(Fall 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

The King Bee next appears in All-Star Squadron #1 (September 1981) in a time-tossed story set on December 6-7, 1941. The Editor's page features a Junior Justice Society of America code message in the Johnny Thunder code.

All story synopses and notes from Craig Delich.


[Insects Turn to Crime!] (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils:
Frank Harry
Inks:
Frank Harry
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Justice Society of America [The Atom [Al Pratt]; Johnny Thunder; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]; Starman [Ted Knight]; Dr. Fate [Kent Nelson]; The Spectre [Jim Corrigan]; The Sandman [Wesley Dodds]]
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Insects Turn to Crime! (introduction) (Table of Contents)

The Justice Society of America / comic story / 3 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 Sandman [Wesley Dodds]; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; Starman [Ted Knight]; The Atom [Al Pratt]; Dr. Fate [Kent Nelson]; The Spectre [Jim Corrigan]; Johnny Thunder; Wonder Woman [Diana Prince] (Secretary)]
Synopsis:
Chairman Hawkman displays a wax exhibition of a miniature insect world for the JSA members to look at as they arrive at the JSA meeting, and explains what a new master criminal is doing to use insect hormones to create a race of super men-insects to commit crimes! Johnny Thunder comes in late...walking on the ceiling and buzzing like a fly, which demonstrates to the members the urgency of their task to find this madman and defeat his minions.
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Indexer Notes

The splash page does NOT list the story's title.

Insects Turn to Crime! (Chapter 1) (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Abner Mason; group of thugs [Slick; rest un-named] (villains); The Termite Men (Abner's un-named son; rest un-named] (villains)
Synopsis:
Abner Mason writes to Hawkman about his son, who has been taken by a gang of termite men to the deserted Cartwheel house. The termite men were being used to rob banks, after disabling bank guards with a gummy substance. The Feathered Fury tracks down the gang, but is overcome by the gummy substance and left suspended over a fire that had been set to kill him in the house. But the heat melts the substance and Hawkman escapes, tracking down the thugs and termite men.
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Keywords:
Cartwheel House

Insects Turn to Crime! (Chapter 2) (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Gardner F. Fox
Pencils:
Pierce Rice
Inks:
Arthur Cazeneuve
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Sandman [Wesley Dodds]; Serge Astrakoff (scientist); group of thugs (villains); Borer Men (villains)
Synopsis:
Serge Astrakoff has discovered a way to make rubber from plants, and he tells Sandman that one evening, while working in his lab, he heard a strange noise and some men that looked like giant snails, bored up from underneath his lab and stole the synthetic rubber formula. The Sandman follows the trail of the "borer-men" and disables them with gas and captures the thugs and secures the formula.
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Insects Turn to Crime! (Chapter 3) (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Spectre [Jim Corrigan]; The Water Bug [Chick Demsey] (villain, reforms); the Water Bug's Gang (villains, all reform)
Synopsis:
The Spectre battles a man known as the Water Bug, who, in reality, is Chick Dempsey, world record holder in a dozen swimming events. Unable to get work after he graduated from college, Dempsey is approached by the King Bee and goes to work for him. He's glad when the Spectre nabs him and then helps the Ghostly Guardian to round up the rest of the gang.
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Keywords:
Daily Blah-Blah; Evening Star; Morning Sun

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit from Craig Delich.

Insects Turn to Crime! (Chapter 4) (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Gardner F. Fox
Pencils:
Howard Sherman
Inks:
Howard Sherman
Colors:
?
Letters:
Howard Sherman

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Dr. Fate [Kent Nelson]; Fred (airliner pilot); Brown (airliner pilot); Hasher (villain); Hasher's gang (villains); The Hornet Men (villains)
Synopsis:
An airliner is attacked by hornet men, who force the plane down, and take it away, leaving the passengers stranded. Dr. Fate just happenes to pass by the area and is seen by one of the members of King Bee's gang: the Hasher! He reports back to the rest of his gang that Fate is in the area, and sends up the hornet men after him. Fate makes short work of them, then captures Hasher and his gang, then discovers paperwork from the King Bee, and heads out after him.
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Keywords:
San Pablo Mountains

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit by Craig Delich.

