(June-July 1941)

DC, 1940 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia frequency
quarterly
On-sale date
1941-04-25
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
All-American Comics, Inc.
Brand
A DC Publication
Editing
M. C. Gaines (managing editor); Sheldon Mayer (assistant editor)
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. Flash Comics #18 also says "on sale everywhere about April 25!"


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils
Howard Purcell
Inks
Howard Purcell
Colors
?
Letters
?

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

Indexer Notes

This cover is believed to have been prepared as the cover to All-Star #3 BEFORE the concept of the JSA was put into that issue.

Johnny Thunder is mentioned on the cover in the roll call even though he was not pictured or even a member at this point.

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

public service announcement / 1 page (report information)

Script
Eleanor Roosevelt
Pencils
? (photo)
Inks
? (photo)
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Here is that inspiring message...
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

[The Mysterious Mister X, Introduction] (Table of Contents: 2)

The Justice Society of America / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
E. E. Hibbard
Inks
E. E. Hibbard
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Justice Society of America [The Hourman [Rex Tyler]; Dr. Fate [Kent Nelson]; The Flash [Jay Garrick]; Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; The Sandman [Wesley Dodds]; The Atom [Al Pratt]; Hawkman [Carter Hall]; The Spectre [Jim Corrigan]]; Mr. X (villain, racketeer); Mr. X's gang (villains)
Synopsis
Crime has been defeated by the JSA so well that the members are becoming bored, unaware that crimedom is getting ready to strike back individually at each member through their leader, Mr. X, who has provided each member of his gang with a JSA member to take on and defeat!
Reprints
Keywords
Power Ring

Indexer Notes

The splash page is replicated for the promo advertisement for All-Star Comics #6 at the end of this issue.

Johnny Thunder, though listed on the cover, does not appear in the roll call on the splash page.

[The Mysterious Mister X, Chapter 1] (Table of Contents: 3)

The Justice Society of America; The Flash / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Hal Sharp
Inks
Hal Sharp
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Flash [Jay Garrick]; un-named Fire Department Captain; un-named City Mayor; Johnny; Mr. X (villain); Flame Farmer (villain); Mr. X's arson racketeers (villains)
Synopsis
Mr. X's minions, led by Flame Farmer, are ordered to set fire to apartment buildings in the area in order to kill the Flash, known to be living in one of them. But Flash puts out the fire in is complex and in others as well. A young boy then helps the Scarlet Speedster to locate Flame and round up the entire gang. Then he wires each JSA member to alert them to the fact that criminals are targeting them simply because they are JSA members.
Reprints

Here It Is - Boys and Girls All-Flash Quarterly No. 1! (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

All-Flash Quarterly / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

[The Mysterious Mister X, Chapter 2] (Table of Contents: 5)

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

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Cliff Young [as Cliff] (signed)
Inks
Cliff Young [as Cliff] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Sandman [Wesley Dodds]; Dian Belmont; Mr. X (villain, cameo); the Kidnapper's Union [Gentle Grady; others un-named] (villains)
Synopsis
Unable to discover a crime in progress, Sandman decides to drop in on Dian Belmont, only to discover she has been captured by The Kidnappers Union! He locates their whereabouts, then uses a willing Dian to lure the group into his trap. He overcomes them and takes them to jail, after which he spots the telegram from the Flash warning him about the kidnappers.
Reprints
Keywords
Wirepoon

[The Mysterious Mister X, Chapter 3] (Table of Contents: 6)

The Justice Society of America; Hawkman / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Hawkman [Cater Hall]; Hawkgirl [Shiera Sanders]; Mr. X (villain, cameo); Masie (villain); un-named lawyer (villain); Wing Norris (villain); Norris' gang of jewel thieves (villains)
Synopsis
Carter Hall is busy catching up on lab work when he is fooled into believing that Pullman's Jewelry is going to be robbed. Switching to Hawkman, he decides that the extra Hawkman emergency outfit he is working on would be ideal for Shiera to wear as a ruse for the criminals he wants to capture. Hawk's trap seems perfect until one of the thugs shoots Shiera, then a maddened Hawkman wipes up the place with the thugs, and then takes Shiera to get medical attention.
Reprints
Keywords
Pullman's Jewelry

Indexer Notes

Shiera appears in wings and a costume, but technically doesn't become Hawkgirl until Flash Comics #24.

