(June-July 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

A contest, begun in Sensation Comics #5, asked readers to vote on which of the six heroes appearing in Sensation should become the next JSA member.

All story synopses and notes by Craig Delich.

Parts of this issue are reprinted:

The Justice Society Joins the War On Japan! (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils:
Sheldon Moldoff; Howard Sherman (Dr. Fate head); Everett Hibbard (Johnny Thunder head); Stan Aschmeier (Dr. Mid-Nite head); Bernard Baily (Spectre head); Harry G. Peter (Wonder Woman head); Jack Burnley (Starman head); Ben Flinton (Atom head); Cliff Young (Sandman head)
Inks:
Sheldon Moldoff; Howard Sherman (Dr. Fate head); Everett Hibbard (Johnny Thunder head); Stan Aschmeier (Dr. Mid-Nite head); Bernard Baily (Spectre head); Harry G. Peter (Wonder Woman head); Jack Burnley (Starman head); Ben Flinton (Atom head); Cliff Young (Sandman head)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Justice Society of America [The Spectre [Jim Corrigan] (inset); Wonder Woman ([Diana Prince] inset); Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider] (inset); Starman [Ted Knight] (inset); Johnny Thunder (inset); Dr. Fate [Kent Nelson] (inset); The Atom [Al Pratt] (inset); The Sandman [Wesley Dodds] (inset); Hawkman [Carter Hall]]; the Japanese
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Indexer Notes

Art credits from Craig Delich, confirmed by Sheldon Moldoff, who did the basic cover scene.

The JSA Joins the War On Japan! (introduction) (Table of Contents)

The Justice Society of America / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Justice Society of America [Dr. Fate [Kent Nelson]; The Atom [Al Pratt]; The Sandman [Wesley Dodds]; Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; Starman [Ted Knight]; Johnny Thunder; The Spectre [Jim Corrigan]]; Wonder Woman [Diana Prince] (inset on splash page, not in introduction); Hooty (an owl)
Synopsis:
Each of the members shows up to the regularly scheduled meeting with the Pearl Harbor attack on their minds, and each of them (except the Spectre, because he is a ghost) has decided to join the military, but can't figure out a way to tell the others. Spectre vows to keep busy on the home front while the others go ahead and enlist.
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Keywords:
Gravity Rod

Indexer Notes

JSA becomes the Justice Batallion, and meets Wonder Woman.

Splash page MAY not be by Burnley (which seems to be a rendering of the attack on Pearl Harbor). There appears to be an illegible signature just below the propeller in blue area (maybe reads "ASCHE"), or it could be part of the name "Arizona", battleship sunk at Pearl.

Once again Sandman wears different costumes in the introduction and conclusion.

The splash page appears to have been adapted from the JJSA certificate.

The JSA Joins the War On Japan! (Chapter 1) (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 [Carter Hall]; Hawkgirl [Shiera Sanders]; Major Nichols; Carolyn Williams (movie star); the Japanese (villains, some die)
Synopsis:
Hawkman is assigned to the Interceptor Coast Command and attends flying school as Carter Hall. His girlfriend, Shiera, has joined the nurses and is heading out on a convoy to the Philippines. Suddenly, there is an enemy attack at the air base and Hall switches to Hawkman to help battle the enemy. After whipping them, the Feathered Fury learns that there may be an attack on the convoy Shiera left with, so he is sent out to make sure it arrives safely in the Philippines.
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Keywords:
Interceptor Coast Command; Philippines

The JSA Joins the War On Japan! (interlude) (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Hawkgirl [Shiera Sanders]; Diana Prince
Synopsis:
Hawkman lands on the ship Shiera is assigned to and meets Diana Prince, whom he already knows to be Wonder Woman. Shiera then confides in her that Carter Hall and Hawkman are one and the same person.
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Indexer Notes

Burnley credits from Craig Delich (per Burnley), formerly credited to Sheldon Moldoff.

The JSA Joins the War On Japan! (Chapter 2) (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Gardner F. Fox
Pencils:
Harry G. Peter
Inks:
Harry G. Peter
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]; un-named USMC Major; the Japanese (villains)
Synopsis:
Diana is assigned to the ambulance corps and rides one out to the beaches where she begins to treat wounded soldiers. Suddenly there is a Japanese attack, so she switches to Wonder Woman and rounds up the entire invading force!
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Keywords:
Golden Lasso; Philippines

Indexer Notes

Wonder Woman is made an Honorary Member of a U.S.M.C. detachment.

The JSA Joins the War on Japan! (Chapter 3) (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]; the Japanese (villains, some die)
Synopsis:
Having proved to be able to fire artillery accurately, Wes Dodds is immediately dispatched to where the action is. Turned down for guard duty, he decides instead, as the Sandman, to keep watch for enemy movements. Finding a captured two-man sub in the harbor loaded with fuel and torpedoes, he discovers a fleet of Japanese carriers. He telegraphs the Japanese that a U.S. fleet is approaching and all of them scatter. He then boards one and destroys all the airplanes aboard.
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Keywords:
Wirepoon

The JSA Joins the War On Japan! (Chapter 4) (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]; Lieutenant Gordon; the Japanese (villains, some die)
Synopsis:
Al Pratt is assigned to the tank corps, and he passes all tests brilliantly, then asks for the most dangerous assignment available. He is told that the Japanese have broken through Allied lines at Kota Bharu, and he'll need to take his company forward to that position at the front. Finding his unit out maneuvered, Al changes to the Atom and uses brute strength to deal with the Japanese tanks and capture the enemy.
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Keywords:
AEF; Kota Bharu

Indexer Notes

Pratt is promoted to the rank of Sergeant in this story.

