(March-April 1974)

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Volume
15
Price
0.50 USD
Pages
100
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale date
1973-12-06
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
National Periodical Publications, Inc.
Brand
DC [block]
Editing
Julius Schwartz
Color
color
Dimensions
standard Silver Age, then Modern Age US
Paper Stock
Newsprint; Mando (beginning with #254)
Binding
saddle-stitched (#s 39, 48, 58, 67, 76, 110-116, 200 squarebound)
Publishing Format
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

On-sale date from Comic Reader #102.


The Murder of Santa Claus, 1973! (Table of Contents)

Justice League of America / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Nick Cardy
Inks
Nick Cardy
Colors
?
Letters
Gaspar Saladino ?

Job Number
S-1662
Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman; Batman; The Flash [Barry Allen]; The Atom [Ray Palmer]; Black Canary; Green Arrow; Hawkman [Katar Hol]; Wonder Woman (Earth-2); Green Lantern [Hal Jordan]; Dr. Mid-Nite; The Atom [Al Pratt]; The Flash [Jay Garrick]; Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; Zatanna; Santa Claus
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Keywords
Christmas

Indexer Notes

Credits for pencils and inks confirmed from Julius Schwartz's editorial records, provided by DC Comics.

JSA scene on the cover is redrawn from the cover of All-Star Comics #40.

Table of Contents (Table of Contents: 1)

table of contents / 1 page (report information)

Script
E. Nelson Bridwell
Pencils
various (illustrations)
Inks
various (illustrations)
Colors
? (illustrations)
Letters
typeset

Job Number
N-838

The Man Who Murdered Santa Claus! (Table of Contents: 2)

Justice League of America / comic story / 20 pages (report information)

Script
Len Wein
Pencils
Dick Dillin
Inks
Dick Giordano
Colors
Glynis Wein
Letters
Ben Oda

Job Number
S-1627
Genre
superhero
Characters
Justice League of America [Superman [Clark Kent]; Batman [Bruce Wayne]; The Flash [Barry Allen] (cameo); The Atom [Ray Palmer] (cameo); Elongated Man [Ralph Dibny] (cameo); Black Canary [Dinah Lance]; Green Arrow [Oliver Queen]; Red Tornado [John Smith] (new costume); Aquaman [Arthur Curry] (cameo); Green Lantern [Hal Jordan] (cameo); Phantom Stranger (cameo)]; Sue Dibny (cameo); Iris Allen (cameo); Mera (cameo); Kathy Sutton (cameo); Green Lantern [John Stewart]; Santa Simpson; Eric Russell (Iris's father); Fran Russell (Iris's mother); The Key (villain)
Synopsis
The murder of a department store Santa Claus puts the JLA on the tail of the Key and his scheme to kill them.
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Keywords
Christmas

Indexer Notes

Credits for script, pencils and inks confirmed from Julius Schwartz's editorial records, provided by DC Comics. Colors credit from Carl Gafford via the GCD Error Tracker. Credits include special thanks to Duffy Vohland.

The Plight of a Nation! [Part 1] (Table of Contents: 3)

Justice Society of America / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
John Broome
Pencils
Arthur Peddy; Carmine Infantino (spash)
Inks
Bernard Sachs; Frank Giacoia (splash)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Job Number
N-797
Genre
superhero
Characters
Justice Society of America [Wonder Woman (Earth-2); Dr. Mid-Nite; The Flash [Jay Garrick]; Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; Black Canary; The Atom [Al Pratt]]
Synopsis
The Crimson Claw Gang has been pulling off daring crimes that baffle the authorities, but when the JSA is contacted by a member of the JJSA wanting to provide information re that gang, he is injured. Investigation by GL and Black Canary reveal the existence of a junior version of the gang committing petty thefts. Meanwhile the Flash and Hawkman discover the junior gang is playing right into the hands of the adult gang, and interrupt a crime in progress, only to get captured and on the verge of electrocution.
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Keywords
juvenile delinquency

The Plight of a Nation! [Part 2] (Table of Contents: 4)

Justice Society of America / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
John Broome
Pencils
Carmine Infantino
Inks
Frank Giacoia
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Justice Society of America [Black Canary; Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; Wonder Woman (Earth-2); Dr. Mid-Nite; The Atom [Al Pratt]; Hawkman [Carter Hall]; The Flash [Jay Garrick]]
Synopsis
In Riversend, Black Canary tells GL that a big problem exists with kid gangs that needs to be dealt with, so Green Lantern visits a social worker to learn about the causes of juvenile delinquency and why kids like them want to emulate criminal gangs. Meanwhile, Dr. Mid-Nite and Atom enlist the aid of the JJSA to help in the matter and they enlist Don Brent to infiltrate the gang. At the same time, Hawkman and the Flash bring Eddie Brent to justice for their near-murder. And the Junior Claws discover Don Brent is a mole, so they tie him to railroad tracks to try and scare him.
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The Plight of a Nation! [Part 3] (Table of Contents: 5)

