(February-March 1947)

DC, 1940 Series
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Volume:
?
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
52
Indicia frequency:
?
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
National Comics Publications, 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 originally for All-Star #36. Solomon Grundy's first post-1940's appearance will be in Showcase #55 (March-April 1965), also written by Fox, and it's 2nd page is a Murphy Anderson re-drawing of Hasen's Page B from this issue. That story picks up right where this story leaves off, ignoring Grundy's appearance in Comic Cavalcade #24. Roy Thomas later reconciles these two conflicting accounts in All-Star Squadron #3 (November 1981).

All notes and synopses added by Craig Delich.


The Revenge of Solomon Grundy! (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils:
Irwin Hasen [as Hasen] (signed)
Inks:
Irwin Hasen [as Hasen] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Justice Society of America [Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; The Atom [Al Pratt]; Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]; Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Chales McNider]; The Flash [Jay Garrick]; Johnny Thunder]; Solomon Grundy [Cyrus Gold]
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Keywords:
Energy Bubble

The Revenge of Solomon Grundy! (introduction) (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Gardner F. Fox
Pencils:
Irwin Hasen
Inks:
Irwin Hasen
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
AS 33

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Justice Society of America [Hawkman [Carter Hall]; The Flash [Jay Garrick]; Johnny Thunder; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; Wonder Woman (Diana Prince]; The Atom [Al Pratt]; Green Lantern [Alan Scott]]; Solomon Grundy [Cyrus Gold] (villain, origin re-cap)
Synopsis:
Solomon Grundy's origin is re-told and he is imprisoned in an energy bubble by G.L., but shattered y lightning. His only thought is to find G.L. and kill him. Meanwhile, at JSA HQ, the Lantern stands alone and hears a knock on the door, opens it and explains, "You!"

Much later, the other JSA members arrive and discover the HQ ripped apart, with a large muddy footprint on the floor. Johnny turns on the radio, which reports Solomon Grundy is on the loose, seen at various towns. The JSA puts the pieces together, and, leaving Wonder Woman behind to gather news, the rest leave to find Grundy.
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Keywords:
Alcona; Carver; Dander; energy bubble; Harford; Lynnville; New York City; Power Ring

Indexer Notes

For the first time, Wonder Woman is not listed as "Secretary," and she plays no part in the final battle, but joins the guys "sometime later."

The opening segment recounts Grundy's origin from All-American Comics #61 (October, 1944).

Letterer credit from Tom Orzechowski removed per Todd Klein, who, in contact with Saladino, states the Gaspar was in the service at the time this issue was done.

The Revenge of Solomon Grundy! (Chapter 1) (Table of Contents)

The Justice Society of America / 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]; Eddie Marks (Regis Herald's editor); Eddie's un-named father (competing newspaper editor); un-named newspaper typesetter; Solomon Grundy [Cyrus Gold] (villain)
Synopsis:
While Hawkman briefly visits Harford and discovers Grundy is heading toward Regis, the editor of Regis' newspaper is fuming with his Dad over how he runs the Herald. His father doesn't condone his son's scandal sheet, but as they argue, Grundy smashes his way in, looking for G.L., and, as he tears the place apart, Hawkman arrives. Announcing he is a friend of G.L., Grundy vows to kill the Hawk as well. Aftr knocking Hawkman out, Grundy storms away. When the Feathered Fury revives, father and son make peace, vowing to unite their papers and work together, and Hawk leaves to locate Grundy.
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Keywords:
Harford; Regis; The Regis Herald

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit from Tom Orzechowski removed per Todd Klein, who, in contact with Saladino, states the Gaspar was in the service at the time this issue was done.

The Revenge of Solomon Grundy! (Chapter 2) (Table of Contents)

The Justice Society of America / 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]; Jimmy Chase; un-named housekeeper for the Chases'); Solomon Grundy [Cyrus Gold] (villain); un-named maid for the Chase Mansion (villain); Joe (villain)
Synopsis:
When Jimmy leaves the house to play marbles with his friends, the maid signals to her co-hort to enter the mansion so they can rob the safe while the parents are away. While they do this, Jimmy and his friends encounter Grundy, who tries to play marbles, but crushes them....and the kids scatter.

