SOJ: A Bad Place to Visit But I Wouldn't Want to Die There! 2
- Over the next few hours it became apparent that the normally heroic Marvels had turned bad! Instead of stopping crimes or natural disasters, they were using their incredible powers for petty and malicious acts.
For example, Mary Marvel casually used her super strength to carve the Statue of Liberty into her own likeness!
"Sorry, Lib, old gal, but my legs are much, much better!" she said with a throaty laugh that sounded nothing like here normal giggle.
Captain Marvel himself had gone in search of some of his old foes. Apparently, he had decided to use his powers to settle some old scores once and for all!
"That rat Sivana is in hiding but I bet if I rough up his kids on national television, the old creep will crawl out of his hole!" he said with a grin.
He swooped down like some avenging eagle and smashed his way into the luxurious apartment of Beautia Sivana. The lovely young woman gasped in surprise as the hero casually wrecked her home.
"Captain Marvel! What are you doing? Are you crazy?" she said as she leaped away from falling plaster.
He scooped her struggling form up in his arms and said, "Shut up, baby! You've had this coming for a long time! I'd advise you to just sit back and enjoy it. "
He kissed Beautia passionately and then jerked her head back as he gripped her long blonde hair.
"When I'm done with you, we're going to find your idiot brother Magnificus and I'm going to perform plastic surgery on him with my fists!" he said.
Beautia frowned. She may have looked like a super model but she also had a keen mind and the courage of a champion. She had to stall for time until she could make sense of the Captain's weird behavior.
"Don't be in a hurry on my account, honey!"she said.
Meanwhile, two colorful figures had observed the rampaging Marvels with growing concern.
The first man was tall and gaunt with light brown hair, large sensitive eyes, and a rather nervous mouth. He was youthful looking and appeared to be in good physical condition. He wore a red jacket with gray slacks and a slightly crooked and wrinkled tie.
"Zoro, the images displayed by the Lamp of the gods were truly prophetic! It looks like Captain Marvel and his allies have become ruthless villains and yet I sense no magical spell is responsible for their odd actions!" he said.
His friend was a handsome dark haired man with a thin dark mustache and an athletic built. He was wearing a tuxedo and he carried an ornate cane.
"Warlock, I've learned to trust your lamp and its mystic shadows. The images it projects are more accurate than most things they show us on the nightly news!"said Zoro the Man of Mystery.
He smiled as he said, "It is a shame my pilot Warbird couldn't join us. She always has had a bit of crush on Captain Marvel. When we straighten him out, I'll have to ask him for an autograph!"
Warlock said, "Where exactly is Priscilla?"
Zoro shook his head. "She was either going to a gun show or a sewing circle. The girl does have a wide variety of interests."
The suave Zoro (Carter Sloane) quipped both out of habit and out of a desire to encourage his rather morose friend. He knew Warlock (Edmund Payton) was perhaps the most powerful magic user on Earth S but in spite of the brilliant man's many talents and amazing courage, he was a rather anxious and overly sensitive person. He had been the victim of a lover's spell that had trapped him in isolation for decades before Zoro freed him. Now, while Warlock had in fact reconciled with and forgiven Andrea the lover who enchanted him, he was still somewhat uncomfortable in crowds.
Warlock smiled and nodded. He was aware of exactly what Zoro was doing and he appreciated it.
He shrugged and said, "Any girl who was raised by the likes of Captain Midnight and Spy Smasher not to mention you and her heroic grandfather the original Warbird would naturally have diverse hobbies!"
He said, "We have to stop the Marvels and restore them to their senses! My magic can lead me to them .not that their path of destruction has been what you would call subtle!"
Zoro agreed. Although he possessed no super powers beyond a mystically and accidentally created near immortality, the Man of Mystery was supremely adept at almost every known talent or field of endeavor.
He thought, "Stopping the three most powerful super humans on earth will not be easy but we have to try! The world owes them too much for them to suffer for any reason!"
The duo began their search for the suddenly sinister former heroes with a grim resolve.
Elsewhere a weird bald man watched from a monitor screen and said, "All goes according to plan! These humans will serve our purpose all too well!"
