(June-July 1942)

DC, 1940 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale date
1942-04-21
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

Issue Notes

On-sale date from copyright registration. On-sale date of April 24 in ad in All-American Comics #39.


The Justice Society Joins the War on Japan! (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils
Sheldon Moldoff; Howard Sherman (Dr. Fate head); E. E. Hibbard (Johnny Thunder head); Stan Asch (Dr. Mid-Nite head); Bernard Baily (Spectre head); Harry Peter (Wonder Woman head); Jack Burnley (Starman head); Ben Flinton (Atom head); Cliff Young (Sandman head)
Inks
Sheldon Moldoff; Howard Sherman (Dr. Fate head); E. E. Hibbard (Johnny Thunder head); Stan Asch (Dr. Mid-Nite head); Bernard Baily (Spectre head); Harry Peter (Wonder Woman head); Jack Burnley (Starman head); Ben Flinton (Atom head); Cliff Young (Sandman head)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Justice Society of America [The Spectre [Jim Corrigan] (inset); Wonder Woman [Diana Prince] (inset); Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider] (inset); Starman [Ted Knight] (inset); Johnny Thunder (inset); Dr. Fate [Kent Nelson] (inset); The Atom [Al Pratt] (inset); The Sandman [Wesley Dodds] (inset); Hawkman [Carter Hall]]; the Japanese
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Art credits from Craig Delich, confirmed by Sheldon Moldoff, who did the basic cover scene.

The Big Eight! (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

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

[The Justice Society Joins the War on Japan! Introduction] (Table of Contents: 2)

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

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Justice Society of America [Dr. Fate [Kent Nelson]; The Atom [Al Pratt]; The Sandman [Wesley Dodds]; Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; Starman [Ted Knight]; Johnny Thunder; The Spectre [Jim Corrigan]]; Wonder Woman [Diana Prince] (inset on splash page, not in introduction); Hooty (an owl)
Synopsis
Each of the members shows up to the regularly scheduled meeting with the Pearl Harbor attack on their minds, and each of them (except the Spectre, because he is a ghost) has decided to join the military, but can't figure out a way to tell the others. Spectre vows to keep busy on the home front while the others go ahead and enlist.
Reprints
Keywords
Gravity Rod

Indexer Notes

JSA becomes the Justice Batallion, and meets Wonder Woman.

Splash page MAY not be by Burnley (which seems to be a rendering of the attack on Pearl Harbor). There appears to be an illegible signature just below the propeller in blue area (maybe reads "ASCHE"), or it could be part of the name "Arizona", battleship sunk at Pearl.

Once again Sandman wears different costumes in the introduction and conclusion.

The splash page appears to have been adapted from the JJSA certificate.

[The Justice Society Joins the War on Japan! Chapter 1] (Table of Contents: 3)

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 [Carter Hall]; Hawkgirl [Shiera Sanders]; Major Nichols; Carolyn Williams (movie star); the Japanese (villains, some die)
Synopsis
Hawkman is assigned to the Interceptor Coast Command and attends flying school as Carter Hall. His girlfriend, Shiera, has joined the nurses and is heading out on a convoy to the Philippines. Suddenly, there is an enemy attack at the air base and Hall switches to Hawkman to help battle the enemy. After whipping them, the Feathered Fury learns that there may be an attack on the convoy Shiera left with, so he is sent out to make sure it arrives safely in the Philippines.
Reprints
Keywords
Interceptor Coast Command; Philippines

[The Justice Society Joins the War on Japan! Interlude] (Table of Contents: 4)

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

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Hawkgirl [Shiera Sanders]; Diana Prince
Synopsis
Hawkman lands on the ship Shiera is assigned to and meets Diana Prince, whom he already knows to be Wonder Woman. Shiera then confides in her that Carter Hall and Hawkman are one and the same person.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Burnley credits per Burnley to Craig Delich. Formerly credited to Sheldon Moldoff.

[The Justice Society Joins the War on Japan! Chapter 2] (Table of Contents: 5)

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

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Harry Peter
Inks
Harry Peter
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]; unnamed USMC Major; the Japanese (villains)
Synopsis
Diana is assigned to the ambulance corps and rides one out to the beaches where she begins to treat wounded soldiers. Suddenly there is a Japanese attack, so she switches to Wonder Woman and rounds up the entire invading force!
Reprints
Keywords
Golden Lasso; Philippines

Indexer Notes

Wonder Woman is made an Honorary Member of a U.S.M.C. detachment.

