The astounding success of Jerome Kern’s Broadway version of “Peter Pan” was causing a stir that made even theatrical Philistines like Z’Dar take notice. He took his inspiration from photos of Kern’s production and based his own savior on that of Peter Pan: a real, “live” Tick Tock the Croc.

Z’Dar’s Tick Tock didn’t have to rely on a clock in its belly for its constant ticking, as Kern’s and Barrie’s did—this Tick Tock was himself clockwork, right down to his razor-sharp incisors.

Z’Dar would force the heckling Christians to help him dig in the pits, to do his dirty work for him, by siccing Tick Tock on them. An appealing and a propos answer to his appalling abjection! But as all evil must, the plan backfired. Tick Tock, brought to Wilshire and set loose by Z’Dar, literally bit the hand that fed him—in this instance, the hand that made him, too—and took it with him into the tar pits, never to be seen again (at least, not on the surface). Sister Aimee and Pastor Daniel’s followers pointed and laughed at Z’Dar’s awful misfortune.