(Summer 1944)

DC, 1940 Series
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Volume:
2
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
52
Indicia frequency:
quarterly
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

Jerry Bails believes, because the Spectre and Atom were shown on the cover but have no solo chapters inside that the chapters for Sandman and Doctor Fate were originally written for those two heroes. The DC symbol on this cover is different fron any other ever used on an All- Star cover. The editorial page features a Junior Justice Society of America message in the Hawkman code.

All story synopses and notes by Craig Delich.


The Man Who Relived His Life! (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 [The Atom [Al Pratt]; Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Starman [Ted Knight]; Johnny Thunder; The Spectre [Jim Corrigan]]; Professor Everson; Joe Fitch
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Indexer Notes

The cover and splash are identical except that the Sandman and Doctor Fate only appear on the splash.

The Man Who Relived His Life (introduction) (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 [The Atom [Al Pratt]; The Sandman [Wesley Dodds]; Wonder Woman [Diana Prince] (Secretary); Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Starman [Ted Knight]; Dr. Fate [Kent Nelson]; Johnny Thunder; The Spectre [Jim Corrigan]]; Professor Everson; Joe Fitch (reformed villain, Everson's lab assistant)
Synopsis:
The President asks the JSA to visit a man at the hospital that may change a man's life, and are greeted by Professor Everson. He tells them that the man for whom they are to do something for is Joe Fitch, a man with a shady past. The professor had created two serums, one that could save human life and one fatal. Fitch decides to become the guinea pig, but takes the wrong one and is dying. The JSA has one hour to change Fitch's criminal past, and use the professor's time ray to go into his past and correct his mis-deeds.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Time Ray

Indexer Notes

Professor Everson was last seen in All-Star Comics #10.

The Man Who Relived His Life (Chapter 1) (Table of Contents)

The Justice Society of America: Hawkman / comic story / 6 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]; Mrs. Spears (wife of Sapphire Slim); Joe Fitch [aka Joseph J. Fitch] (villain, bank teller); "Sapphire Slim" Spears (villain, gambler); Spear's gang (villains)
Synopsis:
In 1904 Joe wi a bank teller invited to a gambling den where he gambles and loses thousands of dollars. The crooked owner wants Joe to provide the safe combination in the bank, and by doing so will forgive his debt. When Joe says no, thugs beat on him until Hawk stops them. Then he and Joe lay a trap for the gambler, which works. Joe refuses the reward, deciding to give it to the gambler's wife to help her get by. In 1944 the mailman delivers a dusty letter to an old lady: Slim's wife, being told the mail was found in the old post office being torn down. Inside: the reward money on Slim!
Reprints:
Keywords:
Brooklyn; Sapphire Club

The Man Who Relived His Life (Chapter 2) (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Sandman [Wesley Dodds]; Joe's un-named boss; Joe's un-named Secretary; Lili D-Arcy (night club dancer); Joe Fitch (villain, bank employee); Big Mike McCullum (villain, death); Palmer (villain, McCullum's political enemy)
Synopsis:
It's 1906 in San Francisco as Joe Fitch begins a banking job. One night, he is enthralled with a performer, Lily D'Arcy, whom he asks out, and which angers Big Mike McCullum. They have a fist fight and McCullum swears revenge. Sandman overhears the threat and tries to prevent Joe from gunning down the crook. An earthquake hits as Joe's fires the gun, and the theatre burns, and Joe thinks he's guilty. Sandman sees someone else fire the shot. Fast forward to 1944: an old lady, named Lily, reads an article in the paper that it was Palmer, not Fitch, who killed McCullum and she is much relived.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Daily Ananias; Golden Slipper; San Francisco; San Francisco earthquake

Indexer Notes

Art credits by Craig Delich. Pencils originally given to Jack Kirby and inks to Joe Simon.

This is the last appearance of Sandman in All-Star.

Story set in 1906 and so stated, but a later caption in the story says 1907.

The Man Who Relived His Life (Chapter 3) (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]; Joe Fitch (villain); Herman Smith (villain, runs a spy ring for Carranza); Pancho Villa (villain); two un-named crooks (villains)
Synopsis:
Joe Fitch flees to Mexico in 1914, and joins up with Pancho Villa, acting as an expert shot. Villa tells him to dynamite the Horseshoe Saloon, owned by a rival named Smith. Instead, Joe disables the explosives, plants them, but surprised when the saloon blows up! Starman chides himself for goofing up the assignment, then spots the two men overheard bragging about blowing up the saloon. Fast forward to 1944: on the very site where the saloon stood years before, a group of engineers uncover sticks of dynamite that hadn't exploded.....because they were full of sand, not gun powder!
Reprints:
Keywords:
Gravity Rod; Horseshoe Saloon; Mexico; Red Gulch

