(Spring 1945)

DC, 1940 Series
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Volume:
?
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
52
Indicia frequency:
?
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
All-American Comics, Inc.
Brand:
An All-American 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's story in August of 1944 under the title, "The Story of Germany," and in the slot reserved for #30 and after the actual issue numbers #25 and #26 but the story, no doubt, was pushed ahead due to the fact that the war was winding down.

All story synopses and notes added by Craig Delich.


This Is Our Enemy! (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 Flash [Jay Garrick]; Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]; Mr. Terrific [Terry Sloan]; Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Wildcat [Ted Grant]; Johnny Thunder; Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; The Atom [Al Pratt]]
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Indexer Notes

The cover carries the AA Bullet for All-American Comics, Inc..

This Is Our Enemy! (introduction) (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Gardner F. Fox
Pencils:
Martin Naydel
Inks:
Martin Naydel
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Justice Society of America [Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Wonder Woman [Diana Prince] (Secretary); The Flash [Jay Garrick]; Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; Johnny Thunder; The Atom [Al Pratt]; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]]; Wildcat [Ted Grant]; Mr. Terrific [Terry Sloan]; Sergeant Dick Amber; Conscience of Man; Adolf Hitler (villain, cameo); the Nazis (villains, cameo)
Synopsis:
G.L. and Flash enter JSA HQ and are welcomed back, then Hawk tells the group about Dick Amber, who is about to be drafted, and who can't see why the U.S. should be fighting Germany. Dick is told by various members the history of the German people and their attitude toward peace. That doesn't sway him until the Conscience of Man re-awakens and appears at the meeting, and tells them all that she will send Dick back through varied times of Germany's past to see for himself. A JSA member will go along, but cannot interfer, as Dick alone must make up his mind.
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Keywords:
Daily Bugle

Indexer Notes

The artists for the head views on the splash page are: Hawkman by Everett E. Hibbard, Wonder Woman by Harry Peter, The Flash by Lou Ferstadt, Green Lantern by Howard Purcell, Johnny Thunder by Everett E. Hibbard, The Atom by Ben Flinton, Dr. Mid-Nite by Stan Aschmeier, Wildcat by Irwin Hasen, and Mr. Terrific by Stan Aschmeier.

Flash and Green Lantern, both Honorary members, are invited back to the JSA as fighting members at the end of this issue.

Wildcat and Mr. Terrific were called in by Chairman Hawkman to work on this one case only. There is debate as to whether or not these heroes were actual members of the JSA or merely guests. Wildcat even states that the two were called in on "this special case....for this one time", and neither had been made Honorary members previously. The two, therefore, are listed separately from the fighting and honorary JSA members for that reason.

Conscience appears for the second and last time in this story.

This Is Our Enemy! (Chapter 1) (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Dick Amber [as Reinhard the Fair]; Wanda (Polish girl); Mr. Terrific [Terry Sloan] (cameo); Teutonic Knights (villains, some die)
Synopsis:
The Hawk and Dick arrive in 1410, where Dick, as a member of the Teutonic Knights, discovers a maid in trouble and helps her, a fact that puzzles her since she is Polish, who are hated by the Germans. He explains that his culture is the right one, but, later, changes his mind when he sees his fellow Knights wanting to slaughter the Poles. He is banished, saved by Wanda,
then teaches the Poles how to defeat the Knights, and the battle is won (with a little help of the Feathered Fury!). Then Dick is pulled into another era by Mr. Terrific, where Amber will now be known as Manfred von Klug.
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Keywords:
Teutonic Knights

Wonder Woman Explains Waste Paper Salvage (Table of Contents)

Wonder Woman / public service announcement / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Harry G. Peter
Inks:
Harry G. Peter
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]; Hippolyta
Synopsis:
The Queen Mother, having noted strange things in her Magic Sphere, asks her daughter about why Americans are trying to conserve paper. Diana explains that the Americans use paper to pack rations, cartridges and shells in it, use it to line their shoes, being used to make bomb bands, practice bombs wing tips, parachute flares, airplane signals and other essentials for war. Wonder Woman then repeats the need for all boys and girls to also collect and turn in all waste paper themselves in this effort.
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Keywords:
Magic Sphere

