(Spring 1944)

DC, 1940 Series
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Volume
2
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
52
Indicia Frequency
quarterly
On-sale date
1944-02-15
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. The Monster will next appear in the "Special All-Star Squadron Preview" in Justice League of America #193 (August 1981).


A Movie That Changed a Man's Life (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils
Joe Gallagher; Stan Asch (re-drew Johnny Thunder's head)
Inks
Joe Gallagher; Stan Asch (re-drew Johnny Thunder's head)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Justice Society of America [Johnny Thunder; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; Hawkman [Carter Hall]; The Sandman [Wesley Dodds]; Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]; Starman [Ted Knight]; The Atom [Al Pratt]; Dr. Fate [Kent Nelson]; The Spectre [Jim Corrigan]]; The Monster [Jason Rogers]
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Indexer Notes

Art credits from Craig Delich and confirmed by Stan Asch.

The cover is mostly replicated on the splash page except that the head-view of Wonder Woman on the cover was pasted on and is missing from the splash page, the movie projector is placed differently, and there is slobber coming from the Monster's mouth.

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

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

Waste Paper (Table of Contents: 2)

public service announcement / 0.67 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

The Movie That Changed a Man's Life [Introduction] (Table of Contents: 3)

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

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Justice Society of America [Johnny Thunder; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; Hawkman [Carter Hall]; The Sandman [Wesley Dodds]; Wonder Woman [Diana Prince] (Secretary); Starman [Ted Knight]; The Atom [Al Pratt]; Dr. Fate [Kent Nelson]; The Spectre [Jim Corrigan]]; Jason Roger's unnamed wife (death); The Monster [Jason Rogers] (villain)
Synopsis
Jason L. Rogers attends the meeting of the JSA to tell them about a Monster who has been robbing his banks, dynamited his factories...even broken into his home. Rogers says that this fiend has been giving him problems ever since a picnic years back, shot on film, and when that film was shown, his wife passed out from the shock. Later, Rogers was left plans for more schemes by the Monster and has now brought them to the meeting for the members to deal with. After they leave, the Monster suddenly appears and taunts the JSA, threatening to drive Roger's mind from his body.
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Indexer Notes

Sandman and Doctor Fate do not have individual chapters in the book, no doubt due to the actions of the War Production Board cutting back on paper use (as noted in issue #16). Gardner Fox, however, does report writing chapters for both characters that were not used. The reason is found on page "D" of the introduction where panel 5's word balloon has clearly been re-lettered to send Sandman and Fate to Roger's home.

[The Movie That Changed a Man's Life, Chapter 1] (Table of Contents: 4)

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

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Sheldon Moldoff
Inks
Sheldon Moldoff
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Harlan Walsh (steel baron); The Monster [Jason Rogers] (villain); Marvin Walsh (villain, Harlan's twin brother, gambler); Monster's thugs (villains)
Synopsis
Hawkman notices that a man is being attacked near a bog, and he alights and dispatches the thugs, then takes off for the home of Harlan Walsh, steel baron, not realizing the man he saved has news about the Monster. Meanwhile, the Monster threatens Walsh to rebuff the Feathered Fury when he arrives...or else! Hawkman leaves and is approached by the man he saved...the twin of the man inside, who is really Marvin Walsh, the black sheep of the family, and in the employ of the Monster. Hawkman re-enters the home, captures Marvin, who then tells Hawkman where the Monster's gang hides out.
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[The Movie That Changed a Man's Life, Chapter 2] (Table of Contents: 5)

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

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Spectre [Jim Corrigan]; Walter Noonan (architect, Jason's friend); The Monster [Jason Rogers] (villain); Monster's thugs (villains)
Synopsis
Spectre sees the Monster getting ready to blow up a building, quickly rescuing Walter Noonan, a friend of Jason Rogers, and tells Spectre how the Monster came to him demanding $50,000 or risk having a dam blown up that his company had built. Noonan is told to agree to the terms so that he can set a trap. But the Monster sets a trap of his own, and when he arrives for the payoff, it goes off without a hitch. To the Monster, that is good because he would have blown away Noonan at the first sign of the Spectre. However, on the way back to the hideout, the Monster somehow gets away.
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Indexer Notes

Letterer credit from Craig Delich.