- It is meant to replace Syndicated as the Marvels first encounter with the CS. I do hope to use Mighty Adam. I had no plans for a bad Billy though. I figured to use the evil Shazam though since I figured he ended up at the dawn of time on E-3 when his disembodied form left E-S and he brought a date with him... you might say.
--- In ShazamEarthSliveson@yahoogroups.com, The Time Trust <the_time_trust_2000@...> wrote:
> Fascinating. This chapter had some good moments, like Captain Marvel's goading the thick-headed Ultraman into using his power more effectively. Will we see a story featuring Mighty Adam on Earth-3? And if there is a good Mighty Adam there, is there an evil Billy Batson? We've already seen a good version of Dr. Sivana called Dr. Atlanta on Earth-3. I'm curious about your plans there.
> BTW, is this story meant to replace the unfinished "Syndicated" story? If so, let me know, and I'll remove it from the unfinished stories folder at the writers group.
> Doc Quantum of The Time Trust
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> > From: libbyblawrence <lawrenceliberty@...>
> >To: ShazamEarthSliveson@yahoogroups.com
> >Sent: Saturday, March 9, 2013 10:35:04 AM
> >Subject: [Shazam Earth S Lives on] SOJ: A Bad Place to Visit But I Wouldn't Want to Die There! 13
> >Deadeye said, "Who is this Flintstone wannabe?"
> >Mary Marvel said, " He is the last of an ancient race that ruled Earth before mankind came along and eliminated his brutal people!"
> >King Kull said, "Eliminated? How mildly your frail human lips put it. Your kind murdered my people and I have waited eons to pay you back! If I get to smash two Earths at once then all the better for me!"
> >Kimon dropped to the ground as Jr. released him.
> >"Shut down the machine! You must know how to do it!"said the young hero.
> >Kimon said, "No! He has altered it beyond our imagining! You must stop him! The proud Qwardian race must survive!"
> >King Kull snarled, "You may be worse than the earthlings! You preach hate but you cry like a mewling infant when you face your own mortality!"
> >Warlock and Isis stepped forward with a reluctant Power Ring.
> >"Aim our combined might at the machines!" said Warlock.
> >Magical energies and whispered spells enveloped the huge machineâ¦ and did nothing!
> >"Ho Ha Ho!" roared King Kull.
> >"You might be more powerful than me but you aren't as cunning! I have built the World Smasher will one unique feature! No one may shut it down but me and I will die before doing so!" he said.
> >Owlman scowled as he concentrated.
> >"Blast it! My mental powers can't control him. He is too alienâ¦ too inhuman!" he realized.
> >Warlock said, "I can't destroy it nor can I force Kull to do so! The lamp of the gods can not control one full of such raw hate!"
> >Isis said, "He resists my magic as well. His hatred and will power make him almost unstoppable as far as any kind of mental persuasion is concerned!"
> >Mary and Jr. flew at the Beastman. Both of them knew from past battles that while he was mighty in terms of raw muscle, he also could be knocked out with a punch from someone with their kind of strength.
> >He swung at them with a large hammer he had retrieved from the shadows but the duo dodged easily with the speed of Mercury and connected with twin blows that dropped him to the his knees!
> >"You may defeat me but I shall still win! The machine can't be stopped by anyone but me!" he said.
> >Meanwhile, Captain Marvel had never stopped struggling against the machine. He strained with muscles that surpassed those of any other being in the Earth S cosmos!
> >"I can't stop now! If I say the magic word, I'll change to Billy and I might die but I can't guarantee that that would shut down the machine! I think our sapped powers started it up and it may not even need us to finish its deadly process! I won't give up! Too many good folks are depending on me! People like Jr. and Mary and Mr. Tawny and Cissy and all our other friends! People we saved from one crime or disaster or even from wars or super villains are out there counting on us to keep them safe! I won't let their faith be in vain! "he vowed as he fought against the energy with all his considerable might and wit!
> >"It's too bad! It's just too bad!" he said loudly as he looked at Ultra Man.
> >"What's too bad? That we're going to die?" snarled the villain.
> >"No. It's too bad that Superman is not here! If he was here, he could help me. He's a real hero and he could break free and help me but you're not really to blame. I mean, you can't help it if you're not as strong as he is!" said Captain Marvel!
