(Spring 1944)

DC, 1940 Series
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Volume:
?
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
52
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 Monster will next appear in the "Special All-Star Squadron Preview" in Justice League of America #193 (August 1981).

All story synopses and notes from Craig Delich.


A Movie That Changed a Man's Life (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils:
Joe Gallagher; Stan Aschmeier (re-drew Johnny Thunder's head)
Inks:
Joe Gallagher; Stan Aschmeier (re-drew Johnny Thunder's head)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

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

Art credits from Craig Delich and confirmed by Stan Aschmeier.

The cover is mostly replicated on the splash page except that the head-view of Wonder Woman on the cover was pasted on and is missing from the splash page, the movie projector is placed differently, and there is slobber coming from the Moster's mouth.

The Movie That Changed a Man's Life (introduction) (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Justice Society of America [Johnny Thunder; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; Hawkman [Carter Hall]; The Sandman [Wesley Dodds]; Wonder Woman [Diana Prince] (Secretary); Starman [Ted Knight]; The Atom [Al Pratt]; Dr. Fate [Kent Nelson]; The Spectre [Jim Corrigan]]; Jason Roger's un-named wife (death); The Monster [Jason Rogers] (villain)
Synopsis:
Jason L. Rogers attends the meeting of the JSA to tell them about a Monster who has been robbing his banks, dynamited his factories....even broken into his home. Rogers says that this fiend has been giving him problems ever since a picnic years back, shot on film, and when that film was shown, his wife passed out from the shock. Later, Rogers was left plans for more schemes by the Monster and has now brought them to the meeting for the members to deal with. After they leave, the Monster suddenly appears and taunts the JSA, threatening to drive Roger's mind from his body.
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Indexer Notes

Sandman and Doctor Fate do not have individual chapters in the book, no doubt due to the actions of the War Production Board cutting back on paper use (as noted in issue #16). Gardner Fox, however, does report writing chapters for both characters that were not used. The reason is found on page "D" of the introduction where panel 5's word balloon has clearly been re-lettered to send Sandman and Fate to Roger's home.

The Movie That Changed a Man's Life (Chapter 1) (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Harlan Walsh (steel baron); The Monster [Jason Rogers] (villain); Marvin Walsh (villain, Harlan's twin brother, gambler); Monster's thugs (villains)
Synopsis:
Hawkman notices that a man is being attacked near a bog, and he alights and dispatches the thugs, then takes off for the home of Harlan Walsh, steel baron, not realizing the man he saved has news about the Monster. Meanwhile, the Monster threatens Walsh to rebuff the Feathered Fury when he arrives...or else! Hawkman leaves and is approached by the man he saved....the twin of the man inside, who is really Marvin Walsh, the black sheep of the family, and in the employ of the Monster. Hawkman re-enters the home, captures Marvin, who then tells Hawkman where the Monster's gang hides out.
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The Movie That Changed a Man's Life (Chapter 2) (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
occult; superhero
Characters:
The Spectre [Jim Corrigan]; Walter Noonan (architect, Jason's friend); The Monster [Jason Rogers] (villain); Monster's thugs (villains)
Synopsis:
Spectre sees the Monster getting ready to blow up a building, quickly rescuing Walter Noonan, a friend of Jason Rogers, and tells Spectre how the Monster came to him demanding $50,000 or risk having a dam blown up that his company had built. Noonan is told to agree to the terms so that he can set a trap. But the Monster sets a trap of his own, and when he arrives for the payoff, it goes off without a hitch. To the Monster, that is good because he would have blown away Noonan at the first sign of the Spectre. However, on the way back to the hideout, the Monster somehow gets away.
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Indexer Notes

Letterer credit from Craig Delich.

The Movie That Changed a Man's Life (Chapter 3) (Table of Contents)

The Justice Society of America: The Atom / 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 Monster [Jason Rogers] (villain); Monster's thugs (villains)
Synopsis:
The Monster, intending to rob an office payroll, lowers a magnet from his weird aircraft and attracts the safe from the of office. The Atom hops aboard the magnet being drawn back up to the strange ship to confront the crew. As the sky-craft lands on a roof, a net is thrown over the Atom, trapping him. The Monster shows up, but the Atom cowers in fear and faints! Upon awakening, the Monster puts him up against the wall to shoot him, when Atom throws a brick, hitting a lever and starting up the magnet, attracting the thug's guns. Atom mops them up, but the Monster escapes in his aircraft.
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[For the March of Dimes] (Table of Contents)

The Justice Society of America / public service announcement / 1 page (report information)

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

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

Art credits from Craig Delich, formerly given to Frank Harry.

Illustrated plea, with coupon, for readers to donate to the March of Dimes.

