(June-July 1947)

DC, 1940 Series
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Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
52
Indicia frequency:
bi-monthly
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 F. Fox reports writing "Peril of the Paper Death" for this issue. However, that tale was apparently revised and published as "The Paintings That Walked the Earth" in All-Star Comics #28. This story was the first to be authored by new scripter John Broome.

All synopses and notes added by Craig Delich.


The Day That Dropped Out of Time! (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 [The Atom [Al Pratt]; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; The Flash [Jay Garrick]; Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]; Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; Johnny Thunder]; Per Degaton
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The Day That Dropped Out of Time (introduction) (Table of Contents)

Justice Society of America / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
John Broome
Pencils:
Irwin Hasen
Inks:
Irwin Hasen
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
AS 35

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Justice Society of America [The Atom [Al Pratt]; Johnny Thunder; Hawkman [Carter Hall] (Chairman); Wonder Woman [Diana Prince] (Secretary); Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; The Flash [Jay Garrick]; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]]; Hippolyte (Wonder Woman's mother, mention only); un-named Mayor of Gotham City (cameo); Benson (the Mayor's assistant, cameo); Professor Zee; Per Degaton (villain, Professor Zee's assistant, introduction)
Synopsis:
The JSA begins a meeting, noting a strange metal shield with Macedonia writing that talks of a case they have forgotten. The Magic Sphere reveals how modern inventions, like airplanes, age, then suddenly disappear. The scene shifts to a hospital where a wounded Professor reveals that his invention is being used by someone, which is revealed to be his new lab assistant, Degaton. When they visit the professor, he warns they they must stop Degaton and undo what he has done. Several members go out on missions, and G.L., Johnny, and Wonder Woman remain at the hospital to protect Professor Zee.
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Keywords:
Daily Post; Gotham City; Macedonian; Magic Sphere

Indexer Notes

This issue's roll call was photostated and placed on All-Star #36's splash page. The name of Wonder Woman's mother Hippolyte is misspelled "Hypolite." Although this chapter re-counts the fact that Professor Zee is the JSA's friend, he has not appeared in All-Star up to this point. In All-Star Squadron #2 (October 1981), Roy Thomas retroactively identifies Professor Zee as one of the scientists in All-Star Comics #10 and Degaton as one of their assistants.

The story is primarily told via the Magic Sphere, informing them of the events and situations that they have totally forgotten due to Degaton's reversing of time.

The Day That Dropped Out of Time (Chapter 1) (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
John Broome
Pencils:
Lee Elias (signed)
Inks:
Lee Elias (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
AS 35

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Flash [Jay Garrick]; Per Degaton (villain); Degaton's three un-named assistants (villains)
Synopsis:
Flash must find penicillin to save the professor's life and is told there might be some in the time capsule in Colossal Caves, which would be immune to time change. He races there and confronts Degaton and his men, who overcome him, tie him up and place him in the capsule. The Flash uses his speed to propel the capsule through a wall, releasing him and the contents. He grabs the penicillin, subdues Degaton's men and races the penicillin over to the hospital, musing to himself that the JSA must figure out WHAT crucial event in the past Degaton is changing to cause the effects taking place.
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Keywords:
Colossal Caves; penicillin; Time capsule

The Day That Dropped Out of Time (Chapter 2) (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
John Broome
Pencils:
Paul Reinman (signed)
Inks:
Paul Reinman (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
AS 35

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Atom [Al Pratt]; Per Degaton (villain); Kale (villain, Degaton's chief assistant); Degaton's other un-named assistants (villains)
Synopsis:
Degaton's march into Gotham takes a detour when his men want to rob the gold from a vault in an insurance company for their pay. Degaton agrees and all goes well until the Atom shows up. After a brief struggle, Atom is captured and taken to the company's accident exhibit, which contains dozens of things that can cause instant death. Fortunately the Atom escapes, having at least learned that Degaton has changed "a battle" in the past, so he returns to the hospital with the news.
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Keywords:
Gotham City; Gotham Insurance Company; Long Tom

The Day That Dropped Out of Time (Chapter 3) (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
John Broome
Pencils:
Joe Kubert [as J. Kubert] (signed)
Inks:
Joe Kubert [as J. Kubert] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
AS 35

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Hawkman [Carter Hall]; un-named Gotham City Mayor; Per Degaton (villain); Kale (villain); Degaton's un-named assistants (villains)
Synopsis:
As modern conveniences disappear, the Sphere now shows Hawkman arriving at the Mayor's office, as Degaton's army of tanks emerges from the city's subway system. Degaton's men enters the Mayor's office, and take him prisoner as Hawkman enters through a window, and starts working over the criminals. But he is overcome and both men are taken to an antique shop, laid on a canopy bed, Degaton hits a switch, bringing the top and the bed closer to crushing the pair. Hawkman is able to stop this, and the pair escape. Hawkman then takes the Mayor to his office and asks him to keep the people calm.
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Keywords:
Gotham City

The Day That Dropped Out of Time (Chapter 4) (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
John Broome
Pencils:
Frank Harry
Inks:
Frank Harry
Colors:
? (painting)
Letters:
?
Job Number:
AS 35

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; Professor Appleby (chemist); Professor Braun (physicist); Professor Staley (biologist); Per Degaton (villain); Kale (villain); Degaton's un-named assistants (villains)
Synopsis:
Dr. Mid-Nite reaches the Hall of Science where top scientists have gathered and are told that, because the changes may become permanent, they must re-design all modern science over again. But Degaton tells them that he plans to do that himself and be the most powerful scientist in the world! A battle ensues, but Mid-nite is captured along with three scientists who will now assist him in his mad plans. Doc escapes a death trap, uses his blackout bomb to save the scientists before they are killed, then heads back to the hospital to check on the professor's condition.
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Keywords:
Blackout Bomb; Gotham City; Hall of Science

Indexer Notes

Degaton tells the three scientsits that he was once an assistant to each of them.

