(August-September 1942)

DC, 1940 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
bi-monthly
On-sale date:
1942-06-24
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
All-American Comics, Inc.
Brand:
A Superman DC Publication
Editing:
M. C. Gaines (managing editor); Sheldon Mayer (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 ad in All-American Comics #41.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils:
Jack Burnley
Inks:
Jack Burnley
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text:
"The Justice Society of America pursues victory for America and democracy!"
Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Justice Society of America [Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; The Atom [Al Pratt]; The Spectre [Jim Corrigan]; Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]; Dr. Fate [Kent Nelson]; The Sandman [Wesley Dodds]; Johnny Thunder; Starman [Ted Knight]]
Reprints:

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 Worth Reading / text article / 0.67 page (report information)

Script:
Josette Frank
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover. Features a message in the Superman of America code.

[The Black Dragon, Introduction] (Table of Contents: 3)

The Justice Society of America / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Justice Society of America [The Sandman [Wesley Dodds]; Dr. Fate [Kent Nelson]; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Starman [Ted Knight]; The Spectre [Jim Corrigan]; The Atom [Al Pratt]; Johnny Thunder; Wonder Woman [Diana Prince] (volunteer secretary)]; unnamed War Department official (death); unnamed War Department Lieutenant General; unnamed War Department Major; The Black Dragon Society [unnamed Old Wise Man; others also unnamed] (villains)
Synopsis:
The leader of the secret Black Dragon Society has targeted America's secret weapons as their next area of operation. Meanwhile, at the regular JSA meeting, Chairman Hawkman announces that Wonder Woman has volunteered to be the group's Secretary for the rest of the war. The War Department has asked the Justice Battalion to investigate the threat of the Black Dragon Society and their messenger notifies them that eight inventors have been overcome and their inventions stolen. The Battalion members are each given sealed envelopes containing information on tracking down these items.
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Indexer Notes

The JSA is also referred to as the newly commissioned Justice Battalion in the story.

The Roll Call also lists the four Honorary Members of the JSA: Superman, Batman, The Flash, and Green Lantern, although they do not appear in the story.

The splash page does NOT picture Wonder Woman, who was not a member.

This story is later adapted into the story in All-Star Squadron #12.

[The Black Dragon, Chapter 1] (Table of Contents: 4)

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]; The Thunderbolt [Archibald] (cameo); unnamed inventor; unnamed agents of the Black Dragon Society (villains)
Synopsis:
Hawkman must locate and secure a giant propeller guided by the human brain. Once he finds it, he must stop it from being used to drop bombs on New York. He does and uses the propeller to destroy the Japanese dragon sect's castle lair, when suddenly the Thunderbolt whisks him away to...?
Reprints:
Keywords:
giant propeller; New York City

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 5) (Expand) /

Kool-Aid / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[The Black Dragon, Chapter 2] (Table of Contents: 6)

The Justice Society of America; 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 Thunderbolt [Archibald] (cameo); Ivoren (inventor); Black Dragon Society scientist and agents (villains)
Synopsis:
The Sandman jumps in his Sandcar and heads for a desolate spot in northern New England in order to track down and secure the lost "Greek Fire" which can burn on water. He finds and rescues the kidnapped inventor, but is overcome by treachery, and thrown into a flaming lake. Using a supply of sand, he is able to put out a small portion of the fire, release himself from his bonds and rout the surprised Japanese before being whisked away by Johnny's Thunderbolt.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Modern Greek Fire; Sandcar; Wirepoon

[The Black Dragon, Chapter 3] (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]; The Thunderbolt [Archibald] (cameo); Eben Garner (inventor of powerful explosive); Garner's unnamed assistant; unnamed Japanese-American; Black Dragon Society agents (villains)
Synopsis:
The Atom heads for San Francisco and first meets with an assistant who developed an explosive so powerful, a single grain could blow up a ship. Atom learns that the Black Dragon intends to blow up the whole city of San Francisco. A Japanese-American agrees to lead the Atom to the hideout of the sect, where he changes to Al Pratt, disguises himself as one of the workmen tunneling under the city, changes back to his fighting togs, then finishes off the enemy before the Thunderbolt comes for him.
Reprints:
Keywords:
San Francisco; W.P.A.

[The Black Dragon, Chapter 4] (Table of Contents: 8)

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]; The Thunderbolt [Archibald] (cameo); Weldon (Inventor of dirigible); Black Dragon Society agents (villains)
Synopsis:
Starman is hot on the trail of the Black Dragon when he suddenly spots a giant dirigible with the stolen U.S. dive bombers hanging from it, ready to launch an attack. The Astral Avenger succeeds in destroying several before they climb beyond his range into the stratosphere. He lands at a lab and constructs a device that will keep him warm in those altitudes, then heads back out to finish the job. Just as he succeeds, up pops the Thunderbolt to take him to Johnny.
Reprints:
Keywords:
giant dirigible; Gravity Rod

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

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 10) (Expand) /

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

Boys! Girls! Have You Joined the American Observation Corps? (Table of Contents: 11) (Expand) /

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

[The Black Dragon, Chapter 5] (Table of Contents: 12)

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

Script:
Gardner Fox
Pencils:
Bernard Klein
Inks:
Bernard Klein
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Dr. Fate [Kent Nelson]; The Thunderbolt [Archibald] (cameo); Cliff Dwellers; un-named U.S. Army Major; Black Dragon Society agents (villains)
Synopsis:
Doctor Fate discovers the invention he is to recover out in the desert: a gigantic tank with a long-barreled flame thrower attached, and he dispatches it very quickly. Unknown to Fate, the Japanese have taken American Indian women and children hostage, forcing the men to try to re-take the tank from the Man of Magic. They overcome him with gas and capture the tank. After Fate recovers, he tracks down the Japanese and takes them on, with some help from the Indians. As he is being thanked, Fate is carried away by the Thunderbolt.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Long-Barreled Flame-Throwing Tank

Indexer Notes

Oddity: Dr. Fate is subject to death from lack of oxygen and from gas.

