(April-May 1947)

DC, 1940 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
52
Indicia frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale date
1947-02-24
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
National Comics Publications, 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.

Scripter Gardner Fox reports writing this story for All-Star #37. This is the last issue to be scripted by Gardner Fox. The Wizard will re-appear in All-Star #37 and All-Star #41 as the leader of the Injustice Society of America. Johnny Thunder has NO solo chapter for the first time in this story.


The Wiles of the Wizard (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils
Irwin Hasen
Inks
Irwin Hasen
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Justice Society of America [Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; The Flash [Jay Garrick]; Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]; Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Johnny Thunder; The Atom [Al Pratt]]; The Wizard [William I. Zard]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The title box on the cover lists every JSA member except Green Lantern.

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) (Expand) /

Funny Stuff; Three Mouseketeers / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.67 page (report information)

The Wiles of the Wizard! [Introduction] (Table of Contents: 3)

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

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Irwin Hasen
Inks
Irwin Hasen
Colors
?
Letters
?

Job Number
AS 34
Genre
superhero
Characters
Justice Society of America [Johnny Thunder; Hawkman [Carter Hall]; The Flash [Jay Garrick]; The Atom [Al Pratt]; Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]; Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]]; The Wizard [William I. Zard; aka W. I. Zard] (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
At JSA HQ, the members read an offer from a Mr. W. I. Zard: $1 million in cash as a reward for their battle against crime. They cannot accept the money, but realize that the money would be a tempting target for a new criminal called the Wizard! Then their HQ turns into a boat, taking them to the Wizard's abode, where he states that, since they refused the reward, they must be criminals plotting a major crime, and he wants to be a part of it. When the JSA refuses, he gives them a list of five crimes he's planned and challenges them to stop them, lest their reputation be impugned.
Reprints
Keywords
Daily Post; Gotham City

Indexer Notes

The JSA meeting place moves from New York City to Gotham City.

Ed Krause (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

Wheaties / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[The Wiles of the Wizard! Chapter 1] (Table of Contents: 5)

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

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

Job Number
AS 34
Genre
superhero
Characters
Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Mrs. Eberley; The Wizard [William I. Zard] (villain); Wizard's unnamed assistants (villains, waiters)
Synopsis
Hawkman heads to the Eberley Mansion to protect Mrs. Eberley's diamond necklace and arrives as the Wizard's minions strike with a gas that knocks all the people out. Hawk bowls over the two "waiters", then the Wizard appears, taunting the Feathered Fury that he's really a crook. Then the Wizard throws a powder at Hawkman, who is transported to a world of ice. Hawkman uses his wings as protection from the cold, and burns a few feathers to keep warm. The fire melts the ice, then he suddenly finds himself back at the mansion, nabs the two waiters, and recovers the loot.
Reprints
Keywords
Eberley Mansion; Gotham City

Captain Tootsie's Counter-Spook (Table of Contents: 6) (Expand) /

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

[The Wiles of the Wizard! Chapter 2] (Table of Contents: 7)

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

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Frank Harry
Inks
Frank Harry
Colors
?
Letters
?

Job Number
AS 34
Genre
superhero
Characters
Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; The Wizard [William I. Zard] (villain); Mollon (villain); Mollon's Gang (villains)
Synopsis
Dr. Mid-Nite stops the efforts of a crook named Mollon to have he and his gang simultaneously cash checks for $50,000 each in a bank where Mollon had deposited $50 grand, and thereby walk out with $200,000! Before they can leave, the Man of Night takes them on. Suddenly, floating paper forms into The Wizard, and then he motions at a pair of cutlasses on the wall, which fly off and pin the Man of Night's cape to a door, after which they change into ropes, which binds him. Dr. Mid-Nite is then thrown into the bay to drown, but he gets loose and captures the thugs.
Reprints
Keywords
Blackout Bomb

[The Wiles of the Wizard! Chapter 3] (Table of Contents: 8)

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

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Lee Elias (signed)
Inks
Lee Elias (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Flash [Jay Garrick]; Richards (scientist, death?); The Wizard [William I. Zard] (villain); two safe-crackers (villains)
Synopsis
Two safe-crackers plan steal a valuable formula from an engineering lab, and as they do so, the Flash whizzes on the scene and stops them. But the Wizard appears, telling the Flash he's as crooked as the thugs he's stopped, places him in a glass cylinder and into a giant oven to die. As they loot the safe's formula, the Flash rotates inside his glass enclosure, stamps down, forcing the tube to violently exit the oven. He chases after the car the thugs fled in and pushes the car fast enough to cause it to disintegrate. He takes them to jail, returns the formula and returns to HQ.
Reprints
Keywords
Mechanical Engineering Laboratory

[The Wiles of the Wizard! Chapter 4] (Table of Contents: 9)

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

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Harry Lampert
Inks
Harry Lampert
Colors
?
Letters
?

