(February-March 1942)

DC, 1940 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
bi-monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
All-American Comics, Inc.
Brand:
A Superman 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

[Hemisphere Defense] (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils:
E. E. Hibbard
Inks:
E. E. Hibbard
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Justice Society of America [Hawkman [Carter Hall]; The Sandman [Wesley Dodds]; Johnny Thunder; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; Dr. Fate [Kent Nelson]; The Spectre [Jim Corrigan]; Starman [Ted Knight]; The Atom [Al Pratt]; Superman (Honorary Member, inset); Batman (Honorary Member, inset); The Flash [Jay Garrick] (Honorary Member, inset); Green Lantern [Alan Scott] (Honorary Member, inset)]; Hooty
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The cover is taken directly from the promotional ad for this issue in All-Star Comics #8.

Editorial Advisory Board (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.33 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 2)

Good Books for Christmas / text article / 0.67 page (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

[Hemisphere Defense, Introduction] (Table of Contents: 3)

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 [Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; Johnny Thunder; Dr. Fate [Kent Nelson]; The Spectre [Jim Corrigan]; The Atom [Al Pratt]; Starman [Ted Knight]; Superman [Clark Kent] (Honorary Member, inset on splash page, not in story); Batman [Bruce Wayne] (Honorary Member, inset on splash page, not in story); The Flash [Jay Garrick] (Honorary Member, inset on splash page, not in story); Green Lantern [Alan Scott] (Honorary Member, inset on splash page, not in story)]; Hooty (an owl, splash only); unnamed FBI Chief (named an Associate Member of the JSA)
Synopsis:
The FBI Chief in Washington greets the JSA members and thanks them for dealing with the 5th Columnists (back in All-Star #4). However, he tells the members that our own hemisphere is being threatened by saboteurs and spies, particularly in Central and South America, who are aiming at controlling the "Southern Pacific" of Mexico, a vital supply-link railroad, as well as fomenting revolution inside friendly governments there. He gives each member an assignment in a nation located there to combat these issues at hand.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Washington D.C.

Indexer Notes

The main splash page art replicates the cover except for the eagle and shield emblem, which sits atop the globe on the cover. The unnamed FBI Chief in Washington logically refers to J. Edgar Hoover. This is the last JSA story in All-Star to display the Sandman in his gas-masked attire.

[Hemisphere Defense, Chapter 1] (Table of Contents: 4)

The Justice Society of America; 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]; unnamed Mexican Policeman; Johan Krauss [also as a Mexican Secret Police agent] (villain, Nazi spy); Krauss' gang (villains)
Synopsis:
Hawkman is sent to Mexico to deal with the Nazi threat to wreck the Southern Pacific Railroad in case of war, and meets with a man supposedly to be a Mexican Secret Police agent, but actually the villain in disguise. Hawkman then infiltrates the spy ring, gathers documents proving espionage activities, rounds up the spies, then heads for South America to meet up with the other JSA members.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Guaymas; Manzanillo; Mexico; Plaza Hotel; Southern Pacific Railroad

[Hemisphere Defense, Chapter 2] (Table of Contents: 5)

The Justice Society of America; The Spectre / 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 Spectre [Jim Corrigan]; unnamed Chief of the Argentine Police; Carlos (aide to the Chief); Fifth Columnists [Hermann; rest unnamed] (villains, some die)
Synopsis:
The Ghostly Guardian arrives in Argentina to deal with Fifth Columnist activity concerning the disappearance of Army planes, and spots an "octopus of the air" machine causing the trouble. While its pilots commit suicide, the real leader has been captured and is in custody. Jim Corrigan and the Argentine Chief of Police take the villain toward a prison when other enemy agents intercept them. The Spectre makes short work of the octopus planes and captures the spies.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Argentina; Buenos Aires

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit from Craig Delich.