[The Black Dragon, Chapter 6] (Table of Contents: 13)

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]; Hooty (an owl); Myra Mason; un-named Policeman; The Thunderbolt [Archibald] (cameo); Dr. Stander (inventor); Dr. Smallheimer [aka Dr. Small] (villain, death); Black Dragon Society agents (villains, all die)
Synopsis:
Dr. Mid-Nite's assignment is to find a Dr. Stander, inventor of an Y-Ray that can heal wounds and save lives. Not knowing where to look, Mid-Nite goes to the professor's lab, forges a note in Stander's hand and places it in a safe in the lab, which is found by the Police. A notice is put in the newspapers that Charles McNider has a copy of the formula for the Y-Ray, so the Black Dragon hunts him down and imprisons him with the good professor. McNider changes to Dr. Mid-Nite and defeats the Dragon as Stander destroys his invention, and soon after the Thunderbolt arrives on his urgent task.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Y-Ray

Indexer Notes

In this chapter, Dr. Mid-Nite first seeks the inventor of the X-Ray, then later on it is the Y-Ray. Clearly, "X"-Ray was a typo.

Mystery Island (Table of Contents: 14)

Hop Harrigan / text story / 1.5 pages (report information)

Script:
Evelyn Gaines ?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
aviation
Characters:
Hop Harrigan; Tank Tinker; the Japanese (villains, some die)
Synopsis:
Hop and Tank investigate a mysterious light coming from a supposedly uninhabited bean-shaped island.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Script credit from Craig Delich.

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

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

The Big Eight! (Table of Contents: 16) (Expand) /

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

[The Black Dragon, Chapter 7] (Table of Contents: 17)

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]; The Thunderbolt [Archibald] (cameo); Charles Reagan (inventor); Black Dragon Society agents (villains)
Synopsis:
The Japanese have kidnapped Charles Reagan, inventor of the amazing rocket-bomb, and are holding him in a submarine submerged in the murky depths trying to pry information out of him. He relents and tells his captors how to build the device, which they do, and they send it on its way to Chicago. The Spectre spots it, diverts it to Japan, then rescues the inventor, and captures the sub before the Thunderbolt shows up.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Rocket-Bomb

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit by Craig Delich.

[The Black Dragon, Chapter 8] (Table of Contents: 18)

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]; Black Dragon Society agents (villains)
Synopsis:
When Johnny opens his orders, he discovers that the War Department wants him to stay out of the situation completely! Angry, Johnny says the magic words and declares to the Thunderbolt that he'd like to be in the thick of things, and the Thunderbolt promptly drops him into the lap of the Black Dragons. They try every which way to dispose of Johnny, including several clones of him the T-Bolt whips up, until Johnny finally tells the Thunderbolt to get help from the other members before they succeed.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Say You

[The Black Dragon, Conclusion] (Table of Contents: 19)

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; Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Spectre [Jim Corrigan]; Dr. Fate [Kent Nelson]; The Atom [Al Pratt]; Starman [Ted Knight]; The Sandman [Wesley Dodds]; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]]; The Thunderbolt [Archibald]; Major McNichols (of U.S. Army Intelligence); The Black Dragon Society (villains)
Synopsis:
The Justice Battalion members arrive, save Johnny and round up the other members of the sect. Johnny and the rest then meet with Wonder Woman the next day to file their report of this adventure.
Reprints:

Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! (Table of Contents: 20) (Expand) /

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 21) (Expand) /

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

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

promo (ad from the publisher) / 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. ["The Justice Society of America pursues victory for America and democracy!"]
    The Justice Society of America
  2. 1. Editorial Advisory Board
  3. 2. [no title indexed]
    Good Books Worth Reading
  4. 3. [The Black Dragon, Introduction]
    The Justice Society of America
  5. 4. [The Black Dragon, Chapter 1]
    The Justice Society of America; Hawkman
  6. 5. [no title indexed]
    Kool-Aid
  7. 6. [The Black Dragon, Chapter 2]
    The Justice Society of America; Sandman
  8. 7. [The Black Dragon, Chapter 3]
    The Justice Society of America; The Atom
  9. 8. [The Black Dragon, Chapter 4]
    The Justice Society of America; Starman
  10. 9. ["Green Lantern and Doiby Dickles join the army!"]
    Green Lantern
  11. 10. ["Boys and girls!"]
    All-Flash Quarterly
  12. 11. Boys! Girls! Have You Joined the American Observation Corps?
    All-American Flying Club
  13. 12. [The Black Dragon, Chapter 5]
    The Justice Society of America; Doctor Fate
  14. 13. [The Black Dragon, Chapter 6]
    The Justice Society of America; Dr. Mid-Nite
  15. 14. Mystery Island
    Hop Harrigan
  16. 15. ["Here we are again..."]
    Mutt & Jeff
  17. 16. The Big Eight!
  18. 17. [The Black Dragon, Chapter 7]
    The Justice Society of America; The Spectre
  19. 18. [The Black Dragon, Chapter 8]
    The Justice Society of America; Johnny Thunder
  20. 19. [The Black Dragon, Conclusion]
    The Justice Society of America
  21. 20. Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes!
  22. 21. ["Here it is, boys and girls..."]
    Wonder Woman
  23. 22. ["A special message to the boys and girls of America from Henry Morgenthau, Jr. - Secretary of the Treasury!"]
  24. 23. [no title indexed]
    Daisy Air Rifles
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Per Sandell
  • Darci
  • Matthew Head
  • Jim Stangas
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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