|Portsmouth City -The Food and Drug
Administration has announced a rare victory in the war on drugs. Thanks
was given to a new super-hero named Doctor Mid-Nite.
The drug in question is a super-steroid called A39, a
derivative of the extremely dangerous drug Venom which surfaced several
years ago. A39 was created with the belief that it can bring relief to
sufferers of some genetic disorders, including skin disorders related to
severe intolerance for light. However, it has yet to be cleared for use
by the F. D. A.
A39 was first spotted on the streets illegally a few months
ago in Portsmouth City. A l ocal doctor, Pieter Cross, was helping the
F. D. A. track it down, but during the cou rse of his investigations, he
was struck blind. When Cross proved unable to continue the investigation,
the mysterious new Doctor Mid-Nite solved the problem somewhat by accident.
Mid-Nite says that he was trying to catch the kidnappers
of the brilliant scientist Prof essor Atticus Searles. Through traditional
super-heroic methods, he discovered that the kidnappers were on the payroll
of Praeda industries, a local investment company which had been buying
many land holdings on the city's dilapidated east side.
|Mid-Nite managed to discover that Praeda had
created an army of soldiers beefed up b y A39, thus revealing them to be
the source of the illegally manufactured drug. Mid-Nite interrogated the
three owners of Praeda and found out that they planned to precipitate environmental
disaster in order to increase the value of their landholdings in Portsmouth
City. Professor Searles was kidnapped because he had discovered a chemical
formula which would greatly ease the cleanup of oil spills. Searles has
already moved to patent the formula, which proved effective in cleaning
up the disaster that Praeda caused.
Nothing is known of Doctor Mid-Nite. It remains unknown
if he is in any way connected to the original hero of that name. His use
of an owl and of smoke grenades (or, more poetically, "blackout bombs")
would seem to suggest there is a connection, but as yet none has been firmly
The now-former owners of Praeda Industries have been revealed
to be the Terrible Trio, a group of villains that had traditionally operated
out of Gotham City. Known as the Shark, the Fox and the Vulture, the three
generally committed crimes that affected the sea, land and air, a pattern
repeated here as well. Their last known where abouts had been Littleville,
a town which turned superhuman armed conflict into a tourist attraction
until the Green Lantern G'nort discovered that the criminals who worked
there were actually wanted.
Whatever Happened to Journalistic Responsibility?
An Editorial by Perry White
The Daily Planet was founded in 1826. Since then, Metropolis
has weathered earthquakes, floods, and a great fire. It has been leveled
by Doomsday and by Lex Luthor. It has been attacked by Dominators and by
But never, for a single day, did the Planet fail to publish.
I remember my own wedding day like it was yesterday. America
was standing tall after having just bested the Germans and Japanese in
World War II. It was a time when everything seemed possible, when horizons
seemed endless, when hope was strong. A good time to be young and in love.
But it was also a time of hard work. The soldiers coming
back from the front lines hd homes and families to build, and America had
a world to lead, to use its strength to make a safer and more prosperous
world for all.
And in the middle of all this was the press. As long as
we kept publishing, people would be in formed of the news of the day. In
a world before televisions became ubiquitous, newspapers supplied local,
national and international news, sports, entertainment and advice to a
nation that desperately needed it. If the local politicians were stealing
from the till, we were there to uncover it. If a new life-saving medicine
was invented, we were there to tell you about it. We didn't take that lightly.
It was in this atmosphere that Alice and I got married.
Perhaps taking a day off for a wedding and quick honeymoon would have been
an appropriate and romantic thing to do. But I was a journalist, one of
the defenders of our democracy. I didn't take a day off.
Sadly, this message somehow did not filter down to today's
new generation of journalists. My heart brims with happiness at the announced
nuptials of Michael Hutchison, editor in chief of the revered monthly Fanzing.
However, he has chosen to put that ahead of continuous publication, and
with that I cannot empathize. If one wishes to be a journalist, and especially
an editor, he must, in my opinion, treat it as a sacred calling.
I wish Michael and Melinda all the best. But the one month
gap between this issue and the one which will follow is not as big as the
gap in my heart over a generation of journalists who do not truly appreciate
what they do.
Rapper Wrapper Arrested in Hip-Hop Beating
New York -The Wrapper, a former super-hero
who defended Lower Pluxa, is among three men who have been arrested for
violently beating Rappa Funky Kool, a rival artist who mocked his super-hero
name and career.
Wrapper was a member of The Hero Group, which operated
out of Lower Pluxa at the same time that the Global Guardians defended
the neighboring nation of Bialyia. When the Guardians left Bialyia, The
Hero Group split up as well, and Wrapper, a hip-hop artist whose real name
is Saran Saran and who could produce plastic wrap from his fingers, returned
to his native America to pursue a career in rap. While originally shunned
due to the awful pun of his super-hero name, he eventually carved out a
niche for himself and was prepared for a breakthrough when the victim landed
a coveted cameo in an upcoming Will Smith video, an issue believed to have
brought about this latest spate of rap-related violence.
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