(Winter 1944-5)

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 issue before the story found in All-Star #22, but didn't know why it was published after. Wonder Woman is named in the roll call, but appears nowhere in the story. The Psycho-Pirate will next appear in All-Star #32, although he also appears in an unpublished but illustrated JSA story, "The Will of William Wilson," written by Fox in September, 1945.

All story synopses and notes by Craig Delich.


[no title indexed] (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 [Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; Johnny Thunder; Starman [Ted Knight]; The Atom [Al Pratt]; The Spectre [Jim Corrigan]]
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Last issue to carry the DC Bullet until issue #27.

The Plunder of the Psycho-Pirate (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]; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; The Spectre [Jim Corrigan]; The Atom [Al Pratt]; Starman [Ted Knight]; Johnny Thunder]]; Rex Morgan (Editor of the Courier); Miss Ketch (Courier's Secretary); The Psycho-Pirate [Charley Halstead] (villain, linotyper for the Courier, introduction)
Synopsis:
The Courier issues a challenge to the JSA re an individual called the Psycho-Pirate, who has been committing crimes based on emotions, whom the paper has spoken out against. The JSA visits Editor Morgan to inform him that they will help. Morgan shows a letter of challenge to them from the Psycho-Pirate just as Morgan's Secretary brings in telegrams addressed to the JSA members individually, challenging them to stop his crimes of emotions. Morgan is relived as the only person before that to give encouragement and support in the fight was one of his his linotypers, Charley Halstead.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Daily Courier; Dispatch; Planet

Indexer Notes

The Honorary Members of the JSA: Batman, Superman, The Flash and Green Lantern, are listed in the roll call on the splash.

The Plunder of the Psycho-Pirate (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]; Shiera Sanders; Heywood Carlson (industrial magnate); Betty Carlson (Heywood's daughter); Sam Maxon (villain, Betty's date); un-named waiter (villain); Joey (villain)
Synopsis:
Psycho-Pirate is using "love" as a weapon, Hawkman hurries over to see Heywood Carlson, who has been falsely notified that his daughter is being held for ransom. His love for his daughter is going to be his downfall until Hawk bursts in and over-powers the thugs. But one tells Hawkman to lay off or something will happen to Shiera. Hawk and Shiera finally escape a room with the walls closing in on them, and Hawkman rounds up the thugs involved. He returns to Carlson's home to find out that the kidnapping of Betty was a ruse, so he decides to return to the Courier.
Reprints:

The Plunder of the Psycho-Pirate (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]; Hank Cannon; Augustus Hemsley (industrial magnate); The Hate Clinic [George] (fencing instructor); rest un-named] (villains)
Synopsis:
Hate figures in to the relatiosnhip between Augustus Hemsley and Hank Cannon, and both decide to enroll in "The Hate Clinic" to learn championship fencing, then duel it out. Starman enters the picture and convinces the men that only the Hate Clinic will come out this richer, to say the least. The Astral Avenger then cleans house at the clinic, suddenly feeling hate towards his opponents. That leads to Starman falling into a trap, but he escapes and then settles the argument between Carlson and Cannon.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Gravity Rod; Salle D-Armes

Indexer Notes

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

The Plunder of the Psycho-Pirate (Chapter 3) (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]; Psycho-Pirate's thugs (villains)
Synopsis:
The emotion of fear sends Dr. Mid-Nite to Carse City, a wealthy suburb where he runs into a few residents who are crying with fear, and they tell him that the entire city has been kidnapped! Visiting local officials, Mid-Nite is told that the Psycho-Pirate's men are going to drop living disease germs on the city. The Man of Night heads out to the address from where the ransom note was issued, dispatches a sharpshooter, and is ready to enter the premises when a sudden fear comes over him. But he overcomes that and wraps up the thugs inside, learning that the germ threat was only a hoax.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Blackout Bomb; Carse City

The Plunder of the Psycho-Pirate (Chapter 4) (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]; Ben Martin (safe designer); Joe Martin (Ben's brother, safe designer); gang of thieves (villains)
Synopsis:
Johnny's problem, conceit, is rather unusual since Johnny is rather conceited himself. The Martin brothers manufacture safes that are burglar-proof, and they get a call from a lighting company that they can't open one of their safes and want them to open it for them. Once done, the thieves enter and rob the safe, and even flatter Johnny not to resist. John and the officials are locked in the safe, but are saved by the T-Bolt. Johnny then rounds up the gang....with a little help from Thunderbolt.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Say You

Meet J. Pachyderm Eliphunt, Jr. (Table of Contents)

Who's Who in Zooville / filler / 1 page (report information)

Script:
R. Santi
Pencils:
R. Santi
Inks:
R. Santi
Colors:
?
Letters:
Ron Santi

Characters:
J. Pachyderm Eliphant, Jr.

