(February-March 1951)

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

Issue Notes

All notes and synopses added by Craig Delich.


The Mystery of the Vanishing Detectives! (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 [Atom [Al Pratt]; Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]]; The Great Gordoni
Reprints:

The Mystery of the Vanishing Detectives! (Chapter 1) (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
John Broome
Pencils:
Frank Giacoia; Arthur F. Peddy (splash page only)
Inks:
Frank Giacoia; Bernard Sachs (splash page only)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Justice Society of America [Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]; The Flash [Jay Garrick]; Black Canary [Dinah Drake]; The Atom [Al Pratt]; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]]; Harry Wan (Honolulu Police Chief); Mustapha Hakim (Turkish detective); Jacques Durand (Paris Surete detective); Bill (audience member); The Key [also as Detective Drew Dawes of Scotland Yard] (villain)
Synopsis:
Four famous detectives are invited by the JSA to Civic City to attend a meeting at the Civic City Palace Auditorium, wherein the crime detection methods used in their various nations will be used to "solve" a crime committed in their presence. After solving the staged crime, the four detectives disappear msteriously, with the clue of a silver skeleton key left behind. When the JSA receive urgent telegrams from their home nations to return home to solve a mysterious crime, the All-Stars realize a master criminal is at work and set out to find the detectives as quickly as possible.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Civic Center; Civic City

Indexer Notes

Art credits from Craig Delich.

The Mystery of the Vanishing Detectives! (Chapter 2) (Table of Contents)

Justice Society of America / comic story / 10 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] (cameo); The Flash [Jay Garrick]; Wonder Woman [Diana Prince] (cameo); Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]]; Chief Inspector MacReady; un-named bank watchman; un-named Frenmch Surete Commissaire; Bert (villain); Harry (villain); Pierre (villain)
Synopsis:
Dr. Mid-Nite meets London's Chief Inspector McReady at a bank where Police officials found the vault emptied, and a silver skeleton key left at the scene. Dr. Mid-Nite chases the crooks into a dense fog, and they then board a train, where he captures them with a Blackout Bomb.

Meanwhile, the Flash meets the Parisian Commissaire of the Surete, who explains that the famed gargoyles atop the Notre Dame Cathedral have been disappearing. The Flash sets a trap, follows the crooks to a club where the crooks are emptying the treasure-filled gargoyles, and turns all over to the Surete.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Apaches; Blackout Bomb; Charing Cross Bank; Le Club Attila; London; Notre Dame Cathedral; Paris; Surete; Trafalgar Square

How to Build a Periscope (Table of Contents)

Justice Society of America Laboratory Notes / filler / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Genre:
non-fiction
Characters:
Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]
Synopsis:
Dr. Mid-Nite tells readers how to build a simple persiscope out of cardboard.

Indexer Notes

This filler was NOT reprinted in the Archive.

Artist credits by Craig Delich (January 2006).

The Mystery of the Vanishing Detectives! (Chapter 3) (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
John Broome
Pencils:
Frank Giacoia
Inks:
Frank Giacoia
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Justice Society of America [Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]; Green Lantern [Alan Scott]]; The Emir of Kashdan; Colonel Masir (Instanbul Police official); F. Fred Wallis; un-named Captain of the Laronia; Honolulu Police Capatin Tom Lim; fake Emir (villain); The Great Gordoni (villain)
Synopsis:
Wonder Woman decides to employ Turkish psychology to round up a fake Emir who has made off with 300 pounds of gold, leaving a silver skeleton key behind, Using her invisiable plane, she spots a submarine, and brings it ashore, rounding up the crooks.

In Honolulu, multi-millionaire J. Fred Wallis has had his "short-snorter" $100,000 bill, signed by celebrities, stolen, so G.L. hurries aboard, and using Harry Wan's methods of not hunting for the criminal, but making the criminal come to him, rounds up his suspect, turns him over to the Police, and then hurries back to Civic City.
Reprints:
Keywords:
golden lasso; Laronia; Robot Plane; short-snorter bill

Indexer Notes

Art credits from Craig Delich. Pencil credit originally tentatively given to Arthur F. Peddy.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

In the Groove / filler / 0.67 page (report information)

Script:
Ben Allen [as Stookie Allen] (signed)
Pencils:
Ben Allen [as Stookie Allen] (signed)
Inks:
Ben Allen [as Stookie Allen] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Ben Allen [as Stookie Allen] (signed)

Genre:
non-fiction
Characters:
Daniel Majeskee; Sylvia Dee; Wayne Shepard; Dick Hayes

Indexer Notes

This filler was NOT in the Archive.

The filler contains facts about music.

The Mystery of the Vanishing Detectives! (Chapter 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 Flash [Jay Garrick]; Black Canary [Dinah Drake]; The Atom [Al Pratt]; Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]]; Harry Wan; Drew Dawes; Jacques Durand; Mustapha Hakim; The Turtleneck Gang (villains); The Key [also as Inspector Drew Dawes] (villain)
Synopsis:
When the JSA arrive back at the now deserted Civic City Arena, Black Canary tells them that she, Hawkman and Atom discovered a phony cellar below the arena stage, where they were attacked by a gang. After turning them over the the Police, the JSA discovers clues dropped by the missing detectives, follow them, and find the men around a table in a trance in a mansion. An image of Dawes suddenly appears on a screen, who then unmasks, revealing the true face of the Key. The JSA watch him attempt to flee in a cable car, but Wonder Woman stops it and the Key jumps 1000' to his death!
Reprints:

The Divided Old Glory (Table of Contents)

Flag Facts / filler / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Genre:
non-fiction
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

This filler was NOT in the Archive.

Letterer credit by Craig delich.

The Last Dictator (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

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

The Lady of Mars (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
Joe Kubert
Inks:
Joe Kubert
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural
Characters:
Johnny Peril

Indexer Notes

This story was NOT reprinted in the Archives.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. The Mystery of the Vanishing Detectives!
    Justice Society of America
  2. 1. The Mystery of the Vanishing Detectives! (Chapter 1)
    Justice Society of America
  3. 2. The Mystery of the Vanishing Detectives! (Chapter 2)
    Justice Society of America
  4. 3. How to Build a Periscope
    Justice Society of America Laboratory Notes
  5. 4. The Mystery of the Vanishing Detectives! (Chapter 3)
    Justice Society of America
  6. 5. [no title indexed]
    In the Groove
  7. 6. The Mystery of the Vanishing Detectives! (Chapter 4)
    Justice Society of America
  8. 7. The Divided Old Glory
    Flag Facts
  9. 8. The Last Dictator
  10. 9. The Lady of Mars
    Johnny Peril's Surprise Story!
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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