(August-September 1941)

DC, 1940 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
bi-monthly
On-sale date:
1941-06-25
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 advertisement in All-Flash Quarterly #1.


The Justice Society of America Initiates Johnny Thunder! (Table of Contents)

The 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]; Dr. Fate [Kent Nelson]; Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; The Flash [Jay Garrick] (newly elected Honorary Member); The Atom [Al Pratt]; The Hour-Man [Rx Tyler]; The Spectre [Jim Corrigan]; The Sandman [Wesley Dodds]; Johnny Thunder (made a member in this issue)]; The Thunderbolt [Archibald]
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Indexer Notes

Touch-up credits from Craig Delich, confirmed by Sheldon Moldoff.

The Justice Society Initiates Johnny Thunder! (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 [Dr. Fate [Kent Nelson]; The Sandman [Wesley Dodds]; The Atom [Al Pratt]; The Hour-Man [Rex Tyler]; The Flash [Jay Garrick] (now an Honorary Member); The Spectre [Jim Corrigan]; Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Green Lantern [Alan Scott]]; Johnny Thunder (guest); The Thunderbolt [Archibald] (cameo)
Synopsis:
Former Chairman of the JSA, and now Honorary Member, the Flash is invited to a special dinner in his honor at JSA HQ. Faced with finding a new member for the group, the members decide to put Johnny Thunder to the test to see if he is an appropriate replacement by tracking down one Killer McPanzee. Johnny reluctantly agrees and leaves, not knowing that McPanzee is a harmless old codger who thinks he's tough and even prints horrific crime-ridden newspapers, detailing crimes he supposedly has committed on his own printing press!
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Indexer Notes

After being a guest in #3-4, Johnny Thunder replaces the Flash as a member.

No roll call on the splash page.

The Justice Society Initiates Johnny Thunder! (Chapter 1) (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Gardner F. Fox
Pencils:
Stan Aschmeier
Inks:
Stan Aschmeier
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor; superhero
Characters:
Johnny Thunder; The Thunderbolt [Archibald]; "Killer" McPanzee; Easy Eddie Edwards (villains); Edward's gang (villains)
Synopsis:
After having been shown phony newspapers about a Killer McPanzee, Johnny heads out to capture the phony felon at his residence at 222 Park Lane Drive, unaware that the criminal element has also seen the newspapers and decide to take advantage of the situation. Johnny disguises himself when he arrives at McPanzee's home, but the criminals see through that and try to let him have it....especially when they find out he's being initiated as a new JSA member. T-Bolt gives the crooks good manners, and they politely wrap Johnny up in a blanket and throw him in the river!
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Keywords:
Say You

Indexer Notes

Johnny still does not know how to control his Thunderbolt.

The Justice Society Initiates Johnny Thunder! (Chapter 2) (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Flash [Jay Garrick]; Johnny Thunder (cameo); The Thunderbolt [Archibald] (cameo); Green Lantern [Alan Scott] (cameo); Killer McPanzee; Clancy (Policeman); un-named Police Sergeant; Big Easy Edwards (villain); Edward's gang (villains)
Synopsis:
The Flash is contacted by Johnny's Thunderbolt that his pal is in desperate need of assistance from drowning at the hands of a counterfeiting gang, headed by Edwards. Flash uses his ultra speed to aid the counterfeiters in designing the currency and getting the plates to the presses, then running off so much money that it pours out of the house the press is in, alerting passersby. Then Flash rounds up Edwards and gets him jailed while the duped McPanzee leaves shore in a rowboat for Europe!
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The Justice Society Initiates Johnny Thunder! (interlude) (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Gardner F. Fox
Pencils:
Stan Aschmeier
Inks:
Stan Aschmeier
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor; superhero
Characters:
Johnny Thunder; The Thunderbolt [Archibald]; Inza Cramer; gang of crooks (villains)
Synopsis:
Saved from drowning by the Thunderbolt, Johnny is once again pursued by a criminal element, and wishes that a pretty girl would come to comfort him. Inza appears and now Johnny wishes that Dr. Fate was also there because of the crooks attacking him..
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The Justice Society Initiates Johnny Thunder! (Chapter 3) (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Gardner F. Fox
Pencils:
Stan Aschmeier
Inks:
Stan Aschmeier
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Dr. Fate [Kent Nelson]; Inza Cramer; The Thunderbolt [Archibald] (cameo); gang of crooks (villains)
Synopsis:
The Thunderbolt warns Fate of what is happening to Johnny and Inza, and by the time he arrives, Johnny has disappeared and Inza has been left behind. Doctor Fate then takes Inza with him to search for Johnny, and runs into more crooks, who pose as mechanics in order to enter into and successfully rob banks. He enters their den and makes short work of them, then deposits them in the City Jail.
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Keywords:
City Jail; Tolson Garage

