(February-March 1942)

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 Superman 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.


[Hemisphere Defense] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Justice Society of America [Hawkman [Carter Hall]; The Sandman [Wesley Dodds]; Johnny Thunder; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; Dr. Fate [Kent Nelson]; The Spectre [Jim Corrigan]; Starman [Ted Knight]; The Atom [Al Pratt]; Superman (Honorary Member, inset); Batman (Honorary Member, inset); The Flash [Jay Garrick] (Honorary Member, inset); Green Lantern [Alan Scott] (Honorary Member, inset)]; Hooty
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The cover is taken directly from the promotional ad for this issue in All-Star #8.

Hemisphere Defense (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 [Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; Johnny Thunder; Dr. Fate [Kent Nelson]; The Spectre [Jim Corrigan]; The Atom [Al Pratt]; Starman [Ted Knight]; Superman [Clark Kent] (Honorary Member, inset on splash page, not in story); Batman [Bruce Wayne] (Honorary Member, inset on splash page, not in story); The Flash [Jay Garrick] (Honorary Member, inset on splash page, not in story); Green Lantern [Alan Scott] (Honorary Member, inset on splash page, not in story)]; Hooty (an owl, splash only); un-named FBI Chief (named an Associate Member of the JSA)
Synopsis:
The FBI Chief in Washington greets the JSA members and thanks them for dealing with the 5th Columnists (back in All-Star #4). However, he tells the members that our own hemisphere is being threatened by saboteurs and spies, particularly in Central and South America, who are aiming at controling the "Southern Pacific" of Mexico, a vital supply-link railroad, as well as formenting revolution inside friendly governments there. He gives each member an assignment in a nation located there to combat these issues at hand.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Washington D.C.

Indexer Notes

The main splash page art replicates the cover except for the eagle and shield emblem, which sits atop the globe on the cover..

The un-named FBI Chief in Washington logically refers to J. Edgar Hoover.

This is the last JSA story in All-Star to display the Sandman in his gas masked attire.

Hemisphere Defense (Chapter 1) (Table of Contents)

The Justice Society of America / comic story / 8 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]; un-named Mexican Policeman; Johan Krauss [also as a Mexican Secret Police agent] (villain, Nazi spy); Krauss' gang (villains)
Synopsis:
Hawkman is sent to Mexico to deal with the Nazi threat to wreck the Southern Pacific Railroad in case of war, and meets with a man supposedly to be a Mexican Secret Police agent, but actually the villain in disguise. Hawkman then infiltrates the spy ring, gathers documents proving espionage activities, rounds up the spies, then heads for South America to meet up with the other JSA members.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Guaymas; Manzanillo; Mexico; Plaza Hotel; Southern Pacific Railroad

Hemisphere Defense (Chapter 2) (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 Spectre [Jim Corrigan]; un-named Chief of the Argentine Police; Carlos (aide to the Chief); Fifth Columnists [Hermann; rest un-named] (villains, some die)
Synopsis:
The Ghostly Guardian arrives in Argentina to deal with Fifth Columnist activity concerning the disappearance of Army planes, and spots an "octopus of the air" machine causing the trouble. While its pilots commit suicide, the real leader has been captured and is in custody. Jim Corrigan and the Argentine Chief of Police take the villain toward a prison when other enemy agents intercept them. The Spectre makes short work of the octopus planes and captures the spies.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Argentina; Buenos Aires

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit from Craig Delich.

Hemisphere Defense (Chapter 3) (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]; Alberto Medina (Chief of the Servicio de Identificacion); Fred Davis (Pratt's artist friend); Nazi propagandists [Adolphus Hecht; rest un-named] (villains)
Synopsis:
Al Pratt heads for Chile to offer his services in ridding the nation of the spread of Nazi propaganda, but it is the Atom who takes the lead in discovering the secret printing press turning out the Nazi propaganda.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Chile; Santiago

Hemisphere Defense (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]; Senor Jose Ortez (Secret Service officer); Nazi saboteurs (villains)
Synopsis:
Venezuela is on the docket for the Sandman, who must investigate Nazi attempts to sabotage oil wells leased to the United States and Great Britain. He discovers the saboteurs and wades into them before a shot fells the Man of Sleep, and who is also drugged while they try to carry out their plans to destroy wells in a lake. Awakening, the Sandman heads for the lake, mops up the villains and prevents the destruction of the wells.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Venezuela; Wirepoon

The Flash (Fastest Man Alive!) Celebrates the President's Diamond Jubilee Birthday! (Table of Contents)

The Flash / public service announcement / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Everett E. Hibbard [as E. E. Hibbard] (signed)
Inks:
Everett E. Hibbard [as E. E. Hibbard] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?; typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Flash [Jay Garrick]; Doc Benson; Tommy (infantile paraylsis patient); Tommy's mother and father
Synopsis:
After discovering the need for an iron lung to save the life of a small child, the Flash races out to secure one, thus saving the little boy's life..
Reprints:
Keywords:
Smith Hospital

Indexer Notes

A separate illustrated text section below the 6-panel story further empahsizes the need for more such equipment as Tommy required in the story, and the pubisher's encourage all readers to donate as much money as they can to the President's Diamond Jubilee.

