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Showcase (1956) - #64
"The Ghost of Ace Chance!"
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Cover Date: Sep/Oct 1966
Cover Price: US $ 0.12

Issue Tagline: OUT OF MY BODY--YOU SQUATTER! Introducing the most Sin-Sensational villain of all time--The GHOST of ACE CHANCE!"

Format: Color; Standard Comic Issue; 32 pages

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Letters Column: Readers' Rendezvous

Ace Chance wants to give up gambling and marry wealthy Mona Marcy, who doesn't even know him, but he owes $10,000 to Booth Cody that he fails to win on a gambling ship. Taking a speedboat back to the city, he is attacked by Cody's men, who throw him in a tank of liquefied natural gas.

Captain of Detectives Jim Corrigan, having received a tip about plans to rob the marine museum nearby hears Chance's calls for help and intervenes, the Spectre entering the tank and retrieving Chance's body, barely alive, although his spirit has already fled. The Spectre enters Chance's body to keep it alive, which recalls Chance's spirit, who takes Corrigan's body because his own is unavailable.

Chance thinks he has a better chance to win Mona Marcy with Corrigan's body, so he takes off. The Spectre literally hands Cody's thugs and the marine museum robbers to the police by increasing to giant size and Chance's body to a hospital.

Chance, in Corrigan's body, quits the police force and beings seeing Mona Marcy, and the Spectre, who can't get in Corrigan's body with Chance's spirit there has to search the world for acts of goodness to recharge his energy, which he finds in the form a a peace corps worker, an American soldier in Vietnam, a religious service, and a hospital.

Having regained his power, The Spectre pulls the ghost of Ace Chance from Corrigan's body. Chance's powers take the battle to Gold Alley of the Alchemists in Prague, where he gathers the forces of basilisks, where Spectre briefly beats him. Chance then takes the Spectre to a second round in the desecrated Cathedral of Secaire in Gascony, where hooded worshipers of evil attack the Spectre with mystic artifacts that can harm him. He defeats them by attacking them with their own altar.

Calling on witches and devils, chance escapes the Spectre's clutches. Summoning a solar boat, Chance takes the Spectre to fight a pagan deity called Soraboru, who looks like a hybrid of Asian and European dragon, which Spectre throws outside the borders of space and time.

Then Spectre grabs Chance and drags him to the hospital, where his body awaits. In fact, Chance has switched bodies on him, putting the illusion of Chance's body on Corrigan's in the hospital bed. the Spectre is tipped of by the table lamp, and recognizing Corrigan's sillhouette, takes Chance's ghost to his actual body and puts him back inside.

Lounging in a chair at Corrigan's house, the Spectre tells Jim that breaking off his relationship with Mona Marcy is his own problem.

Reprinted/Collected in:
Adventure Comics (1938) #493
Showcase Presents: The Spectre (2012) TPB vol. 01

Goof: Spectre refers to a thug as "foolish immortal" rather than "foolish mortal" on page 9.

Letters from Robert Klein, Mike Friedrich, Alan Traherm, and Irene Vartanoff. While Friedrich heavily praised Showcase 60-61, he did not believe that the Spectre was sustainable as a solo character. He went on to write several scripts for the 1967 Spectre solo series.

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From a suggestion by reader Rob Kuchar or West Newton, Pennsylvania, who shows Tom how to make custom decals for model cars using brown paper tape, colored enamel, and clear dope.

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