Ghost Plane (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
aviation
Characters:
Hop Harrigan; Tank Tinker; Major Dunning; the Japanese (some die)
Synopsis:
Time after time bombs hit Allied airfields, destroying planes, but no plane is ever seen or heard. Hop and Tank set out to solve the mystery, only to discover that a hot-air balloon is the culprit.
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Indexer Notes

P-38 Lightning; New Guinea

The Movie That Changed a Man's Life (Chapter 4) (Table of Contents)

The Justice Society of America: Dr. Mid-Nite / 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]; Dr. Horatio Hill (surgeon, death); un-named U.S. Senator (death); Roland Cord; The Monster [Jason Rogers] (villain); Monster's thugs (villains)
Synopsis:
Dr. Mid-Nite awakens strapped to an operating table as the surgeon relates how the Monster had drugged the doctor, then called in to operate on an important Senator, who died on the table. He lost his license and hope until the Monster persuaded him to operate on the wealthy, disfigure their faces, then blackmail them to restore their looks. But he refuses to operate on Dr. Mid-Nite to drive him insane and cuts him loose. Then the Monster shoots Hill and leaves. The doctor tells Dr. Mid-Nite how to restore people's faces before he dies.
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Doiby Dickles Goes on a Case: Paper Salvage! (Table of Contents)

Green Lantern / public service announcement / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Paul Reinman
Inks:
Paul Reinman
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; Doiby Dickles; un-named President of a bank
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Indexer Notes

Illustrated one-page PSA for Paper Salvage.

Fuller Phun and Archibald Club (Table of Contents)

Fat and Slat / filler / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Ed Wheelan
Pencils:
Ed Wheelan
Inks:
Ed Wheelan
Colors:
?
Letters:
Ed Wheelan

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Fat; Slat
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Indexer Notes

Letterer credit by Craig Delich.

This filler does NOT appear in the Archives.

The Movie That Changed a Man's Life (Chapter 5) (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Starman [Ted Knight]; Ira Young (millionaire); Hank (Young's assistant); The Monster [Jason Rogers] (villain); Monster's thugs (villains)
Synopsis:
Starman arrives a millionaire Ira Young's estate knowing the Monster is due to strike there somehow. Jason Rogers happens to be there as a guest and is being shown the new planetarium when gas strikes down Rogers and friends, and thugs begin to pick the people's pockets. Starman dives right into action, and while he is busy bopping the bad guys, the Monster loots the unconscious victims and flees. Giving chase, the Astral Avenger is saved from being fried by artifical lightning by his gravity rod, saves the stolen money, but misses out on capturing the Monster.
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Keywords:
Gravity Rod

The Movie That Changed a Man's Life (Chapter 6) (Table of Contents)

The Justice Society of America: Johnny Thunder / 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]; un-named Policemen; The Monster [Jason Rogers] (villain); Monster's thugs (villains)
Synopsis:
As Johnny walks the streets, he noticed two Policemen laughing their heads off, and tell Johnny that the jewelry house is being robbed. Going inside, Johnny is overcome by the gas used on the Police and is taken to the Monster's hideout, where upon the Monster tells Johnny he is going to chop his head off. The Thunderbolt prevents that from happening and helps brother John to round up the gang. Thunderbolt takes on the Monster himself with little success and the Monster flees away into the night.
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Keywords:
Black Star Jewelry House; Say You

The Movie That Changed a Man's Life (conclusion) (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Justice Society of America [Johnny Thunder; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; Hawkman [Carter Hall]; The Sandman [Wesley Dodds]; Starman [Ted Knight]; The Atom [Al Pratt]; Dr. Fate [Kent Nelson]; The Spectre [Jim Corrigan]]; The Monster [Jason Rogers] (villain, death)
Synopsis:
The JSA returns to Rogers home to see the film that caused the problem, and the film is blank, but Rogers restores it and disappears. The Monster appears and attacks the JSA as he tells them that Jason Rogers is his twin brother, whom he hates. After a struggle, the Monster is hit by a lethal ray and is fatally wounded. Dr. Mid-Nite concludes that while the two were twins, the Monster had never developed a body, just a mind, which would often inhabit Roger's body without his knowing it. Meanwhile, the Monster has reverted to his Roger's appearance and, now knowing the truth, dies at peace.
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Indexer Notes

Wonder Woman does not appear in the conclusion.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. A Movie That Changed a Man's Life
    The Justice Society of America
  2. 1. The Movie That Changed a Man's Life (introduction)
    The Justice Society of America
  3. 2. The Movie That Changed a Man's Life (Chapter 1)
    The Justice Society of America: Hawkman
  4. 3. The Movie That Changed a Man's Life (Chapter 2)
    The Justice Society of America: The Spectre
  5. 4. The Movie That Changed a Man's Life (Chapter 3)
    The Justice Society of America: The Atom
  6. 5. [For the March of Dimes]
    The Justice Society of America
  7. 6. Ghost Plane
    Hop Harrigan
  8. 7. The Movie That Changed a Man's Life (Chapter 4)
    The Justice Society of America: Dr. Mid-Nite
  9. 8. Doiby Dickles Goes on a Case: Paper Salvage!
    Green Lantern
  10. 9. Fuller Phun and Archibald Club
    Fat and Slat
  11. 10. The Movie That Changed a Man's Life (Chapter 5)
    The Justice Society of America: Starman
  12. 11. The Movie That Changed a Man's Life (Chapter 6)
    The Justice Society of America: Johnny Thunder
  13. 12. The Movie That Changed a Man's Life (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