(June-July 1943)

DC, 1940 Series
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Volume:
?
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
60
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

This All-Star was the first to have 56 interior pages. Internal evidences suggests the story was actually much longer, but panels were cut so that the story fell within the new War Production Board paper guidelines. The Editor's page features a Junior Justice Society of America code message in the Hawkman code.

All story synopses and notes by Craig Delich.


The Brain Wave Goes Berserk (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils:
Joe Gallagher
Inks:
Joe Gallagher
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Justice Society of America [Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; Hawkman [Carter Hall]; The Sandman [Wesley Dodds]; The Spectre [Jim Corrigan]; Johnny Thunder; Starman [Ted Knight]; Dr. Fate [Kent Nelson]; The Atom [Al Pratt]]; Brain Wave [Henry King, Sr.](inset)
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The Brain Wave Goes Berserk (introduction) (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Gardner Fox
Pencils:
Joe Gallagher
Inks:
Joe Gallagher
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Justice Society of America [The Sandman [Wesley Dodds]; Johnny Thunder; The Spectre [Jim Corrigan]; Dr. Fate [Kent Nelson]; Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Wonder Woman [Diana Prince] (Secretary); Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; The Atom [Al Pratt]; Starman [Ted Knight]]; Brain Wave [Henry King, Sr.] (villain)
Synopsis:
Wonder Woman informs the JSA that all the minutes of past meetings have been stolen. The scene then shifts back to the moment the Brain Wave jumped from his tower, supposedly to his death. He survived and invented a way using electricity and special substance to shrink the JSA to 8" tall! Meanwhile, Wonder Woman heads home to look for the minutes and after she leaves, the members find themselves shrunk to 8" in height, and Brain Wave enters, imprisoning each member in a cage. When Brain Wave leaves the room, Hawkman calls his hawks, who come and take the members away as Brain Wave watches.
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Indexer Notes

Story title taken from the cover.

The Brain Wave Goes Berserk (Chapter 1) (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Gardner F. Fox
Pencils:
Sheldon Moldoff
Inks:
Sheldon Moldoff
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Hawkman [Carter Hall]; The Thunderbolt [Archibald] (cameo); Ted Purvis (JJSA member); Mr. Purvis (Ted's father); thugs (villains)
Synopsis:
While flying along, Hawkman is captured by a JJSA member in a net, and he informs the young boy that his father is to be robbed by Brain Wave's men, so they head for the house, only to discover living tiny soldiers that are mixed in with the boy's regular toys. With a special yellow ray they regain their regular size and the Feathered Fury must come up with a different way of defeating the foe. As the Police arrive to arrest the thugs, Johnny Thunder's Thunderbolt shows up and takes Hawkman away.
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Indexer Notes

The Hawkman chapter was cut 2-3 pages from its original length and doesn't have a splash. Sheldon Moldoff said he purposely drew it that way, indicating he combined pages of Fox's script in order to shorten the chapter.

The Brain Wave Goes Berserk (Chapter 2) (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Gardner F. Fox; Jack Kirby (partial re-write)
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Joe Simon
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Sandman [Wesley Dodds]; The Thunderbolt [Archibald] (cameo); Silk O'Mara (villain); O'Mara's thugs (villains)
Synopsis:
Sandman is dumped out of his cage by the hawk who rescued him near a tree that grew money! Each $1 bill has a message on it to thugs connected with the Brain Wave, so he hides and awaits them. When they show, they read the bills, which tells them to take jewels from Riffanys. He follows them from the store and is able to whip them before a Policeman shows up to take them into custody. Then the Thunderbolt arrives to whisk him away.
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Indexer Notes

Script credit from Craig Delich. Re-writes confirmed by Jack Kirby.

The Brain Wave Goes Berserk (Chapter 3) (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Spectre [Jim Corrigan]; The Thunderbolt [Archibald] (cameo); Spider (villain); the Brain Wave's thugs (villains)
Synopsis:
Brain Wave's thugs use a special gun that shoots indestructible spider webs at some guards protecting a safe in a person's home, which incapacitates them while they begin looting the safe. The Spectre arrives and takes on the crooks, but has a difficult time because of his size, so he rockets into outer space, finds a meteor and aims it toward the house where the crooks are looting the safe. It crashes and knocks the men out. As the Spectre is setting off an alarm for the Police, the Thunderbolt arrives and takes him away to Johnny Thunder.
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Indexer Notes

Letterer credit from Craig Delich.

The Brain Wave Goes Berserk (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:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Dr. Fate [Kent Nelson]; The Thunderbolt [Archibald] (cameo); Lucky Luke (vollain); the Brain Wave's thugs (villains)
Synopsis:
The Brain Wave's minions, headed by Lucky Luke, are posing as plumbers in order to get into a bank to loot it. Doctor Fate shows up in time to trail the thugs back to Lucky's apartment, and he uses a typewriter to type out some bad news to Lucky. Noting that he has one more job to do, and it's Friday the 13th, Lucky decides to go through with the job, and Fate puts a stop to the plot just as the Thunderbolt shows up.
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Keywords:
Chemical Bank and Trust Corporation

The Brain Wave Goes Berserk (Chapter 5) (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Gardner F. Fox
Pencils:
Stan Aschmeier [as Stan Josephs] (signed)
Inks:
Stan Aschmeier [as Stan Josephs] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; Augustus Flack; Edward (Flack's butler); Dr. Charles T. GrantBrain Wave [Henry King, Sr.] (villain, cameo); the Brain Wave's thugs (villains)
Synopsis:
A special newspaper is delivered to Augustus Flack (and others), telling of "The Ace of Spades." Then an ace of spades card falls out with a note telling him where to take his blackmail money. Mid-Nite arrives and discovers the address to which the men are asked to bring their money, so he heads over to it, takes on the thugs under cover of his blackout bomb, and convinces the men that they have gotten lead poisoning from handling the papers Brain Wave had printed. They head over to a doctor that Charles McNider has recommended, and the doctor gases them and calls the Police.
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Keywords:
Blackout Bomb; Daily Argus

Indexer Notes

This chapter was probably shortened by a page, as the panel showing the Thunderbolt coming to get Dr. Mid-Nite is missing.