Indexer Notes

Oddity: Dr. Fate has no cape on in panel 1 of page 1.

The Justice Society Initiates Johnny Thunder! (interlude) (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Gardner F. Fox
Pencils:
Stan Aschmeier
Inks:
Stan Aschmeier
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor; superhero
Characters:
Johnny Thunder
Synopsis:
Johnny had hid in the trunk of Inza's car when the crooks stole it and entered a garage where Dr. Fate had tailed the crooks. Johnny accidently falls down a laundry chute into the midst of walking skeletons and asks for the Sandman to help him.
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The Justice Society Initiates Johnny Thunder! (Chapter 4) (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Sandman [Wesley Dodds]; Johnny Thunder; The Hour-Man [Rex Tyler] (cameo); Hawkman [Carter Hall] (cameo); the "skeleton men" (actors); un-named Policeman; protection racketeers (villains)
Synopsis:
Sandman discovers Johnny in the Playhouse of Horrors and shows Johnny that the skeletons are only actors! However, Sandman discovers that crooks having been trying to extort protection money from the Playhouse, and wades into them, eventually locating and rounding up the entire organization in one fell swoop!
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Keywords:
Playhouse of Horrors; Wirepoon

The Justice Society Initiates Johnny Thunder! (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]; The Spectre [Jim Corrigan] (cameo); The Atom [Al Pratt] (cameo); Mr. Major (theatre manager); theatre cashier; Karl Esso (explorer, Museum Board member); gang of "gorilla" thieves [Wade (former watchman at the museum); rest un-named] (villains)
Synopsis:
Back at JSA HQ, several members wonder where Johnny is since the other members have been unable to locate him. So the Hour Man heads downtown and notes a movie theatre showing a film on Africa titled "Thrills of Africa", and reasons Johnny may be at the movies. What he finds instead is a group of felons disguised as gorillas, trying to heist the day's receipts! Tracking them to a museum, the Man of the Hour captures the gang and their leader, Wade, former night watchman fired for drunkeness.
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Keywords:
Center; Miraclo; Natural History Museum

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit added by Craig Delich.

The Justice Society Initiates Johnny Thunder! (interlude) (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Gardner F. Fox
Pencils:
Stan Aschmeier
Inks:
Stan Aschmeier
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor; superhero
Characters:
Johnny Thunder; group of gamblers [Joe; rest un-named] (villains)
Synopsis:
Johnny, meanwhile, is dejectedly walking down the street, not believing himself worthy of JSA membership, when some fellows offer him a chance to gamble and win some big money. Johnny loses and calls the men cheaters, and gets kicked out.
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Keywords:
Say You

The Justice Society Initiates Johnny Thunder! (Chapter 6) (Table of Contents)

The 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]; The Thunderbolt [Archibald] (cameo); Jones (Policeman); group of gamblers [Joe; Bill; rest un-named] (villains)
Synopsis:
The Thunderbolt tells Al Pratt what happened to Johnny, so Al heads for the gambling den to search for Johnny. Noting that the gamblers are using marked cards, Al leaves the room and returns as the Atom to wreck the joint, then get the Police to come in and clean up!
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Look Kids! (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Indexer Notes

Illustrated advertisement from tyhe Popsickle Service Station in New York City, offering a variety of free gifts (like watches, baseball mitts, binoculars, harmonicas and much more) for sending in the required number of either popsickle, fudgicle or creamsickle bags.