[The Justice Society Joins the War on Japan! Chapter 3] (Table of Contents: 6)

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]; the Japanese (villains, some die)
Synopsis
Having proved to be able to fire artillery accurately, Wes Dodds is immediately dispatched to where the action is. Turned down for guard duty, he decides instead, as the Sandman, to keep watch for enemy movements. Finding a captured two-man sub in the harbor loaded with fuel and torpedoes, he discovers a fleet of Japanese carriers. He telegraphs the Japanese that a U.S. fleet is approaching and all of them scatter. He then boards one and destroys all the airplanes aboard.
Reprints
Keywords
Wirepoon

[The Justice Society Joins the War on Japan! Chapter 4] (Table of Contents: 7)

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]; Lieutenant Gordon; the Japanese (villains, some die)
Synopsis
Al Pratt is assigned to the tank corps, and he passes all tests brilliantly, then asks for the most dangerous assignment available. He is told that the Japanese have broken through Allied lines at Kota Bharu, and he'll need to take his company forward to that position at the front. Finding his unit out maneuvered, Al changes to the Atom and uses brute strength to deal with the Japanese tanks and capture the enemy.
Reprints
Keywords
AEF; Kota Bharu

Indexer Notes

Pratt is promoted to the rank of Sergeant in this story.

Outlaw Plane (Table of Contents: 8)

Hop Harrigan / text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Evelyn Gaines ?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
aviation
Characters
Hop Harrigan; Tank Tinker; Prop Wash; unnamed spies (villains)
Synopsis
A new military bomber has just taken off and is followed closely by Tank. Suddenly a black plane appears on the scene and attacks it. Hop decides to jump in a plane and go after the attacker.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Script credit from Craig Delich.

An Important Message to Members of the All-American Flying Club (Table of Contents: 9) (Expand) /

All-American Flying Club / promo (ad from the publisher) / 2 pages (report information)

[The Justice Society Joins the War on Japan! Chapter 5] (Table of Contents: 10)

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]; the Japanese (villains)
Synopsis
Kent Nelson has volunteered for the Army Parachute Troops and graduates from its school. Aboard an airplane for their first mission to assist a surrounded Marine division, the parachutists are being shot out of the sky by the Japanese before they can even safely land, so Nelson changes into Dr. Fate on the way down and saves the day.
Reprints
Keywords
Army Parachute Troops

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit by Craig Delich.

In panel 3 on page 4, Fate has his helmet off. The last panel on page 6 seems to indicate that Nelson's buddies knew his secret identity.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 11) (Expand) /

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 12) (Expand) /

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

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

Popsicle / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[The Justice Society Joins the War on Japan! Chapter 6] (Table of Contents: 14)

The Justice Society of America; Dr. Mid-Nite / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; Myra Mason; Hooty (an owl); Dr. Benson (death); the Japanese (villains, some die)
Synopsis
Just as Charles McNider tries to decide which unit of the armed forces he is going to join up with, and if they will accept a blind man, he gets a call that a Pacific research hospital has been bombed and Dr. Benson, one of McNider's friends, has been fatally wounded and asks McNider to come and take over his work. While on duty one evening, Hooty warns the doctor of approaching enemy planes, and he changes to the Man of Midnight and helps deal with averting the attack.
Reprints

[The Justice Society Joins the War on Japan! Chapter 7] (Table of Contents: 15)

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]; Ash (one of Ted's fellow pilots); the Japanese (villains, some die)
Synopsis
Ted Knight becomes an Air Force pilot at Randolph Field unaware that the Japanese, a few miles away, are plotting a devastating attack on the base. Changing to Starman, Knight takes on the approaching planes, dispatching many with his gravity rod, and help from a fellow pilot that became ill attempting to fly a plane.
Reprints
Keywords
Formosa; Gravity Rod; Randolph Field

[The Justice Society Joins the War on Japan! Chapter 8] (Table of Contents: 16)

