(March-April 1941)

DC, 1940 Series
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Volume:
?
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
?
On-sale date:
1941-02-07
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
All-American Comics, Inc.
Brand:
A DC Publication
Editing:
Sheldon Mayer
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
Standard Golden Age U. S.
Paper Stock:
Glossy cover; Newsprint interior
Binding:
Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
Was Ongoing Series

Issue Notes

All story synopses and notes from Craig Delich. On sale date from Flash Comics #15.


For America and Democracy (Table of Contents)

Justice Society of America / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Everett E. Hibbard; Sheldon Moldoff (Hawkman helmet wings touch-up)
Inks:
Everett E. Hibbard; Sheldon Moldoff (Hawkman helmet wings touch-up)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Justice Society of America [Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; Dr. Fate [Kent Nelson]; The Spectre [Jim Corrigan]; The Flash [Jay Garrick]; The Hour-Man [Rex Tyler]; The Atom [Al Pratt]]
Reprints:
Keywords:
The Capitol building

Indexer Notes

Moldoff art credits from Craig Delich, confirmed by Sheldon Moldoff.

For America and Democracy! (introduction) (Table of Contents)

Justice Society of America / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner F Fox
Pencils:
Everett E. Hibbard
Inks:
Everett E. Hibbard
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Justice Society of America [The Spectre [Jim Corrigan] (inset); Dr. Fate [Kent Nelson] (inset); The Sandman [Wesley Dodds] (inset); The Flash [Jay Garrick] (inset); Hawkman [Carter Hall] (inset); Green Lantern [Alan Scott] (inset); The Hour-Man [Rex Tyler] (inset); The Atom [Al Pratt] (inset)]; un-named FBI Chief
Synopsis:
The FBI Chief has called the members of the JSA together in order to battle America's internal enemies: spies and saboteurs. Newspapers are being threatened, munition plants wrecked, defense secrets stolen, foreign college teachers preaching anti-democracy and strong-arm tactics being used by these groups. The JSA is to stamp these out!
Reprints:
Keywords:
Bureau of Investigation; Salem Tower

Indexer Notes

The FBI Chief, no doubt J. Edgar Hoover, also appears in All-Star #9.

For America and Democracy! (Chapter 1) (Table of Contents)

Justice Society of America / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner F. Fox
Pencils:
Everett E. Hibbard
Inks:
Everett E. Hibbard
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Flash [Jay Garrick]; Fritz Klaver (villain, leader of 30,000 spies, mention only); the Grey Shirts (villains)
Synopsis:
The Flash heads to manufacturing centers in Michigan and Wisconsin to put a stop to insideous work stoppages brought about by a group known as the Grey Shirts, who work for a mastermind named Fritz Klaver, who lives in Toledo, Ohio. The Scarlet Speedster destroys a source of their propaganda materials and prevents work stoppages and prevents the ship "Liberty" from being blown up with all on baord.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Detroit (Michigan); Liberty; Toledo (Ohio); Wisconsin

The Flash Wins and Becomes the Next Quarterly Like Superman and Batman! (Table of Contents)

The Flash / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Everett E. Hibbard (illustrations)
Inks:
Everett H. Hibbard (illustrations)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Flash [Jay Garrick]
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The Flash wins the contest announced in All-Star #3 and gets a magazine of his own. Readers are asked, by writer Gardner Fox and artist E. E. Hibbard (for a cash prize of $25 and/or free copies of All-Star #5), to create a title for that new comic magazine. A coupon is provided for readers to provide up to four names for the magazine, and winners will be announced in All-Star #5.

For America and Democracy! (Chapter 2) (Table of Contents)

Justice Society of America / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner F. Fox
Pencils:
Martin Nodell
Inks:
Martin Nodell
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; Irene Miller; un-named President of Apex Broadcasting; Krapek (German-American factory worker); Fritz Klaver (villain, mention only); The Baron (villain, death); other Fifth Columnists (villains, all die)
Synopsis:
Green Lantern and Irene Miller investigate radio transmission interruptions, believed to be caused by foreign agents. Irene is captured and held aboard a giant dirigible, containing a mchine that jams radio frequencies and hinders reception, and which is commanded by a man known as the Baron. G.L. attacks the dirigible and flies away with Irene and a fatally wounded Krapek with him, as the dirigible bursts into flames and burns.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Apex Broadcasting; Mysterious Lamp; oath; Rower Ring; Station WXF

Indexer Notes

The destruction scenes of the dirigible, found in panel 8 on page 6 and panel 1 of page 7, were clearly patterned after photos taken of the Hindenburg disaster at Lakehurst, New Jersey in 1937.