Water, Water Everywhere (Table of Contents)

Hop Harrigan / text story / 1.5 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Jon L. Blummer (illustration of Hop Harrigan)
Inks:
Jon L. Blummer (illustration of Hop Harrigan)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
aviation
Characters:
Hop Harrigan; Tank Tinker

Indexer Notes

This filler does NOT appear in the Archives.

The Brain Wave Goes Berserk (Chapter 6) (Table of Contents)

The Justice Society of America / comic story / 5.67 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner F. Fox
Pencils:
Paul Reinman
Inks:
Sam Burlockoff
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Starman [Ted Knight]; The Thunderbolt [Archibald] (cameo); Brain Wave's thugs (villains)
Synopsis:
Townspeople head over to Keller's Circus, which is putting on a free show for the people, a clever ruse by the Brain Wave because it leaves the town deserted and wide open to be robbed blind. While the people back at the circus have been gassed, Starman shows up and follows the crooks into town from the circus and takes them on until the Police arrive...and then Thunderbolt shows up to whisk him away.
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Keywords:
Durham Bank; Gravity Rod; Keller's Circus

Indexer Notes

Art credits from Craig Delich.

Pencils credit originally given to Ed Dobrotka.

Inker credit confirmed by Sam Burlockoff.

This chapter was shortened by a 1/3 of a page.

The Brain Wave Goes Berserk (Chapter 7) (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Gardner F. Fox
Pencils:
Joe Gallagher
Inks:
Joe Gallagher
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Atom [Al Pratt]; The Thunderbolt [Archibald] (cameo); The Brain Wave [Henry King, Sr.] (villain, cameo); Crafty Connors (villain); Knuckles O'Grady (villain); Slipper Joe Dixon (villain)
Synopsis:
The Atom witnessess many strange accidents and the victims, taken to a nearby hospital, just happen to be crooks of every description. He discovers that the Brain Wave has taught the men how to fake accidents in order to commit theft. The men, in spite of the Atom's attempts, escape from the hospital with a supply of radium and head for their hideout, followed by the Mighty Mite. He attacks the best he can until the Police arrive to arrest the thugs...and the Thunderbolt appears to take the Atom away.
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Indexer Notes

This chapter was probably shortened by one page.

The Brain Wave Goes Berserk (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]; Senator Sebastian J. Graves (bank President and multi-millionaire); phony Senator Graves (villain); Brain Wave's thuigs (villains)
Synopsis:
Johnny arrives at the Keystone Hotel, ready to take on the Brain Wave's thugs, but lands head first and is knocked out. Inside the hotel, a phony Senator Sebastin Graves overpowers the real Senator and takes his place. Johnny attempts to intervene, but his small size presents a real challenge to him until he thinks to have the Thunderbolt make his full size again! Still, Johnny is captured, so he asks the Thunderbolt to get the rest of the JSA pronto!
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Keywords:
Keystone Hotel; Say You

The Brain Wave Goes Berserk (conclusion) (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Gardner F. Fox
Pencils:
Joe Gallagher
Inks:
Joe Gallagher
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Justice society of America [Hawkman [Carter Hall]; The Atom [Al Pratt]; The Sandman [Wesley Dodds]; The Spectre [Jim Corrigan]; Dr. Fate [Kent Nelson]; Dr. Mid-Nite; Johnny Thunder; Starman [Ted Knight]]; The Thunderbolt [Archibald]; Brain Wave [Henry King, Sr.] (villain, death?)
Synopsis:
The JSA saves Johnny and the Senator, then head over to the Brain Wave's tower at Sharktooth Bay. Brain Wave has wired explosives outside the tower to blow up the JSA as they arrive, but the Thunderbolt moves the explosives inside the tower and the Brain Wave accidently blows himself up!
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Keywords:
Sharktooth Bay

Indexer Notes

Wonder Woman does not appear in the conclusion.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. The Brain Wave Goes Berserk
    The Justice Society of America
  2. 1. The Brain Wave Goes Berserk (introduction)
    The Justice Society of America
  3. 2. The Brain Wave Goes Berserk (Chapter 1)
    The Justice Society of America
  4. 3. The Brain Wave Goes Berserk (Chapter 2)
    The Justice Society of America
  5. 4. The Brain Wave Goes Berserk (Chapter 3)
    The Justice Society of America
  6. 5. The Brain Wave Goes Berserk (Chapter 4)
    The Justice Society of America
  7. 6. The Brain Wave Goes Berserk (Chapter 5)
    The Justice Society of America
  8. 7. Water, Water Everywhere
    Hop Harrigan
  9. 8. The Brain Wave Goes Berserk (Chapter 6)
    The Justice Society of America
  10. 9. The Brain Wave Goes Berserk (Chapter 7)
    The Justice Society of America
  11. 10. The Brain Wave Goes Berserk (Chapter 8)
    The Justice Society of America
  12. 11. The Brain Wave Goes Berserk (conclusion)
    The Justice Society of America
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  • Craig Delich
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