(Fall 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

Scripter Gardner Fox reports writing this story for All-Star #23, and that he didn't know why it appeared in #22. Wonder Woman is not listed in the roll call, but is prominently featured on the cover and in the conclusion. On the full page Junior Justice Society of America ad, the JJSA certificate features the Sandman and Doctor Fate, even though they were no longer appearing as JSA members.

All story synopses and notes by Craig Delich.


A Cure for the World (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 [Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; The Spectre [Jim Corrigan]; Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]; Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Starman [Ted Knight]; The Atom [Al Pratt]; Johnny Thunder]; Thomas Jefferson (image only); Abraham Lincoln (image only)
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Keywords:
American flag

The Test of Time! (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 [Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Starman [Ted Knight]; Johnny Thunder; The Atom [Al Pratt]; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; The Spectre [Jim Corrigan]]; Conscience of Man (introduction); un-named young boy
Synopsis:
After witnessing an attack on a boy because of his religious beliefs, Dr. Mid-Nite takes the young victim to the JSA, and lets the boy tell his story. But the members aren't sure how they can help until suddenly a strange female being appears and tells them they can IF they are willing to undergo a test, which they agree to do. Each member will be hurled back in time to eras of great persecution and prejudice [without their present knowledge] to become opponents of those prejudices and hatreds. If they let the difficulties of the past overcome them, they will fail their missions.
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Indexer Notes

Conscience next appears in All-Star #24.

The Test of Time! (Chapter 1) (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Hawkman [Carter Hall] [aka Ga]; Tow (caveman); Mok (caveman)
Synopsis:
Hawkman is in the stone age era, whom the natives consider to be a large bird, enough for several meals. Hawk overcomes their attack and of a bear, and is hailed as the new leader of a tribe. He is shown a cave painting of a wooly mammoth, who members of the tribe believe not to be a painting, but a real animal, and they intend to kill the artist. Hawkman, now known as "Ga," prevents this. The artist tells him these animals indeed exist and helps Ga protect the tribe from a herd of the beasts. He is then accepted as one of their own as Hawkman disappears into the mists of time.
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The Test of Time! (Chapter 2) (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] [aka Theodoratus]; Galen (Theodoratus' aide); Leonidas (General); Phidias (a slave); Xerxes (villain, Persian leader)
Synopsis:
Starman is in ancient Greece in 480 B.C. where he is a Greek soldier and member of the Strategoi. He recommends the training of their slaves in warfare, making the Greek Army second to none. But the Generals think the slaves are cowards and the plan foolish. Starman begins to train the slaves, until that day when they are first taken into battle. Accidently discovering the power of the gravity rod, Starman uses it to push the foe back. The slaves win their freedom and word goes out to train their other slaves to fight and earn their freedom as well.....all just as Starman fades from view.
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Keywords:
Gravity Rod; Strategoi of Generals; Thermopylae

Indexer Notes

The Strategoi were members of a ruling Greek class who were considered its ablest military Generals.

Corn on the Side (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 Test of Time! (Chapter 3) (Table of Contents)

The Justice Society of America: Johnny Thunder / 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]; Baron's un-named daughter; un-named Baron (villain)
Synopsis:
Johnny finds himself in medieval England, a lowly shepherd boy, and is brutally flogged for accidently hurting a soldier. He wants to go before the Baron and tell him that the Serfs are men, not be robbed and left to die, but, instead, makes the Baron laugh and he becomes court jester. The Baron is so impressed that, if Johnny enters the Knight's Tourney and wins, then he'll consider doing something good for the Serfs. With the help of the Thunderbolt, Johnny wins and is knighted by the Baron....but disappears just as the Baron's (ugly) daughter is brought before Johnny as his bride-to-be.
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Keywords:
Say You

Lead-Lease for China (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
aviation
Characters:
Hop Harrigan; Tank Tinker; un-named USAF Major; the Japanese (villains, some die)
Synopsis:
Having just flown a shot-up bomber into the Calcutta airport for repairs, Hop learns that he is to pilot a transport plane, loaded down with engines for the free Chinese forces, to Chungking. "No problem," thinks the young airman, until he learns that every other transport plane to try the same thing has mysteriously vanished without a trace!
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Keywords:
Bay of Bengal; Burma Road

Indexer Notes

The last half of page 2 is an advertisement in which readers could order the complete Old Testament Edition of the Holy Bible.

