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Showcase (1956) - #56
"presents Doctor FATE and HOURMAN"
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Cover Date: May/Jun 1965
Cover Price: US $ 0.12

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Format: Color; Standard Comic Issue

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Reprinted/Collected in:
Crisis on Multiple Earths: The Team-Ups (2005) TPB vol. 01

Cover calls this duo "THE SUPER-TEAM SUPREME", a name which seems to have failed to catch on.

A pivotal issue in the chronology of the DC universe, because it carries on with continuity established as far back as All-Star Comics #22, and yet serves as pre-cursor for the Crisis on Infinite Earths, as well as Infinite Crisis. While most of this has to do with the mere presence of the Psycho-Pirate II, there are subtler connective threads, too--principally the relationships seen between Fate, Hourman and their significant others.

If ever you were looking for proof of the significance of Earth 2 to the present DCU, this would be an issue to remember.

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Kent Nelson recovers a set of Medusa Masks on an archaeological dig. The masks are displayed at a party held by Rex Tyler. Rex's fiancee, Wendi Harris, is overcome by greed and steals the masks. Later, she can't recall why she stole them.

The masks are taken by Roger Hayden, a former cellmate of Charley Halstead, the original Psycho-Pirate and former foe of the Justice Society. Hayden becomes the new Psycho-Pirate, using the powers of the masks to give him emotion manipulating powers.

Psycho-Pirate and his gang begin a series of thefts. Dr. Fate and Hourman trail the crook and eventually are led back to Hayden's hide-out. After being tested by a Mask-induced hallucination of his greatest enemy, Wotan, Dr. Fate is able to render himself immune to Hayden's emotion manipulation. After defeating the Psycho-Pirate, Fate then forges a magical mask on Hayden's face to prevent the crook from using his powers in the future.

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