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

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

Genre
humor; superhero
Characters
Johnny Thunder; The Thunderbolt [Archibald]; Commander Sewell; a renegade spy (villain); the Japanese (villains, some die)
Synopsis
Johnny joins the Navy and is assigned to an aircraft carrier, where he makes one blunder after another. Commander Sewell decides to give brother John an assignment he can handle: handing a picture in his room. In a series of misadventures, Johnny unknowingly uncovers a plot to blow up the ship.
Reprints
Keywords
Say You

[The Justice Society Joins the War on Japan! Conclusion] (Table of Contents: 17)

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

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Justice Society of America [Johnny Thunder; The Spectre [Jim Corrigan]; The Atom [Al Pratt]; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Dr. Fate [Kent Nelson]; The Sandman [Wesley Dodds]; Starman [Ted Knight]]; Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]; The Thunderbolt [Archibald]; group of unnamed high-ranking military brass
Synopsis
A group of Army brass is arguing about the feats of the JSA members when the Navy shows up with Johnny, commending him as well. So they decide to bring together all eight members (plus Wonder Woman), and decide who did the best job. In the final analysis, they decide the JSA is doing TOO well in their jobs, showing up all of the other regular Army soldiers, Marines and sailors. So, it is decided that the JSA will become the Justice Battalion of America for the duration of the war. Dr. Fate recommends Wonder Woman for JSA membership, but it goes unacted on for this issue.
Reprints
Keywords
Say You

Editorial Advisory Board (Table of Contents: 18) (Expand) /

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

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

promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.67 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 20) (Expand) /

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

[The Martin PMB-1] (Table of Contents: 21)

How to Spot Planes in the Skies / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script
Falcon Mathieu
Pencils
Falcon Mathieu
Inks
Falcon Mathieu
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
non-fiction; aviation

Indexer Notes

Script and inker credits from Craig Delich.

This filler does NOT appear in the Archives.

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

How You Can Defend Your Home! / 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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Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Justice Society Joins the War on Japan!
    The Justice Society of America
  2. 1. The Big Eight!
  3. 2. [The Justice Society Joins the War on Japan! Introduction]
    The Justice Society of America
  4. 3. [The Justice Society Joins the War on Japan! Chapter 1]
    The Justice Society of America; Hawkman
  5. 4. [The Justice Society Joins the War on Japan! Interlude]
    The Justice Society of America
  6. 5. [The Justice Society Joins the War on Japan! Chapter 2]
    The Justice Society of America; Wonder Woman
  7. 6. [The Justice Society Joins the War on Japan! Chapter 3]
    The Justice Society of America; The Sandman
  8. 7. [The Justice Society Joins the War on Japan! Chapter 4]
    The Justice Society of America; The Atom
  9. 8. Outlaw Plane
    Hop Harrigan
  10. 9. An Important Message to Members of the All-American Flying Club
    All-American Flying Club
  11. 10. [The Justice Society Joins the War on Japan! Chapter 5]
    The Justice Society of America; Doctor Fate
  12. 11. ["Here it is again!"]
    All-Flash Quarterly
  13. 12. ["Here it is again!"]
    Green Lantern
  14. 13. [no title indexed]
    Popsicle
  15. 14. [The Justice Society Joins the War on Japan! Chapter 6]
    The Justice Society of America; Dr. Mid-Nite
  16. 15. [The Justice Society Joins the War on Japan! Chapter 7]
    The Justice Society of America; Starman
  17. 16. [The Justice Society Joins the War on Japan! Chapter 8]
    The Justice Society of America; Johnny Thunder
  18. 17. [The Justice Society Joins the War on Japan! Conclusion]
    The Justice Society of America
  19. 18. Editorial Advisory Board
  20. 19. ["Thanks, boys and girls, for the wonderful response..."]
  21. 20. ["Free! 1000 copies of All Star Comics no. 12!"]
  22. 21. [The Martin PMB-1]
    How to Spot Planes in the Skies
  23. 22. [no title indexed]
    How You Can Defend Your Home!
  24. 23. [no title indexed]
    Daisy Air Rifles
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Claus Simonsen
  • Ray Bottorff Jr
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Dan Kocher
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Per Sandell
  • Matthew Head
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Jon Ingersoll