(April-May 1946)

DC, 1940 Series
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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

There is a good probability that this story is really the "lost" JSA tale, "Perils of the Paper Death," that scripter Gardner Fox wrote. In a letter to Jerry Bails, Fox recalls writing a tale about pencil sketches that came to life, but the story was not among the three he recorded as having written and paid for, but were never published ("The Men of Magnifica", "The Will of William Wilson" and "The Emperors of Japan"). It's likely that the Paper Perils story was revised and published in this issue.

All notes and synopses addded by Craig Delich.


The Paintings That Walked the Earth! (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils:
Martin Naydel [as mn] (signed)
Inks:
Martin Naydel [as mn] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Justice Society of America [The Atom [Al Pratt]; Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]; Johnny Thunder; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; Hawkman [Carter Hall]; The Flash [Jay Garrick]; Green Lantern [Alan Scott]]; Nels Farrow
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The Paintings That Walked the Earth! (introduction) (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Gardner F. Fox
Pencils:
Martin Naydel [as mn] (signed)
Inks:
Martin Naydel [as mn] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Justice Society of America [The Atom [Al Pratt]; Wonder Woman [Diana Prince] (Secretary, cameo, splash page only); Johnny Thunder; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; Hawkman [Carter Hall]; The Flash [Jay Garrick]; Green Lantern [Alan Scott]]; two men from 11,946; Nels Farrow (villain, archaeologist, death)
Synopsis:
In 11,946, in the city of Nu Yuk, in a land known as Amerka, hands reach for several strangely wrought jars that carry a warning from the Justice Society NOT to open them. A parchment attached gives the story behind the warning and the strange jars. It seems Nels Farrow finds the jars, paints a picture of a man, who speaks and tells him that the paints live and whatever is painted into them can be for good or evil. He intends to use them for evil against five men whom he holds a grudge. When Farrow lies dying from an accident, he tells the JSA the story and they head out to save those men.
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Keywords:
Amerka; Atlantis; Nu Yuk

Indexer Notes

The splash page repeats the cover scene, except for a minor variation in Naydel's initial signature on one of the paint jars. The Atom, on the cover and splash page, sports long sleeves, while everywhere else in the story, he has short sleeves.

According to Gardner Fox and Jerry Bails, this is the first JSA tale to be written and drawn from the start to include Green Lantern and the Flash in the line-up as returned JSA members.

This story is narrated by the JSA themselves in a document discovered 10,000 years later from 1946 by two inhabitants of the former Nu Yuk in Amerka.

The Paintings That Walked the Earth! (Chapter 1) (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Hank Kavanaugh (archaeologist); un-named gangsters (villains, paint beings)
Synopsis:
Archaeologist Hank Cavanaugh receives the painting from Farrow, but soon discovers an ancient gold platter with lost Atlantean secrets. Then the full moon comes out, its rays touching the painting, causing gangster figures to live. Hawkman shows up and witnesses this scene, and tries to battle the painting's figures, but he can do them no harm. Hawk hides Kavenaugh's discoveries in a tank of gold polish, them remembers that the beings must become a part of the canvas during the day. So Hawkman grabs the canvas and flies off with it, baiting the figures to follow him.
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The Paintings That Walked the Earth! (Chapter 2) (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Gardner F. Fox
Pencils:
Jon Chester Kozlak [as CK] (signed)
Inks:
Jon Chester Kozlak [as CK] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; Elbert Jenkins (big game hunter); Jed (villain, hunter); un-named hunter (villain); paint creatures (villains)
Synopsis:
Green Lantern reaches the African veldt and locates hunter Elbert Jenkins, a supplier of rare animals to zoos. G.L. tells him of the painting and its weird properties, and both head to his home to get it before darkness falls. The Emerald Crusader rolls the painting up so the moon rays will not touch it, but unknown to either man, one of Jenkin's native helpers overhears and tells two rival hunters, who unroll it and the figures come to life. G.L. saves Jenkins and flies him back to his home, where Green Lantern rolls up the canvas and goes airborne again, forcing the enemy to chase him.
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Indexer Notes

Power Ring; Africa

The Paintings That Walked the Earth! (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 [as Stan Josephs] (signed)
Inks:
Stan Aschmeier [as Stan Josephs] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; Greg Scallop (miner); the paint beings (villains)
Synopsis:
Dr. Mid-Nite heads to the frozen north to seek out Greg Scallop and warn him about his painting, which shows a band of knights in armor. The two go to his office, but arrive too late, as moonlight has already touched the painting and the strange armored figures have come to life, cutting elevator cables leading down into the mine. Mid-Nite keeps the armored figures busy while the cable is repaired, then, when the cable is repaired, the miners yell to the Mid-Nite, who makes it to the surface, grabs the empty canvas, puts on skis and heads down the slope with the paint beings in hot pursuit.
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The Paintings That Walked the Earth! (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 [as Stan Josephs] (signed)
Inks:
Stan Aschmeier [as Stan Josephs] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor; superhero
Characters:
Johnny Thunder; The Thunderbolt [Archibald]; Captain Ira Haggard; paint beings (villains)
Synopsis:
Johnny is taken by the Thunderbolt to the "S.S. Headliner" at sea to find its Captain, who received one of Farrow's paintings, and warn him of its perils. Considered a mis-guided lad, he's locked in the brig while moonlight touches the painting and the beings spring to life and start attacking the passengers. Johnny and the Thunderbolt race in to help with Johnny throwing turpentine on the beings, but with no effect. Even the Thunderbolt is having a rough time, so Johnny grabs the rolled up canvas and T-Bolt flies them away, with the beings on flying seahorses in hot pursuit.
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Keywords:
S.S. Headliner

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Simp Odill / filler / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Sol Hess
Pencils:
Wallace A. Carlson
Inks:
Wallace A. Carlson
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Simp Odill

Indexer Notes

Two, one-page gags.