Mid-Nite gets a tip on Grundy's location and follows footprints to the mansion and catch the crooks in action, and mops them up as Grundy enters. In danger, Mid-Nite hurls a blackout bomb, which dis-orients Grundy, who then storms out. Mid-nite leaves Jimmy to call Police, then trails Grundy again.
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Keywords:
Blackout Bomb; Carver; Chase Mansion

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit from Tom Orzechowski removed per Todd Klein, who, in contact with Saladino, states the Gaspar was in the service at the time this issue was done.

The Revenge of Solomon Grundy! (Chapter 3) (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Gardner F. Fox
Pencils:
Irwin Hasen
Inks:
Irwin Hasen
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
AS 33

Genre:
humor; superhero
Characters:
Johnny Thunder; The Thunderbolt [Archibald]; Solomon Grundy [Cyrus Gold] (villain); two un-named girls (villains); three un-named crooks [one disguised as a phony Grundy] (villains)
Synopsis:
Three thugs in Zenith get Grundy to break into a business for them, while Johnny is being mid-led to Grundy's true location by girls in cahoots with the thugs. But Johnny remembers where he is to go and arrives in Zenith as Grundy and thugs walk out he door. Grundy knocks Johnny out and then leaves. When Johnny awakes, the girls lead him to a cereal factory, and he attacks a phony Grundy and thugs walking out the door. Johnny attacks, knocks Grundy down and pulls his legs (actually stilts) off. The Thunderbolt appears, knocks out the thugs, and offers to help Johnny find the true Grundy.
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Keywords:
Dander; Meridien; Radio Records; Say You; See-All Travel Agency; Sweeties Cereal Factory; Zenith

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit from Tom Orzechowski removed per Todd Klein, who, in contact with Saladino, states the Gaspar was in the service at the time this issue was done.

The true name of Johnny's Thunderbolt was revealed in Flash Comics #69 (and his wife's name, Mildred, was also revealed in that issue).

The Revenge of Solomon Grundy! (Chapter 4) (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:
The Flash [Jay Garrick]; Alvin McGurk (Police Chief); Martha McGurk (Alvin's wife); Spenser Blade (proposed new Police Chief); un-named Mayor of Moosehead; Solomon Grundy [Cyrus Gold] (villain)
Synopsis:
The city of Moosehead is aiming to replaced 45-year veteran Police Chief McGurk with a younger man, Spenser Blade. When Solomon Grundy arrives in town causing mayhem, both Spenser and McGurk take on Grundy with a gun, which proves ineffectual. Spenser runs for his life, leaving the town at Grundy's mercy. The Flash arrives from Alcona, sees damage and notes McGurk taking on Grundy. Flash battles Grundy rather unsuccessfully, then leads the monster out of town, where Grundy knocks Flash off a cliff. He grabs a branch sticking out, then scrambles up and pursues Grundy again.
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Keywords:
Moosehead; Moosehead Hospital

Indexer Notes

This is Naydel's last work on the JSA.

Letterer credit from Tom Orzechowski removed per Todd Klein, who, in contact with Saladino, states the Gaspar was in the service at the time this issue was done.

The Revenge of Solomon Grundy! (Chapter 5) (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Gardner F. Fox
Pencils:
Jon Chester Kozlak
Inks:
Jon Chester Kozlak
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Atom [Al Pratt]; Solomon Grundy [Cyrus Gold] (villain); Baldy Balsom (villain); Baldy's gang (villains)
Synopsis:
In Lambert City, Baldy Balsom convinces his thug buddies that he not washed up and he'll commit any crime he wants without anyone stopping him. They believe it when Grundy walks in the door, and he agrees to help Baldy if he will tell him how to find Green Lantern. While Grundy is committing three crimes, the Atom gains a clue to the monster's location, and arrives at a shoe factory and stops Baldy and his men. Then Grundy knocks the Atom unconscious, senses he will get no information from Baldy, and leaves. Atom takes the crooks to jail, the sets out after the Marshland Monster again.
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Keywords:
Lambert City; Lambert City Bank; Lambert City Show Factory; Lynneville

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit from Tom Orzechowski removed per Todd Klein, who, in contact with Saladino, states the Gaspar was in the service at the time this issue was done.