Job Number
AS 34
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Atom [Al Pratt]; unnamed Ace Fur drivers; The Wizard [William I. Zard] (villain); Wizard's unnamed thugs (villains)
Synopsis
The Wizard's gang of thugs hijacks a valuable cargo of platinum fox furs near a drawbridge, but the Atom swings down from a plane to intercept them. Unfortunately, the Wizard appears, binds the Atom, and swings him over the edge of the drawbridge, intending to sever him in two. The Mighty Mite twists his body at the last moment, and the bridge severs his ropes, then the Atom rounds up the thugs and locks them in the truck with the furs.
Reprints
Keywords
Ace Fur

Fate Laughs Last! (Table of Contents: 10)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Cliff Rhodes (credited)
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
adventure

Indexer Notes

This text story was NOT reprinted in the Archive.

[Snowball Fight] (Table of Contents: 11)

Cotton-Top Katie / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Harry Lampert [as Harrielle] (signed)
Pencils
Harry Lampert [as Harrielle] (signed)
Inks
Harry Lampert [as Harrielle] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Harry Lampert

Genre
teen
Characters
Cotton-Top Katie

Indexer Notes

This strip was NOT reprinted in the Archives.

Letterer credit by Craig Delich.

[The Wiles of the Wizard! Chapter 5] (Table of Contents: 12)

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

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Paul Reinman (signed)
Inks
Paul Reinman (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Job Number
AS 34
Genre
superhero
Characters
Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; Mr. Farnsworth (model train enthusiast); The Wizard [William I. Zard] (villain); unnamed thugs of the Wizard (villains)
Synopsis
As a Mr. Farnsworth plays with his model trains, when several men enter the room and want to see the special electronic switch he has invented. Green Lantern enters as the thugs attempt to steal the switch, which suddenly a model train rolls by with the Wizard inside. He shrinks the Green Gladiator in size, whose power ring falls off, and places him tied on a railroad track with a train bearing down on him. The ring makes contact with G.L., who uses it to stop the train and restore him to proper size. He then stops the thugs and recovers the switch.
Reprints
Keywords
Power Ring

The Wiles of the Wizard! Conclusion (Table of Contents: 13)

The Justice Society of America / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Irwin Hasen
Inks
Irwin Hasen
Colors
?
Letters
?

Job Number
AS 34
Genre
superhero
Characters
Justice Society of America [Johnny Thunder; Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]; Hawkman [Carter Hall]; The Flash [Jay Garrick]; The Atom [Al Pratt]; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; Green Lantern [Alan Scott]]; The Wizard [William I. Zard] (villain, origin)
Synopsis
Johnny Thunder, mad because the Wizard didn't give him a case to work on, is complaining to Wonder Woman when the JSA arrives. From a vase of flowers appears the Wizard, who once again charges the JSA with being master criminals. He explains his background as a gunman who went to Tibet to study magic arts and taught himself the black arts, and now they are under his post-hypnotic influence and are aboard his ship. Sending grotesque creatures at them, a blackout bomb makes them all disappear as does the Wizard: into a vat of acid. Still, the Flash muses, is the Wizard really gone?
Reprints
Keywords
Black Magic; Blackout Bomb; Power Ring

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

Gahoon / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Motor's Auto Repair Manual / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 16) (Expand) /

Baby Ruth / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Wiles of the Wizard
    The Justice Society of America
  2. 1. Editorial Advisory Board
  3. 2. ["Three Mouseketeers are we!"]
    Funny Stuff; Three Mouseketeers
  4. 3. The Wiles of the Wizard! [Introduction]
    The Justice Society of America
  5. 4. Ed Krause
    Wheaties
  6. 5. [The Wiles of the Wizard! Chapter 1]
    The Justice Society of America; Hawkman
  7. 6. Captain Tootsie's Counter-Spook
    Captain Tootsie; Tootsie Roll
  8. 7. [The Wiles of the Wizard! Chapter 2]
    The Justice Society of America; Dr. Mid-Nite
  9. 8. [The Wiles of the Wizard! Chapter 3]
    The Justice Society of America; The Flash
  10. 9. [The Wiles of the Wizard! Chapter 4]
    The Justice Society of America; The Atom
  11. 10. Fate Laughs Last!
  12. 11. [Snowball Fight]
    Cotton-Top Katie
  13. 12. [The Wiles of the Wizard! Chapter 5]
    The Justice Society of America; Green Lantern
  14. 13. The Wiles of the Wizard! Conclusion
    The Justice Society of America
  15. 14. [no title indexed]
    Gahoon
  16. 15. [no title indexed]
    Motor's Auto Repair Manual
  17. 16. [no title indexed]
    Baby Ruth
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Per Sandell
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Matthew Head
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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