Adventure Comics #439, June 1975
The back-up feature is an unpublished saga of the Seven Soldiers of Victory – written in the Golden Age but never rendered and completed until 1975.
Part Three: Green Arrow and Speedy
“Father Time’s Inn!”
Writer: Joseph Samachson, Penciler/Inker: Lee Elias, Editor: Joe Orlando & Paul Levitz
Green Arrow and Speedy enter the Land of Magic in front of Father Time’s Inn. They enter hoping to find a way home. They meet Father Time and his Boarders – heavenly bodies such as stars, moons, planets, etc. All of the Boarders are arguing.
Green Arrow and Speedy stop the erupting brawl, but are themselves knocked out my Mars and Mercury. They escape by turning Father Time’s hourglass upside down, thus reversing time and making the ropes untie themselves. Time goes all the way back to the beginning of Father Time and the heavenly bodies’ argument.
Father Time turns his hourglass back to normal and commands the constellations to attack Green Arrow and Speedy. After GA beats back Sagittarius and Cancer, he offers to help mediate the argument (the sun intentionally hid behind the earth to eclipse the new, shiny crescent moon).
Father Time rewards Green Arrow and Speedy by lending them a comet to return home.
You know, reading through this plot synopsis had me thinking there may be a REASON this story sat in a drawer for thirty years…
The Statement of Ownership says the average number of issues sold were 144,055.
What a coup to have Lee Elias draw this Green Arrow strip! He was GA’s regular artist during his 1959-1964 runs in Adventure Comics and World’s Finest! He is the co-creator of Eclipso … an eclipse was the reason for the argument in the story. Coincidence?
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