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The Red Tornado Saga: Chapter 19


On the cover of Detective Comics #493, Batgirl announces “the first story of the Red Tornado on his own!”

After helping an old woman during a robbery and then witnessing the poverty in which she lives, Reddy asks if he can accompany her to church.

Mr. Kool, aka Sidney Steeps, local rackets boss, appears at church. After Reddy disposes of his henchmen…

Afterwards…

 

An enigmatic observer reviews/recaps the history of Red Tornado. When he (and we) are up-to-date, he says:

Yes, android — you seem on the verge of a new life — both as a super-hero and private person… a life that will prove once and for all whether the fragile gifts of humanity will every be truly yours… and I say they will be…

The observer is revealed to be Reddy’s creator, T.O. Morrow, who says…

Talk about a "garish grotesquerie!"

 
There are times when people search for a symbol of hope: something tangible to grasp on to; a figure to embody all their fears and dreams and aspirations…

Reddy reminds Kathy that he is a computer.

Nonsense! You’ve got more heart and soul than anyone I’ve ever known!

Kathy arranges an apartment for “John Smith” with a college roommate who inherited a brownstone in Greenwich Village.

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When he finds his neighbor’s daughter, Gina, “running loose on the streets,” Reddy brings her home. Her mother, Mrs. Siciliano, tells him Gina can take care of herself, yet when it looks like she’s about to jump off the roof, she begs Reddy to save her.

 

Resuming directly from where Red Tornado’s story ended World’s Finest #266...

The Future Man, aka T.O. Morrow, explains how he survived events of Super-Team Family #11 and Justice League of America #106:

You see, in tampering so long with the flow of years — my body became filled with more coronal energy than this era could bear… and so I was drawn — like a scrap of metal to a magnet — into the very nexus of time! It was there that the now-unleashed energies within me mingled with the primal forces at work at timeshare… mutating me — evolving me beyond the level of mere humanity…

Meanwhile, Kathy tells her college roommate that his new tenant, John Smith, is…

Later, "Reddy" returns to Kathy acting remarkably forward…

 

Directly following events from Reddy’s story in World’s Finest #267…

Before long, Kathy realizes…

John’s demeanor… his entire personality… seems to have changed – for the worse! Traya is terribly frightened… and so am I!

And so, hero and villain, minds switched with their bodies, face each other...

Afterwards, Kathy tells John:

By what you did today, you proved Morrow wrong. You do have a soul… you must have… because you care.
 

When Red Tornado lacks the tool he needs correct a flaw in his inner mechanism, he grows dizzy and literally stumbles into Madame Redclaw and her terrorist plot.

As she attempts to escape, one of her henchmen decides to turn to the side of good and points a gun at her…

 

A tormented man shreds an issue of Newsmonth featuring a cover story on Red Tornado.

Don’t they know that these machines are a menace? I know… I’ve learned the truth through pain and suffering! Now I, the Robot Killer must make them see the truth as I see it. And it’s time for my sacred, holy war to begin!

The Robot Killer’s first attack is on the Brighton Motor Company and its assembly line robots. After other attacks, he demands…

During a battle at the Statue of Liberty…

 

Directly following events from Reddy’s story in World’s Finest #270…

As Reddy lies bruised and beaten, he says:

It is not for myself that I fear – for what does a robot’s “life” matter? No, I think of Traya – the sweet child whose life I once saved! How will she make her way in the world, without a hand to guide her? For her sake, I must survive!

When the Robot Killer is trapped, he pleads with Reddy to save him. Ironically, because of the damage he suffered, he cannot do so. Robot Killer must repair him in order to be saved.

 

Notes

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Wow! That was a mega-post. First, so you don't think I skipped an issue of World's Finest Comics, #271 was a special book-length novel:

Next, while Red Tornado starred in a solo story in Detective Comics #493, his first real backup series ran in World's Finest Comics #265-272, minus #271. I wasn't reading the book at the time, but what an era it was! Besides Red Tornado, there were backup stories every issue featuring: Green Arrow! Shazam! Hawkman! And one time, Black Canary!

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Now for some fun stuff, which I'll keep light because of the length of this week's post... Does anyone remember this promotion? The ad ran in World's Finest Comics #265:

World's Finest Comics #265 also had this Hembeck:

...and the Daily Planet Extra advertised a milestone issue:

World's Finest Comics #266 had this Hembeck:

Jumping forward to World's Finest Comics #270, the Daily Planet Extra advertised another milestone issue:

And let's end with one more Hembeck, from World's Finest Comics #272:

Next week: you only think you know the origin of Red Tornado...

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