The Big Eight: Tops in Monthly Comic Magazines (Table of Contents: 6) (Expand) /

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

[The Movie That Changed a Man's Life, Chapter 3] (Table of Contents: 7)

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

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Atom [Al Pratt]; The Monster [Jason Rogers] (villain); Monster's thugs (villains)
Synopsis
The Monster, intending to rob an office payroll, lowers a magnet from his weird aircraft and attracts the safe from the of office. The Atom hops aboard the magnet being drawn back up to the strange ship to confront the crew. As the sky-craft lands on a roof, a net is thrown over the Atom, trapping him. The Monster shows up, but the Atom cowers in fear and faints! Upon awakening, the Monster puts him up against the wall to shoot him, when Atom throws a brick, hitting a lever and starting up the magnet, attracting the thug's guns. Atom mops them up, but the Monster escapes in his aircraft.
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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 8)

Junior Justice Society of America / public service announcement / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Joe Gallagher; Harry Peter (Wonder Woman only)
Inks
Joe Gallagher; Harry Peter (Wonder Woman only)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Free! A membership in the Junior Justice Society for all who help in the March of Dimes!
Genre
advocacy; superhero
Characters
Justice Society of America [Johnny Thunder; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; Hawkman [Carter Hall]; The Sandman [Wesley Dodds]; Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]; Starman [Ted Knight]; The Atom [Al Pratt]; Dr. Fate [Kent Nelson]; The Spectre [Jim Corrigan]]
Synopsis
Members of the Justice Society make an appeal for the March of Dimes campaign. Wonder Woman offers a free membership in the Junior Justice Society to all who contribute to the March of Dimes
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Keywords
infantile paralysis; Junior Justice Society; March of Dimes

Indexer Notes

Illustrated plea, with coupon, for readers to donate to the March of Dimes. All readers who contribute 15 cents to the March of Dimes campaign will receive a free membership in the Junior Justice Society of America.

Ghost Plane (Table of Contents: 9)

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

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

Genre
aviation
Characters
Hop Harrigan; Tank Tinker; Major Dunning; the Japanese (some die)
Synopsis
Time after time bombs hit Allied airfields, destroying planes, but no plane is ever seen or heard. Hop and Tank set out to solve the mystery, only to discover that a hot-air balloon is the culprit.
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Indexer Notes

P-38 Lightning; New Guinea

Commando Training with Thom McAn (Table of Contents: 10) (Expand) /

Thom McAn / advertisement / 2 pages (report information)

[The Movie That Changed a Man's Life, Chapter 4] (Table of Contents: 11)

The Justice Society of America; Dr. Mid-Nite / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; Dr. Horatio Hill (surgeon, death); unnamed U.S. Senator (death); Roland Cord; The Monster [Jason Rogers] (villain); Monster's thugs (villains)
Synopsis
Dr. Mid-Nite awakens strapped to an operating table as the surgeon relates how the Monster had drugged the doctor, then called in to operate on an important Senator, who died on the table. He lost his license and hope until the Monster persuaded him to operate on the wealthy, disfigure their faces, then blackmail them to restore their looks. But he refuses to operate on Dr. Mid-Nite to drive him insane and cuts him loose. Then the Monster shoots Hill and leaves. The doctor tells Dr. Mid-Nite how to restore people's faces before he dies.
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Doiby Dickles Goes on a Case: Paper Salvage! (Table of Contents: 12)

Green Lantern / public service announcement / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Paul Reinman
Inks
Paul Reinman
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
advocacy; superhero
Characters
Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; Doiby Dickles
Synopsis
Doiby tackles a stranger and accuses him of wasting paper and explains its importance to the war effort. The stranger explains that the receptacle the paper was thrown into was not a waste bin but was rather specifically designated for collecting waste paper for the war effort.
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Keywords
paper salvage; waste paper

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

Fat and Slat / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Ed Wheelan
Pencils
Ed Wheelan
Inks
Ed Wheelan
Colors
?
Letters
Ed Wheelan

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Fat, elaborate on this theme...
Genre
humor
Characters
Fat; Slat

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit by Craig Delich.

This filler does NOT appear in the Archives.

