The first two issues of this science-fiction serial have an engrossing backstory, complete unto itself, really. In the year 2239, in the United States of North America, Gary Concord has been elected High Moderator, the position of greatest power. He is the son of the man who “brought peace to the world,” and Gary is given a letter by his father, discussing his life.
The story jumps back to the “Great War of 1950,” and Gary’s grandparents dying young in the bombing in France. Gary’s father (also named Gary, so I will just call him Dad to avoid confusion) grows up vowing to stop all war. He becomes a great scientist, working on a “peace formula.” His laboratory gets bombed, and his experiments and chemicals crash to the floor, and combine to create a growing foam. Dad frantically writes out his peace formula as the foam seals him in suspended animation.
224 years later, another war cracks open the lab, and Dad emerges in the year 2174. He is taller and more muscular than he was, and proves his worth to the future government by creating a flame pellet gun that they use to defeat Rebberizan, who seeks to take over the world himself. We hear briefly of repeated battles between Rebberizan and Dad, while at the same time he falls for, and marries, Rebberizan’s daughter, Leandra. After the birth of Gary, Rebberizan murders Leandra, and Dad strangles Rebberizan to death with his bare hands.
Aside from his murderous rage, he has brought peace to Earth with the suspended animation foam. They simply fly overhead, spray the foam, wait until everyone has passed out in it, hose it off and toss everyone in jail.
So Dad lived another twenty years as High Moderator, and then died. Gary ascends to this apparently democratic but monarchial appearing position, and is almost immediately attacked by people who want the secret of the foam. He fights them off,but ponders his fathers last words in the letter: “in your hands lies peace over the world, before your eyes lies the goal.” Must be right in front of him.
Will Gary Concord figure out how to get the peace foam? Stay tuned until I reach him in the Early Golden Age (cause the series continues there.)
Gary Concord, Ultra-Man: All-American 8 – 9 (Nov -Dec39)