Insects Turn to Crime! (Chapter 5) (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. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; Fred Norman (bank employee); Jim (fred's friend, flashback, death); gang of thugs (villains); The Spider Men (villains)
Synopsis:
Fred Norman had a fear and hatred of spiders, due to the fact that his friend Jim, whom he had been camping with, was killed by one ten years earlier. Working late in a bank, Fred was startled to see some human spiders invading the bank to steal some loot. Later, Dr. Mid-Nite convinces Fred that he can beat his phobia and together they face these minions of the King Bee. After throwing his blackout bomb into the area to frighten the spider-men, Fred runs out, reconsiders and comes back in to sock one of the thugs whom he thought to be one of his spider enemies, thus over-coming his fear.
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Keywords:
Blackout Bomb

Hop Harrigan at New Guinea (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 text story does NOT appear in the Archives.

Insects Turn to Crime! (Chapter 6) (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Gardner F. Fox
Pencils:
Pierce Rice
Inks:
Arthur Cazeneuve
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Starman [Ted Knight]; gang of thugs (villains); The Ant Men (villains)
Synopsis:
The city faces the threat of ant-men, who have the power to crush a car in their bare hands. They are being used by the King Bee's thugs to rob local banks, and when the Astral Avenger arrives, he tries to figure out a way to handle them safely without killing them. When Starman discovers that the ant-men are controlled by a microphone through antennas on their heads, Starman pounds the thugs and brings the ant-men under control with that microphone.
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Keywords:
Gravity Rod

Insects Turn to Crime! (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]; Percival Norman; un-named head of Entomology; group of thugs (villains); The Grasshopper Men (villains)
Synopsis:
An emerald necklace called the Green Glacier tells the story of how it was stolen by Grasshopper Men from Carteret's House of Jewels. Arriving on the scene, the Atom directs the grasshopper thieves into a field of grain while he overcomes the human criminals and takes the Glacier into his safe-keeping.
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Keywords:
Carteret's House of Jewels; Green Glacier; The Great Forest (mention only)

Indexer Notes

The necklace narrates this story.

Oddity: The Atom is pictured without his cape on page 5, panel 5.

Insects Turn to Crime! (Chapter 8) (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:
humor; superhero
Characters:
Johnny Thunder; The Thunderbolt [Archibald]; group of thugs (villains); The Fly Men (villains)
Synopsis:
Already under the influence of the fly hormone, Johnny goes to the diner where he ate the funny tasting bologna laced with that hormone. He is immediately forced to eat soup also containing the ingredient, and is given a set of wings so he can fly with the rest to commit yet more crimes. Johnny has enough presence of mind to suggest ways to capture the group and the Thunderbolt handles the details, then they head for the King Bee's residence.
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Keywords:
Butch's Cafe

Indexer Notes

Johnny never once says "Cei-U," but the Thunderbolt acts as if he had.

Insects Turn to Crime! (conclusion) (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:
Justice Society of America [Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Johnny Thunder; Dr. Fate [Kent Nelson]; The Spectre [Jim Corrigan]; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; The Sandman [Wesley Dodds]; Starman [Ted Knight]; Atom [Al Pratt]]; The Thunderbolt [Archibald]; The King Bee [Elmer Pane] (villain, bug exterminator)
Synopsis:
Elmer Pane, a lowly bug exterminator, has been made fun of all his life due to his interest in bugs and his career. One day he is able to isolate insect hormones, crystalize them, and find a way of ingesting them in humans to do his bidding. Having overcome Pane's weird creations, the JSA shows up at the King Bee's residence and overpower him, finding the antidote for the hormones which they will use on the King Bee's innocent victims to restore them to their real selves.
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Keywords:
Say You; The Great Forest

Indexer Notes

Wonder Woman does not appear in the conclusion.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [Insects Turn to Crime!]
    The Justice Society of America
  2. 1. Insects Turn to Crime! (introduction)
    The Justice Society of America
  3. 2. Insects Turn to Crime! (Chapter 1)
    The Justice Society of America
  4. 3. Insects Turn to Crime! (Chapter 2)
    The Justice Society of America
  5. 4. Insects Turn to Crime! (Chapter 3)
    The Justice Society of America
  6. 5. Insects Turn to Crime! (Chapter 4)
    The Justice Society of America
  7. 6. Insects Turn to Crime! (Chapter 5)
    The Justice Society of America
  8. 7. Hop Harrigan at New Guinea
    Hop Harrigan
  9. 8. Insects Turn to Crime! (Chapter 6)
    The Justice Society of America
  10. 9. Insects Turn to Crime! (Chapter 7)
    The Justice Society of America
  11. 10. Insects Turn to Crime! (Chapter 8)
    The Justice Society of America
  12. 11. Insects Turn to Crime! (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:
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