(February-March 1943)

DC, 1940 Series
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Volume
2
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale date
1942-12-19
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
All-American Comics, Inc.
Brand
A Superman DC Publication
Editing
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 copyright registration. On-sale date of December 23 in ad in All-American Comics #47.

The girlfriends of the JSA members appear in the story, but only four are identified: Doris Lee, Shiera Sanders, Inza and Peachy Pet (adopted daughter of Johnny). A Junior Justice Society of America code message in the Hawkman code is found on the Editor's page.


The Man Who Created Images! (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils
Frank Harry
Inks
Frank Harry
Colors
?
Letters
?

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

Christmas Gift Books / text article / 0.67 page (report information)

Script
Josette Frank
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

[The Man Who Created Images! Introduction] (Table of Contents: 3)

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

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Joe Gallagher
Inks
Joe Gallagher
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Justice Society of America [Wonder Woman [Diana Prince] (Secretary); Johnny Thunder (head view); The Atom [Al Pratt] (head view); Starman [Ted Knight] (head view); Hawkman [Carter Hall] (head view); Dr. Fate [Kent Nelson] (head view); The Spectre [Jim Corrigan] (head view); The Sandman [Wesley Dodds] (head view); Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider] (head view)]; Hawkgirl [Shiera Sanders]; Peachy Pet; Inza Cramer (dresses as Dr. Fate); Dian Belmont (dresses as the Sandman); Doris Lee (dresses as the Starman); Clarice Winston (dressed as the Spectre)
Synopsis
Every member of the JSA miss their regularly scheduled meeting, leaving Wonder Woman with only letters from each member stating that they hate to miss, but they are working on very important cases. So, the Princess gathers together the girlfriends of the members and has them costume themselves as their boyfriend's heroic identity, then head out to capture the man behind the crisis.
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Indexer Notes

Wonder Woman is not listed in the roll call, except in the text preceding it.

This is the Brain Wave's first appearance, later appearing in All-Stars #17, 30, and 37.

The first page of the introduction is reprinted in Wonder Woman The War Years 1941-1945 (Chartwell Books, 2015 series).

[The Man Who Created Images! Chapter 1] (Table of Contents: 4)

The Justice Society of America; Hawkman / comic story / 6 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]; "Rubber-Man" Nevil (rubber plantation tycoon, death); Mark Nevil (Nevil's son, chemist, death); Homer Nelson (villain, partner of Nevil); "Big Tiny" Norman (villain); two unnamed crooks (villains)
Synopsis
Hawkman is working on a strange case concerning men who disappear after being touched. Tracking down clues after seeing a man murdered and the killer disappearing in a flash of light, he discovers a man named Big Tiny, who may have knowledge about what is happening. Tiny, however, thinks the Feathered Fury is an agent of "The Brain Wave," but Hawkman convinces him otherwise and takes him into custody, then heads out to Sharktooth Bay and the tower in which Brain Wave resides.
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Indexer Notes

The chapter is narrated by the Hawkman through his letter to Wonder Woman.

[The Man Who Created Images! Chapter 2] (Table of Contents: 5)

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); Jason Shannon (multi-millionaire amateur sculptor); Hedda (Shannon's wife); Charles (Shannon's step-son); unnamed doctor; two unnamed crooks (villains); "Hunky" Pollak (villain)
Synopsis
Dr. Mid-Nite, Hooty and an amateur sculptor are mystified by statutes that come to life, but soon learn through crook "Hunky" Pollak that the Brain Wave is using his uncanny abilities to materialize thought images.
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Keywords
Hudson Valley Mansion

Indexer Notes

The chapter is narrated by Dr. Mid-Nite through his letter to Wonder Woman.

Brand New! (Table of Contents: 6) (Expand) /

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 7) (Expand) /

Wonder Woman; All-Flash / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

[The Man Who Created Images! Chapter 3] (Table of Contents: 8)

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]; unnamed Naval officer; Horatio Morrison (villain, museum director); Sticker (villain)
Synopsis
After setting a record for the lowest score on the Naval Officer Candidate School exam, Johnny begins looking into the Morrison Museum, a supposedly public museum that avoids paying taxes like the private museum it really is. In reality, the museum serves as a warehouse for stolen loot and when brother John investigates, the statues of Caesar and others come to life before his eyes. The Thunderbolt puts an end to this, but is also mystified about the sudden disappearance of the ghostly figures. Further investigation uncovers the stolen gems, and the criminals behind the plot are apprehended.
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Keywords
Morrison Museum; Say You

Indexer Notes

The chapter is narrated by Johnny Thunder through his letter to Wonder Woman. Johnny wears his U.S. Naval uniform in the story.

