(December 1947-January 1948)

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

Black Canary guest stars with Johnny Thunder and Wonder Woman becomes an active member. The Junior Justice Society of America ad in this issue is reprinted from All-Star #37.

Credit verification and all synopses added by Craig Delich.


History's Crime Wave! (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils:
Alex Toth
Inks:
Alex Toth
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

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

History's Crime Wave! (Part 1) (Table of Contents)

The Justice Society of America / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Bob Kanigher
Pencils:
Alex Toth
Inks:
Alex Toth
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Justice Society of America [Hawkman [Carter Hall] (death); Green Lantern [Alan Scott] (death); Wonder Woman [Diana Prince] (cameo on splash page); Johnny Thunder (death); Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider] (death); The Atom [Al Pratt] (death); The Flash [Jay Garrick] (death)]; Black Canary [Dinah Drake]; Sonia Gaye (concert pianist); John Gaye (violinist, Sonia's brother, death); un-named prosecutor; un-named judge; Big Boy Nelson (wrestler); Little David (wrestler, death, mention only); the Van West sisters (one dies); Mr. Benson (owner of Gem Rarities); un-named partner of Mr. Benson (death); Mary; Stephen (Mary's wife, death); un-named wax museum guard [as Genghis Khan; Attila the Hun; Nero; Goliath; Cesare Borgia; Captain Kidd] (villain, unseen in this chapter); Lucrezia Borgia (villain, splash only)
Synopsis:
The Police are stunned and mystified with five separate crimes, each resulting in a death, and each being blamed on (by the suspects) by infamous villain in history. All the suspects are quickly tried, convicted and sentenced to death.

To make matters worse, when six members of the JSA investigate, they are actually killed by the villains blamed for the other crimes! A dying Johnny Thunder sends his companion, the Black Canary, to JSA HQ to report all that has gone on to Wonder Woman.
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Keywords:
Gem Rarities; Golden Lasso; Gotham City; Rex Theatre; Riverside

Indexer Notes

The splash page replicates the cover.

History's Crime Wave! (Part 2) (Table of Contents)

The Justice Society of America / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script:
Bob Kanigher
Pencils:
Carmine Infantino
Inks:
Frank Giacoia
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Justice Society of America [Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]; Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; The Flash [Jay Garrick]; Johnny Thunder; The Atom [Al Pratt]; Hawkman [Carter Hall]]; Black Canary [Dinah Drake]; Paula; un-named wax museum guard (villain); Nero (villain, wax figure); Genghis Khan (villain, wax figure); Goliath (villain, wax figure); Cesare Borgia (villain, wax figure); Lucrezia Borgia (villain, wax figure); Captain Kidd (villain, wax figure); Attila the Hun (villain, wax figure)
Synopsis:
As Wonder Woman sits alone in JSA HQ wondering what has happened to the All-Stars, Black Canary enters and tells the Amazon Maiden what has happened to Johnny. Wonder Woman leaves and collects the corpses of the JSA members, and takes them back to HQ. Then, she and the Canary fly them to Paula's secret lab and bring them back to life again with the Purple Ray, after which the members dash to the wax museum, looking for the villains. Realizing they are only wax, they are perplexed. However, Black Canary, after listening to GL's incident, figures out a way to capture the true villain.
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Keywords:
Golden Lasso; Gotham City; Green Lamp; Invisible Plane; Paradise Island; Paula; Power Ring; Purple Ray

Indexer Notes

Art credits from Craig Delich.

Page count correction by Craig Delich.

This is the only JSA story in which Paula appears, and the first JSA tale to feature the Invisible Plane.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Ton o' Fun / filler / 1 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 was NOT reprinted in the Archive.

Letterer credit by Craig Delich.

History's Crime Wave! (Part 3) (Table of Contents)

The Justice Society of America / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script:
Bob Kanigher
Pencils:
Bob Oksner
Inks:
Bob Oksner
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Justice Society of America [Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider] [also as Nero]; The Atom [Al Pratt] [also as Goliath]; The Flash [Jay Garrick] [also as Captain Kidd]; Green Lantern [Alan Scott] [also as Cesare Borgia]; Hawkman [Carter Hall] [also as Genghis Khan]; Johnny Thunder [aslo as Attila the Hun]]; Big Boy Nelson (wrestler, mention only); Nero (villain, wax figure); Goliath (villain, wax figure); Captain Kidd (villain, wax figure); Cesare Borgia (villain, wax figure); Genghis Khan (villain, wax figure); Attila the Hun (villain, wax figure)
Synopsis:
Soon after, a newspaper, the Globe Telegraph, announces that the JSA has caught the true killers who masqueraded as the ancient villains, and shows a picture as proof! Naturally, the "real villains" are purplexed...and, as each of the JSA members goes after the real villain involved at the scene of each crime, and overcome them, each villain breaks apart, proving only to be wax dummies! Simultaneously, as the figures break apart, they explode, knocking the JSA members unconscious.
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Keywords:
Globe Telegraph; Gotham City; Power Ring

Indexer Notes

The Chicago Globe Telegraph newspaper i panel 1, page 24 states that the paper was founded in 1801 and this issue is dated Saturday, October 25, 1947.

The Chief Returns a Gift (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
western-frontier

Indexer Notes

This text story was NOT reprinted in the Archive.

Writer update by Craig Delich. Udall used this pen name for the text stories he did from 1946-49, verified by the Who's Who.

History's Crime Wave! (Part 4) (Table of Contents)

The Justice Society of America / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Bob Kanigher
Pencils:
Alex Toth
Inks:
Alex Toth
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Justice Society of America [Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; The Atom [Al Pratt]; The Flash [Jay Garrick]; Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Johnny Thunder; Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]]; Black Canary [Dinah Drake] [also as Lucrezia Borgia]; un-named wax museum guard [also as Attila the Hun] (villain, death); Nero (villain, wax figure); Goliath (villain, wax figure); Cesare Borgia (villain, wax figure); Captain Kidd (villain, wax figure); Genghis Khan (villain, wax figure)
Synopsis:
The JSA awake to find themselves bound inside a huge wax vat in the basement of the museum, with hot wax raining down on them. As they look up, the evil villains are standing and gloating over their demise, when suddenly only one of them unmasks (Attila), revealing the security guard of the museum, who tells them that he had impersonated ALL of the villains. Why? Because the JSA dared to insult them, and thereby insulted him!

Suddenly Lucrezia Borgia appears, catching the guard off guard, but her wax mask melts, revealing the Black Canary. She frees the JSA, the guard dies in the wax vat.
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Keywords:
Golden Lasso

Indexer Notes

Black Canary, after the adventure, is declared to be an "Honored Guest" of the JSA, with hopes that, one day, she will become a permanent member.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. History's Crime Wave!
    The Justice Society of America
  2. 1. History's Crime Wave! (Part 1)
    The Justice Society of America
  3. 2. History's Crime Wave! (Part 2)
    The Justice Society of America
  4. 3. [no title indexed]
    Ton o' Fun
  5. 4. History's Crime Wave! (Part 3)
    The Justice Society of America
  6. 5. The Chief Returns a Gift
  7. 6. History's Crime Wave! (Part 4)
    The Justice Society of America
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Per Sandell
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Jon Ingersoll