(Fall 1940)

DC, 1940 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.10 USD; 0.15 CAD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
quarterly
On-sale date:
1940-08-23
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
All-American Comics, Inc.
Brand:
A DC Publication
Editing:
M. C. Gaines (managing editor); Sheldon Mayer (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

On-sale date from copyright registration. All story synopses and notes from Craig Delich.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

The Spectre; The Flash; The Green Lantern / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Spectre [Jim Corrigan]; The Flash [Jay Garrick]; The Green Lantern [Alan Scott]
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Art credits from Craig Delich. The Spectre figure (by Bernard Baily) was swiped from the story in All-Star #1, the Flash figure (by Sheldon Moldoff) was swiped from the cover of Flash #8, and the Green Lantern figure (by Sheldon Moldoff) was swiped from the cover of All-American #16.

It is believed that this cover was originally intended for All-Star Comics #3 until the concept of the JSA was finalized.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

[Sacrifice for Yum-Chac] (Table of Contents: 2)

Hawkman / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner Fox
Pencils:
Sheldon Moldoff [as Shelly] (signed)
Inks:
Sheldon Moldoff [as Shelly] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Chet Norris (Aztec specialist); Irene Norris (Chet's sister); unnamed Sheriff of Itza; Nyola (villain, death); "The Indian" (villain, associate of Nyola); Yum-Chac medicine man (villain)
Synopsis:
While flying over the city one evening looking for a hint of crime, Hawkman spots the Police leaving a suburban home. Investigating, he discovers the body of a woman inside who appears to have drowned, and a glass knife near her body. Taking the knife with him, as Carter Hall he researches the knife and finds that it was involved in Aztec ritual involving Yum-Chac, their rain god. Carter decides to visit an Aztec specialist about it and discovers he has been tied up, and learns that his sister has been kidnapped to be sacrificed to the Aztec god. Immediately Hawkman heads out to rescue her.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Itza; Yum-Chac the Aztec Rain God

[The "Robot" Men] (Table of Contents: 3)

The Green Lantern / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill Finger
Pencils:
Martin Nodell [as Mart Dellon] (signed)
Inks:
Martin Nodell [as Mart Dellon] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; The "robot" men; Baron von Zorn (villain)
Synopsis:
Throughout many U.S. cities, hoards of men: vagrants, hobos and tramps, have disappeared, but then are suddenly pillaged by troops of wild-eyed, robot-like figures. Alan Scott, reading of these crimes, visits the morgue where bodies of some of these robot-men are found and examines a sample of their blood, recognizing a drug in their systems that paralyzes the human nerve cells. Scott disguises himself as a bum, is taken into captivity with other such men, then changes into the Green Lantern to clean up this evil plot by Baron von Zorn and restore the others to their sanity.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Daily Star; Lamp of Power; Oath; Power Ring; Rocky Point

Indexer Notes

The last panel features an illustration of the Green Lantern and readers are told that his further adventures can be found in All-American Comics each month.

[The Curse of Kulak] (Table of Contents: 4)

The Spectre / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils:
Bernard Baily (signed)
Inks:
Bernard Baily (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Bernard Baily

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Spectre [Jim Corrigan]; un-named Police Chief; unnamed museum curator; Benson (museum guard); Kulak (villain, High Priest of Brztal, introduction, presumed death); The Legions of Brztal (villains, introduction for all)
Synopsis:
Jim Corrigan investigates the theft of an ancient manuscript so old that it had to have belonged to a lost civilization. The guard on duty the night of the theft was in shock and could only say "Kulak! Kulak!" The Spectre takes over, materializes a vision of the stolen parchment, reads it, and then comes face-to-face with Kulak, who warns the Ghostly Guardian to lay off or else! Kulak brings several plagues upon the city, which the Spectre eliminates, then he comes face to face with Kulak for the final battle engagement.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Brztal; The Oriental Museum; The Parchment; The Ring of Life; The Whispering Death

Indexer Notes

Kulak next appears in All Star Squadron #20.

Letterer credit from Craig Delich.

The last panel features an upper body illustration of the Spectre, and informs readers that the Spectre's adventures can be found in More Fun Comics and in future issues of All-Star Comics.