[Hemisphere Defense, Chapter 3] (Table of Contents: 6)

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]; Alberto Medina (Chief of the Servicio de Identificacion); Fred Davis (Pratt's artist friend); Nazi propagandists [Adolphus Hecht; rest unnamed] (villains)
Synopsis:
Al Pratt heads for Chile to offer his services in ridding the nation of the spread of Nazi propaganda, but it is the Atom who takes the lead in discovering the secret printing press turning out the Nazi propaganda.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Chile; Santiago

[Hemisphere Defense, Chapter 4] (Table of Contents: 7)

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

Script:
Gardner Fox
Pencils:
Cliff Young (signed)
Inks:
Cliff Young (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Sandman [Wesley Dodds]; Senor Jose Ortez (Secret Service officer); Nazi saboteurs (villains)
Synopsis:
Venezuela is on the docket for the Sandman, who must investigate Nazi attempts to sabotage oil wells leased to the United States and Great Britain. He discovers the saboteurs and wades into them before a shot fells the Man of Sleep, and who is also drugged while they try to carry out their plans to destroy wells in a lake. Awakening, the Sandman heads for the lake, mops up the villains and prevents the destruction of the wells.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Venezuela; Wirepoon

The Flash Celebrates the President's Diamond Jubilee Birthday! (Table of Contents: 8)

The Flash / public service announcement / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
E. E. Hibbard (signed)
Inks:
E. E. Hibbard (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?; typeset

Genre:
advocacy; superhero
Characters:
The Flash [Jay Garrick]; Doc Benson; Tommy (infantile paralysis patient); Tommy's mother and father
Synopsis:
After discovering the need for an iron lung to save the life of a small child, the Flash races out to secure one, thus saving the little boy's life.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Smith Hospital

Indexer Notes

A separate illustrated text section below the 6-panel story further emphasizes the need for more such equipment as Tommy required in the story, and the publisher encourages all readers to donate as much money as they can to the President's Diamond Jubilee.

Appears concurrently in
All-Star Comics #9, Feb-Mar 1942;
All-American Comics #36, Mar 1942;
Flash Comics #27, Mar 1942;
Sensation Comics #3, Mar 1942

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

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

Wow and Double Wow! (Table of Contents: 10) (Expand) /

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

[Hemisphere Defense, Chapter 5] (Table of Contents: 11)

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

Script:
Gardner Fox
Pencils:
Stan Asch
Inks:
Stan Asch
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor; superhero
Characters:
Johnny Thunder; The Thunderbolt [Archibald]; Bradlee Zenea [aka Bradley Zenea] (espionage agent); Miguel (villain, spy); other unnamed spies (villains)
Synopsis:
Johnny is sent to Cuba to discover the whereabouts of master espionage agent, Bradley Zenea, but is captured by a gang headed by a spy named Miguel. Johnny tracks the spies down, but can't best them because the Thunderbolt will only respond to Johnny's magic words in Spanish! Johnny is caught and the gang decides to feed Johnny to the sharks! By accident, brother John says "Say You" in Spanish and the T-Bolt helps Johnny mop up the opposition.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Cuba; Say You (Dice-Usted)

[Hemisphere Defense, Chapter 6] (Table of Contents: 12)

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]; Senor Esteban Cordoban (Democratic leader of Brazil); Senora Cordoban (Esteban's wife); Strauss (villain, Nazi General); phony Esteban Cordoban (villain); other Nazis (villains)
Synopsis:
Dr. Fate arrives in the Republic of Brazil to investigate the Nazis new invention: a floating fortress gunship, which the Germans plan to use as an floating Seigfried Line to conquer the world.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Brazil; Guanabara Bay; Rio de Janeiro

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit from Craig Delich.

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

All-Flash Quarterly / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 14) (Expand) /

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

Midnight Meeting (Table of Contents: 15)

Hop Harrigan / text story / 1.67 pages (report information)

Script:
Evelyn Gaines ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
aviation
Characters:
Hop Harrigan; Tank Tinker; Colonel Dunbar (death); Colonel Dunbar's unnamed wife (death); phony Colonel Dunbar (villain, spy); other spies (villains)
Synopsis:
Hop wonders what Tank is up to (after reading about the death of a Colonel Dunbar's wife), so he decides to follow him, but he captured by a group of men who think he is a spy. But in time, the man Hop is coming to see, turns out to be a phony and a German spy milking young men out of $100 each to join a League, and forwarding the money to the German government.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Guard America League

Indexer Notes

Script credit by Craig Delich.

