes this story significant is a very brief scene in which Aquaman takes a man he has rescued to his place of residence (apparently). A temple, sealed against the water, in the ruins of ancient Atlantis. Sadly we see almost nothing of the temple, inside or out, or the ruined city. But it is the first mention of Atlantis in the Aquaman series.