For America and Democracy! (Chapter 3) (Table of Contents)

Justice Society of America / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner F. Fox
Pencils:
Bernard Baily (signed)
Inks:
Bernard Baily (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Bernard Baily

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Spectre [Jim Corrigan]; Fritz Klaver [aka The Leader] (villain, mention only); Hans (villain, death); Dorgoff (villain, death); other Fifth Columnists (villains, some die)
Synopsis:
The Grim Ghost travels to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to investigate the sabotage of munitions factories there, and cathes a Fifth Colunist worker sabotaging gun barrels with steel wool. He is rescued by his buddies, but shot for failing. The Spectre discovers future plots to blow up a factory and steal the Army's new gun plans, and makes sure each fail. Suddenly he is drawn into the occult world where brilliantly colored rays seek to destroy him. But he uses the Ring of Life to overcome them.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Forman Factory; Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania); The Ring of Life

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit from Craig Delich.

For America and Democracy! (Chapter 4) (Table of Contents)

Justice Society of America / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner F. Fox
Pencils:
Bernard Baily
Inks:
Bernard Baily
Colors:
?
Letters:
Bernard Baily

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Hour-Man [Rex Tyler]; Fritz Klaver (villain, mention only); Captain Erdner (villain); The Grey Shirts [Masters; rest un-named] (villains)
Synopsis:
Hour-Man heads for Oklahoma to disrupt the plans of a Captain Erdner, who is planning to dynamite all oil wells within that state. Rex is hired on at one of the oil field facilities where four guards have been found murdered. Aware he is being set up by the Grey Shirts, Tyler switches to Hour-Man, pops a Miraclo pill, and rounds up the villains and saves a well from destruction.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Miraclo; Oklahoma; Ryan Oil Fields

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit from Craig Delich.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

promo (ad from the publisher) / 2 pages (report information)

Pencils:
various
Inks:
various
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero

Indexer Notes

2-page illustrated (with the covers) of DC's great comic line-up: Flash Comics #15, More Fun Comics #65, Action Comics #34, Superman #9, Batman #4, Detective Comics #49, All-American Comics #24, Adventure Comics #60, and All-Star Comics #4, along with only sale dates.

Sequence added by Craig Delich.

For America and Democracy! (Chapter 5) (Table of Contents)

Justice Society of America / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner F. Fox
Pencils:
Howard Sherman
Inks:
Howard Sherman
Colors:
?
Letters:
Howard Sherman

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Dr. Fate [Kent Nelson]; The Sandman [Wesley Dodds] (cameo); The Flash [Jay Garrick] (cameo); un-named FBI agents; Fritz Klaver (villain, mention only); The Grey Shirts [Carl; rest un-named] (villains)
Synopsis:
Dr. Fate is ordered to New England to look for sabotage at the naval yards along the Atlantic Seaboard, sending out a Cloud of Darkness to seek out evil. And find it it dies, aboard fishing smacks with Grey Shirts on board, whom Fate overcomes. When they refuse to talk, he summons up horrible beasts from the deep to "convince" them to tell all they know. Fate then sends out his Cloud of Darkness to summon the FBI to take them into custody, then Fate consults his crystal to learn the identity of the leader of the villains before warning Sandman and the Flash about Klaver.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Cloud of Darkness; crystal ball

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit from Craig Delich, confirmed by Howard Sherman.

For America and Democracy! (Chapter 6) (Table of Contents)

Justice Society of America / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner F. Fox
Pencils:
Chad Grothkopf
Inks:
Chad Grothkopf
Colors:
?
Letters:
Chad Grothkopf

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Sandman [Wesley Dodds]; Dr. Fate [ Kent Nelson] (cameo); un-named newspaper editor; un-named Secretary of the newspaper editor; Bill (reformed Grey Shirt, brother of the newspaper's Secretary); Fritz Klaver (villain, mention only); The Grey Shirts (villains, some reform)
Synopsis:
Sandman heads for El Paso to help out the editor of a newspaper there, who has been receiving threats because he dares write editorials criticizing dictator nations. Wes Dodds first of all impresses young American recruits of the Grey Shirts that they are being a line of baloney when their leaders try to convince them to overthrow America from the inside. Sandman leads the redeemed Grey Shirts to stop the villains trying to destroy the newspaper.
Reprints:
Keywords:
El Paso; El Paso Patriot; Gas Gun; Wirepoon

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit from Craig Delich, confirmed by Chad Grothkopf.

A Fortune Teller's Fortune (Table of Contents)

Johnny Thunder / text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Evelyn Gaines ?
Pencils:
Sheldon Mayer (spot illustrations)
Inks:
Sheldon Mayer (spot illustrations)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor; superhero
Characters:
Johnny Thunder; Mrs. Darling (Daisy's mother); Daisy Darling; The Thunderbolt [Archibald]; Doris Palmer; Mogi the Marvelous (villain)
Synopsis:
Daisy and Johnny are on their way to a birthday party, aware that a lot of jewelry robberies have occured in town recently. Daisy insists that Johnny go with her to a fortune-teller named Mogi, the Marvelous, first. Johnny calls the Mogi a fraud, and, later it proves true when Daisy's pearls disappeared, and Johnny faced off with Mogi, knowing that he had them.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Appleville; Say You

Indexer Notes

A statement of ownership appears at the bottom of page two of this story, listing M. C. Gaines as Editor and Managing Editor, and J. S. Liebowitz as Business Manager.