Sequence added by Craig Delich.

The Justice Society Initiates Johnny Thunder! (Chapter 7) (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Spectre [Jim Corrigan]; Bob Randall; Jean Matthews (Bob's fiancee); four headless zombies (villains, all die); mad scientist (villain, death)
Synopsis:
The Spectre now heads out to find Johnny and is suddenly attacked by a man with no head! After dispatching him to the outer realms, the Man of Darkness decides to track down the evil genius behind these headless creatures using the fiancee of Bob Randall as bait. However, Bob is taken prisoner by a mad scientist, as is Jean. The Spectre enters the scene again just in time to overcome the zombies and scientist.
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Indexer Notes

Letterer credit by Craig Delich.

[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
Inks:
Jon L. Blummer
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
aviation
Characters:
Hop Harrigan
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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 like Eastern and TWA. Coupon is provided.

The Justice Society Initiates Johnny Thunder! (Chapter 8) (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; Johnny Thunder (cameo); un-named Police Sergeant; truck hi-jackers [Fruity Leman; rest un-named] (villains)
Synopsis:
Deciding to look for Johnny Thunder himself (and actually spotting him once), the Emerald Crusader sets off to seek out crime and runs into a team of truck hi-jackers! Rounding several groups up and turning them over to the Police, G.L. then continues his search for Johnny.
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Keywords:
Green Lantern

Dr. Mid-Nite Thinks Fast! (Table of Contents)

Dr. Mid-Nite / text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Charles Reizenstein (signed)
Pencils:
Sheldon Mayer (spot illustration); Stan Aschmeier (spot illustration)
Inks:
Sheldon Mayer (spot illustration); Stan Aschmeier (spot illustration)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; Myra Mason; Hooty (an owl); un-named Police detective; "Snakey" Scarlotti (villain)
Synopsis:
"Snakey" Scarlotti decides to get his revenge on the blind Dr. McNider, who has written some disparaging things about the gangster in one of his articles. But McNider notices the gangster outside his home listening in to his dictation being given to his secretay, Myra. And the quick-thinking doctor decided to use a ruse on the gangster, which works out beautifully, allowing the Man of Night to capture him.
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Indexer Notes

The last half of page 2 is an advertisement for All-American Comics #29, with the cover illustration and other art by Howard Purcell. Green Lanter, Doiby Dickles and his cab Goitrude are shown.

The Justice Society Initiates Johnny Thunder! (interlude) (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Gardner F. Fox
Pencils:
Stan Aschmeier
Inks:
Stan Aschmeier
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor; superhero
Characters:
Johnny Thunder; The Thunderbolt [Archibald]; Kidnappers Klub Inc. (villains)
Synopsis:
After being thrown out of the gambling den, Johnny wishes for an airplane to whisk him away from the scene, and the Thunderbolt complies. Then Johnny wants down on a ship that he sees below him, and again the T-Bolt complies. Johnny is then faced with a group of thugs and Johnny calls out to Hawkman for help.
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The Justice Society Initiates Johnny Thunder! (Chapter 9) (Table of Contents)

The Justice Society of America / comic story / 6 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 [Carter Hall]; The Thunderbolt [Archibald] (cameo); Shiera Sanders; Johnny Thunder (voice only); Kidnappers Klub, Inc. [un-named ship's Captain; rest un-named] (villains)
Synopsis:
The Thunderbolt tells Hawkman that Johnny now faces another peril, and the Winged Wonder races off to help. Meanwhile, Shiera learns she has inherited a fortune, and is kidnapped, forcing Hawkman to locate her and save her, while also locating Johnny, allowing him and the T-Bolt to clean up the ship's evil crew.
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The Justice Society Initiates Johnny Thunder! (conclusion) (Table of Contents)