[The Man Who Created Images! Chapter 4] (Table of Contents: 9)

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

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Joe Gallagher
Inks
Joe Gallagher
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Atom [Al Pratt]; Johnny Spartan (baseball player); Spartan's unnamed Coach; "Runty" Becker (villain); Big John Timberlake (villain, racketeer); unnamed thug (villain)
Synopsis
Johnny Spartan, big-league ball player, was once hit by a pitch and has been plate-shy since. A shifty-eyed man approaches and tells Johnny that he has the cure for this problem. It's cured all right, but at crucial times in the game, Johnny doesn't make sure plays, and the Atom confronts him. He discovers that, by Johnny not making plays, a gambler is making money. Atom makes quick work of the guy.
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Indexer Notes

The chapter is narrated by the Atom through his letter to Wonder Woman.

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

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

[Cleopatra's Needle] (Table of Contents: 11)

Flying Colors / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script
John M. Jenks
Pencils
John M. Jenks
Inks
John M. Jenks
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
non-fiction

Indexer Notes

This filler does NOT appear in the Archives.

The Junior Justice Society of America (Table of Contents: 12) (Expand) /

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

[The Man Who Created Images! Chapter 5] (Table of Contents: 13)

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

Script
Gardner Fox; Jack Kirby (partial re-write, signed)
Pencils
Jack Kirby (signed)
Inks
Joe Simon (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Sandman [Wesley Dodds]; Sandy [Sandy Hawkins]; Stanley Cord (villain); Baldy (villain); Baldy's thugs (villains)
Synopsis
Wealthy men across the nation begin to suffer nightmares concerning the Sandman, perhaps brought on by guilty consciences. They dream that the Sandman was actually blackmailing them, and then fading away! One night, however, Sandman appears before Wesley Dodds and Sandy Hawkins, and the pair don their costumes to investigate what the true situation is and put an end to this vicious blackmailing racket.
Reprints
Keywords
The Sandmobile

Indexer Notes

The chapter is narrated by the Sandman through his letter to Wonder Woman.

Script credit from Craig Delich. Re-writes confirmed by Jack Kirby.

Death Rays from the Sun (Table of Contents: 14)

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

Script
?
Pencils
Jon L. Blummer (illustration of Hop Harrigan)
Inks
Jon L. Blummer (illustration of Hop Harrigan)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
aviation
Characters
Hop Harrigan; Tank Tinker

Indexer Notes

This text story does NOT appear in the Archives.

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

Victory Picture Frames / advertisement / 0.33 page (report information)

[The Man Who Created Images! Chapter 6] (Table of Contents: 16)

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

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Ed Dobrotka
Inks
Ed Dobrotka
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Starman [Ted Knight]; Edwin Ackerman (physicist); Lucy Ackerman (Edwin's wife); Henry King [aka the Brain Wave] (villain, flashback); Blackie (King's pet dog, flashback); two thugs (villains)
Synopsis
Edwin Ackerman is beset each night by phantoms that keep him awake. One day he decides he'll get sleep, no matter what, but is once again is awakened by three strange little people that are seen even by Starman, who learns the man is working on atomic energy and the little imps are begging him to stop the project. Ackerman tells Starman of a kid he knew growing up named of Henry King, who had the ability to "create" his own friends. Seeing a connection with that person and the dreams, Starman learns about the Brain Wave and decides to head to Sharktooth Bay to confront him.
Reprints
Keywords
Gravity Rod

Indexer Notes

The chapter is narrated by the Starman through his letter to Wonder Woman.

The Big Eight! (Table of Contents: 17) (Expand) /

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

[The Man Who Created Images! Chapter 7] (Table of Contents: 18)

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

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Spectre [Jim Corrigan]; Big Turk Thompson (villain); Thompson's gang (villains)
Synopsis
The Spectre interrupts robbery by confronting the felons, who then disappear in a puff of smoke. He later learns of more phantom burglaries, connects it with findings made by the Psychic Research Society in Boston, and puts an end to the phantom and real-life crooks before heading to the lonely tower at Sharktooth Bay...home of the Brain Wave!
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Keywords
First Union Bank; Industrial Trust Company

Indexer Notes

The chapter is narrated by the Spectre through his letter to Wonder Woman.

