Secret Origins #31 [Direct]
(October 1988)

DC, 1986 Series
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Price
1.50 USD; 2.00 CAD; 0.60 GBP
Pages
52
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1988-06-30
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
DC Comics, Inc.
Brand
DC [bullet]
Editing
Mark Waid
Color
color
Dimensions
standard Modern Age US
Paper Stock
glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding
saddle-stitched (#50 squarebound)
Publishing Format
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

This issue has variants.


Starring Justice Society of America (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils
Michael Bair
Inks
Michael Bair
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Justice Society of America [Atom [Al Pratt]; Sandman [Wesley Dodds]; Spectre [Jim Corrigan]; Flash [Jay Garrick]; Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; Hourman [Rex Tyler]; Doctor Fate [Kent Nelson]; Hawkman [Carter Hall]]
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The Secret Origin of the Justice Society of America (Table of Contents: 1)

Justice Society of America / comic story / 38 pages (report information)

Script
Roy Thomas
Pencils
Michael Bair
Inks
Bob Downs
Colors
Carl Gafford
Letters
Jean Simek

Job Number
G-3106
Genre
superhero
Characters
Justice Society of America [Atom [Al Pratt]; Sandman [Wesley Dodds]; Spectre [Jim Corrigan]; Flash [Jay Garrick]; Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; Hourman [Rex Tyler]; Doctor Fate [Kent Nelson]; Hawkman [Carter Hall]]; Franklin Delano Roosevelt; Adolph Hitler; The Murder Machine; Nazi spies; Valkyries (summoned by Hitler's Spear of Destiny) (villains)
Synopsis
This is a post-Crisis retelling of the JSA's origin, omitting the Earth-2 Batman and Superman appearances from the story itself. Although Batman was easily eliminated, Superman wasn't, because of his last minute rescue of FDR from the Valkyries' attack pre-Crisis. As a result, FDR was killed, but the Spectre was able to return him to life with the stipulation that FDR wouldn't live long enough to see the end of World War 2, known only to the Spectre himself. Things returned to normal, with nobody the wiser of FDR's "death" save one.
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Keywords
Spear of Destiny; World War II

Indexer Notes

Adapted from the story in DC Special (DC, 1975 series) #29 (August-September 1977), but updated to include post-Crisis continuity in which Superman and Batman never founded the team alongside the others.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 2)

Secret Admirers / letters page / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Roy Thomas
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Letters from Robert Rochester, Mike Aragona, David Metz and Roger D. Case.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Starring Justice Society of America
    Justice Society of America
  2. 1. The Secret Origin of the Justice Society of America
    Justice Society of America
  3. 2. [no title indexed]
    Secret Admirers
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Mark Waid
  • Antonio Pontes Junior
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Jerry Hillegas
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Roy Lyons
  • john cruz
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Klein
  • Gregory Fischer