The Revenge of Solomon Grundy! (Chapter 6) (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Gardner F. Fox
Pencils:
Paul Reinman (signed)
Inks:
Paul Reinman (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
AS 33

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; Doiby Dickles; Solomon Grundy [Cyrus Gold] (villain)
Synopsis:
The scene shifts back to the moment at JSA HQ where Green Lantern had opened the door in response to a knock, and said, "You!" To his surprise, Doiby Dickles walks in, and informs G.L. that Grundy has freed himself and is on the loose. G.L. and Doiby smash out the window to track down Grundy and Grundy arrives there soon after, tearing the place up. The Lantern then uses a modified radio attuned to track down Grundy, and locates him in State Park. As the two battle, G.L. is dazed and goes over a waterfall, where Grundy holds his head underwater, hoping to drown him.
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Keywords:
New York City; Power Ring; State Park

Indexer Notes

This is Doiby Dickle's first appearance in All-Star since issue #7.

Letterer credit from Tom Orzechowski removed per Todd Klein, who, in contact with Saladino, states the Gaspar was in the service at the time this issue was done.

The Revenge of Solomon Grundy! (conclusion) (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Gardner F. Fox
Pencils:
Irwin Hasen
Inks:
Irwin Hasen
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Justice Society of America [Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; Hawkman [Carter Hall]; The Atom [Al Pratt]; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; Johnny Thunder; The Flash [Jay Garrick]; Wonder Woman [Diana Prince] (cameo)]; Solomon Grundy [Cyrus Gold] (villain)
Synopsis:
The JSA arrive in time to rescue Green Lantern and battle the Marshland Monster, eventually, by sheer numbers, holding him down in water. As darkness sets in, Johnny looks at the Moon, musing what "the man in the Moon" would do with Grundy. So, Green Lantern puts Grundy back into a green bubble formed by his ring and personally transports Grundy to the Moon's surface. Later, as the members look up at the glowing orb in the sky, they wonder if even the Moon can hold Grundy?
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Keywords:
energy bubble; Mace; New York City; Power Ring; State Park

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit from Tom Orzechowski removed per Todd Klein, who, in contact with Saladino, states the Gaspar was in the service at the time this issue was done.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Ton o' Fun / filler / 0.66 page (report information)

Script:
Harry Lampert (signed)
Pencils:
Harry Lampert (signed)
Inks:
Harry Lampert (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Harry Lampert

Genre:
humor

Indexer Notes

This filler does NOT appear in the Archives.

Writer verification and letterer credit by Craig Delich.

Blue Bell (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Indexer Notes

This text story does NOT appear in the Archives.

Upset Over a Sonnet (Table of Contents)

Everything Happens to Harry / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Harry

Indexer Notes

This story does NOT appear in the Archives.

Art credits added by Craig Delich. It is verified that Naydel did this feature in 1948.......the Who's Who doesn't indicate others working on this feature, so Naydel with a ? seems appropriate.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. The Revenge of Solomon Grundy!
    The Justice Society of America
  2. 1. The Revenge of Solomon Grundy! (introduction)
    The Justice Society of America
  3. 2. The Revenge of Solomon Grundy! (Chapter 1)
    The Justice Society of America
  4. 3. The Revenge of Solomon Grundy! (Chapter 2)
    The Justice Society of America
  5. 4. The Revenge of Solomon Grundy! (Chapter 3)
    The Justice Society of America
  6. 5. The Revenge of Solomon Grundy! (Chapter 4)
    The Justice Society of America
  7. 6. The Revenge of Solomon Grundy! (Chapter 5)
    The Justice Society of America
  8. 7. The Revenge of Solomon Grundy! (Chapter 6)
    The Justice Society of America
  9. 8. The Revenge of Solomon Grundy! (conclusion)
    The Justice Society of America
  10. 9. [no title indexed]
    Ton o' Fun
  11. 10. Blue Bell
  12. 11. Upset Over a Sonnet
    Everything Happens to Harry
This issue was most recently modified by:
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  • Craig Delich
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Ralf Haring
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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