[The Mysterious Mister X, Chapter 4] (Table of Contents: 7)

The Justice Society of America; Doctor Fate / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Howard Sherman
Inks
Howard Sherman
Colors
?
Letters
Howard Sherman

Genre
superhero
Characters
Dr. Fate [Kent Nelson]; Inza Cramer; Vera Ross; Mr. X (villain, cameo); Magico (villain, magician, reforms); Magico's henchmen (villains)
Synopsis
Inza visits Doctor Fate, telling him about a fake magician named Magico, who is robbing a rich woman blind. Inza and Kent, along with Mrs. Ross, visit the phony magician, unaware that Magico is being used by Mr. X to draw Dr. Fate into a trap. When the trap is sprung, Inza is shot and Fate takes her his Salem Tower and uses magics from the ancient tombs of ancient Atlantis to help her recover. Then he heads out to find Magico and his minions, who attempt to blow him up in Magico's abode. Surviving, Fate lets Magico experience other worlds and their horrors, and he reforms on the spot!
Reprints
Keywords
Salem Tower

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit from Craig Delich.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 8) (Expand) /

Hop Harrigan's All-American Flying Club / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 9) (Expand) /

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

[The Mysterious Mister X, Chapter 5] (Table of Contents: 10)

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

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Bernard Baily (signed)
Inks
Bernard Baily (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Bernard Baily

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Hour-Man [Rex Tyler]; Clancy (Policeman); un-named Commissioner of Police; Mr. X (villain, cameo); phony Hour-Man (villain); "Monkey" Macy (villain); Macy's gang (villains)
Synopsis
A fake Hour-Man is used to convince Police that the real Hour-Man is a petty thief. However, it is their way to draw the real Hour-Man out into the open so that Mr. X's minions can do away with him. When Hour-Man appears on the scene, he is purposely led by one of the crooks to their hideout and knocked out. When he revives, he pops a Miraclo pill and mops up the crooks.
Reprints
Keywords
Daily Star; Miraclo

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit from Craig Delich.

[The Mysterious Mister X, Chapter 6] (Table of Contents: 11)

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

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Ben Flinton
Inks
Ben Flinton
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Atom [Al Pratt]; Mr. X (villain, cameo); Muscles (villain, reforms); Muscle's Men [Butch; Crusher; Bloody; Smasher; Slug] (villains, all reform)
Synopsis
Mr. X's men decide to trap the Atom by rounding up every shrimp walking around and forcing them to enroll in their "Be a Hercules in Five Easy Lessons" course. Al is taken to the gym with some other victims and pull through several exercises, during which time Pratt busts all their equipment. Then he goes to work on Muscle's men and gets them to reform.
Reprints
Keywords
Muscle's Gym

Johnny on the Spot (Table of Contents: 12)

Johnny Thunder / text story / 1.5 pages (report information)

Script
Evelyn Gaines ?
Pencils
Sheldon Mayer (spot illustration)
Inks
Sheldon Mayer (spot illustration)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor; superhero
Characters
Johnny Thunder; Herman Darling; Daisy Darling; Joe the Butcher (villain); Small Change (villain)
Synopsis
Johnny gets a job as an elevator operator, not realizing that Daisy's father works in the building. But that job turns out to be a life-saver for Herman Darling when Johnny recognizes two toughs on their way up to Darling's office.
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 13) (Expand) /

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

[The Mysterious Mister X, Chapter 7] (Table of Contents: 14)

The Justice Society of America; The Spectre / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Bernard Baily
Inks
Bernard Baily
Colors
?
Letters
Bernard Baily

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Spectre [Jim Corrigan]; Enrico; Enrico's un-named wife; un-named Police officer; un-named Chief of Police; Mr. X (villain, cameo); Mr. X's gang of gamblers [Baretti; rest un-named] (villains)
Synopsis
The Ghostly Guardian is on the outs with the Police as he is accused by Mr. X's minions of running illegal gambling establishments. So Detective Corrigan begins looking into the matter, and locates the head of the gambling operations. Spectre turns the table on the boss, trapping him in the snare planned for the Ghostly Guardian. Then the leader's strange ring begins to take away Spectre's powers, so the now faceless hero is taken for a ride and shot. Rising "from the dead", Spectre rounds up the gang and deposits them at the Police station.
Reprints
Keywords
Daily View; Dudley Club; The Lucky Club

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit from Craig Delich.