The Justice Society of America / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner F. Fox
Pencils:
Everett E. Hibbard (page 1); Stan Aschmeier (page 2)
Inks:
Everett E. Hibbard (page 1), Stan Aschmeier (page 2)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Justice Society of America [Johnny Thunder (joins the JSA); The Flash [Jay Garrick]; The Sandman [Wesley Dodds]; The Atom [Al Pratt]; The Spectre [Jim Corrigan]; The Hour-Man [Rex Tyler]; Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Green Lantern [Alan Scott]]; The Thunderbolt [Archibald]; Killer McPanzee; Kidnappers Klub, Inc. (villains)
Synopsis:
The Thunderbolt finally rescues Johnny from the kidnappers and returns him, the ship, and McPanzee to JSA HQ where Johnny is finally approved for JSA membership.
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[Membership Survey] (Table of Contents)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

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Indexer Notes

The readers are invited to vote for a JSAer to receive his own magazine and become an honorary member (since the JSA by-laws only allow eight active members at a time), as well as name his replacement, in exchange for the chance for a free copy of All-Star Comics #7.

1000 Copies of the Next Issue of All-Star Comics Absolutely Free! (Table of Contents)

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

Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Readers are asked to nominate the next two JSA members they want named as Honorary Members of the JSA. And they are also asked to nominate four characters (from Flash, All-Americam, Fun and Adventure Comics) they would like to see as a regular fighting member of the JSA. A coupon is provided. The first 1000 readers submitting the coupon will receive a free copy of All-Star Comics #7.

Sequence added by Craig Delich.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils:
Everett E. Hibbard
Inks:
Everett E. Hibbard
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Justice Society of America [Doctor Fate [Kent Nelson]; The Sandman [Wesley Dodds]; The Spectre [Jim Corrigan]; Green Lantern [Alan Scott];awkman [Carter Hall]; Johnny Thunder; The Atom [Al Pratt]; The Hour-Man [Rex Tyler]; The Flash [Jay Garrick] (Honorary Member, inset); Superman [Clark Kent] (Honorary Member, inset); Batman [Bruce Wayne] (Honorary Member, inset)]
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Indexer Notes

Illustrated promotional advertisement for the next issue of All-Star Comics, now a bi-monthly, and on sale around August 25th.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. The Justice Society of America Initiates Johnny Thunder!
    The Justice Society of America
  2. 1. The Justice Society Initiates Johnny Thunder! (introduction)
    The Justice Society of America
  3. 2. The Justice Society Initiates Johnny Thunder! (Chapter 1)
    The Justice Society of America
  4. 3. The Justice Society Initiates Johnny Thunder! (Chapter 2)
    The Justice Society of America
  5. 4. The Justice Society Initiates Johnny Thunder! (interlude)
    The Justice Society of America
  6. 5. The Justice Society Initiates Johnny Thunder! (Chapter 3)
    The Justice Society of America
  7. 6. The Justice Society Initiates Johnny Thunder! (interlude)
    The Justice Society of America
  8. 7. The Justice Society Initiates Johnny Thunder! (Chapter 4)
    The Justice Society of America
  9. 8. The Justice Society Initiates Johnny Thunder! (Chapter 5)
    The Justice Society of America
  10. 9. The Justice Society Initiates Johnny Thunder! (interlude)
    The Justice Society of America
  11. 10. The Justice Society Initiates Johnny Thunder! (Chapter 6)
    The Justice Society of America
  12. 11. Look Kids!
  13. 12. The Justice Society Initiates Johnny Thunder! (Chapter 7)
    The Justice Society of America
  14. 13. [no title indexed]
    Hop Harrigan's All-American Flying Club
  15. 14. The Justice Society Initiates Johnny Thunder! (Chapter 8)
    The Justice Society of America
  16. 15. Dr. Mid-Nite Thinks Fast!
    Dr. Mid-Nite
  17. 16. The Justice Society Initiates Johnny Thunder! (interlude)
    The Justice Society of America
  18. 17. The Justice Society Initiates Johnny Thunder! (Chapter 9)
    The Justice Society of America
  19. 18. The Justice Society Initiates Johnny Thunder! (conclusion)
    The Justice Society of America
  20. 19. [Membership Survey]
  21. 20. 1000 Copies of the Next Issue of All-Star Comics Absolutely Free!
    contest
  22. 21. [no title indexed]
    The Justice Society of America
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Daniel Thingvold
  • Per Sandell
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Jon Ingersoll