This Is Our Enemy! (Chapter 2) (Table of Contents)

The Justice Society of America: Mr. Terrific / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner F. Fox
Pencils:
Stan Aschmeier [as Stan Josephs] (signed)
Inks:
Stan Aschmeier [as Stan Josephs] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Mr. Terrific [Terry Sloan]; Dick Amber [as General Manfred von Klug]; Dr. Mid-Nite (cameo); Frederick Wilhelm [aka Emperor Frederick Wilhelm II] (villain, Manfred's cousin); Elva von Klug (traitorous villain, Manfred's wife)
Synopsis:
In 1740, Manfred's cousin becomes Emperor Frederick II, and Manfred the trainer of his armies. The Emperor says he will convince the German people that other nations are plotting against Germany, giving him the right to crush them. Manfred voices his concerns, but goes ahead with the Emperor's plans. Later, as a General, he decides that he will no longer follow the Emperor's mad schemes. But Elva betrays her husband. Fortunately, Mr. Terrific lends a hand mopping up the Emperor's hit squad just before Dr. Mid-Nite shows up to take Dick Amber to yet another era of Germany's history.
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Flying Colors (Table of Contents)

filler / 1 page (report information)

Script:
John M. Jenks
Pencils:
John M. Jenks
Inks:
John M. Jenks
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
non-fiction

Indexer Notes

This filler does NOT appear in the Archives.

This Is Our Enemy! (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]; Dick Amber [as Wilhelm von Shurtleff]; The Atom [Al Pratt] (cameo); Kurt (Wilhelm's friend, death); un-named daughter of a Prussian General; Fritz Underwurtz (villain)
Synopsis:
In 1824 Dick becomes Wilhelm von Shurtleff, who attends a war academy to become an officer, and meets Fritz Underwurtz in dueling class, who thinks that obtaining a dueling scar is the true mark of a Prussian officer. Wilhelm thinks something is wrong with a German who glories in the disfigurement of someone. At the academy ball, Wilhelm's friend Kurt, distraught over not having a scar, commits suicide, and Wilhelm out-duels Fritz before Dr. Mid-Nite intervenes to protect Dick. Then The Atom appears to whisk him away to yet another era, where he becomes Helmut von Conrad.
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Keywords:
Prussian War Academy

This Is Our Enemy! (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]; Dick Amber [as Helmut von Conrad]; Wildcat [Ted Grant] (cameo); Otto von Bismarck (villain)
Synopsis:
Dick appears in 1872 in Prussia as Helmut and finds himself holding a gun on Otto von Bismarck, calling him a liar and a cheat, reminding von Bismarck that he is his official aide, and believed the stories he was told about France's treachery towards Germany. Now privy to state secrets, Helmut learns that the supposed treachery was a lie and calls Bismarck on it. The Atom helps overcome the danger to Dick Amber, who now realizes that, if Germany continues on this course, the world will one day rise up against her. Wildcat shows up to take Dick Amber on to his next rendevouz, as Franz Unger.
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Flying Colors (Table of Contents)

filler / 1 page (report information)

Script:
John M. Jenks
Pencils:
John M. Jenks
Inks:
John M. Jenks
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
non-fiction

Indexer Notes

This filler does NOT appear in the Archives.

Glider Plight (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
adventure; aviation
Characters:
Ben Boyd (Air Scout); Jerry Ross (President of the Warren Junior Chamber of Commerce); Jink (trapper); Clem Samuels (trapper)
Synopsis:
Air Scout Ben Boyd was at the controls of the Silver Swallow, which was flying from Colorado (where it had taken off from Pike's Peak]) to the wheat fields near Eureka, Kansas. If he made it, it would set a U.S. record for flight! Suffering through many weather-related crises, he finally made it to the Ferris Mountains, some 275 miles from Pike's Peak, not to Eureka, as he hoped, but still setting the record he was after!
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Keywords:
Black Squirrel Creek; Colorado Springs; Ferris Mountains; Pike's Peak; Silver Swallow