Indexer Notes

Writer confirmed and letterer credit by Craig Delich.

This filler does NOT appear in the Archives.

Pervia Problem (Table of Contents)

text story / 1.66 pages (report information)

Script:
Jack Miller [as Jay Marr] (signed)
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure

Indexer Notes

Writer credit by Craig Delich, confirmed by the Who's Who.

This text story is NOT reprinted in the Archives.

The Plunder of the Psycho-Pirate (Chapter 5) (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Gardner F. Fox
Pencils:
Cliff Young
Inks:
Steve Brodie
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Spectre [Jim Corrigan]; Ivar Mason (collector); Ephraim Smith (collector); un-named stranger (villain); gang of thugs (villains)
Synopsis:
Greed plays a role in this saga of two wealthy collectors who each possess one of two known Grinning Guardians. Both are visited by a mysterious person who asks each if they'd like to own both. The Spectre arrives and tells Mason what that guy is trying to do, so a trap is set. But the mysterious visitor tells Mason that, unless he forks over his Guardian, then he'll tell the Police that Mason bribed him to steal Smith's statue. Mason gives him the statue, but Spectre follows, falls into a trap and is gassed, but escapes and recovers the Guardian and returns it to Mason.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Grinning Guardians

Indexer Notes

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

Meet J. Groaner Crooner (Table of Contents)

Who's Who in Zooville / filler / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Ron Santi [as R. Santi ] (signed)
Pencils:
Ron Santi [as R. Santi] (signed)
Inks:
Ron Santi [as R. Santi] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Ron Santi

Characters:
J. Groaner Crooner

Indexer Notes

Writer confirmed and letterer credit by Craig Delich.

This filler does NOT appear in the Archives.

The Plunder of the Psycho-Pirate (Chapter 6) (Table of Contents)

The Justice Society of America: 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]; Rex Morgan; Mrs. Morgan (mention only); Miss Ketch; The Psycho-Pirate [Charley Halstead] (villain); phoney Hawkman (villain); phony Spectre (villain); phony Johnny Thunder (villain); phony Dr. Mid-Nite (villain)phony Starman (villain)
Synopsis:
Left behind to protect Mr. Morgan, Atom must face despair on a grand scale: Morgan's home foreclosed on, newsboys are on strike, Morgan's staff is quitting, the newspaper guild wants to kick him out of the Union, and Charley Halstead tells that his wife is suing for divorce. Then the radio says the JSA have failed and have been captured, but Halstead says to go to Psycho-Pirate's lair and try to free the captured members. Ato, later finds out that the supposed JSA members are actually the Psycho-Pirate's thugs in disguise, so he mops them up, but is shot in the process!
Reprints:
Keywords:
Daily Courier

The Plunder of the Psycho-Pirate (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]; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; Starman [Ted Knight]; Johnny Thunder; The Atom [Al Pratt]; The Spectre [Jim Corrigan]]; The Thunderbolt [Archibald]; Rex Morgan; The Psycho-Pirate [Charley Halstead] (villain); Psycho-Pirate's thugs (villains)
Synopsis:
The JSA returns to the offices of the Courier, much to the surprise of Morgan, who tells them about the radio announcement and the Atom taking off to save the day. Suddenly, the voice of the Atom is heard through the ventilation ducts that he knows who the Psycho-Pirate is. But thugs find the Mighty Mite on the roof and toss him off to his doom. Fortunately, Johnny sees what is happening and orders the Thunderbolt to save Atom, which he does, and he brings Atom into Morgan's office, then grabs Charley Halstead! He protests and soon becomes the victim of his own emotions.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Daily Courier; Say You
Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    The Justice Society of America
  2. 1. The Plunder of the Psycho-Pirate (introduction)
    The Justice Society of America
  3. 2. The Plunder of the Psycho-Pirate (Chapter 1)
    The Justice Society of America: Hawkman
  4. 3. The Plunder of the Psycho-Pirate (Chapter 2)
    The Justice Society of America: Starman
  5. 4. The Plunder of the Psycho-Pirate (Chapter 3)
    The Justice Society of America: Dr. Mid-Nite
  6. 5. The Plunder of the Psycho-Pirate (Chapter 4)
    The Justice Society of America: Johnny Thunder
  7. 6. Meet J. Pachyderm Eliphunt, Jr.
    Who's Who in Zooville
  8. 7. Pervia Problem
  9. 8. The Plunder of the Psycho-Pirate (Chapter 5)
    The Justice Society of America: The Spectre
  10. 9. Meet J. Groaner Crooner
    Who's Who in Zooville
  11. 10. The Plunder of the Psycho-Pirate (Chapter 6)
    The Justice Society of America: Atom
  12. 11. The Plunder of the Psycho-Pirate (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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