Adventure 102 (Feb-March 1946) marked the end of an era. All the series running ended in this issue, with the exception of Shining Knight, and the line-up from More Fun Comics moved over as that book became devoted to “funny” series.
I’m not sure what made the Shining Knight worth keeping. Few of his stories impressed me to date. But I’m glad he stuck around, as the best of his run was still to come.
Sandman’s final story deals with an urban planner, Peter Green, who “dreams” of building safe areas for children to play in, but is being blocked by the slum lords who own the decrepit buildings he wants torn down.
Sandman and Sandy come to his aid, defeat the evil building owners, and rejoice with Peter and the kids in their new playground.
Sandman would return in a mid-60s Justice League/Justice Society crossover, but Sandy would have to wait till the 70s, when we would learn that, shortly after the events in this story, Wes was working on a new, silicon-based gun, which exploded. Sandy was transformed into a monster, and, in grief, Wes ditched the yellow and purple Sandman outfit. In all later appearances, Sandman is back to his classic look, with the gas mask.
In his final story, Starman deals with some arsonists who try to blame a meteor for the destruction of their building. It’s not a really great idea, and Starman takes little time to prove that they are lying.
I do like the ironic touch of the actual meteor helping snag the bad guy for Starman, but that’s about the only noteworthy thing in the tale.
Later continuity would demand that this, and the other last couple of years of Starman stories, had all happened earlier, as Ted Knight was one of the developers of the atomic bomb, and had a breakdown after its use.
Starman would return in the second Justice League/Justice Society crossover.
Genius Jones spends his final adventure helping a very confused man about to be cheated out of his inheritance by his foster-nephew (is that even a relationship?), due to his aunt’s complex will, and a belief running through this tale that there is a day of the week called Grunday.
Genius Jones would not appear again for over 50 years, but still looks and dresses exactly the same way when he returns in the Dr. 13 story in Tales of the Unexpected. He had been in comic book limbo the entire time. And likely is back there now.
The last instalment of Mike Gibbs, Guerilla sees him parachute into China to help them against the Japanese, still wearing the green coat and fedora. Thinking about it, that’s actually pretty impressive, I don’t think most people can keep a fedora on while parachuting.
He does look marginally more military by the end of the story, the most he has looked in the entire run of his series. The war was over by this time, of course, but these stories would have been written before that was known.
Although he is credited with great achievements, that hat and coat just drive me nuts, and as he made no further appearances, I have decided that after the war he opened a men’s clothing store selling only green coats and went bankrupt.