[The Mysterious Mister X, Chapter 8] (Table of Contents: 15)

The Justice Society of America; The Green Lantern / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Irwin Hasen
Inks
Irwin Hasen
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; un-named City officials; un-named newspaper editor; Mr. X (villain, cameo); The Professor (villain); Professor's gang (villains)
Synopsis
Mr. X decides to use "light" as a weapon against G.L. as he blows up several areas within the city, blackmails the city for $2 million and then challenges the Master of Light to stop him. Green Lantern accepts the challenge, but is rendered unconscious by an electrical bolt. He later learns that the Professor has found a way to juggle the reflection of light to make an object invisible to ordinary light. With the help of his ancient green lamp, a way is found to overcome this, thus restoring power back to Capitol City.
Reprints
Keywords
Ancient Lamp; Capitol City; City Bugle; Oath; Power Ring; The Green Flame

[The Mysterious Mister X, Conclusion] (Table of Contents: 16)

The Justice Society of America / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
E. E. Hibbard
Inks
E. E. Hibbard
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Justice Society of America [The Flash [Jay Garrick]; Hawkman [Carter Hall]; The Atom [Al Pratt]; The Spectre [Jim Corrigan]; Dr. Fate [Kent Nelson]; The Sandman [Wesley Dodds]; The Hourman [Rex Tyler]]; un-named Police Sergeant; Mr. X (villain)
Synopsis
A frustrated Mr. X turns himself into the Police when the JSA just can't figure out who Mr. X actually is!
Reprints
Keywords
Green Lamp

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 17) (Expand) /

The Justice Society of America / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 18) (Expand) /

Brownscope Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 19) (Expand) /

Spencer Fireworks Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    The Justice Society of America
  2. 1. ["Here is that inspiring message..."]
  3. 2. [The Mysterious Mister X, Introduction]
    The Justice Society of America
  4. 3. [The Mysterious Mister X, Chapter 1]
    The Justice Society of America; The Flash
  5. 4. Here It Is - Boys and Girls All-Flash Quarterly No. 1!
    All-Flash Quarterly
  6. 5. [The Mysterious Mister X, Chapter 2]
    The Justice Society of America; The Sandman
  7. 6. [The Mysterious Mister X, Chapter 3]
    The Justice Society of America; Hawkman
  8. 7. [The Mysterious Mister X, Chapter 4]
    The Justice Society of America; Doctor Fate
  9. 8. ["Here are small reproductions..."]
    Hop Harrigan's All-American Flying Club
  10. 9. ["All the best in comic magazine reading..."]
  11. 10. [The Mysterious Mister X, Chapter 5]
    The Justice Society of America; The Hourman
  12. 11. [The Mysterious Mister X, Chapter 6]
    The Justice Society of America; The Atom
  13. 12. Johnny on the Spot
    Johnny Thunder
  14. 13. ["Boys and girls! If you like Mutt & Jeff..."]
    Mutt & Jeff
  15. 14. [The Mysterious Mister X, Chapter 7]
    The Justice Society of America; The Spectre
  16. 15. [The Mysterious Mister X, Chapter 8]
    The Justice Society of America; The Green Lantern
  17. 16. [The Mysterious Mister X, Conclusion]
    The Justice Society of America
  18. 17. [no title indexed]
    The Justice Society of America
  19. 18. [no title indexed]
    Brownscope Co.
  20. 19. [no title indexed]
    Spencer Fireworks Co.
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Dave Marchand
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  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Per Sandell
  • Matthew Head
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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