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Showcase (1956) - #60
"War That Shook the Universe!"
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Cover Date: Jan/Feb 1966
Cover Price: US $ 0.12

Issue Tagline: presents THE MOST EXCITING COMIC BOOK EVENT OF THE PAST 20 YEARS! The Triumphant Return of The SPECTRE! A combat of colossal chills between the GHOSTLY GUARDIAN and a DARK DEMON in a full-length SPECTRE-ACULAR . . . "The WAR THAT SHOOK the UNIVERSE!"

Format: Color; Standard Comic Issue

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Ebenezer Olcott has died and his daughter Millicent (Myra) Olcott, an impoverished secretary, has hired psychometrist Stefan Miklos and police detective Jim Corrigan to find his fortune. Corrigan, a new streak of white in his hair, laments that he has been unable to contact the Spectre, who could make the job easy, for twenty years and does not know why.

During a seance with Stefan, Millicent, and a medium, the Spectre is released from Corrigan's body.
After defeating petty mobsters Rocks Parker and Tuffy Cooper, whose rival gangs have teamed up to kill Jim Corrigan, the Spectre finds the Olcott fortune and seeks to learn the cause of imprisonment.

While the Spectre seeks the source of a mystic disturbance, Jim Corrigan tracks the stragglers of the two gangs to the hideout of the Adirondack Gang, where he is seized by one of the mobsters. Corrigan is rescued by the Spectre, who is uncontrollably pulled back into his body, but not before the Spectre tells him that Paul Nevers is the source of the disturbance trapping him inside Jim. Corrigan tracks Nevers down and finds his hand irresistibly drawn to shoot Nevers in cold blood, tossing the gun aside to stop himself.

Azmodus is released from the body of Paul Nevers, revealing that the Spectre's inability to leave Corrigan's body was tied to his recently ended imprisonment on the world of Tholagga, and battles the Spectre on the astral plane while Corrigan and Nevers fight fisticuffs on earth.

After draining Azmodus's power, the Spectre places him in suspended animation.

Reprinted/Collected in:
Adventure Comics (1938) #491
Showcase Presents: The Spectre (2012) TPB vol. 01

As the title suggests, this is "return" of the Spectre to the DCU. The question one has to ask, though, is what part of the DCU is the Spectre inhabiting? Is it Earth 1 or Earth 2? Don't expect the story to give you much help finding out. It could be either. On the one hand, the character isn't completely re-invented, as most virtually every "minor" hero of the Golden Age was if they wanted to make it to Schwartz' Earth 1. On the other hand, the Spectre is inexplicably more powerful than he was in his last appearance, 21 years earlier. Still, he's returned to a level of power similar to what he had at the very start of his Golden Age run. Add in the fact that the Spectre is shown in the 21st century to remember the events of Crisis on Infinite Earths, and it's easy to imagine that he's actually above discussion of whether he exists on one Earth or the other. He simply exists, period.

Still, the inclusion of yet another hero of the Golden Age in Showcase gives rise to the thought that the magazine is increasingly being used to revive fairly obscure heroes from the past more or less as they used to be. Ironic, really, for a title that is today most famous for giving us brand new versions of the Flash and Atom.

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