Express to Berlin (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
? (spot illustration)
Inks:
? (spot illustration)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
aviation
Characters:
Hop Harrigan; Tank Tinker; Chambers (villain, enemy spy); the Nazis (villains, some die)
Synopsis:
Hop and Tank fly out in a B-25 toward Tunis carrying a glass cyclinder containing a potent and powerful gas, when they are suddenly attacked by the enemy. One was shot down by others, who re-grouped and continued on their way. A German spy, hidden aboard, emerged from behind and demanded they fly to Berlin. Hop mentioned to the spy, Chambers, that the box at their feet contained a secret invention. Tinker opened it and dropped the glass cyclinder, letting the gas overcome the German, while Hop and Tank put on oxygen masks. The spy fell over and Hop re-directed the plane back toward Tunis.
Reprints:
Keywords:
B-25; English Channel (called The Ditch); London; ME-109; RAF; Tunis; Wright Cyclones

The Man Who Relived His 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]; Lieutenant Ed Jones; Joe Fitch (villain); the Germans (villains)
Synopsis:
Joe heads to Texas and spends two years cow punching before being drafted into the A.E.F., sent to France. A German bomber drops bombs whose explosions drive Joe mad, remembering the Horseshoe Saloon, and thinks himself a coward. Mid-Nite can't convince him otherwise, but when the battle begins, Joe starts to desert his unit. But Mid-Nite revives Joe's spirit and he goes out and saves his unit and Lt. Jones from an enemy grenade. Fast forward to 1944: former Lt. Ed Jones, wheelchair bound since the Great War, suddenly feels that he wasn't really wounded in that attack and gets up and walks!
Reprints:
Keywords:
A.E.F.; Horseshoe Saloon; Rio Grande; Texas

Slapstick "Corn" (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

Indexer Notes

This filler does NOT appear in the Archives.

Letterer credit by Craig Delich.

The Man Who Relived His Life (Chapter 5) (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Gardner F. Fox
Pencils:
Joe Kubert (signed)
Inks:
Joe Kubert (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Doctor Fate [Kent Nelson]; Jim Nason (newspaperman, death); Joe Fitch (villain, booze runner); Killer (villain); Al Crump (villain, Joe's boss, philanthropist)
Synopsis:
After the war, Joe becomes a fur-trapper in Canada, but by 1924 is transporting rye and scotch to warehouses in the city. Joe's boss wants Joe to murder a nosy newspaperman and that he knows all about Joe's criminal past. Joe is ready to shoot Nason when his gun suddenly points to the floor and goes off, Nason falling over dead! Fate has caused the gun to do what it did, but Joe learns that Crump has secretly poisoned Nason. The two put an end to Crump's activities, then Joe sits down at a typewriter and types out a complete affidavit for the Police about Crump's illegal activities.
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Indexer Notes

This is Doctor Fate's last appearance in All-Star.

The "Corn" Belt (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

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit by Craig Delich.

This filler does NOT appear in the Archives.

The Man Who Relived His 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]; Joe Fitch (villain); Gus Gordon (villain, politician); Gordon's thugs [Butch; rest un-named] (villains)
Synopsis:
In 1932 an older Joe applies to Gus Gordon for a job on the local election board for the up-coming election, but realizes Gordon is a shady politician, but overlooks that fact in order to gain maybe an office himself. Johnny tries to convince Joe not to back Gordon for Mayor, but Gordon's thugs promptly give Johhny the treatment. Later, Johnny visits Joe and again tries to convince him not to do that illegal act. This time Joe sees the light, and Johnny and the Thunderbolt make short work of Gordon's plans. Joe decides to beat it, however, fearing retribution.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Say You

The Man Who Relived His Life (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]; Starman [Ted Knight]; The Atom [Al Pratt]; The Spectre [Jim Corrigan]; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; The Sandman [Wesley Dodds]; Johnny Thunder; Dr. Fate [Kent Nelson]]; Professor Everson; Lily D'Arcy; Joe Fitch (reformed villain, death)
Synopsis:
Back in his hospital room, Joe Fitch tells Professor Everson that he suddenly feels like a different man, as though he knew that he never committed any of those crimes. As the JSA members re-appear and Joe is thankful, there is a knock at the door and in walks Lily D'Arcy. She walks over to Joe's bed and tells him she she accepts his proposal of marriage, even though she knows he is dying. Later that evening, Joe passes away.
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Indexer Notes

Wonder Woman does not appear in the conclusion.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. The Man Who Relived His Life!
    The Justice Society of America
  2. 1. The Man Who Relived His Life (introduction)
    The Justice Society of America
  3. 2. The Man Who Relived His Life (Chapter 1)
    The Justice Society of America: Hawkman
  4. 3. The Man Who Relived His Life (Chapter 2)
    The Justice Society of America: The Sandman
  5. 4. The Man Who Relived His Life (Chapter 3)
    The Justice Society of America: Starman
  6. 5. Express to Berlin
    Hop Harrigan
  7. 6. The Man Who Relived His Life (Chapter 4)
    The Justice Society of America: Dr. Mid-Nite
  8. 7. Slapstick "Corn"
    Fat and Slat
  9. 8. The Man Who Relived His Life (Chapter 5)
    The Justice Society of America; Doctor Fate
  10. 9. The "Corn" Belt
    Fat and Slat
  11. 10. The Man Who Relived His Life (Chapter 6)
    The Justice Society of America: Johnny Thunder
  12. 11. The Man Who Relived His Life (conclusion)
    The Justice Society of America
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Per Sandell
  • Gene Reed
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