Metamorpho [Rex Mason]; Simon Stagg; Sapphire Stagg; Java; Edifice K. Bulwark
Metamorpho and Simon Stagg argue and Metamorpho and Sapphire leave to have Christmas in the tropics.
from Metamorpho (DC, 1965 series) #5 (March-April 1966) [N&B et recadré [B&W and reframed]], #5 (March-April 1966) [N&B et recadré [B&W and reframed]], #5 (March-April 1966) [N&B et recadré [B&W and reframed]]
Les 3 chapitres originaux sont réunis en une seule histoire. [The 3 original chapters are merged into a single story.]
A journalist convinces the public that an amnesiac alien is a menace in order to make a better story. When the alien recovers, it says that it had come to share advanced technology with the humans, but it is disgusted by the journalist’s lies and the people’s violence and leaves.
A criminal steals a strange clock from an old man, but finds that it is cursed. He cannot put it down without pain, but he ages rapidly as he holds it. He believes that returning the clock will cure him, leaving him to choose between rapid death, pain or jail.
A cowardly space pilot flees a battle until his spaceship runs out of power and he crashes into a bog on an Earth-like planet. He finds himself in a place similar to 15th-century Spain, complete with a sailor who is attempting to prove the planet round with a voyage around the globe. The space pilot thinks this is a sure bet to gain fame and fortune so he arranges to exchange places with the sailor and head out to sea. Unfortunately for him, the planet he has crash landed upon does indeed turn out to be flat.
A man sees mannequins move during the business hours of the store, and stays until closing. When the mannequins step down from their positions he berates them for nearly being caught, since he was another living mannequin all along.
The producers of an oddities exhibit strike it rich when a suspended hand appears in their booth. The more honest one discovers that the hand is part of a stranded extra-dimensional being and frees it, enraging his crooked partner, who takes the profits and leaves, leaving his partner to collect a reward in gold from the being.
Bob Brown (uncredited); Wally Wood (uncredited assist)
Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Rocky Davis; Prof Haley; Red Ryan]; June Robbins; The Gargoyle
June proposes a contest to determine the leader of the Challengers. She gives them each a gift to help them get the Gargoyle. Ace uses his hour-glass to escape from a robot pterodactyl and parachute into the castle. Underwater, Ace uses the ink of his pen to blind a minisub, but needs Ace to rescue him. Red rappels down the mountain and uses his key to grind the gears of a giant robot hand, but he's knocked out and Ace rescues him too. Rocky uses his balloon as a slingshot against a gorilla, but he too needs Ace's help. June crowns Ace the leader because he used his gift and saved the others.