(August-September 1950)

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:
Superman DC National Comics
Editing:
Whitney Ellsworth
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
Standard Golden Age U. S.
Paper Stock:
Glossy cover; Newsprint interior
Binding:
Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
Was Ongoing Series

Issue Notes

There is a reference made early in the story to a case involving "smuggling gem-runners." No such case ever appeared in print in All-Star, nor was it one of Gardner Fox's "lost" JSA tales.

All notes and synopses added by Craig Delich.


Under the Big Top [The Circus of a Thousand Thrills!] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Justice Society of America [Black Canary [Dinah Drake]; Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; The Atom [Al Pratt]; The Flash [Jay Garrick]; Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]]
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Indexer Notes

The original art to this cover, with new title lettering (to replace that which had fallen off), became the back cover to America vs. the Justice Society #4 (April, 1985).

Circus of a Thousand Thrills (Part 1) (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
John Broome
Pencils:
Frank Giacoia (splash and chapter)
Inks:
Frank Giacoia (splash and chapter)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Justice Society of America [Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]; The Flash [Jay Garrick]; The Atom [Al Pratt]; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; Black Canary [Dinah Drake]]; un-named Policeman; un-named Chief of Police; Mr. Alimand (villain, circus owner); Goliath (villain, giant strongman); Felix the Great (villain, tightrope walker); Demon Dan (villain, trick motorcyclist); Frederick (villain, lion tamer); Mr. Mechanico (villain, man with a machanical mind)
Synopsis:
Chairman Hawkman tells the JSA that all cases in the works are closed and, with nothing for them to do, Green Lantern suggests that all attend the circus, which has just come to town. As they near the circus, a Policeman tells them the Police Chief needs to see them, and the Chief informs them that he expects a major crime wave to strike Civic City within the week. Four cities have already been hit, each at 9pm in the evening, and each having had a traveling circus in town. This fact leads the Flash to suspect the circus in town is somehow responsible and all decide to investigate.
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Keywords:
Civic City; Civic Gardens

Indexer Notes

Pencil credit from Craig Delich, previously tentatively assigned to Arthur F. Peddy.

Circus of a Thousand Thrills (Part 2) (Table of Contents)

Justice Society of America / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Justice Society of America [Hawkman [Carter Hall]; The Atom [Al Pratt]; The Flash [Jay Garrick]; Black Canary [Dinah Drake] (cameo)]; un-named ocean-liner Captain; Mrs. Rockmillion; Felix the Great (villain); Frederick the Lion Tamer (villain); two circus clowns (villains); Tumbo (villain, an elephant)
Synopsis:
Hawkman boards an ocean liner to protect "The Pharoah", a valuable oil painting, but discovers Felix the Great and two circus clowns have already seized the painting. The Winged Wonder foils the robbery and jails the suspects, but is stunned to discover that Felix is performing at the circus!

Likewise, the Flash and the Atom set out to guard Mrs. Rockmillion's prize Pompeii Tiara, but Frederick and his trained elephants purloin the tiara. The All-Stars stop the crime and jail the felon, but when the two return to the circus, they are shocked to see Frederick performing his routine!
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Keywords:
"Aida"; Civic City; Civic Opera House

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Jerry the Jitterbug / filler / 0.5 page (report information)

Script:
Henry Boltinoff
Pencils:
Henry Boltinoff
Inks:
Henry Boltinoff
Colors:
?
Letters:
Henry Boltinoff

Genre:
humor; teen
Characters:
Jerry the Jitterbug

Indexer Notes

This filler does NOT appear in the Archives.

Circus of a Thousand Thrills (Part 3) (Table of Contents)

Justice Society of America / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Justice Society of America [Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; Black Canary [Dinah Drake] (cameo)]; Edward Bronson (retired oil millionaire, mention only); Alvin Marcey (eccentric financier and amateur magician); Demon Dan (villain); Mr. Mechanico (villain); Goliath (villain)
Synopsis:
At the Great Museum of Natural History, Dr. Mid-Nite and Wonder Woman are there to protect an expensive collection of electrum coins, but have to battle Demon Dan. who has seized them. They round him up and jail him, but then discover him at the circus performing!

