Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Spotlight:: Adventure Comics #257

Issue: Adventure Comics #257

Title: "The Arrows That Failed!"

Credits: Unknown (writer) Lee Elias (art)

Cover Date: February, 1959

Synopsis: A gang of criminals manage to sneak a strange chemical into Green Arrow and Speedy's quivers during a celebration.

The next day, they commit a brazen robbery. Of course, GA and Speedy arrive to stop them, but the arrows they fire at the gang's car mysteriously veer off course when they get close. Puzzled, GA and Speedy retreat.

Again, the crooks commit a robbery, this time on a furrier, and again the duo's arrows veer off course. Fortunately, Ollie and Roy are able to improvise a bow and arrow from a rubber tube and a street sign, denying the crooks their loot.

For the fourth time, Speedy and GA come against the crooks, but this time they have a surprise, an oven arrow! Seriously, an oven arrow. This cooks off the chemical the crooks has placed on their car, deactivating it. They had apparently stolen the solutions for the police lab. The chemicals were magnetic. The gang had dumped a positively charged batch on the quivers, and then coated their car in the same! Once the arrows got close to the car, they were repelled.

Pretty fancy science for a bunch of petty crooks, eh?

Thoughts: Typical Silver Age plausible sounding science? Check. Bizarre arrows? Check.

Color me satisfied.

Note: I know I said last week that I would continue the GL/GA series, but after having moved a bunch of junk around in preparation for a roommate moving in, your humble correspondent has mixed up all his long boxes. As soon as I locate the proper box, off we'll go!

4 comments:

Rick said...

An oven arrow!!! It sounds silly to me now but I probably would have loved it when I was a kid.

BentonGrey said...

Well, that sounds ULTIMATELY Silver Age. The oven arrow has to be one of the goofiest of his stock.

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