> >"After all, how could a copycat like you measure up to the real Man of Steel!" he said.
> >Ultra Man's eyes narrowed and he screamed with either fury or pain but he began to fight back!
> >"I'll show you! I'll show you all that I'm better than Superman!" he shouted.
> >Captain Marvel smiled as his plan worked!
> >"I figured I could goad him into fighting even harder! Together we can break free!" he thought.
> >For what seemed like hours the two titans struggled but in minutes, they managed to break free!
> >Captain Marvel reached out to catch Ultra Man but the villain shoved him back and said, "I did it! I'm better than you or Superman!"
> >They landed before their respective allies and Captain Marvel heard the fallen King Kull say "You may defeat me but I shall still win! The machine can't be stopped by anyone but me!"
> >As Mary and Jr. rushed forward to congratulate their partner, Captain Marvel said, "I have an idea but I'll need all of your help. The dimensional portals that are swallowing our two worlds are connected in some extra-dimensional manner. Kull's machine is designed to make them materialized on top of one another! We have can't allow that!"
> >Ultra Man said, "What do expect us to do? Push the two Earths out of the portals?"
> >Captain Marvel said, "Exactly! I'm glad you're on board with the plan!"
> >Ultra Man shrugged and then glanced over at Owlman.
> >"This punk may be even more of an idealist than Superman!"
> >Owlman said, "And yet he is right! You can do it, chum! You can stop Earth 3 from entering that portal!"
> >Ultra Man nodded and said, "Why not? You only die once!"
> >He flew off with Power Ring and Superwoman following. The three Marvels flew off in the other direction along with Warlock! Before Isis could join them Zoro took hold of her hand and whispered in her ear.
> >Soon the monitors showed two similar scenes! Ultra Man and Superwoman struggled with a green energy construct created by Power Ring for the express purpose of channeling their super muscle power into reversing the extra-dimensional tug of the portals near Earth 3! The Marvel Family used their own muscles to do the same thing for Earth S via a magically constructed creation of Warlock's lamp of the gods. Amazingly, both teams gradually managed to slow the movement of the worlds!
> >"Some effect of the machine must do something to keep gravity and atmosphere intact on each planet. I guess King Kull literally wanted to smash them together. He is too brutal to try a more subtle tactic!" mused Warlock as he shielded himself from outer space and watched the Marvels work with his magical creation!
> >"The mystical hold I placed on Earth S looks like ordinary chains to the mortal eye. I suppose that is fitting since the Marvels are literally fighting with all their power to free our planet!" he mused.
> >Power Ring had made no such distinction. He had merely created tethers by which Earth 3 could be towed away from the portal. While his ring had made this possible in much the same way as warlock's magic had done, Ken Raynor didn't question how and what the voice in the ring whispered to his soul.
> >Back on the yellow world where the machines rested, Zoro turned to Isis and said, "I held you back when the others flew off for a good reason. I have a plan!"
> >Isis listened as Zoro talked. "Something Kull said gave me an idea. Based on what little we've seen of how Earth 3 works, I think it may be possible to save both planets."
> >As the suave Man of Mystery finished outlining his idea, Isis smiled broadly and said, "You may be right! I will try to locate him now!"
> >She spoke a series of arcane words and then vanished from view!
> >"Hey if that leggy Cleopatra look a like is splitting then I want out too!" said Deadeye.
> >Owlman said, "Shut up, Queen. I picked up on enough of her thoughts to realize she might be out best hope! Do not interfere with your self-serving cowardice!"
> >As Silk Canary caressed her lover, he silently vowed once more to kill Owlman if they survived this crisis!
> >Meanwhile, Isis found herself walking almost daintily through what appeared to be a massive hourglass!
> >As sands rushed over her lithe form, she emerged in the distant past of Earth 3 where she found evidence of primitive life forms and a strange obelisk!
> >"This reminds me of the pyramid I unearthed in the present but now at the dawn of human existence on Earth 3, I've found the home of the one being that might shut off Kull's infernal device!" she said.
> >A tall, handsome being emerged from the mystical structure and smiled warmly at Isis! He was powerful yet clearly benign and his sensitive eyes radiated intelligence.
