(June-July 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

The source of this story's title is obviously the 1934 Alfred Hitchcock film, "The Man Who Knew Too Much."

All notes and synopses added by Craig Delich.


The Man Who Knows Too Much! (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils:
Martin Naydel
Inks:
Martin Naydel
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Justice Society of America [Wonder Woman; Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; Johnny Thunder; Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Flash [Jay Garrick]; Atom [Al Pratt]; Dr. Mid-Nite]; Landor (villain)
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Indexer Notes

The cover art is repeated on the splash page. The head of Wonder Woman is either a tracing or photostat of artwork by Harry G. Peter.

The Man Who Knows Too Much (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 [Wonder Woman [Diana Prince] (Secretary); Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; Johnny Thunder; Hawkman [Carter Hall]; The Atom [Al Pratt]; The Flash [Jay Garrick]; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]]; Landor (villain)
Synopsis:
Johnny takes an interest in a disheveled man that enters a diner, and buys him dinner. In gratitude, the man says he was born in 2414, a time of perpetual peace and quiet, which bored Landor, so he uses an old time machine to travel back to 1946, but is trapped when the machine disintegrates. Johnny is skeptical, but when a prediction of Landor's occurs, the JSA accepts Landor's challenge to them: the present knowledge of science versus the future knowledge of science. Wonder Woman writes down the six locations where Landor will strike, and the members get their assignments and head out.
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Keywords:
Sapphire State Building

Indexer Notes

On the splash page, the head of Wonder Woman is either a tracing or photostat of Harry G. Peter artwork, probably confirmed by the yellow background behind her head.

The splash page replicates the cover except for the "Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha" to either side of Landor's head.

The Man Who Knows Too Much (Chapter 1) (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Landor (villain); Scarface (villain); Scarface's Gang (villains)
Synopsis:
Entering a den of thieves, Landor asks to see the boss and has to prove himself before the crooks agree to team up with him for the promise of big monetary rewards. Their target is the U.S. Mint, where Hawkman is waiting. A clash involving future science weapons stymies the Hawk, who is pinned down by a weird fountain pen's ink! Trying to fight back, Landor grabs Hawkman's gravity belt of Nth metal and soars into the sky with his men hanging on for dear life. Hawkman then heads back to his lab for an extra gravity belt.
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Keywords:
U.S. Mint

The Man Who Knows Too Much (Chapter 2) (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Atom [Al Pratt]; Landor (villain); Landor's Gang (villains)
Synopsis:
Landor, having lost a few of his men, shows the rest of his mob a simple vacuum cleaner, which he takes and makes into a weapon he plans to use on local merchants. The Atom comes to town in time but almost becomes a victim of the weapon. The local bankers are being blackmailed for $1 million, so Atom enters the sewer system, emerging to take on Landor's henchman. The bankers emerge from a meeting, yelling to hang Landor, so the villain asks his men his automatic pencil. As Landor darts into the sewer system, he uses the pencil as a flame thrower to drive the Atom and the bankers back.
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Keywords:
Gary Norris Groceries

The Warden and the Trusty (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.

It Takes Nerves to Be a Soldier (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 Knows Too Much (Chapter 3) (Table of Contents)

The Justice Society of America: The Flash, Fastest Man Alive / 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]; Landor (villain); Landor's Gang (villains)
Synopsis:
Towing a pile of junk, Landor and his remaining gang members flee into the desert, where Landor uses a home-made "mono-magnet" to lift the metal scrap from the back of the truck and onto the ground, where he contructs a machine that gives off vibrations that paralyzes all electronically-driven motors over the radius of 1000 miles. He plans to use it to disable nearly 1/3 of the nation unless his demands are met. The Flash dismantles the machine, captures some of the gang, and outwits Landor, who steals away under the cover of invisibility.
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The Man Who Knows Too Much (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 [as Stan Josephs] (signed)
Inks:
Stan Aschmeier [as Stan Josephs] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; Landor (villain); Landor's Gang (villains)
Synopsis:
Landor heads to the city zoo with four men, and takes a new form of glutamic acid and feeds it to the elephants and a gorilla, giving them a form of simulated intelligence. Dr. Mid-Nite is confronted with the beasts charging out of the zoo and through the doors of the electric works, where Mid-Nite comes face to face with Landor, who tells him that the animals will destroy the plant unless his demands are met. Dr. Mid-Nite throws a blackout bomb, chloroforms the animals, then produces an electric storm in the room Landor and his men are hiding.....but Landor escapes.
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Keywords:
Blackout Bomb

