(December 1947-January 1948)

DC, 1940 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
52
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale Date
1947-10-22
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
National Comics Publications, Inc.
Brand
A Superman DC Publication
Editing
Sheldon Mayer (editor)

Issue Notes

On-sale date from copyright registration.

Black Canary guest stars with Johnny Thunder and Wonder Woman becomes an active member.

History's Crime Wave! (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils
Alex Toth
Inks
Alex Toth
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Justice Society of America [Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]; Johnny Thunder; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; The Atom [Al Pratt]; The Flash [Jay Garrick]]; Genghis Khan; Attila; Nero; Goliath; Cesare Borgia; Lucrezia Borgia; Captain Kidd
Reprints
Keywords
Golden Lasso

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) /

Flash Comics; The Flash / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.67 page (report information)

History's Crime Wave! [Part 1] (Table of Contents: 3)

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

Script
Robert Kanigher
Pencils
Alex Toth
Inks
Alex Toth
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Justice Society of America [Hawkman [Carter Hall] (death); Green Lantern [Alan Scott] (death); Wonder Woman [Diana Prince] (cameo on splash page); Johnny Thunder (death); Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider] (death); The Atom [Al Pratt] (death); The Flash [Jay Garrick] (death)]; Black Canary [Dinah Drake]; Sonia Gaye (concert pianist); John Gaye (violinist, Sonia's brother, death); unnamed prosecutor; unnamed judge; Big Boy Nelson (wrestler); Little David (wrestler, death, mention only); the Van West sisters (one dies); Mr. Benson (owner of Gem Rarities); unnamed partner of Mr. Benson (death); Mary; Stephen (Mary's wife, death); unnamed wax museum guard [as Genghis Khan; Attila the Hun; Nero; Goliath; Cesare Borgia; Captain Kidd] (villain, unseen in this chapter); Lucrezia Borgia (villain, splash only)
Synopsis
The Police are stunned and mystified with five separate crimes, each resulting in a death, and each being blamed on (by the suspects) by infamous villain in history. All the suspects are quickly tried, convicted and sentenced to death. To make matters worse, when six members of the JSA investigate, they are actually killed by the villains blamed for the other crimes! A dying Johnny Thunder sends his companion, the Black Canary, to JSA HQ to report all that has gone on to Wonder Woman.
Reprints
Keywords
Gem Rarities; Golden Lasso; Gotham City; Rex Theatre; Riverside

Indexer Notes

The splash page replicates the cover.

Bert La Brucherie (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

Wheaties / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Captain Tootsie and the Radar Rescue (Table of Contents: 5) (Expand) /

Captain Tootsie; Tootsie Roll / comics-form advertising / 1 page (report information)

[History's Crime Wave! Part 2] (Table of Contents: 6)

The Justice Society of America / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script
Robert Kanigher
Pencils
Carmine Infantino
Inks
Frank Giacoia
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Justice Society of America [Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]; Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; The Flash [Jay Garrick]; Johnny Thunder; The Atom [Al Pratt]; Hawkman [Carter Hall]]; Black Canary [Dinah Drake]; Paula; unnamed wax museum guard (villain); Nero (villain, wax figure); Genghis Khan (villain, wax figure); Goliath (villain, wax figure); Cesare Borgia (villain, wax figure); Lucrezia Borgia (villain, wax figure); Captain Kidd (villain, wax figure); Attila the Hun (villain, wax figure)
Synopsis
As Wonder Woman sits alone in JSA HQ wondering what has happened to the All-Stars, Black Canary enters and tells the Amazon Maiden what has happened to Johnny. Wonder Woman leaves and collects the corpses of the JSA members, and takes them back to HQ. Then, she and the Canary fly them to Paula's secret lab and bring them back to life again with the Purple Ray, after which the members dash to the wax museum, looking for the villains. Realizing they are only wax, they are perplexed. However, Black Canary, after listening to GL's incident, figures out a way to capture the true villain.
Reprints
Keywords
Golden Lasso; Gotham City; Green Lamp; Invisible Plane; Paradise Island; Paula; Power Ring; Purple Ray

Indexer Notes

Art credits from Craig Delich.

This is the only JSA story in which Paula appears, and the first JSA tale to feature the Invisible Plane.

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

Ton o' Fun / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Does everybody understand that when the director says, 'Cut!'...
Genre
humor

Indexer Notes

This filler was NOT reprinted in the Archive. Letterer credit by Craig Delich.