Justice Society of America / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
John Broome
Pencils
Alex Toth
Inks
Alex Toth
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Justice Society of America [Dr. Mid-Nite; Black Canary; The Atom [Al Pratt]; Wonder Woman (Earth-2); Hawkman [Carter Hall]; The Flash [Jay Garrick]; Green Lantern [Alan Scott]]
Synopsis
The Flash trails Eddie to the Crimson Claw's HQ, then uses Wonder Woman's mental radio to alert the rest of the JSA to its location while he attempts to keep the gang busy until they arrive. At the same time, the Junior Claws are damaging property to blame it on a rival gang, and an explosion draws authorities while the adult gang commits a crime. But the JSA is on hand to round them up. The JJSA and Julia save Don's life, then duke it out with the Junior Claws. But Wonder Woman steps in with the Magic Sphere to reveal the future of the juveniles, which encourages them to reform.
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JLA Puzzle (Table of Contents: 6)

activity / 1 page (report information)

Script
Bob Rozakis
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Job Number
P-4

Indexer Notes

crossword puzzle

Z -- As in Zatanna -- And Zero Hour! (Table of Contents: 7)

Justice League of America / comic story / 22 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Mike Sekowsky
Inks
Sid Greene
Colors
?
Letters
Gaspar Saladino

Job Number
N-827
Genre
superhero
Characters
Justice League of America [Atom [Ray Palmer]; Batman; Green Lantern [Hal Jordan]; Hawkman [Katar Hol]]; Zatanna (guest star); Elongated Man (guest star); Zatara (guest star); Amen-Hotep (villain); Allura (villain)
Synopsis
The conclusion of Zatanna's quest to find her father.
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Indexer Notes

Story across 23 pages in three parts of 9.5, 7.5, and 5 pages.

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

activity / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
Bob Rozakis
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Here is the answer to the JLA Puzzle on page 67

Indexer Notes

solution to crossword puzzle in this issue

Justice Society of America (Table of Contents: 9)

illustration / 2 pages (report information)

Pencils
Murphy Anderson
Inks
Murphy Anderson
Colors
?
Letters
?

Job Number
S-273
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Justice Society of America [Atom [Al Pratt]; Batman (Earth 2) [Bruce Wayne]; Black Canary [Dinah Lance]; Doctor Fate [Kent Nelson]; Doctor Mid-Nite [Charles McNider]; Flash [Jay Garrick]; Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Hourman [Rex Tyler]; Johnny Thunder; Mister Terrific [Terry Sloane]; Red Tornado [Ma Hunkle]; Red Tornado [John Smith]; Robin (Earth 2) [Dick Grayson]; Sandman [Wes Dodds]; Spectre [Jim Corrigan]; Starman [Ted Knight]; Superman (Earth 2); Thunderbolt; Wildcat [Ted Grant]; Wonder Woman (Earth 2) [Diana Prince]]
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Indexer Notes

Anderson is not credited in this issue, but is credited in the letter column in Justice League of America #85.

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

Justice League of America / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

Flash! The Biggest News in Comics! (Table of Contents: 11) (Expand) /

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

Batman Is Now Bigger Than Ever! (Table of Contents: 12) (Expand) /

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

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

The JLA Mail Room / letters page / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Martin Pasko; Julius Schwartz
Pencils
Murphy Anderson; ? (logo illustration)
Inks
Murphy Anderson; ? (logo illustration)
Colors
? (logo illustration)
Letters
typeset

Job Number
S-1675

Indexer Notes

Letters from Clint Thomas, Guy H. Lillian III, Michael Sloan, Warren Morrison, Scott Gibson, "The Diabolical Critic", Bob Hobart, Albert Tanner. Replies to letters are by Martin Pasko, who is introduced as DC's first Junior Bullpen trainee, who "occasionally assists" editor Schwartz.

Another Adventure with the Ready Rangers (Table of Contents: 14) (Expand) /

Ready Rangers; Aurora / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Murder of Santa Claus, 1973!
    Justice League of America
  2. 1. Table of Contents
  3. 2. The Man Who Murdered Santa Claus!
    Justice League of America
  4. 3. The Plight of a Nation! [Part 1]
    Justice Society of America
  5. 4. The Plight of a Nation! [Part 2]
    Justice Society of America
  6. 5. The Plight of a Nation! [Part 3]
    Justice Society of America
  7. 6. JLA Puzzle
  8. 7. Z -- As in Zatanna -- And Zero Hour!
    Justice League of America
  9. 8. ["Here is the answer to the JLA Puzzle on page 67"]
  10. 9. Justice Society of America
  11. 10. ["Coming in the next super-spectacular issue of Justice League of America"]
    Justice League of America
  12. 11. Flash! The Biggest News in Comics!
    Superman
  13. 12. Batman Is Now Bigger Than Ever!
    Batman
  14. 13. [no title indexed]
    The JLA Mail Room
  15. 14. Another Adventure with the Ready Rangers
    Ready Rangers; Aurora
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