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Captain Comet “The Beast from out of Time”
As Adam is an information clerk at a library, it’s quite normal to have people come ask him things, especially as he is quite knowledgeable and can save you the trouble of actually getting a book most times. However when some chick asks him where she can find Captain Comet he doesn’t answer her straight off, instead wanting to find out why she required the hero. She explains that her father, a famous nuclear physicist, had gone missing. So Adam does a quick, ‘oh yeah I had a meeting with him planned, go outside’ and rushes to change.
After they remeet up she tells him she hasn’t gone to the police, as they would never believe her story. Before she explains what happened she explains that she always sat next to her father as he slept, and wrote down what he says. One of the ideas he came up with in his sleep was a time machine, and he became obsessed with making his dream a reality. That morning the man had finished, and when he turned a dial, both he and the machine vanished.
Unsure if her father would be able to return she got Comet. He quickly reads through the scientist’s notes and makes a time machine all his own. He sets the dial to the same year as the man had (50,000 A.D.). The girl goes with him, and they find themselves in the time of the dinosuars! Adam says a circut got crossed and has to fix it before the T-Rex gets them. This time they are greeted by a balding man, who says he has been expecting them, and asks them to follow him.
They are brought to an elderly man, who explains that all is now peaceful, but thirty years ago a comet was going to pass close to Earth killing 4/5ths of the population. Knowing this they sent their brightest minds into different eras to save them. We see the girl’s father as he is being told he won’t recall being from the future after an hour in the past. Now having gone back to his own time his memories of his daughter, and the 1950s had vanished. The girl refused to return, and Adam had to leave before he lost his own memories.
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Huh? okay this must be set before last issue as Adam’s scientist friend is alive again. They are on the roof messing with a telescope when they see the police arriving. They tell the hero and the professor that a criminal has come this way, and while they have Captain Comet there they decide to tell him about the confusing case.
A woman walked up to a man secretly transporting 250,000 in bonds and he was paralyzed and the woman took the briefcase and walked away. Apparently the man is only now becoming able to move again. Comet seems to think there is a connection between the woman and a nova that had just occurred. So he goes to look over the exploding star again. While there he sees a spider bathed in he radiation of the nova. When he turns his back we see the Spider become the woman.
Later he comes across the woman as she is fleeing from another theft of hers. She attempts to paralyze Comet as she had done with the bank man, but he is no normal human and is able to fight through it. He follows her to his friends house, but the only thing in the room is a spider. By pure instinct he knows it isn’t a normal spider and watches as it changes from spider to lizard to woman to a floating brain. She tells him her tale, of how she had been just a normal spider, but the radiation of the nova- heightened by the professor’s machine- had changed her.
While she had been talking Comet was under the ray that had changed her, and he too changed into a brain. She wants to rule the world with him. They will themselves back to human form, and he tells her he would like her better in prettier clothes and so sends her out to shop while he configures the machine to reverse the process. When she returns she is changed back into her true form.
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Oh no! Adam’s scientist friend is dead! This story is the tale of the court case against the murderer- a gorilla from a super race, just as intelligent as ourselves. Comet claims that his friend swapped his brain with that of the primate and it was his body that shot the professor with a gun. He tells the court that he tracked down the killer and switched their bodies back, and now demands justice. Then we see the gorilla’s thoughts. He knows it would be easy enough to get free from the humans with it’s great strength, but doesn’t dare with Comet so near.
So it sends a telepathic impulse to the judge, making him clear the room of most of the crowd, Adam included. Then it makes a break for it. Comet runs in, quickly reads the situation and goes after the beast. Being chased by the cops and the man of the future the gorilla decides to join the criminal underground in order to fight all humans, who it hates. He leads a few men on a crime wave, making them rich in exchange for their help in killing Captain Comet.
One of the men brings Comet to the Gorilla, but he gets them out of the way by tossing money to the other side of the room where thy scramble for it. Then the two both try to strangle the other. It was Comet’s great stamina that allowed him to be the victor of the short struggle. The gang was wrapped up as the bills he had thrown were marked, and the Gorilla went back to jail pending trial.
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A bunch of people have been going missing, and Captain Comet has figured out that the only connecting factor of these missing folks is their remarkable eyesight. As he himself has the keenest vision on Earth they come for him as well, a race of green spacemen. Of course he knows his futuristic body would most likely be able to overcome their ray guns he pretends to be helpless, so he can find the people they have taken.
Adam listens to the mind of the leader and finds out that a star near the planet the kidnappers came from had gone nova, and the radiation was making them go blind. They found Earth and decided to make humans their seeing-eye beings. They were put in a communal building at night, and Adam broke the chains, trying to lead them to a nearby ship. But an alarm was triggered and he told the humans to run for it. He is shot at, but he is unharmed. Then he speaks to the leader of the spacemen, and tells him it was evil and wrong to enslave the humans, and that any intelligent race would be able to adjust. And so the Earthling return home, and we wish the best to the blind aliens.
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A lady Adam works with has been acting oddly lately, so he asks her what is wrong. She tells him a fantastic tale about finding an old family heirloom (a gold ring) on her finger, and how she dreamed she had followed orders from it to build a machine, and the machine was there when she woke. Adam told her he knew someone who could help and came by her place as Captain Comet that night. Once there he was attacked by the beings within the ring, but his body was able to overcome they strange science. Next he shrunk himself down, and allowed himself to be captured as he observed them. Truthfully they never had a chance to invade Earth, as carbon dioxide was poison to them, and the longer Adam was in their world, the sicker they became. Comet agreed to leave, if they swore never to try to control a human again.
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