[The Glowing Globe] (Table of Contents: 5)

The Sandman / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner Fox
Pencils:
Creig Flessel
Inks:
Chad Grothkopf
Colors:
?
Letters:
Chad Grothkopf

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Sandman [Wesley Dodds]; Sir Basil Lorimer (medical doctor, death); unnamed detective; Sir Basil's brother (villain, death)
Synopsis:
Wes Dodds is visiting a noted medical man, Sir Basil, when the radio blares a story of mysterious deaths in which lives were taken by an unknown force. Changing to the Sandman, he discovers Sir Basil dead, but is then over-come by a strange glowing globe known as the "Life Stealer". Fortunately he recovers and sets a trap for the yellow-faced villain, who, in turn, knocks out Sandman and discovers his true identity, then submitting Dodds to the Life Stealer again. Dodds recovers, oversomes the glowing orb, and finally subdues the villains, who commits suicide.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Gas Gun; Life Stealer; Scientist Bank and Trust Company; United States Treasury

Indexer Notes

Pencil and letterer credits from Craig Delich.

Inker and letterer credits confirmed by Chad Grothkopf.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 6) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 2 pages (report information)

[Invisble-Ink Gas] (Table of Contents: 7)

Red, White and Blue / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel
Pencils:
William Smith
Inks:
William Smith
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Red Dugan; Whitey Smith; Blooey Blue; Doris West; unnamed Fire Chief; unnamed Street cleaner (death); Sherm (G2 chemist); unnamed G2 building superintendent; unnamed G2 clerk; Truck Bieler (villain); Rusty (villain, Bieler's accomplise); Professor Leaman (villain)
Synopsis:
Red Dugan and Doris are walking along the street when a fire truck races by them, and they follow it to the fire. Checking the building over with an arson investigator, they discover a body in the rubble, and gas tanks. Red picks up a badge at the scene and investigates how it could have gotten there. With the help of Whitey and Blooey, they discover a plot by someone to use a peculiar gas to make the writing on important government documents disappear, then steal them to obtain the secrets.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Litho-Ruthenium-Hydro-Alcohol (a gas)

Indexer Notes

Script credit from Craig Delich.

The story was edited from its original format for Comic Cavalcade #1 to reflect changing editorial policies to remove swearing, provacative clothing, and a dead body, per Kevin Wilkens.

The final panel blurb tells readers that they can follow further adventures of Red, White and Blue in All-American Comics.

[The Darling Apartment] (Table of Contents: 8)

Johnny Thunderbolt / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
John B. Wentworth
Pencils:
Stan Asch
Inks:
Stan Asch
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor; superhero
Characters:
Johnny Thunder; The Thunderbolt [Archibald]; Daisy Darling (Johnny's girl); Herman Darling (real estate businessman); Mr. Throstle; Hiram Crooker (villain, political boss); Faber (villain)
Synopsis:
Herman Darling has just bought up some property in order to build apartment houses, but when he goes over to that property, the former owner refuses to leave. Johnny decides to help his girl friend's father, so he goes over to do the job of throwing the former owner out...but he gets thrown out himself! Through a series of mis-adventures, and the help of the Thunderbolt, Johnny accomplishes the task.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Davis Pool Room; Herman Darling Real Estate; Say You

Indexer Notes

Thunderbolt is shown only a a red bolt of lightning.

The final panel blurb informs readers to follow further adventures of Johnny in Flash Comics.

The Invisible Star (Table of Contents: 9)

text story / 1.5 pages (report information)

Script:
Evelyn Gaines (credited)
Pencils:
? (spot illustrations)
Inks:
? (spot illustrations)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Ric Martin; Gus Henchard (Ric's pal); Lona; Lona's mother
Synopsis:
Ric Martin, U.S. Ambassador to Mars, is very concerned about a Martian military build-up as a precursor to war. A sign of trouble was that Earth's temperature, in the dead of winter, had reached 125 degrees plus and rising, and the body count was mounting. To Ric, the only solution was to move Earth's population to another planet because of a new star that had appeared (yet invisible) that was causing the rising temperatures. The mission was accomplished just before the planet Earth blew up.
Reprints:
Keywords:
The Lightning (space ship)

Indexer Notes

Story takes place in February of 2450.