Letterer credit from Craig Delich.

[The Man Who Created Images! Chapter 8] (Table of Contents: 19)

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

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Dr. Fate [Kent Nelson]; "Fan" Gregory (reformed racketeer); Gregory's unnamed sister; some thugs (villains)
Synopsis
"Fan" Gregory, racketeer, had made quite a life for himself in the rackets until the very men he had murdered began appearing to him, and he vowed to go straight. But there are others who want to use his services, but he doesn't knuckle under to the pressure, but goes instead to the lonely tower of Dr. Fate to seek assistance. Fate promises help and delivers.
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Keywords
The Salem Tower

Indexer Notes

The chapter is narrated by Doctor Fate through his letter to Wonder Woman.

[The Man Who Created Images! Conclusion] (Table of Contents: 20)

The Justice Society of America / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Joe Gallagher
Inks
Joe Gallagher
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Justice Society of America [Dr. Fate [Kent Nelson]; The Sandman [Wesley Dodds]; Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Starman [Ted Knight]; The Spectre [Jim Corrigan]; Johnny Thunder; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]]; Peachy Pet; Hawkgirl [Shiera Sanders]; Dian Belmont (dressed as the Sandman]; Doris Lee (dressed as the Starman); Inza Cramer (dressed as Doctor Fate); Clarice Winston (dressed as the Spectre); Sir Lancelot (image only); two unnamed college professors of Henry King's; Brain Wave [Henry King, Sr.] (villain, introduction); Attila the Hun (villain, image only)
Synopsis
At Sharktooth Bay, a strange figure called the Brain Wave oversees the inert forms of the JSA members. He thinks back to the time that he learned the ability to materialize people out of thin air. Unfortunately, he was only motivated by money, and that led him to a life of crime. Then he sees Wonder Woman and the girlfriends in their uniforms, and decides to use mental images of their boyfriends against them, and are captured. Brain Wave attempts to gas them all, Wonder Woman breaks her fetters and breaks out of their prison just in time to see the Brain Wave jump to his death from the tower.
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Indexer Notes

The Brain Wave appears to commit suicide, but returns in All-Star #17 with an explanation of how he survived.

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

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

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

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

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

Muscle Power Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 24) (Expand) /

Wonders of Science Simplified / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Man Who Created Images!
    The Justice Society of America
  2. 1. Editorial Advisory Board
  3. 2. [no title indexed]
    Christmas Gift Books
  4. 3. [The Man Who Created Images! Introduction]
    The Justice Society of America
  5. 4. [The Man Who Created Images! Chapter 1]
    The Justice Society of America; Hawkman
  6. 5. [The Man Who Created Images! Chapter 2]
    The Justice Society of America; Dr. Mid-Nite
  7. 6. Brand New!
    Comic Cavalcade
  8. 7. ["You won't want to miss these two big winners!"]
    Wonder Woman; All-Flash
  9. 8. [The Man Who Created Images! Chapter 3]
    The Justice Society of America; Johnny Thunder
  10. 9. [The Man Who Created Images! Chapter 4]
    The Justice Society of America; The Atom
  11. 10. ["Boys and girls - I'm on the radio now..."]
    Hop Harrigan
  12. 11. [Cleopatra's Needle]
    Flying Colors
  13. 12. The Junior Justice Society of America
    Junior Justice Society of America
  14. 13. [The Man Who Created Images! Chapter 5]
    The Justice Society of America; The Sandman
  15. 14. Death Rays from the Sun
    Hop Harrigan
  16. 15. [no title indexed]
    Victory Picture Frames
  17. 16. [The Man Who Created Images! Chapter 6]
    The Justice Society of America; Starman
  18. 17. The Big Eight!
  19. 18. [The Man Who Created Images! Chapter 7]
    The Justice Society of America; The Spectre
  20. 19. [The Man Who Created Images! Chapter 8]
    The Justice Society of America; Doctor Fate
  21. 20. [The Man Who Created Images! Conclusion]
    The Justice Society of America
  22. 21. ["The funniest quarterly and the most exciting!"]
    Mutt & Jeff; Green Lantern
  23. 22. [no title indexed]
    Picture Stories from the Bible
  24. 23. [no title indexed]
    Muscle Power Co.
  25. 24. [no title indexed]
    Wonders of Science Simplified
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