Indexer Notes

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

This Is Our Enemy! (Chapter 5) (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Wildcat [Ted Grant]; Dick Amber [as Franz Unger]; un-named political prisoner; Johnny Thunder (cameo); Mr. Unger (villain, Franz's un-named father); Gretchen Unger (villain, Franz's mother)
Synopsis:
Germany, 1896, and Franz Unger studies chemistry in a lab because his fanatical father is forcing his son to become an officer in the chemical division of the Army. An escaped prisoner, who dared to disagree with the principles of the Pan-Germanic League, reaches the house. Mr. Unger wants to kill him, but Franz forges a document, and frees the man. Wildcat notices that Franz's father has sent men out to follow Franz, and takes care of the problem before they can harm Dick, who Johnny Thunder now takes away to the final era in Germany history, where Amber is known as Karl Wertz.
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[Join the Junior Justice Society of America] (Table of Contents)

promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
various
Inks:
various
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Characters:
Justice Society of America [Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]; Sandman [Wesley Dodds]; Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; The Flash [Jay Garrick]; Johnny Thunder; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; The Atom [Al Pratt]; Hawkman [Carter Hall]] (head views)
Synopsis:
Ad for readers to join the JJSA.
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Indexer Notes

Illustrated advertisement asking readers to join the JJSA.

Even though All-Star was now published by the All-American Comics group, Sandman, a DC/National property, is still shown on the JJSA certificate.

This Is Our Enemy! (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] (cameo); Dick Amber [as Karl Wertz]; Adolf Hitler (villain, image only); German Police (villains); Nazis agents [August (Karl's friend); rest un-named] (villains)
Synopsis:
Karl and Johnny in the Berlin of 1923, where he remembers that he is a veteran of WW I and was an aviator that slaughtered people without mercy. Now the Nazis are already talking about the next war. August saves Karl from the German Police, but later, when Karl discovers that a razor factory is making weapons, August is ready to kill him. But Johnny and the Thunderbolt show up and make quick work of August and his thugs, then Johnny escorts Dick Amber back to the present time at JSA HQ.
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This Is Our Enemy! (conclusion) (Table of Contents)

The Justice Society of America / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner F. Fox
Pencils:
Martin Naydel
Inks:
Martin Naydel
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Justice Society of America [Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Johnny Thunder; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; The Atom [Al Pratt]; The Flash [Jay Garrick]; Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; Wonder Woman [Diana Prince] (cameo)]; Mr. Terrific [Terry Sloan]; Wildcat [Ted Grant]; Conscience of Man
Synopsis:
Conscience asks Dick if his views are now changed after all of his experiences, and he confesses he has finally learned the truth about German war-mongering, and that it must be stopped for the good of the world! Therefore he will enter the Army. Conscience tells the members that they have a responsibility to now inform the world of the truth learned by Dick Amber. And their solution is the "Formula For a Lasting Peace," which was signed by all the regular members of the JSA and Wonder Woman, Secretary.
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Indexer Notes

The last page of the story features the illustrated 4-point "Formula For a Lasting Peace."

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. This Is Our Enemy!
    The Justice Society of America
  2. 1. This Is Our Enemy! (introduction)
    The Justice Society of America
  3. 2. This Is Our Enemy! (Chapter 1)
    The Justice Society of America: Hawkman
  4. 3. Wonder Woman Explains Waste Paper Salvage
    Wonder Woman
  5. 4. This Is Our Enemy! (Chapter 2)
    The Justice Society of America: Mr. Terrific
  6. 5. Flying Colors
  7. 6. This Is Our Enemy! (Chapter 3)
    The Justice Society of America: Dr. Mid-Nite
  8. 7. This Is Our Enemy! (Chapter 4)
    The Justice Society of America: The Atom
  9. 8. Flying Colors
  10. 9. Glider Plight
  11. 10. This Is Our Enemy! (Chapter 5)
    The Justice Society of America: Wildcat
  12. 11. [Join the Junior Justice Society of America]
  13. 12. This Is Our Enemy! (Chapter 6)
    The Justice Society of America: Johnny Thunder
  14. 13. This Is Our Enemy! (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