(June-July 1941)

DC, 1940 Series
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Volume:
?
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
?
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.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils:
Howard Purcell
Inks:
Howard Purcell
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Spectre [Jim Corrigan]; The Flash [Jay Garrick]; Green Lantern [Alan Scott]
Reprints:
Keywords:
Power Ring

Indexer Notes

This cover is believed to have been prepared as the cover to All-Star #3 BEFORE the concept of the JSA was put into that issue.

Johnny Thunder is mentioned on the cover in the roll call even though he was pictured or even a member at this point.

[The Mysterious Mister X (introduction)] (Table of Contents)

The 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 Hourman [Rex Tyler]; Dr. Fate [Kent Nelson]; The Flash [Jay Garrick]; Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; The Sandman [Wesley Dodds]; The Atom [Al Pratt]; Hawkman [Carter Hall]; The Spectre [Jim Corrigan]]; Mr. X (villain, racketeer); Mr. X's gang (villains)
Synopsis:
Crime has been defeated by the JSA so well that the members are becoming bored, unaware that crimedom is getting ready to strike back individually at each member through their leader, Mr. X, who has provided each member of his gang with a JSA member to take on and defeat!
Reprints:
Keywords:
Power Ring

Indexer Notes

The splash page is replicated for the promo advertisement for All-Star Comics #6 at the end of this issue.

Johnny Thunder, though listed on the cover, does not appear in the roll call on the splash page.

[The Mysterious Mister X (Chapter 1)] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Gardner F. Fox
Pencils:
Hal Sharp
Inks:
Hal Sharp
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Flash [JKay Garrick]; un-named Fire Department Captain; un-named City Mayor; Johnny; Mr. X (villain); Flame FGarmer (villain); Mr. X's arson racketeers (villains)
Synopsis:
Mr. X's minions, led by Flame Farmer, are ordered to set fire to apartment buildings in the area in order to kill the Flash, known to be living in one of them. But Flash puts out the fire in is complex and in others as well. A young boy then helps the Scarlet Speedster to locate Flame and round up the entire gang. Then he wires each JSA member to alert them to the fact that criminals are targeting them simply because they are JSA members.
Reprints:

Here it is boys and girls: All-Flash Quarterly No. 1! (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

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

[The Mysterious Mister X (Chapter 2)] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Gardner F. Fox
Pencils:
Cliff Young [as Cliff] (signed)
Inks:
Cliff Young [as Cliff] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Sandman [Wesley Dodds]; Dian Belmont; Mr. X (villain, cameo); the Kidnapper's Union [Gentle Grady; others un-named] (villains)
Synopsis:
Unable to discover a crime in progress, Sandman decides to drop in on Dian Belmont, only to discover she has been captured by The Kidnappers Union! He locates their whereabouts, then uses a willing Dian to lure the group into his trap. He overcomes them and takes them to jail, afterwhich he spots the telegram from the Flash warning him about the kidnappers.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Wirepoon

[The Mysterious Mister X (Chapter 3)] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Gardner F. Fox
Pencils:
Sheldon Moldoff [as Shelly] (signed)
Inks:
Sheldon Moldoff [as Shelly] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Hawkman [Cater Hall]; Hawkgirl [Shiera Sanders]; Mr. X (villain, cameo); Masie (villain); un-named lawyer (villain); Wing Norris (villain); Norris' gang of jewel thieves (villains)
Synopsis:
Carter Hall is busy catching up on lab work when he is fooled into believing that Pullman's Jewelry is going to be robbed. Switching to Hawkman, he decides that the extra Hawkman emergency outfit he is working on would be ideal for Shiera to wear as a ruse for the criminals he wants to capture. Hawk's trap seems perfect until one of the thugs shoots Shiera, then a maddened Hawkman wipes up the place with the thugs, and then takes Shiera to get medical attention.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Pullman's Jewelry

[The Mysterious Mister X (Chapter 4)] (Table of Contents)

The 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]; Inza Cramer; Vera Ross; Mr. X (villain, cameo); Magico (villain, magician, reforms); Magico's henchmen (villains)
Synopsis:
Inza visits Doctor Fate, telling him about a fake magician named Magico, who is robbing a rich woman blind. Inza and Kent, along with Mrs. Ross, visit the phony magaician, unaware that Magico is being used by Mr. X to draw Dr. Fate into a trap. When the trap is sprung, Inza is shot and Fate takes her his Salem Tower and uses magics from the ancient tombs of ancient Atlantis to help her recover. Then he heads out to find Magico and his minions, who attempt to blow him up in Magico's abode. Surviving, Fate lets Magico experience other worlds and their horrors, and he reforms on the spot!
Reprints:
Keywords:
Salem Tower

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit from Craig Delich.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

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

[The Mysterious Mister X (Chapter 5)] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Hour-Man [Rex Tyler]; Clancy (Policeman); un-named Commissioner of Police; Mr. X (villain, cameo); phony Hour-Man (villain); "Monkey" Macy (villain); Macy's gang (villains)
Synopsis:
A fake Hour-Man is used to convince Police that the real Hour-Man is a petty thief. However, it is their way to draw the real Hour-Man out into the open so that Mr. X's minions can do away with him. When Hour-Man appears on the scene, he is purposely led by one of the crooks to their hideout and knocked out. When he revives, he pops a Miraclo pill and mops up the crooks.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Daily Star; Miraclo

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit from Craig Delich.