Meanwhile, G.L. arrives to the estate of Alvin Marcey to guard his Harmonimac (automatic orchestra) in time to foil Mr. Mechanico and Goliath from stealing it. Having jailed the pair, the Green Gladiator returns to the circus too see the pair in mid-performance. Both he and Black Canary wonder what is going on.
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Keywords:
Blackout Bomb; Civic City; Electrum; Golden Lasso; Great Museum of Natural History; Harmonimac; Robot Plane

Indexer Notes

Artist revision by Craig Delich, credit formerly given to Frank Giacoia.

[untitled] (Table of Contents)

Flag Facts / filler / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Genre:
non-fiction

Indexer Notes

This filler does NOT appear in the Archives.

Circus of a Thousand Thrills (Part 4) (Table of Contents)

Justice Society of America / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Justice Society of America [Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]; The Atom [Al Pratt]; The Flash [Jay Garrick]; Black Canary [Dinah Drake]; Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]]; Mr. Alimond (villain); Goliath (villain); Demon Dan (villain); Felix the Great (villain); Mr. Mechanico (villain); Frederick (villain)
Synopsis:
With all the JSA members re-assembled at ringside, they are stunned to see every one of the people that they had thrown into jail for committing crimes in the center ring! At that moment, Alimand announces to the crowd that the JSA will perform some feats, which they do....and the villains take it on the lam. The All-Stars round up the crooks, take them to the Police Station, where they are amazed to see two sets of circus performers. Finally, Alimand confesses that the Circus of a Thousand Thrills is, perhaps, the rarest circus of them all, because they have identical twin performers!
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Keywords:
Blackout Bomb; Civic City; Civic City Tunnel; Golden Lasso

Indexer Notes

Revised art credits from Craig Delich, formerly given to Frank Giacoia.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Play President / activity / 0.67 page (report information)

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

Genre:
children

Indexer Notes

This filler does NOT appear in the Archives.

The Right of Way (Table of Contents)

text article / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Julius Schwartz
Pencils:
Raymond Perry
Inks:
Raymond Perry
Colors:
Raymond Perry
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
non-fiction

Indexer Notes

This article does NOT appear in the Archives.

The Dark Horseman! (Table of Contents)

Johnny Peril's Surprise Story! / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
fantasy
Characters:
Johnny Peril

Indexer Notes

Pencil and ink credits from Craig Delich (2004-4-30). Pencil and ink credits originally given to Howard Purcell.

This story does NOT appear in the Archives.

[Detect the Presence of Electricity With a Galvanoscope!] (Table of Contents)

Justice Society of America Laboratory Notes / filler / 0.67 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Irwin Hasen
Inks:
Bernard Sachs
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
non-fiction
Characters:
Hawkman [Carter Hall]
Synopsis:
Guest scientist Hawkman explains and demonstrates how the presence of electricity can be detected with the use of a galvanoscope.

Indexer Notes

This filler does NOT appear in the Archives.

Art credits by Craig Delich (January 2006).

Job Counselor (Table of Contents)

Superboy / public service announcement / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Jack Schiff
Pencils:
Win Mortimer
Inks:
Win Mortimer
Colors:
?
Letters:
Ira Schnapp

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superboy [Clark Kent]

Indexer Notes

This PSA does NOT appear in the Archives.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. Under the Big Top [The Circus of a Thousand Thrills!]
    Justice Society of America
  2. 1. Circus of a Thousand Thrills (Part 1)
    Justice Society of America
  3. 2. Circus of a Thousand Thrills (Part 2)
    Justice Society of America
  4. 3. [no title indexed]
    Jerry the Jitterbug
  5. 4. Circus of a Thousand Thrills (Part 3)
    Justice Society of America
  6. 5. [untitled]
    Flag Facts
  7. 6. Circus of a Thousand Thrills (Part 4)
    Justice Society of America
  8. 7. [no title indexed]
    Play President
  9. 8. The Right of Way
  10. 9. The Dark Horseman!
    Johnny Peril's Surprise Story!
  11. 10. [Detect the Presence of Electricity With a Galvanoscope!]
    Justice Society of America Laboratory Notes
  12. 11. Job Counselor
    Superboy
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Jan Roar Hansen
  • Per Sandell
  • Gene Reed
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Jon Ingersoll