(October-November 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:
Whitney Ellsworth; Julius Schwartz (uncredited)
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
Standard Golden Age U. S.
Paper Stock:
Glossy cover; Newsprint interior
Binding:
Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
Was Ongoing Series

Issue Notes

This is the first issue with a brand new logo, and this is the last story in which the JSA operates out of Gotham City.

All notes, synopses, and credit verifications added by Craig Delich.


The Secret of the Golden Universe! (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils:
Irwin Hasen
Inks:
Irwin Hasen
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

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

The Secret of the Golden Universe! (Part 1) (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
John Broome
Pencils:
Irwin Hasen (splash also)
Inks:
Bob Oksner (splash also)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Justice Society of America [Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; Black Canary; Hawkman [Carter Hal]; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]; The Flash [Jay Garrick]; The Atom [Al Pratt]]; un-named editor of the Gotham Globe; Benson (reporter); Mr. Ferris (manager of Simpson Timer Company); Thomas (employee at Simpson Timer Company); Bill (Midwest Limited engineer); Ed (Midwest Limited fireman); Raymond (master illusionist); Aurikon (villain); The Gold Men (villains)
Synopsis:
Boston Globe reporter Benson sees a connection with amazing thefts of metal and begins an investigation. Elsewhere, the great Raymond tells the JSA that he went to an exhibit at Gotham Island to expose so-called men of gold as frauds, but discovered they WERE made of gold. The Gold Men followed him, knocked him out, put him in a crate and dumped him in the river. Having escaped, he takes the JSA to the exhibit, where they confront the Gold Men, and battle them unsuccessfully. The Gold Men then board the Caterpillar ride, which spins dizzly, and when it stops, the Gold Men are gone!
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Keywords:
Gotham City; Gotham City Railroad; Gotham Globe; Gotham Island; Midwest Limited; Power Ring; Simpson Timer Company

Indexer Notes

The splash somewhat replicates the cover, but was redrawn with JSA members in different spots and a different-looking robot.

The Secret of the Golden Universe! (Part 2) (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
John Broome
Pencils:
Arthur F. Peddy
Inks:
Bernard Sachs
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Justice Society of America [Black Canary [Dinah Drake]; The Flash [Jay Garrick]; The Atom [Al Pratt]; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; Wonder Woman; Hawkman [Carter Hall]]; Myrla (Chief Scientist of Xenca); Myrlan (Myrla's ancestor, flashback); Krano (Myrlan's son, flashback); Maxon (gold employee at the National Museum); Copper People (villains, flashback); Aurikon (villain, Myrla's half-brother); The Gold Men [Nikro; others un-named] (villains); the Golden Robots (villains)
Synopsis:
Having jumped on the Caterpillar ride, the JSA suddenly find themselves in a dimension of gold, meeting with a scientist, who informs them that the Men of Gold have stolen iron from Gotham City and brought it to Xenca to power giant robots, which will end 1000 years of peace, thanks to arrogant Aurikon.

Hawkman, Dr. Mid-Nite and Atom witness a robot come back to life in a bay, they battle it and its occupants, but are captured.

Black Canary and Wonder Women battle the Gold Men at Xenca's National Museum who have brought a robot back to life, but are soon overcome and taken away.
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Keywords:
Acid Gun; Carbon Sphere; Golden Lasso; National Museum of Xenca; Xenca (Dimension of Gold)

The Secret of the Golden Universe! (Part 3) (Table of Contents)

The Justice Society of America / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Justice Society of America [The Flash [Jay Garrick]; Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; The Atom [Al Pratt]; Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]; Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Black Canary [Dinah Drake]; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]]; Myrla; Raymond; Benson; Aurikon (villain); The Gold Men (villains); Golden Robots (villains, destroyed)
Synopsis:
At Myrla's estate, GL and Flash battle another of the Golden Robots and defeats it, but are overcome by the steam from a lake of molten gold. Myrla is captured and taken to the museum where the JSA are on display in a glass case in suspended animation.

But Aurikon also has Raymond as prisoner, in an inescapable trap, from which he eventually frees himself, then busts the glass case holding the JSA.

The JSA then makes short work of the robots, rounds up Aurikon and the Gold Men, jails them, and then re-creates their travel on the Caterpillar ride back to Civic City.
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Keywords:
Civic City; Gotham Globe; Power Ring; Radioactive Gold Ray; Xenca

Messengers from Space (Table of Contents)

text story / 1.5 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
science fiction

Indexer Notes

This text story was NOT reprinted in the Archive.

[Blue Boxer Crimes] (Table of Contents)

Johnny Peril's Surprise Story! / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Howard Purcell ?
Pencils:
Howard Purcell
Inks:
Howard Purcell
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural
Characters:
Johnny Peril; The Blue Boxer [Ricky Jones] (villain)

Indexer Notes

This story was NOT reprinted in the Archive.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. The Secret of the Golden Universe!
    The Justice Society of America
  2. 1. The Secret of the Golden Universe! (Part 1)
    The Justice Society of America
  3. 2. The Secret of the Golden Universe! (Part 2)
    The Justice Society of America
  4. 3. The Secret of the Golden Universe! (Part 3)
    The Justice Society of America
  5. 4. Messengers from Space
  6. 5. [Blue Boxer Crimes]
    Johnny Peril's Surprise Story!
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Per Sandell
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Jon Ingersoll