(August-September 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

Scripter Gardner Fox reports writing this story for issue #24 (after he had written All-Star #23's and All-Star #22's stories), but that the story was bumped so that the story, "This Is Our Enemy," could be published in a timely manner. This story was originally written and illustrated featuring Starman and Spectre, but because of the AA-DC split, those heroes could not appear, thus requiring artist Martin Naydel to replace the Starman figures and Spectre figures with Green Lantern and the Flash.

All notes and synopses added by Craig Delich.
Pub by All-American Comics Inc.


Dreams of Madness! (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils:
Martin Naydel (signed)
Inks:
Martin Naydel (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Justice Society of America [Hawkman [Carter Hall]; The Atom [Al Pratt]; The Flash [Jay Garrick]; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; Johnny Thunder; Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]]
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Keywords:
Golden Lasso

Indexer Notes

The cover to this issue was drawn as is, never having featured Starman and Spectre. The figure on the cover of Wonder Woman appears to be a tracing or photostat of Harry G. Peter's artwork.

The Dreams of Madness (introduction) (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Gardner F. Fox
Pencils:
Joe Gallagher; Martin Naydel (figures of Flash and Green Lantern)
Inks:
Joe Gallagher; Martin Naydel (figures of Flash and Green Lantern)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Justice Society of America [Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; The Atom [Al Pratt]; The Flash [Jay Garrick]; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; Johnny Thunder; Wonder Woman [Diana Prince] (Secretary, cameo)]; Brain Wave [Henry King, Sr.][aka Forest Malone] (villain)
Synopsis:
Hawkman brings a newspaper ad to the attention of the members from a Forest Malone, who wants them to participate in a never before done experiment for the good of humanity. They visit Malone and viewhis "dream recorder," a machine that will allow one not only to graph the electrical emantions from a person's thoughts as they dream, but to also translate those thoughts into pictures! The members agree to an experiment, they sleep and then Malone reveals himself as the Brain Wave, bragging that the machine is really a "dream inducer," which he plans to use to drive them totally insane.
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Keywords:
Daily Bugle; Dream Inducer; Dream Recorder

Indexer Notes

Although Wonder Woman accepts "Forest Malone's" challenge, she doesn't appear after page two of the introduction.

The Dreams of Madness (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]; Ice Creatures (villains; Fire People (villains); Boreas (villain, The Wind); the Furnace Tenders (villains)
Synopsis:
Hawkman finds himself in a city of iceboxes, among cold people expecting to battle the Fire People, their mortal enemies. One of them feels sorry for the birds there who suffer because of their battles, so Hawk manages to escape from the ice box he is in and attempt to help the bird creatures. If he fails, the battle will result in hot and cold waves that would kill them all. But try as he will, Hawk gets the worst of it....one minute hot, the other minute cold, until he believes that he is a thermometer!
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Those Blokes with Jokes (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.

Letter credit by Craig Delich.

The Dreams of Madness (Chapter 2) (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]; Alfred; The Germ People (villains, one dies)
Synopsis:
Dr. Mid-Nite finds himself in a world where germs are the lords of creation and he saves a man they plan to save for future study. The humans there convince Mid-Nite that his former life is all a dream, but he uses his scientific ability to try and fight the Germ People. He develops a noxious gas to use on the Germ People, but it fails to work, and he is convinced the other humans are right. But his instinct to fight remains strong and he battles them with his fists until one of the Germ People with the plague enters, blaming it on Mid-Nite. He is then convinced that he is a living sickness.
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Indexer Notes

This chapter shows the only time a JSA member actually cried.

The Dreams of Madness (Chapter 3) (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Gardner F. Fox
Pencils:
Stan Aschmeier; Martin Naydel (Green Lantern figures)
Inks:
Stan Aschmeier; Martin Naydel (Green Lantern figures)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; two astronomers; the Gemini Twins; the Man in the Moon; three un-named crooks (villains)
Synopsis:
The sputtering of a 4th of July sparkler arouses the interest of not only Green Lantern, but astronomers as well in this dream world, who seem to think that the sparks are actually new stars being born. The Emerald Crusader tells them no, but they think he is mad. Then several crooks steal the sparkler and the Emerald Crusader chases them through maddening situations, and
finally he spots the astronomers below watching him (holding three balloons by strings), and he suddenly feels that he is the Sun and the three balloons are his little planets!
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Keywords:
Power Ring

Indexer Notes

This chapter was originally drawn by Stan Aschmeier featuring Starman, so Martin Naydel drew figures of Green Lantern that were pasted over the Starman figures.

