The next story in Amazing Adventures #1 is “A-Day” (art by Ogden Whitney)! It begins when Bob Johnson finds a strange watch in his home when he comes home from a late U.N. Committee meeting. The watch is odd, to say the least, and Bob decides to take it to Elizabeth, an archaeologist, to see if she can figure it out! He arrives at Elizabeth's apartment, and she thinks someone's playing a trick on Bob, so she offers him a drink. As she's preparing the drinks, a little man appears in a puff of smoke in place of the watch, and tells Bob that he's here to get Bob to do what he cannot – bring peace to the world! Apparently, since Bob is attache to the American staff of the UN, he can do this. Oh, the little guy? He's Kan Dal, a member of a race that lived on Atlantis and were subsequently destroyed by the very thing that threatens Bob's civilization!
Kan Dal tells Bob that the atomic bombs the nations of the world are arming themselves with will smash mankind, and he asks Bob and Elizabeth to come with him! Strangely, they agree! Guess they figured they were already in for weirdness as it was!
Kan Dal then points a small object from his belt at them, and the couple shrink down before suddenly teleporting away! They arrive in a large laboratory deep beneath the Atlantic Ocean. Kan Dal shows them on a visiscreen how Atlantis was destroyed by atom bombs by Mu, a rival empire in the Pacific. The surviving Atlanteans used atomic power to build a gigantic domed city and sank it beneath the waves, their own atomic bombers destroying Mu. When their scientists detected atomic radiation on the surface, they sent flying saucers to investigate, and have now decided to offer the one solution to war!
The solution is atomic power, which makes the Atlanteans' food and clothes, warms and shelters them, and powers their vessels. They give the blueprints to Bob as Kan Dal further extolls the virtues of atomic power.
Unfortunately, bad news is received – dictator bombers have been detected, and unless they turn back in 20 minutes, the US will have to retaliate! Kan Dal realizes that the free people won't allow themselves to be enslaved without a fight, which will leave the world a furnace of blazing hydrogen bombs, destroying Atlantis as well! Elizabeth begs Kan Dal for a solution to stop the madness, and Kan Dal offers the use of a videophone. Bob tries to contact the Kremlin and Stalin to convince the USSR to turn their planes back, but... will he be in time?
Next time: "Winged Death on Venus"!
This Week in Geek (13-19/05/13)
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