Johnny Clung Fast (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Johnny Fasso (deck boy); 3rd Mate Ruston (death); un-named Captain; Corsa (villain, crew member)
Synopsis:
3rd Mate Ruston had accused crew member Corsa of stealing money from a drawer in his room, and the man swore revenge along with other crew members. Sperm whales were spotted and five boats were lowered to kill them. Three were, but a wounded fourth charged the boats, killing several of the crew. Ruston went in the water, Johnny held his head up, then Corsa swam near, with a .35 calibre pistol, and attempted to kill Ruston. Johnny prevented this, but discovered later that Ruston had a broken neck all the time and Johnny was vainly trying to save a dead man!
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Keywords:
Dubbarie

[no title indexed] (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.

A Few Shots of Corn (Table of Contents)

Fat and Slat / filler / 2 pages (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 Knows Too Much (Chapter 5) (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; as Kozlak] (signed twice)
Inks:
Jon Chester Kozlak [as CK; as Kozlak] (signed twice)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; Landor (villain); Landor's Gang (villains)
Synopsis:
Landor, with two members of his gang left, takes a gun from one, disassembles it and re-assembles it into a weapon that can change the molecular structure of any object. G.L. arrives as Landor and his men enter a jewery store, and his boys start taking the jewery when G.L. enters and it's Landor's weapon versus the power ring. At first it's a stalemate, but G.L.'s will power is too much and Landor runs, but not before he turns the ray on the jewels, making them valueless. Green Lantern recovers and is told by the store owner that the jewels in the display case were paste, so no harm was done.
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Keywords:
Jewelry Salon; Modern Jewelry; Power Ring

The Man Who Knows Too Much (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]; Landor (villain)
Synopsis:
Landor vows to get even with the JSA. Landor challenges Johnny to a duel with each performing magic tricks and the best magician wins. Johnny doesn't know that Landor wants him to win and capture him. Only then can Landor use his special gun on the JSA members all at once! The two match trick for trick, then Landor takes a Chinese finger puzzle and asks Johnny what it's for. Johnny, as usual, gets his fingers stuck in both ends (the T-Bolt frees him), then Landor sticks his fingers in it and captures himself. Johnny is so amazed, he faints, and Landor picks him up and takes him to JSA HQ.
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Keywords:
Flashlight Disintegrator

The Man Who Knows Too Much (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 [Johnny Thunder; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; The Atom [Al Pratt]; Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; The Flash [Jay Garrick]; Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]]; The Thunderbolt [Archibald]; Landor (villain)
Synopsis:
As Landor is brought into JSA HQ by the T-Bolt, he pulls out his converted flashlight weapon to destroy all the members, but the Flash speeds over and knocks it out of his hand, and Green Lantern destroys it with his power ring. Now the puzzled JSA tries to figure out what to do with Landor. They can't put him in jail, because he'd find a way to make a weapon to get himself out. Green Lantern comes up with the solution: use his power ring to send Landor back to the year 2446. Now back in his own time element, Landor now decides that the modern era is not so bad after all!
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Keywords:
Power Ring
Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. The Man Who Knows Too Much!
    Justice Society of America
  2. 1. The Man Who Knows Too Much (introduction)
    The Justice Society of America
  3. 2. The Man Who Knows Too Much (Chapter 1)
    The Justice Society of America: Hawkman
  4. 3. The Man Who Knows Too Much (Chapter 2)
    The Justice Society of America: The Atom
  5. 4. The Warden and the Trusty
    Fat and Slat
  6. 5. It Takes Nerves to Be a Soldier
    Fat and Slat
  7. 6. The Man Who Knows Too Much (Chapter 3)
    The Justice Society of America: The Flash, Fastest Man Alive
  8. 7. The Man Who Knows Too Much (Chapter 4)
    The Justice Society of America: Dr. Mid-Nite
  9. 8. Johnny Clung Fast
  10. 9. [no title indexed]
    Fat and Slat
  11. 10. A Few Shots of Corn
    Fat and Slat
  12. 11. The Man Who Knows Too Much (Chapter 5)
    The Justice Society of America: Green Lantern
  13. 12. The Man Who Knows Too Much (Chapter 6)
    The Justice Society of America: Johnny Thunder
  14. 13. The Man Who Knows Too Much (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:
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