The Test of Time! (Chapter 4) (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] [aka Nathaniel Pratt]; Julie (Nathaniel's wife); Nathaniel's un-named Mother; Mother Rathlow (supposed witch)
Synopsis:
Atom is in old Salem in Colonial America, where witch hunts and trials occured. At home hears of a "witch" living in the forest, and he later finds her trapped by a tree and saves her. Her knowledge of medicinal herbs brands her a witch. Later, using his disguise as the Atom, he tackles a mob and tries to convince them that she isn't. Instead, they believe him to be a wizard and flee. Then Mother Rathlow comes by and thanks him for understanding, and that she is going to live with relatives in Virginia. Just then, Atom begins to vanish, making Mother Rathlow to think he actually is a wizard!
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Keywords:
Old Salem

Unrationed 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

Letterer credit by Craig Delich.

The Test of Time! (Chapter 5) (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] [aka Dr. De Nider]; Le Duc De Harigny (a nobelman); Le Duc's un-named son; Duc D'Ormonde (villain, military commander)
Synopsis:
Dr. Mid-Nite is in Paris in 1793 during the French Revolution, embroiled in the deep-rooted mistrust and hatred of a royal family that has does much harm to the common people. As a city doctor named M'sieu De Nider, he is told about a seriously injured nobelman, and heads out to help, being branded a traitor by the common people, but is also fearful that the people have let their new freedom go to their heads. Re-disguising himself as Dr. Mid-Nite, he travels out into the night to keep the people from trying to kill all noblemen and succeeds only at the last moment.
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The Test of Time! (Chapter 6) (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Spectre [Jim Corrigan]; Stephen Hare (inventor); Robert Fulton (steamboat inventor); unruly mob (villains)
Synopsis:
The Spectre, in the year 1815, meets Stephen Hare, who has invented a tiny motor powered by electricity, which is not well received by the townspeople who want to smash the invention. The Spectre intervenes, and afterwards, convinces Hare to continue with his inventing, that someday people will accept such things rationally. But Spectre's work is not finished, as other inventors are headed for the same treatment. Heading such an attack off, the Ghostly Guardian introduces a young inventor named Robert J. Fulton, who just invented a contraption called the steamboat, to Hare.
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Keywords:
Claremont

The Test of Time! (conclusion) (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 [Starman [Ted Knight]; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Johnny Thunder; The Atom [Al Pratt]; Wonder Woman [Diana Prince] (cameo); Johnny Thunder; The Spectre [Jim Corrigan]]; Conscience of Man; un-named young boy
Synopsis:
The JSA members return to their HQ after having all succeed in their individual assignments. Conscience now identifies herself to the members as the Conscience of Man and tells them that by educating people, their understanding will then overcome their hatreds, fears and prejudices. Conscience then disappears, but the young lad whose dilemma started the whole matter, suggests that the JSA visit his school and start a program of education there. They do, with resounding success!
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Indexer Notes

The last page is a full page spread where the JSA and the students all stanbd and repeat together the Pledge of Allegiance.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. A Cure for the World
    The Justice Society of America
  2. 1. The Test of Time! (introduction)
    The Justice Society of America
  3. 2. The Test of Time! (Chapter 1)
    The Justice Society of America: Hawkman
  4. 3. The Test of Time! (Chapter 2)
    The Justice Society of America: Starman
  5. 4. Corn on the Side
    Fat and Slat
  6. 5. The Test of Time! (Chapter 3)
    The Justice Society of America: Johnny Thunder
  7. 6. Lead-Lease for China
    Hop Harrigan
  8. 7. The Test of Time! (Chapter 4)
    The Justice Society of America: The Atom
  9. 8. Unrationed Corn
    Fat and Slat
  10. 9. The Test of Time! (Chapter 5)
    The Justice Society of America: Dr. Mid-Nite
  11. 10. The Test of Time! (Chapter 6)
    The Justice Society of America: Spectre
  12. 11. The Test of Time! (conclusion)
    The Justice Society of America
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Per Sandell
  • Mike Nielsen
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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