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

statement of ownership / 0.33 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

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

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

[The Movie That Changed a Man's Life, Chapter 5] (Table of Contents: 16)

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

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Starman [Ted Knight]; Ira Young (millionaire); Hank (Young's assistant); The Monster [Jason Rogers] (villain); Monster's thugs (villains)
Synopsis
Starman arrives a millionaire Ira Young's estate knowing the Monster is due to strike there somehow. Jason Rogers happens to be there as a guest and is being shown the new planetarium when gas strikes down Rogers and friends, and thugs begin to pick the people's pockets. Starman dives right into action, and while he is busy bopping the bad guys, the Monster loots the unconscious victims and flees. Giving chase, the Astral Avenger is saved from being fried by artificial lightning by his gravity rod, saves the stolen money, but misses out on capturing the Monster.
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Keywords
Gravity Rod

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 17) (Expand) /

Wheaties / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[The Movie That Changed a Man's Life, Chapter 6] (Table of Contents: 18)

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

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

Genre
humor; superhero
Characters
Johnny Thunder; The Thunderbolt [Archibald]; unnamed Policemen; The Monster [Jason Rogers] (villain); Monster's thugs (villains)
Synopsis
As Johnny walks the streets, he noticed two Policemen laughing their heads off, and tell Johnny that the jewelry house is being robbed. Going inside, Johnny is overcome by the gas used on the Police and is taken to the Monster's hideout, where upon the Monster tells Johnny he is going to chop his head off. The Thunderbolt prevents that from happening and helps brother John to round up the gang. Thunderbolt takes on the Monster himself with little success and the Monster flees away into the night.
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Keywords
Black Star Jewelry House; Say You

[The Movie That Changed a Man's Life, Conclusion] (Table of Contents: 19)

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

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Justice Society of America [Johnny Thunder; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; Hawkman [Carter Hall]; The Sandman [Wesley Dodds]; Starman [Ted Knight]; The Atom [Al Pratt]; Dr. Fate [Kent Nelson]; The Spectre [Jim Corrigan]]; The Monster [Jason Rogers] (villain, death)
Synopsis
The JSA returns to Rogers home to see the film that caused the problem, and the film is blank, but Rogers restores it and disappears. The Monster appears and attacks the JSA as he tells them that Jason Rogers is his twin brother, whom he hates. After a struggle, the Monster is hit by a lethal ray and is fatally wounded. Dr. Mid-Nite concludes that while the two were twins, the Monster had never developed a body, just a mind, which would often inhabit Roger's body without his knowing it. Meanwhile, the Monster has reverted to his Roger's appearance and, now knowing the truth, dies at peace.
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Indexer Notes

Wonder Woman does not appear in the conclusion.

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

The Weather Man / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Captain Tootsie and the Secret Weapon! (Table of Contents: 21) (Expand) /

Captain Tootsie; Tootsie Roll / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. A Movie That Changed a Man's Life
    The Justice Society of America
  2. 1. Editorial Advisory Board
  3. 2. Waste Paper
  4. 3. The Movie That Changed a Man's Life [Introduction]
    The Justice Society of America
  5. 4. [The Movie That Changed a Man's Life, Chapter 1]
    The Justice Society of America; Hawkman
  6. 5. [The Movie That Changed a Man's Life, Chapter 2]
    The Justice Society of America; The Spectre
  7. 6. The Big Eight: Tops in Monthly Comic Magazines
  8. 7. [The Movie That Changed a Man's Life, Chapter 3]
    The Justice Society of America; The Atom
  9. 8. ["Free! A membership in the Junior Justice Society for all who help in the March of Dimes!"]
    Junior Justice Society of America
  10. 9. Ghost Plane
    Hop Harrigan
  11. 10. Commando Training with Thom McAn
    Thom McAn
  12. 11. [The Movie That Changed a Man's Life, Chapter 4]
    The Justice Society of America; Dr. Mid-Nite
  13. 12. Doiby Dickles Goes on a Case: Paper Salvage!
    Green Lantern
  14. 13. ["Fat, elaborate on this theme..."]
    Fat and Slat
  15. 14. [no title indexed]
  16. 15. [no title indexed]
    Picture Stories from the Bible
  17. 16. [The Movie That Changed a Man's Life, Chapter 5]
    The Justice Society of America; Starman
  18. 17. ["No planes approaching, Sarg..."]
    Wheaties
  19. 18. [The Movie That Changed a Man's Life, Chapter 6]
    The Justice Society of America; Johnny Thunder
  20. 19. [The Movie That Changed a Man's Life, Conclusion]
    The Justice Society of America
  21. 20. [no title indexed]
    The Weather Man
  22. 21. Captain Tootsie and the Secret Weapon!
    Captain Tootsie; Tootsie Roll
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Lionel English
  • Ray Bottorff Jr
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Per Sandell
  • Matthew Head
  • Jim Stangas
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Jon Ingersoll