The Dreams of Madness (Chapter 4) (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Flash [Jay Garrick]
Synopsis:
The Crimson Speedster finds himself plunged into a dream world of funny animals who talk and act as if they are human (humans are enslaved), but the Flash says otherwise, so the animals try to prove humans can't talk. Fact is the animals can't hear other humans, just the Flash, but Flash can hear men speak. The animals' law states that if a human can beat one of the animals in a race, enslaved humans will be freed. He races a frog, but when his feet grow large and heavy, and a series of calamities occur, the Scarlet Speedster loses. Flash now believes he is a laughing stock.
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Indexer Notes

This chapter originally featured the Spectre. However, the editors decided to scrap the original art and have Martin Naydel completely re-draw it featuring the Flash.

The Dreams of Madness (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]; two un-named crooks (villains)
Synopsis:
The Atom awakens to a world where the beings have umbrellas for arms and clocks for heads. Just then, Atom sees large crooks heading into a bank, and he attempts to combat them. But he finds out that the rain is shrinking his size and he falls into the water. He heads back after the thieves, only to discover that he has now grown tremendously, and he reaches up to a cloud and pulls a chain to turn on the sunlight, hoping it will shrink him back down to normal size. Catching up with the thugs, the criminals begin to wring him out, convincing the Mighty Mite that he is a sponge!
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Keywords:
Tin Pan Alley

Submarine Man (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:
Jaimie (a giant); Professor Murock (villain, death)
Synopsis:
The ad in the newspaper was short and sweet: man wanted who can swim underwater for two minutes, handsome salary. Seven men appeared to qualify in response to the ad, but only one, Jamie, made it. In fact, he eventually set a record, according to Professor Murock who was timing him, by staying underwater for thirty-two! This had been made possible by secret injections on Jamie by the Professor.

What Jamie didn't know was why the professor was training him to be a "human submarine". When he did find out one day, Jamie turned the tables on the professor!
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Keywords:
Bronx; Brooklyn Navy Yard; East River; Explorer's Club; Gouveneur Hospital; New York City

The Dreams of Madness (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 [as Stan Josephs] (signed)
Inks:
Stan Aschmeier [as Stan Josephs] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor; superhero
Characters:
Johnny Thunder; The Thunderbolt [Archibald]; four un-named gangsters (villains); un-named magician (villain)
Synopsis:
Johnny arrives in the Land of Already Equipped and spots an artist with a brush for a hand and an artist pallet for a head, painting a picture of a young lady, whose head was a bowl of fruit! Johnny thinks that's normal, while the T-Bolt thinks he is nuts! Others in this world are also weird in appearance, but considered normal. Some human crooks get a magician to hex people into looking "normal", and Johnny sends the T-Bolt to capture them and the magician who hexed people. While other JSA members were driven insane in their dream worlds, Johnny was driven sane!
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Keywords:
Land of Already Equipped; Say You

The Dreams of Madness (conclusion) (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Gardner F. Fox
Pencils:
Joe Gallagher; Martin Naydel (Green Lantern and Flash figures)
Inks:
Joe Gallagher; Martin Naydel (Green Lantern and Flash figures)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Justice Society of America [Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; The Flash [Jay Garrick]; The Atom [Al Pratt]; Johnny Thunder; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Chales McNider]]; The Thunderbolt [Archibald]; Brain Wave [Henry King, Sr.] (villain); Brain Wave's gang (villains)
Synopsis:
In the Brainwave's lab, the JSA members are stirring restlessly in their dream-induced states. As the villain leaves the lab, the JSA members begin waking up, acting out their dreams. Johnny has had enough of this and calls for the T-Bolt to come and figures out what to do to restore them. Brainwave returns with his gang to see the JSA in their state. Johnny and the T-Bolt storm in and Johnny wades into them, fists flying, while the T-Bolt uses an electrical shock to restore the JSA back to themselves. Furious, the JSA wades into the crooks and mops up, then T-Bolt explains what happened.
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Keywords:
Dream Inducer

Indexer Notes

Wonder Woman does NOT appear in the conclusion.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. Dreams of Madness!
    The Justice Society of America
  2. 1. The Dreams of Madness (introduction)
    The Justice Society of America
  3. 2. The Dreams of Madness (Chapter 1)
    The Justice Society of America: Hawkman
  4. 3. Those Blokes with Jokes
    Fat and Slat
  5. 4. The Dreams of Madness (Chapter 2)
    The Justice Society of America: Dr. Mid-Nite
  6. 5. The Dreams of Madness (Chapter 3)
    The Justice Society of America: Green Lantern
  7. 6. The Dreams of Madness (Chapter 4)
    The Justice Society of America: The Flash
  8. 7. The Dreams of Madness (Chapter 5)
    The Justice Society of America: The Atom
  9. 8. Submarine Man
  10. 9. The Dreams of Madness (Chapter 6)
    The Justice Society of America: Johnny Thunder
  11. 10. The Dreams of Madness (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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