Hemisphere Defense (Chapter 5) (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
humor; superhero
Characters:
Johnny Thunder; The Thunderbolt [Archibald]; Bradlee Zenea [aka Bradley Zenea] (espionage agent); Miguel (villain, spy); other un-named spies (villains)
Synopsis:
Johnny is sent to Cuba to discover the whereabouts of master espionage agent, Bradley Zenea, but is captured by a gang headed by a spy named Miguel. Johnny tracks the spies down, but can't best them because the Thunderbolt will only respond to Johnny's magic words in Spanish! Johnny is caught and the gang decides to feed Johnny to the sharks! By accident, brother John says "Say You" in Spanish and the T-Bolt helps Johnny mop up the oppositon.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Cuba; Say You (Dice-Usted)

Hemisphere Defense (Chapter 6) (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]; Senor Esteban Cordoban (Democratic leader of Brazil); Senora Cordoban (Esteban's wife); Strauss (villain, Nazi General); phony Estaban Cordoban (villain); other Nazis (villains)
Synopsis:
Dr. Fate arrives in the Republic of Brazil to investigate the Nazis new invention: a floating fortress gunship, which the Germans plan to use as an floating Seigfried Line to conquer the world.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Brazil; Guanabara Bay; Rio de Janeiro

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit from Craig Delich.

Midnight Meeting (Table of Contents)

Hop Harrigan / text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Evelyn Gaines ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
aviation
Characters:
Hop Harrigan; Tank Tinker; Colonel Dunbar (death); Colonel Dunbar's un-named wife (death); phony Colonel Dunbar (villain, spy); other spies (villains)
Synopsis:
Hop wonders what Tank is up to (after reading about the death of a Colonel Dunbar's wife), so he decides to follow him, but he captured by a group of men who think he is a spy. But in time, the man Hop is coming to see, turns out to be a phony and a German spy milking young men out of $100 each to join a League, and forwarding thje money to the German government.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Guard America League

Indexer Notes

Script credit by Craig Delich.

Hemisphere Defense (Chapter 7) (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Gardner F. Fox
Pencils:
Jack Burnley
Inks:
Jack Burnley
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Starman [Ted Knight]; un-named Chief of the Bolivian Secret Police; the Nazis (villains)
Synopsis:
Starman heads for Bolivia and meets up with a member of that nation's secret police, and learns that the Nazis are exploiting the nation's tin mines, but no one can discover just how the Germans get in and out of the mines without being seen.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Bolivia; Gravity Rod; Lake Titicaca

Hemisphere Defense (Chapter 8) (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; Hooty (an owl); Myra Mason; Dr. Gomez; Dr. Swein (villain), scientist); Swein's bodyguards (villains)
Synopsis:
The Man of Night and Hooty go to Colombia to investigate cases of mass hypnotism that causes the people to become like robots for the Nazis to control.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Blackout Bomb; Colombia

Hemisphere Defense (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 [Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Dr. Fate [Kent Nelson]; The Spectre [Jim Corrigan]; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; The Sandman [Wesley Dodds]; Johnny Thunder]; The Thunderbolt [Archibald]; Hooty (an owl); Inza Cramer; Shiera Sanders; Dian Belmont; Myra Mason; Daisy Darling; Bradley Zenea; Bradley's fiancee
Synopsis:
As the JSA members return from their assignments, they are surprised to learn that their girl friends are there to meet them. However, Johnny has not returned and Daisy is very concerned. Just then, Johnny rushes in, being pursued by Bradley Zenea and a man, thinking that he had agreed to marry the girl. He discovers that his ideas were wrong, so he goes out for a moonlight walk with Daisy. As they gaze at the moon, Johnny wishes that he had Daisy all alone....on the moon...and the Thunderbolt grants that wish!
Reprints:
Keywords:
Say You

Indexer Notes

The FBI Chief is voted to be an Associate Member of the JSA at the conclusion of the story.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [Hemisphere Defense]
    The Justice Society of America
  2. 1. Hemisphere Defense (introduction)
    The Justice Society of America
  3. 2. Hemisphere Defense (Chapter 1)
    The Justice Society of America
  4. 3. Hemisphere Defense (Chapter 2)
    The Justice Society of America
  5. 4. Hemisphere Defense (Chapter 3)
    The Justice Society of America
  6. 5. Hemisphere Defense (Chapter 4)
    The Justice Society of America
  7. 6. The Flash (Fastest Man Alive!) Celebrates the President's Diamond Jubilee Birthday!
    The Flash
  8. 7. Hemisphere Defense (Chapter 5)
    The Justice Society of America
  9. 8. Hemisphere Defense (Chapter 6)
    The Justice Society of America
  10. 9. Midnight Meeting
    Hop Harrigan
  11. 10. Hemisphere Defense (Chapter 7)
    The Justice Society of America
  12. 11. Hemisphere Defense (Chapter 8)
    The Justice Society of America
  13. 12. Hemisphere Defense (conclusion)
    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