This filler is NOT found in the Archive.

The Paintings That Walked the Earth! (Chapter 5) (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]; Black Jack Cassidy (oil well owner); Miss Evans (Cassidy's Secretary); paint beings (villains)
Synopsis:
Cassidy was well-pleased by the Farrow painting that he received, and ordered his secretary to have it framed immediately. The doorbell rings and the Atom arrives to tell her that the beings in the painting will be coming to life, and, as they turn around, the beings come at them. When Atom is knocked out, the beings then head for Cassidy's oil fields and attack all there. The Atom sprays the beings with oil and sets them afire, with no effect. The Atom races back to the office, grabs the canvas and begins running with it, hoping the beings will follow him, which they do.
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The Case of the Nifty Lifter (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Jesse Merlan (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
crime
Characters:
Detective Sergeant Mooney; un-named Plice Chief
Synopsis:
Sgt. Mooney was having breakfast at the corner drugstore, baffled by a criminal that left no clues and had the Police scratching their heads. In his head, he reviewed the Case of the Silver Cup, bought by Percy Van Husted for $50,000, shipped to America, but was mysteriously missing from the crate it was sent in upon arrival. Sgt. Mooney decided to read a few detective books while thinking about the case and he just happened to find a book which described a crime of the very nature as the Silver Cup case. As it turns out, that book helped Mooney solve the case and get promoted to Lieutenant.
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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Simp Odill / filler / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Sol Hess
Pencils:
Wallace A. Carlson
Inks:
Wallace A. Carlson
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Simp Odill

Indexer Notes

Two, one-page gags.

This filler is NOT found in the Archives.

The Paintings That Walked the Earth! (Chapter 6) (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Flash [Jay Garrick]; Josh MNason (circus owner); paint beings (villains)
Synopsis:
Farnum and Daley Circus owner Josh Mason is warned by the Flash of the terrible evil in the painting that Farrow had sent him, which showed cavemen and savage beasts. As Mason tries to convince Flash to join the circus, this delay allows the painting to come to life. As the beings enter the arena floor, Flash goes into action while Mason assures the crowd that all of this is a part of the show. And what a show it is....but soon, Flash realizes it is all for naught, so he heads to Mason's office, grabs the empty canvas and begins running with it to attract the paint beings into following him.
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Keywords:
Farnum and Daley Circus

The Paintings That Walked the Earth! (conclusion) (Table of Contents)

The Justice Society of America / comic story / 2 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]; The Atom [Al Pratt]; Johnny Thunder; The Flash [Jay Garrick]; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; Wonder Woman [Diana Prince] (cameo)]; two men from 11,946; paint beings (villains, scrapped back into jars)
Synopsis:
As the members arrive with their empty canvases at JSA HQ, each of them unrolls theirs and places them in prominent positions, then duck for cover. The paint beings enter and head back toward the canvas they came from, then the JSA members scrape the paint off of each canvas and place the scrappings into the jars. Green Lantern then hermetically seals the jars and places the warning on them, along with a parachment being read by the men of 10,000 years in the future. Those men decide, after reading the account, NOT to tempt fate by opening the jars, but leave them where they found them.
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Indexer Notes

Art credits from Craig Delich, formerly credited to Joe Gallagher.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. The Paintings That Walked the Earth!
    The Justice Society of America
  2. 1. The Paintings That Walked the Earth! (introduction)
    The Justice Society of America
  3. 2. The Paintings That Walked the Earth! (Chapter 1)
    The Justice Society of America: Hawkman
  4. 3. The Paintings That Walked the Earth! (Chapter 2)
    The Justice Society of America: Green Lantern
  5. 4. The Paintings That Walked the Earth! (Chapter 3)
    The Justice Society of America: Dr. Mid-Nite
  6. 5. The Paintings That Walked the Earth! (Chapter 4)
    The Justice Society of America: Johnny Thunder
  7. 6. [no title indexed]
    Simp Odill
  8. 7. The Paintings That Walked the Earth! (Chapter 5)
    The Justice Society of America: The Atom
  9. 8. The Case of the Nifty Lifter
  10. 9. [no title indexed]
    Simp Odill
  11. 10. The Paintings That Walked the Earth! (Chapter 6)
    The Justice Society of America: The Flash!
  12. 11. The Paintings That Walked the Earth! (conclusion)
    The Justice Society of America
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Per Sandell
  • Bob Hughes
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Jon Ingersoll