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Special Unlucky 13th ISSUE of "Dial B for BLOG"!

13-themed covers: THIRTEEN #21 by John Stanley, The Shadow #54 with a really big "THIRTEEN" on it, and Star-Spangled Comics #122 introducing DR. THIRTEEN, The Ghost Breaker in "I talked with the dead!" (See item on Dr. 13 below.)

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Starman to Adam Strange:
"What is Rann's new weapon?"


It has nothing to do with the number THIRTEEN, but everyone is talking about Rann's new superweapon. What is it?!!? How does it work? What's so great about it? The modern age Starman recently had the chance to find out. "What the hell is this new super-weapon I keep hearing about?" Starman asked Adam Strange. Read Strange's reply in the panel right.



Superstitious Superheroes (or) Lady Luck is a bitch

UNLUCKY covers: "The Evil Hand of the Luck Lords!" in Adventure Comics #343 by Swan/Klein, Lady Luck, the "Masked Deb who makes a four-leaf clover mean poison ivy to crime," #86 by Gil Fox, and "The Wheel of Misfortune!" in Justice League of America #6 by Sekowsky/Anderson.

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DR. 13
The Ghost Breaker

Dr. Terrence Thirteen, Ph.D., aka DR. THIRTEEN The Ghost-Breaker, debuted un Star-Spangled Comics #122, November 1951 (splash panel left; story .reprinted in Showcase #80, pictured below). Dr. Thirteen is a professional skeptic and debunker of the "supernatural." Patterned after the latter-day Houdini, Dr. Thirteen investigates "supernatural" occurrences and tries to expose them as frauds, usually exposing someone who intended to frighten or control others through the fraud. He first appeared in Star Spangled Comics in the Golden Age (see cover in first item above), and later as a back-up feature in the Phantom Stranger. There was also a Vertigo version of the character.
You might suppose the good doctor would be quite frustrated in the magic-drenched DC Universe, but the opposite is true. Like a mystic Perry Mason, the cases Dr. Thirteen investigates are ALWAYS frauds! I bet he'd be more than glad to help the Spectre destroy all magic in the DCU in Day of Vengeance. He would also probably side with science-based Rann against barbaric Thanagar.

ART: Splash panel from Star Spangled Comics #122; Cover of Showcase #80 featuring The Phantom Stranger (and Dr. Thirteen)


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"Batman Begins" countdown begins

If you're a Batman fan anxiously waiting for the premiere of "Batman Begins," then June 15th is your LUCKY DAY! (By the way, "Batman Begins" has THIRTEEN letters. (If you count the space, that is.)



Other "Unlucky" 13th issues

These little-known characters BARELY made it past their own UNLUCKY 13th issues: Superman #13 by Fred Ray, Batman #13 by Jerry Robinson, Wonder Woman #13 by Harry Peter, Fantastic Four #13 by Kirby/Roussous, Amazing Spider-Man #13, and Captain America #13 by Al Avison. OK -- so, maybe 13th issues aren't so UNLUCKY after all! See you tomorrow for number fourteen!

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