The Day That Dropped Out of Time (interlude) (Table of Contents)

Justice Society of America / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
John Broome
Pencils:
Irwin Hasen
Inks:
Irwin Hasen
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Justice Society of America [The Flash [Jay Garrick]; Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; The Atom [Al Pratt]; Johnny Thunder]; Professor Zee
Synopsis:
At the hospital, the doctor has administered the penicillin and the professor recovers enough to let the JSA know that Degaton has changed the outcome of the famous Battle of Arabela, that took place in 331 B.C. He tells the JSA to go to Colossal Caves and enter into his time machine, and go back to that year and cause the original outcome of that battle to happen. G.L. offers to go alone, fearing that they may frighten Degaton into destroying the time machine. G.L. will then bring it back to the hospital and the entire JSA will go back in history to correct Degaton's actions.
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Keywords:
Gotham City

The Day That Dropped Out of Time (Chapter 5) (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
John Broome
Pencils:
Irwin Hasen
Inks:
Irwin Hasen
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Justice Society of America [Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; Hawkman [Carter Hall] (cameo); Johnny Thunder (cameo); Wonder Woman [Diana prince] (cameo); Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider] (cameo); The Atom [Al Pratt] (cameo); The Flash [Jay Garrick] (cameo)]; Per Degaton (villain); Kale (villain); Degaton's un-named assistants (villains)
Synopsis:
G.L. reaches Colossal Caves and uses his ring to enter the cave through the mountain's wall. He hears Degaton order Kale and his men to destroy the time machine, by sending it 10,000 years into the future with a bomb on board. G.L. charges into the machine, is knocked out and awakes in the future. Exiting, the JSA is there to greet him. He now knows he is in the future, but realizes that the JSA can still change the Battle of Arabela, so they head toward the time machine, which explodes as they near it. So Green Lantern uses his power ring to take the group 3000 years back into the past.
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Keywords:
Colossal Caves; Power Ring; time machine

Indexer Notes

When Green Lantern says that he will take the JSA back 3000 years into the past, he actually meant 2300 years, the actual time period between 1947 and the Battle of Arabela in 331 B.C.

The Trap (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Ted Udall [as Charles King] (signed)
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
adventure

Indexer Notes

This text story was NOT reprinted in the Archive.

Writer correction by Craig Delich. Ted Udall wrote these text stories from 1946-49 under the pen name of Charles King, verified by the Who's Who.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Out of the Gag Bag / filler / 0.5 page (report information)

Script:
Ed Wheelan ?
Pencils:
Ed Wheelan ?
Inks:
Ed Wheelan ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
Ed Wheelan ?

Genre:
humor

Indexer Notes

This filler was NOT reprinted in the Archive.

Letterer credit by Craig Delich.

The Day That Dropped Out of Time (conclusion) (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
John Broome
Pencils:
Irwin Hasen
Inks:
Irwin Hasen
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Justice Society of America [Johnny Thunder; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; The Atom [Al Pratt]; Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]; The Flash [Jay Garrick]]; Professor Zee (cameo); Alexander the Great (cameo, flashback); Per Degaton (villain); Kale (villain); Degaton's un-named assistants (villains)
Synopsis:
While discussing the fate of the JSA, Degaton notes modern inventions beginning to re-appear. The scene shifts to 331 B.C. with Alexander the Great's Army being routed, but the JSA turns the tide, quick to defeat Degaton. Grateful, Alexander gives the JSA his personal shield and dagger, which they accept, then all fade away. The Magic Sphere finishes its tale, modernization is restored, and the strange shield is now legible. The story closes with Professor Zee in his lab with Per Degaton, who seems to remember some foolishness about him dreaming that he was the ruler of the world!
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Keywords:
Battle of Arabela; Gotham City; Power Ring
Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. The Day That Dropped Out of Time!
    The Justice Society of America
  2. 1. The Day That Dropped Out of Time (introduction)
    Justice Society of America
  3. 2. The Day That Dropped Out of Time (Chapter 1)
    Justice Society of America
  4. 3. The Day That Dropped Out of Time (Chapter 2)
    Justice Society of America
  5. 4. The Day That Dropped Out of Time (Chapter 3)
    Justice Society of America
  6. 5. The Day That Dropped Out of Time (Chapter 4)
    Justice Society of America
  7. 6. The Day That Dropped Out of Time (interlude)
    Justice Society of America
  8. 7. The Day That Dropped Out of Time (Chapter 5)
    Justice Society of America
  9. 8. The Trap
  10. 9. [no title indexed]
    Out of the Gag Bag
  11. 10. The Day That Dropped Out of Time (conclusion)
    Justice Society of America
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Per Sandell
  • Gene Reed
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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