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

Spalding / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[History's Crime Wave! Part 3] (Table of Contents: 9)

The Justice Society of America / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script
Robert Kanigher
Pencils
Bob Oksner
Inks
Bob Oksner
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Justice Society of America [Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider; also as Nero]; The Atom [Al Pratt; also as Goliath]; The Flash [Jay Garrick; also as Captain Kidd]; Green Lantern [Alan Scott; also as Cesare Borgia]; Hawkman [Carter Hall; also as Genghis Khan]; Johnny Thunder [also as Attila the Hun]]; Big Boy Nelson (wrestler, mention only); Nero (villain, wax figure); Goliath (villain, wax figure); Captain Kidd (villain, wax figure); Cesare Borgia (villain, wax figure); Genghis Khan (villain, wax figure); Attila the Hun (villain, wax figure)
Synopsis
Soon after, a newspaper, the Globe Telegraph, announces that the JSA has caught the true killers who masqueraded as the ancient villains, and shows a picture as proof! Naturally, the "real villains" are perplexed...and, as each of the JSA members goes after the real villain involved at the scene of each crime, and overcome them, each villain breaks apart, proving only to be wax dummies! Simultaneously, as the figures break apart, they explode, knocking the JSA members unconscious.
Reprints
Keywords
Globe Telegraph; Gotham City; Power Ring

Indexer Notes

The Chicago Globe Telegraph newspaper in panel 1, page 24 states that the paper was founded in 1801 and this issue is dated Saturday, October 25, 1947.

The Chief Returns a Gift (Table of Contents: 10)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Ted Udall (credited as Charles King)
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
western-frontier

Indexer Notes

This text story was NOT reprinted in the Archive.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 11) (Expand) /

Chemcraft / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Junior Jim (Table of Contents: 12) (Expand) /

Smith Brothers Cough Drops / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

[History's Crime Wave! Part 4] (Table of Contents: 13)

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

Script
Robert Kanigher
Pencils
Alex Toth
Inks
Alex Toth
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Justice Society of America [Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; The Atom [Al Pratt]; The Flash [Jay Garrick]; Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Johnny Thunder; Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]]; Black Canary [Dinah Drake; also as Lucrezia Borgia]; unnamed wax museum guard [also as Attila the Hun] (villain, death); Nero (villain, wax figure); Goliath (villain, wax figure); Cesare Borgia (villain, wax figure); Captain Kidd (villain, wax figure); Genghis Khan (villain, wax figure)
Synopsis
The JSA awake to find themselves bound inside a huge wax vat in the basement of the museum, with hot wax raining down on them. As they look up, the evil villains are standing and gloating over their demise, when suddenly only one of them unmasks (Attila), revealing the security guard of the museum, who tells them that he had impersonated ALL of the villains. Why? Because the JSA dared to insult them, and thereby insulted him! Suddenly Lucrezia Borgia appears, catching the guard off guard, but her wax mask melts, revealing the Black Canary. She frees the JSA, the guard dies in the wax vat.
Reprints
Keywords
Golden Lasso

Indexer Notes

Black Canary, after the adventure, is declared to be an "Honored Guest" of the JSA, with hopes that, one day, she will become a permanent member.

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

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

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

Lifebuoy / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Parker Johns / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Daisy Air Rifles / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 18) (Expand) /

Baby Ruth / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. History's Crime Wave!
    The Justice Society of America
  2. 1. Editorial Advisory Board
  3. 2. [no title indexed]
    Flash Comics; The Flash
  4. 3. History's Crime Wave! [Part 1]
    The Justice Society of America
  5. 4. Bert La Brucherie
    Wheaties
  6. 5. Captain Tootsie and the Radar Rescue
    Captain Tootsie; Tootsie Roll
  7. 6. [History's Crime Wave! Part 2]
    The Justice Society of America
  8. 7. ["Does everybody understand that when the director says, 'Cut!'..."]
    Ton o' Fun
  9. 8. [no title indexed]
    Spalding
  10. 9. [History's Crime Wave! Part 3]
    The Justice Society of America
  11. 10. The Chief Returns a Gift
  12. 11. [no title indexed]
    Chemcraft
  13. 12. Junior Jim
    Smith Brothers Cough Drops
  14. 13. [History's Crime Wave! Part 4]
    The Justice Society of America
  15. 14. ["Boys and girls! --- The Junior Justice Society of America is back in operation!!"]
    The Junior Justice Society of America
  16. 15. [no title indexed]
    Lifebuoy
  17. 16. [no title indexed]
    Parker Johns
  18. 17. [no title indexed]
    Daisy Air Rifles
  19. 18. [no title indexed]
    Baby Ruth
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Bob Hughes
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  • Mike Nielsen
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Ray Bottorff Jr
  • Per Sandell
  • Matthew Head
  • Peter Croome