(September-October 1942)

DC, 1941 Series
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Volume:
?
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
?
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Jolaine Publications, Inc.
Brand:
A Superman DC Publication
Editing:
Sheldon Mayer; Ted Udall (assistant editor)
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 offering 1000 copies of the next issue of All-Flash [#7] was announced in this issue. Readers were asked: 1) if they wanted book-length novels to continue in All-Flash or instead have separate stories; and 2) if they liked the Three Dimwits and wanted more stories featuring them. EVERY reader responding to this survey received a free Flash button in five brilliant colors. Info added by Craig Delich 8-22-09.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

The Flash / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Flash [Jay Garrick]; Winky Moylan; Blinky Boylan; Noddy Toylan

The Ray That Changed Men's Souls!: Prologue (Table of Contents)

The Flash / foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Flash [Jay Garrick]; Joan Williams; Winky Moylan; Blinky Boylan; Noddy Toylan
Synopsis:
(See synopsis in Chapter 1)

The Ray That Changed Men's Souls!: Chapter 1: The Adventure of the Riotous Ray! (Table of Contents)

The Flash / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Flash [Jay Garrick]; Joan Williams; Winky Moylan; Blinky Boylan; Noddy Toylan; Ada White; Sarah Norheart; Red Grant; Trigger Tom (villain)
Synopsis:
The Three Dimwits, trying to charge an old car battery, pour in a variety of chemicals, then attach a sunlamp to it as a power source. The resulting "purple ray", they find, has a strange effect upon people: it affects the secretions of the bodie's gands, resulting in changes in poise, conduct, and even in the brain itself!
Keywords:
Purple Ray

Indexer Notes

Modified synopsis by Craig Delich.

The Ray That Changed Men's Souls!: Chapter 2: The Curse of Fame! (Table of Contents)

The Flash / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Flash [Jay Garrick]; Joan Williams; Winky Moylan; Blinky Boylan; Noddy Toylan; Ada White; Jim Baker; Sarah Norheart; Red Grant; Trigger Tom (villain); Big Louie (villain)
Synopsis:
People stream into the Three Dimwits, wanting to bathe in the purple ray, wanting to become someone else. The nitwit's fame reaches far and wide, including to the criminal element, who endeavor to get in on the action. The Flash must deal with that problem as well as the complaints from people whose personalities have been altered.
Keywords:
Purple Ray

The Minute Man Answers the Call (Table of Contents)

public service announcement / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
M. C. Gaines (signed)
Pencils:
Sheldon Moldoff [as Shelly] (signed)
Inks:
Sheldon Moldoff [as Shelly] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
advocacy
Characters:
Uncle Sam; General George Washington; General Charles Cornwallis
Synopsis:
Throughout history, American men have been ready and willing at a moment's notice to stand and fight for this nation's freedom...a call now being accepted by a new generation of "minute men"! The story of how the Minuteman--the citizen-soldier--helped win the American Revolution, their spirit has watched over America's other battles against tyranny, and how that spirit lives on in 1943.
Keywords:
Concord; Lexington; Minutemen; The Alamo

Indexer Notes

War bond promo; appears as a pamphlet for the Junior JSA membership kit and in several DC comics in late '42/early '43:
Sensation Comics (DC, 1942 series) #11 (November 1942)
All-Flash (DC, 1941 series) #6 (September-October 1942)
Mutt & Jeff (DC, 1939 series) #6 (Fall 1942)
Comic Cavalcade (DC, 1942 series) #3 (Summer 1943)
World's Finest Comics (DC, 1941 series) #8 (Winter 1942-1943)

The Ray That Changed Men's Souls!: Chapter 3: Adventure of the Topsy-Turvy Town! (Table of Contents)

The Flash / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Flash [Jay Garrick]; Joan Williams; Winky Moylan; Blinky Boylan; Noddy Toylan; Red Grant; District Attorney Belmont; Trigger Tom (villain); Big Louie (villain)
Synopsis:
"Trigger" Tom and his gang succeed in stealing the purple ray. Flash successfully gets it back, but the ray plays on him and the Three Dimwits, giving them the Flash's personality and giving the Scarlet Speedster theirs!
Keywords:
Purple Ray

Volts from the Blue (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Evelyn Gaines (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
aviation
Characters:
Hop Harrigan

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Butch McLobster, The Super Mobster / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Ed Wheelan (signed)
Pencils:
Ed Wheelan (signed)
Inks:
Ed Wheelan (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Ed Wheelan

Genre:
humor; crime
Characters:
Butch McLobster

The Ray That Changed Men's Souls!: Chapter 4: The Case of the Chameleon Characters! (Table of Contents)

The Flash / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Flash [Jay Garrick]; Joan Williams; Winky Moylan; Blinky Boylan; Noddy Toylan; Red Grant; Trigger Tom (villain); Big Louie (villain)
Synopsis:
After regaining his personality, the Flash tracks down "Trigger" Tom and his hoods, all of whom have been taking advantage of a "Flash-less" city, and destroys the purple personality ray for good measure.
Keywords:
Purple Ray
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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    The Flash
  2. 1. The Ray That Changed Men's Souls!: Prologue
    The Flash
  3. 2. The Ray That Changed Men's Souls!: Chapter 1: The Adventure of the Riotous Ray!
    The Flash
  4. 3. The Ray That Changed Men's Souls!: Chapter 2: The Curse of Fame!
    The Flash
  5. 4. The Minute Man Answers the Call
  6. 5. The Ray That Changed Men's Souls!: Chapter 3: Adventure of the Topsy-Turvy Town!
    The Flash
  7. 6. Volts from the Blue
    Hop Harrigan
  8. 7. [no title indexed]
    Butch McLobster, The Super Mobster
  9. 8. The Ray That Changed Men's Souls!: Chapter 4: The Case of the Chameleon Characters!
    The Flash
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Lionel English
  • Mike Nielsen
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Gene Reed