The Thunderbolt is yellow in this story.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Hop Harrigan's All-American Flying Club / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Jon L. Blummer (spot illustration)
Inks:
Jon L. Blummer (spot illustration)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?; typeset

Genre:
adventure; aviation
Characters:
Hop Harrigan
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Illustrated advertisement for Hop's All-American Flying Club, which displays items that readers will receive once they join, such as membership card, gold-winged emblem, and the opportunity to enter many contests to win prizes and free trips, plus actual baggage stickers from major airlines United and American. Coupon is provided.

For America and Democracy! (Chapter 7) (Table of Contents)

Justice Society of America / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner F. Fox
Pencils:
Sheldon Moldoff
Inks:
Sheldon Moldoff
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Shiera Sanders; Mr. Finney (Aviation Research Department scientist); Fritz Klaver (villain, mention only); The Grey Shirts (villains)
Synopsis:
The Flying Fury travels to California to prevent spies from stealing the designs of a new speedy plane being developed at an aviation plant called the Flying Fortress. Adter its pilots are gassed, Hawk saves the plane and crew. Meanwhile, Shiera decides to visit California and jumps from a plane, hoping Hawkman will save her. He does, and while she does research on the strange gas used on the pilots, Hawkman rounds up the spies.
Reprints:
Keywords:
California

For America and Democracy! (Chapter 8) (Table of Contents)

Justice Society of America / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner F. Fox
Pencils:
Ben Flinton
Inks:
Ben Flinton
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Atom [Al Pratt]; Fritz Klaver (villain, voice only); Hans (villain); Buddy (villain); The Grey Shirts (villains)
Synopsis:
Atom heads for Tri-State College to prevent foreign students, being sent there by enemy nations, from indoctrinating American students. He breaks up attempts of beating up college students, but the enemy devises new ways of indoctrination, including the use of the Grey Shirts to beat up Al Pratt. Atom takes care of them and makes his way to Toledo, coming face to face with Fritz Klaver.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Fatherland Club; Tri-State College

For America and Democracy! (conclusion) (Table of Contents)

Justice Society of America / comic story / 3.67 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner F. Fox
Pencils:
Everett E. Hibbard
Inks:
Everett E. Hibbard
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Justice Society of America [The Atom [Al Pratt]; The Flash [Jay Garrick]; The Spectre [Jim Corrigan]; Dr. Fate [Kent Nelson]; Hawkman [Carter Hall]; The Sandman [Wesley Dodds]; Green Lantern [Alan Scott]]; Johnny Thunder; The Thunderbolt [Archibald]; FBI Chief; Fritz Klaver (villain); The Grey Shirts (villains)
Synopsis:
The JSA closes in on Fritz Klaver, who threatens to blow up everyone rather than be captured. But the JSA overpowers the Grey Shirts while Dr. Fate's occult powers halt Klaver i his tracks. Later, the JSA reports to the FBI Chief that their assignments have been successfully completed.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Power Ring; Say You

Indexer Notes

The last 1/3 of page 3 is an illustrated promo for the next issue of All-Star, erroneously listed as the May-June issue (in reality the June-July issue), in which the JSA faces the mysterious Mr. X.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Justice Society of America / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.33 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Everett Hibbard (head-views of members)
Inks:
Everett Hibbard (head-views of members)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Justice Society of America
Synopsis:
Preview of the story found in All-Star #5.
Reprints:
Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. For America and Democracy
    Justice Society of America
  2. 1. For America and Democracy! (introduction)
    Justice Society of America
  3. 2. For America and Democracy! (Chapter 1)
    Justice Society of America
  4. 3. The Flash Wins and Becomes the Next Quarterly Like Superman and Batman!
    The Flash
  5. 4. For America and Democracy! (Chapter 2)
    Justice Society of America
  6. 5. For America and Democracy! (Chapter 3)
    Justice Society of America
  7. 6. For America and Democracy! (Chapter 4)
    Justice Society of America
  8. 7. [no title indexed]
  9. 8. For America and Democracy! (Chapter 5)
    Justice Society of America
  10. 9. For America and Democracy! (Chapter 6)
    Justice Society of America
  11. 10. A Fortune Teller's Fortune
    Johnny Thunder
  12. 11. [no title indexed]
    Hop Harrigan's All-American Flying Club
  13. 12. For America and Democracy! (Chapter 7)
    Justice Society of America
  14. 13. For America and Democracy! (Chapter 8)
    Justice Society of America
  15. 14. For America and Democracy! (conclusion)
    Justice Society of America
  16. 15. [no title indexed]
    Justice Society of America
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Per Sandell
  • Merlin Haas
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Jon Ingersoll