[The Mysterious Mister X (Chapter 6)] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Atom [Al Pratt]; Mr. X (villain, cameo); Muscles (villain, reforms); Muscle's Men [Butch; Crusher; Bloody; Smasher; Slug] (villains, all reform)
Synopsis:
Mr. X's men decide to trap the Atom by rounding up every shrimp walking around and forcing them to enroll in their "Be a Hercules in Five Easy Lessons" course. Al is taken to the gym with some other victims and pull through several exercises, during which time Pratt busts all their equipment. Then he goes to work on Muscle's men and gets them to reform.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Muscle's Gym

Johnny on the Spot (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
humor; superhero
Characters:
Johnny Thunder; Herman Darling; Daisy Darling; Joe the Butcher (villain); Small Change (villain)
Synopsis:
Johnny gets a job as an elevator operator, not realizing that Daisy's father works in the building. But that job turns out to be a life-saver for Herman Darling when Johnny recognizes two toughs on their way up to Darling's office.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The last half of page two is a promo advertisement with cover, for the new Mutt and Jeff comic book.

[The Mysterious Mister X (Chapter 7)] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Spectre [Jim Corrigan]; Enrico; Enrico's un-named wife; un-named Police officer; un-named Chief of Police; Mr. X (villain, cameo); Mr. X's gang of gamblers [Baretti; rest un-named] (villains)
Synopsis:
The Ghostly Guardian is on the outs with the Police as he is accused by Mr. X's minions of running illegal gambling establishments. So Detective Corrigan begins looking into the matter, and locates the head of the gambling operations. Spectre turns the table on the boss, trapping him in the snare planned for the Ghostly Guardian. Then the leader's strange ring begins to take away Spectre's powers, so the now faceless hero is taken for a ride and shot. Rising "from the dead", Spectre rounds up the gang and deposits them at the Police station.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Daily View; Dudley Club; The Lucky Club

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit from Craig Delich.

[The Mysterious Mister X (Chapter 8)] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Gardner F. Fox
Pencils:
Irwin Hasen
Inks:
Irwin Hasen
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; un-named City officials; un-named newspaper editor; Mr. X (villain, cameo); The Professor (villain); Professor's gang (villains)
Synopsis:
Mr. X decides to use "light" as a weapon against G.L. as he blows up several areas within the city, blackmails the city for $2 million and then challenges the Master of Light to stop him. Green Lantern accepts the challenge, but is rendered unconscious by an electrical bolt. He later learns that the Professor has found a way to juggle the reflection of light to make an object invisible to ordinary light. With the help of his ancient green lamp, a way is found to overcome this, thus restoring power back to Capitol City.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Ancient Lamp; Capitol City; City Bugle; Oath; Power Ring; The Green Flame

[The Mysterious Mister X (conclusion)] (Table of Contents)

The Justice Society of America / comic story / 2 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 Flash [Jay Garrick]; Hawkman [Carter Hall]; The Atom [Al Pratt]; The Spectre [Jim Corrigan]; Dr. Fate [Kent Nelson]; The Sandman [Wesley Dodds]; The Hourman [Rex Tyler]]; un-named Police Sergeant; Mr. X (villain)
Synopsis:
A frustrated Mr. X turns himself into the Police when the JSA just can't figure out who Mr. X actually is!
Reprints:
Keywords:
Green Lamp

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

The Justice Society of America / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    The Justice Society of America
  2. 1. [The Mysterious Mister X (introduction)]
    The Justice Society of America
  3. 2. [The Mysterious Mister X (Chapter 1)]
    The Justice Society of America
  4. 3. Here it is boys and girls: All-Flash Quarterly No. 1!
    The Flash
  5. 4. [The Mysterious Mister X (Chapter 2)]
    The Justice Society of America
  6. 5. [The Mysterious Mister X (Chapter 3)]
    The Justice Society of America
  7. 6. [The Mysterious Mister X (Chapter 4)]
    The Justice Society of America
  8. 7. [no title indexed]
    Hop Harrigan's All-American Flying Club
  9. 8. [no title indexed]
  10. 9. [The Mysterious Mister X (Chapter 5)]
    The Justice Society of America
  11. 10. [The Mysterious Mister X (Chapter 6)]
    The Justice Society of America
  12. 11. Johnny on the Spot
    Johnny Thunder
  13. 12. [The Mysterious Mister X (Chapter 7)]
    The Justice Society of America
  14. 13. [The Mysterious Mister X (Chapter 8)]
    The Justice Society of America
  15. 14. [The Mysterious Mister X (conclusion)]
    The Justice Society of America
  16. 15. [no title indexed]
    The Justice Society of America
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Per Sandell
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Jon Ingersoll