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

statement of ownership / 0.33 page (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

["Here's the letter from the Adjutant General's Office..."] (Table of Contents: 17) (Expand) /

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

[Hemisphere Defense, Chapter 7] (Table of Contents: 18)

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

Script:
Gardner Fox
Pencils:
Jack Burnley
Inks:
Jack Burnley
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Starman [Ted Knight]; unnamed Chief of the Bolivian Secret Police; the Nazis (villains)
Synopsis:
Starman heads for Bolivia and meets up with a member of that nation's secret police, and learns that the Nazis are exploiting the nation's tin mines, but no one can discover just how the Germans get in and out of the mines without being seen.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Bolivia; Gravity Rod; Lake Titicaca

[Hemisphere Defense, Chapter 8] (Table of Contents: 19)

The Justice Society of America; Dr. Mid-Nite / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner Fox
Pencils:
Stan Asch
Inks:
Stan Asch
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; Hooty (an owl); Myra Mason; Dr. Gomez; Dr. Swein (villain, scientist); Swein's bodyguards (villains)
Synopsis:
The Man of Night and Hooty go to Colombia to investigate cases of mass hypnotism that causes the people to become like robots for the Nazis to control.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Blackout Bomb; Colombia

[Hemisphere Defense, Conclusion] (Table of Contents: 20)

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 [Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Dr. Fate [Kent Nelson]; The Spectre [Jim Corrigan]; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; The Sandman [Wesley Dodds]; Johnny Thunder]; The Thunderbolt [Archibald]; Hooty (an owl); Inza Cramer; Shiera Sanders; Dian Belmont; Myra Mason; Daisy Darling; Bradley Zenea; Bradley's fiancee
Synopsis:
As the JSA members return from their assignments, they are surprised to learn that their girl friends are there to meet them. However, Johnny has not returned and Daisy is very concerned. Just then, Johnny rushes in, being pursued by Bradley Zenea and a man, thinking that he had agreed to marry the girl. He discovers that his ideas were wrong, so he goes out for a moonlight walk with Daisy. As they gaze at the moon, Johnny wishes that he had Daisy all alone...on the moon...and the Thunderbolt grants that wish!
Reprints:
Keywords:
Say You

Indexer Notes

The FBI Chief is voted to be an Associate Member of the JSA at the conclusion of the story.

And Now the "Big Seven" Becomes the "Big Eight"! (Table of Contents: 21) (Expand) /

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 22) (Expand) /

Lancaster County Seed Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 23) (Expand) /

Daisy Air Rifles / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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Table of Contents
  1. 0. [Hemisphere Defense]
    The Justice Society of America
  2. 1. Editorial Advisory Board
  3. 2. [no title indexed]
    Good Books for Christmas
  4. 3. [Hemisphere Defense, Introduction]
    The Justice Society of America
  5. 4. [Hemisphere Defense, Chapter 1]
    The Justice Society of America; Hawkman
  6. 5. [Hemisphere Defense, Chapter 2]
    The Justice Society of America; The Spectre
  7. 6. [Hemisphere Defense, Chapter 3]
    The Justice Society of America; The Atom
  8. 7. [Hemisphere Defense, Chapter 4]
    The Justice Society of America; The Sandman
  9. 8. The Flash Celebrates the President's Diamond Jubilee Birthday!
    The Flash
  10. 9. [no title indexed]
    Mutt & Jeff
  11. 10. Wow and Double Wow!
    Leading Comics
  12. 11. [Hemisphere Defense, Chapter 5]
    The Justice Society of America; Johnny Thunder
  13. 12. [Hemisphere Defense, Chapter 6]
    The Justice Society of America; Doctor Fate
  14. 13. [no title indexed]
    All-Flash Quarterly
  15. 14. [no title indexed]
    Green Lantern
  16. 15. Midnight Meeting
    Hop Harrigan
  17. 16. [no title indexed]
  18. 17. ["Here's the letter from the Adjutant General's Office..."]
    All-American Flying Club
  19. 18. [Hemisphere Defense, Chapter 7]
    The Justice Society of America; Starman
  20. 19. [Hemisphere Defense, Chapter 8]
    The Justice Society of America; Dr. Mid-Nite
  21. 20. [Hemisphere Defense, Conclusion]
    The Justice Society of America
  22. 21. And Now the "Big Seven" Becomes the "Big Eight"!
  23. 22. [no title indexed]
    Lancaster County Seed Co.
  24. 23. [no title indexed]
    Daisy Air Rifles
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Lionel English
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Per Sandell
  • Matthew Head
  • Gregory Fischer
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Jon Ingersoll