> >"You are Earth 3's version of King Kull but you are good where he is evil!" she declared.
> >He said, "I do not know of this Kull but I do try to protect and serve the young race that has sprung up on this dark world! I am King Conn."
> >Isis said, "If you truly seek to protect this planet as I sense you do, you will come with me now through the ages to where an evil counterpart of yours seeks to destroy all creation!"
> >King Conn said, "My race was known as the Immortals but in truth all of them died and I alone remain to act as a mentor to mankind! I will do anything to protect this world!"
> >Moments later, as the other heroes managed to force their Earths back out of the warping portals, King Conn and Isis materialized before the infernal machine!
> >Silk Canary gasped, "Hey, he's a good looking version of that caveman!"
> >Owlman nodded at Zoro in approval..
> >"You were right to think that our Earth might indeed have once had a good version of the Beastman. You are a worthy foe!" he said.
> >Zoro said nothing. He thought, "It's too bad this Owlman can't defy the nature of this warped universe and become a hero. I think he has what it takes to succeed!"
> >King Kull staggered to his feet as he gazed in abject horror at his worst nightmare made real: a human loving member of his lost race!
> >"You may be of my race but you sicken me with your clearly good intentions!" he cried.
> >King Conn said, "I recognize the design of this device. It does come from a science not unlike that that belonged to my fallen people. I may stop it and return all to normal but it will take a sacrifice!"
> >Isis said, "Tell us what you need!"
> >King Conn smiled briefly and walked directly into the midst of the crackling energy field that filled the space between the two sides of the machines. Gripping each side with both palms, he pulled open certain hidden panels and was engulfed in raw energy!
> >"Osirus shield him!" cried Isis.
> >King Kull cursed as his machine groaned to a final stop and then he smiled broadly as King Conn's dying form fell to the ground.
> >"Good! That dolt gave his life. That is some comfort!" he sniggered!
> >Indeed, as Isis bent over the fallen Immortal King Conn looked up at her and said, "You enabled me to save Earth. This was indeed a good death!"
> >Isis realized he was beyond the help of even Warlock's magic and she held his hand and looked down at him with a tender expression.
> >King Conn said, "Do not grieve for me. I go to join my lost race. While being plucked from the dawn of time prevented me from influencing the history of Earth for good I may yet play one final role in attempting to guard it. I use my final power to revive the restore a champion who will embody my cause after I am no more!"
> >He closed his eyes and died as Isis wept softly.
> >"He has restored both worlds to their rightful places! He also destroyed the machine. It may not be used again!"
> >Captain Marvel said, "Then, all we have to do now is take the Crime Syndicate to jail!"
> >Power Ring obeyed the ring's silent whispers and generated a brilliant burst of energy that transported each group back to their native planet!
> >"How'd you do that?" demanded Deadeye as he and his fellow felons found themselves back in the park on Earth 3.
> >Power Ring said, "The ring told me to tap into the remnants of the machine's energies. It got us home and sent the others back to their Earth. Best of all, there's not enough energy to let them cross over to here again! Don't you see? Things can get back to normal again!"
> >As Owlman and Deadeye glared at one another, it was Ultra Man who broke the silence.
> >"Are you crazy? Forget about Captain Marvel and his pals. It's the Qwardians I want! They tried to kill us. They dared use me like some battery. I don't care if you are with me or not, I declare war on those bald creeps! I'm going to destroy Qward or die trying!"
> >Back on Earth S, the Squadron of Justice stood on their native soil and accepted the fact that they could not return to Earth 3 to bring the villains to justice.
> >Captain Marvel said, "You know I like to think that just like Isis found a good version of King Kull, there may be other heroic types there to stop the villains as well!"
> >Isis nodded and she suddenly recalled the pyramid that she had unearthed and Conn's final words about reviving a champion for that darkened Earth!
> >She smiled gently and said, "May it be so!"
> >Back in the deserts of Earth 3, a majestic figure in white and gold opened his eyes and sat up within the pyramid. He looked around and his gaze fell upon an engraving that decorated one interior wall.
> >"The Mighty Adam shall live once more in a distant era when his powers are needed!"
> >He read the carving and smiled.
> >"So be it! " he said as his words unknowingly echoed those of Isis'!
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