Outlaw Plane (Table of Contents)

Hop Harrigan / text story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Evelyn Gaines ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
aviation
Characters:
Hop Harrigan; Tank Tinker; Prop Wash; un-named spies (villains)
Synopsis:
A new military bomber has just taken off and is followed closely by Tank. Suddenly a black plane appears on the scene and attacks it. Hop decides to jump in a plane and go after the attacker.
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Indexer Notes

Script credit from Craig Delich.

The JSA Joins the War On Japan! (Chapter 5) (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:
occult; superhero
Characters:
Dr. Fate [Kent Nelson]; the Japanese (villains)
Synopsis:
Kent Nelson has volunteered for the Army Parachute Troops and graduates from its school. Aboard an airplane for their first mission to assist a surrounded Marine division, the parachutists are being shot out of the sky by the Japanese before they can even safely land, so Nelson changes into Dr. Fate on the way down and saves the day.
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Keywords:
Army Parachute Troops

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit by Craig Delich.

In panel 3 on page 4, Fate has his helmet off.

The last panel on page 6 seems to indicate that Nelson's buddies knew his secret identity.

The JSA Joins the War On Japan! (Chapter 6) (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; Myra Mason; Hooty (an owl); Dr. Benson (death); the Japanese (villains, some die)
Synopsis:
Just as Charles McNider tries to decide which unit of the armed forces he is going to join up with, and if they will accept a blind man, he gets a call that a Pacific research hospital has been bombed and Dr. Benson, one of McNider's friends, has been fatally wounded and asks McNider to come and take over his work. While on duty one evening, Hooty warns the doctor of approaching enemy planes, and he changes to the Man of Midnight and helps deal with averting the attack.
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The JSA Joins the War On Japan! (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]; Ash (one of Ted's fellow pilots); the Japanese (villains, some die)
Synopsis:
Ted Knight becomes an Air Force pilot at Randolph Field unaware that the Japanese, a few miles away, are plotting a devastating attack on the base. Changing to Starman, Knight takes on the approaching planes, dispatching many with his gravity rod, and help from a fellow pilot that became ill attempting to fly a plane.
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Keywords:
Formosa; Gravity Rod; Randolph Field

The JSA Joins the War On Japan! (Chapter 8) (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
humor; superhero
Characters:
Johnny Thunder; The Thunderbolt [Archibald]; Commander Sewell; a renegade spy (villain); the Japanese (villains, some die)
Synopsis:
Johnny joins the Navy and is assigned to an aircraft carrier, where he makes one blunder after another. Commander Sewell decides to give brother John an assignment he can handle: handing a picture in his room. In a series of mis-adventures, Johnny unknowingly uncovers a plot to blow up the ship.
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Keywords:
Say You

The JSA Joins the War On Japan! (conclusion) (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Justice Society of America [Johnny Thunder; The Spectre [Jim Corrigan]; The Atom [Al Pratt]; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Dr. Fate [Kent Nelson]; The Sandman [Wesley Dodds]; Starman [Ted Knight]]; Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]; The Thunderbolt [Archibald]; group of un-named high-ranking military brass
Synopsis:
A group of Army brass is arguing about the feats of the JSA members when the Navy shows up with Johnny, commending him as well. So they decide to bring together all eight members (plus Wonder Woman), and decide who did the best job. In the final anaylsis, they decide the JSA is doing TOO well in their jobs, showing up all of the other regular Army soldiers, Marines and sailors. So, it is decided that the JSA will become the Justice Battalion of America for the duration of the war. Dr. Fate recommends Wonder Woman for JSA membership, but it goes unacted on for this issue.
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Keywords:
Say You

How to Spot Planes in the Skies (Table of Contents)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Falcon Mathieu
Pencils:
Falcon Mathieu
Inks:
Falcon Mathieu
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
non-fiction; aviation

Indexer Notes

Script and inker credits from Craig Delich.

This filler does NOT appear in the Archives.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. The Justice Society Joins the War On Japan!
    The Justice Society of America
  2. 1. The JSA Joins the War On Japan! (introduction)
    The Justice Society of America
  3. 2. The JSA Joins the War On Japan! (Chapter 1)
    The Justice Society of America
  4. 3. The JSA Joins the War On Japan! (interlude)
    The Justice Society of America
  5. 4. The JSA Joins the War On Japan! (Chapter 2)
    The Justice Society of America
  6. 5. The JSA Joins the War on Japan! (Chapter 3)
    The Justice Society of America
  7. 6. The JSA Joins the War On Japan! (Chapter 4)
    The Justice Society of America
  8. 7. Outlaw Plane
    Hop Harrigan
  9. 8. The JSA Joins the War On Japan! (Chapter 5)
    The Justice Society of America
  10. 9. The JSA Joins the War On Japan! (Chapter 6)
    The Justice Society of America
  11. 10. The JSA Joins the War On Japan! (Chapter 7)
    The Justice Society of America
  12. 11. The JSA Joins the War On Japan! (Chapter 8)
    The Justice Society of America
  13. 12. The JSA Joins the War On Japan! (conclusion)
    The Justice Society of America
  14. 13. How to Spot Planes in the Skies
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Per Sandell
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Jon Ingersoll