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Showcase (1956) - #61
"Beyond the Sinister Barrier!"
DC Comics


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  Writer(s):
Gardner F. Fox

Penciller(s):
Murphy Anderson

Inker(s):
Murphy Anderson

Editor(s):
Julius Schwartz

Cover Artist(s):
Murphy Anderson
 

Rating (out of 10):
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Cover Date: Mar/Apr 1966
Cover Price: US $ 0.12

Issue Tagline: They fought for POSSESSION of EARTH--with EARTH ITSELF as the WEAPON!

Format: Color; Standard Comic Issue

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Letters Column: Readers' Rendezvous

Synopsis:
Shathan the Eternal collects shadows that allow him to enter the manifest world, including from spelunker Andre Voisin and big game hunter Olive Morrell, as well as an unidentified Mongolian thief and a window washer in Gateway City, all in exchange for saving the individuals' lives.

Jim Corrigan is present as the window washer falls and lands on his feet, but only the Spectre notices the man's lack of a shadow, and follows him, but is drawn into a spiritual realm inside his body, where he encounters creatures, including Tstahhala of the Hundred Seas and Ahriman of the Windy Worlds, made of the same substance he is, and can therefore hurt him. He makes himself light years large so that their blows pass through the atoms of his body.

At this point, the Spectre goes back in time to learn the origin of Shathan and how he was successfully fought by good men such as Moses, Peter, Buddha, and Mohammed, and to a certain extent, himself, when he defeated Azmodus, Shathan's deputy.

Shathan causes numerous disasters, including breaking cables while Jim Corrigan and a warehouse robber duke it out inside the elevator they suspend, the Spectre saving both their lives as well as fixing a broken bridge that Corrigan is on the following day.

All of this is done to distract the Spectre from the fact that Shathan is present on Earth, and that all those from whom he has bought shadows are now brainwashed into worshiping him.

The Spectre seizes Shathan by the leg, dragging him into outer space, where they can battle without affecting anyone else. The Spectre here can even punch in the opposite direction and have it still hit Shathan because of the curve of the universe.

The Spectre attempts to destroy Shathan by by attempting to engulf him in disasters of the past--October 30, 1961, USSR; June 30, 1908, Siberia; the fireball of 1866, the eruption of Krakatoa on August 21, 1883, but none have any effect until he takes Shathan back to the beginning of the universe, which shatters his body to be dissipated throughout the cosmos. The Spectre than returns Shathan's victims home.

Reprinted/Collected in:
Adventure Comics (1938) #492
Showcase Presents: The Spectre (2012) TPB vol. 01

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Despite the fact that this story is so clearly about the protection of the whole world, it's still unclear whether the globe in question is Earth 1 or Earth 2.

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