[For Swell Vacation Reading, Don't Miss These Two!] (Table of Contents: 10) (Expand) /

New York World's Fair Comics; Mutt & Jeff / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

[Here's How You Can Get the Next Issue of All-Star Comics Free] (Table of Contents: 11) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

Amazing Combination Offer (Table of Contents: 12) (Expand) /

Remington Rand / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

[Dr. Morte, Spiritualist] (Table of Contents: 13)

The Hour-Man with Minute-Man Martin and the Minute Men of America / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Ken Fitch
Pencils:
Bernard Baily (signed)
Inks:
Bernard Baily (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Bernard Baily

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Hour-Man [Rex Tyler]; Mr. Bannerman (Rex's boss); Minute Man Martin [Jimmy Martin]; The Minute Men of America [Thorndyke; other member unnamed]; Robert T. Davis (mine owner, Mr. Bannerman's brother-in-law); Clara Davis [nee Clara Bannerman] (Robert's wife, death); Dr. Morte (villain); Longo (villain)
Synopsis:
A fake spiritualist, Dr. Morte, cons people out of their money by convincing his victims he can make contact with their dead loved ones. Rex Tyler decides to get Minute Man Martin and the Minute Men involved in investigating the situation, while he, as the Hour-Man, tracks down Morte himself.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Golden Eagle Mine; Miraclo

Indexer Notes

Script and letterer credits from Craig Delich.

The closing panel, illustrated with The Hour-Man, Jimmy Martin and Thorndyke, encourage readers to follow their adventures in Adventure Comics.

[The One-Man Newspaper] (Table of Contents: 14)

The Flash / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner Fox [as Gardner F. Fox] (credited)
Pencils:
Everett E. Hibbard [as E. E. Hibbard] (credited)
Inks:
Everett E. Hibbard [as E. E. Hibbard] (credited)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Flash [Jay Garrick]; Bill Jackson (mention only); Joan Williams; Anne Baxter; Mr. Baxter (Editor/owner of the Daily Column, Anne's father); The Boss (villain); The Boss' gang (villains)
Synopsis:
Jay Garrick decides to visit a friend, Bill Jackson, at the Daily Column newspaper office, but is shocked to find the building absolutely empty of people! As the Flash, he decides to go ahead and publish an edition of the newspaper to see if those responsible for the staff's disappearance will be curious enough to come over to the newspaper office and investigate. They do and Flash starts rounding the gang up, one by one, to the Police. But The Boss threatens to kill the owner of the paper if he doesn't sell off the newspaper to him.
Reprints:
Keywords:
The Daily Column

Indexer Notes

The final panel blurb at the end of the story, with illustration of the Flash, tells readers that they can follow the Scarlet Speedster's further adventures in Flash Comics.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 15) (Expand) /

Wilson Chem. Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 16) (Expand) /

Johnson Smith & Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    The Spectre; The Flash; The Green Lantern
  2. 1. ["Attention!"]
  3. 2. [Sacrifice for Yum-Chac]
    Hawkman
  4. 3. [The "Robot" Men]
    The Green Lantern
  5. 4. [The Curse of Kulak]
    The Spectre
  6. 5. [The Glowing Globe]
    The Sandman
  7. 6. ["All you need in comic magazine reading..."]
  8. 7. [Invisble-Ink Gas]
    Red, White and Blue
  9. 8. [The Darling Apartment]
    Johnny Thunderbolt
  10. 9. The Invisible Star
  11. 10. [For Swell Vacation Reading, Don't Miss These Two!]
    New York World's Fair Comics; Mutt & Jeff
  12. 11. [Here's How You Can Get the Next Issue of All-Star Comics Free]
  13. 12. Amazing Combination Offer
    Remington Rand
  14. 13. [Dr. Morte, Spiritualist]
    The Hour-Man with Minute-Man Martin and the Minute Men of America
  15. 14. [The One-Man Newspaper]
    The Flash
  16. 15. [no title indexed]
    Wilson Chem. Co.
  17. 16. [no title indexed]
    Johnson Smith & Co.
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Ray Bottorff Jr
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Dan Kocher
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Matthew Head
  • Jim Stangas
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Jon Ingersoll