(October-November 1948)

DC, 1940 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
52
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale Date
1948-08-23
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
National Comics Publications, Inc.
Brand
A Superman DC Publication
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth (credited) (editor); Julius Schwartz (uncredited editor)

Issue Notes

On-sale date from copyright registration.

This is the first issue with a brand new logo, and this is the last story in which the JSA operates out of Gotham City.

The Secret of the Golden Universe! (Table of Contents)

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]; Hawkman [Carter Hall]; The Flash [Jay Garrick]; Black Canary [Dinah Drake]; The Atom [Al Pratt]; Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]]; Golden Robot
Reprints
Keywords
Golden Lasso; Power Ring

Indexer Notes

Compare this cover with the cover of The Brave and the Bold (DC, 1955 series) #29.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

Kodak / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

The Secret of the Golden Universe! [Part I] (Table of Contents: 2)

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

Script
John Broome
Pencils
Irwin Hasen (splash also)
Inks
Bob Oksner (splash also)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Justice Society of America [Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; Black Canary; Hawkman [Carter Hal]; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]; The Flash [Jay Garrick]; The Atom [Al Pratt]]; unnamed editor of the Gotham Globe; Benson (reporter); Mr. Ferris (manager of Simpson Timer Company); Thomas (employee at Simpson Timer Company); Bill (Midwest Limited engineer); Ed (Midwest Limited fireman); Raymond (master illusionist); Aurikon (villain); The Gold Men (villains)
Synopsis
Boston Globe reporter Benson sees a connection with amazing thefts of metal and begins an investigation. Elsewhere, the great Raymond tells the JSA that he went to an exhibit at Gotham Island to expose so-called men of gold as frauds, but discovered they WERE made of gold. The Gold Men followed him, knocked him out, put him in a crate and dumped him in the river. Having escaped, he takes the JSA to the exhibit, where they confront the Gold Men, and battle them unsuccessfully. The Gold Men then board the Caterpillar ride, which spins dizzily, and when it stops, the Gold Men are gone!
Reprints
Keywords
Gotham City; Gotham City Railroad; Gotham Globe; Gotham Island; Midwest Limited; Power Ring; Simpson Timer Company

Indexer Notes

The splash somewhat replicates the cover, but was redrawn with JSA members in different spots and a different-looking robot.

Johnny Mize (Table of Contents: 3) (Expand) /

Wheaties / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Bit-o-Honey Races to the Rescue! (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

Bit-o-Honey / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

The Secret of the Golden Universe! Part II (Table of Contents: 5)

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

Script
John Broome
Pencils
Art Peddy
Inks
Bernard Sachs
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Justice Society of America [Black Canary [Dinah Drake]; The Flash [Jay Garrick]; The Atom [Al Pratt]; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; Wonder Woman; Hawkman [Carter Hall]]; Myrla (Chief Scientist of Xenca); Myrlan (Myrla's ancestor, flashback); Krano (Myrlan's son, flashback); Maxon (gold employee at the National Museum); Copper People (villains, flashback); Aurikon (villain, Myrla's half-brother); The Gold Men [Nikro; others unnamed] (villains); the Golden Robots (villains)
Synopsis
Having jumped on the Caterpillar ride, the JSA suddenly find themselves in a dimension of gold, meeting with a scientist, who informs them that the Men of Gold have stolen iron from Gotham City and brought it to Xenca to power giant robots, which will end 1000 years of peace, thanks to arrogant Aurikon. Hawkman, Dr. Mid-Nite and Atom witness a robot come back to life in a bay, they battle it and its occupants, but are captured. Black Canary and Wonder Women battle the Gold Men at Xenca's National Museum who have brought a robot back to life, but are soon overcome and taken away.
Reprints
Keywords
Acid Gun; Carbon Sphere; Golden Lasso; National Museum of Xenca; Xenca (Dimension of Gold)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 6) (Expand) /

Spalding / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Bazooka the Atom Bubble Boy / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

The Secret of the Golden Universe! Part III (Table of Contents: 8)

Justice Society of America / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
John Broome
Pencils
Irwin Hasen
Inks
Bob Oksner
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Justice Society of America [The Flash [Jay Garrick]; Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; The Atom [Al Pratt]; Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]; Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Black Canary [Dinah Drake]; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]]; Myrla; Raymond; Benson; Aurikon (villain); The Gold Men (villains); Golden Robots (villains, destroyed)
Synopsis
At Myrla's estate, GL and Flash battle another of the Golden Robots and defeats it, but are overcome by the steam from a lake of molten gold. Myrla is captured and taken to the museum where the JSA are on display in a glass case in suspended animation. But Aurikon also has Raymond as prisoner, in an inescapable trap, from which he eventually frees himself, then busts the glass case holding the JSA. The JSA then makes short work of the robots, rounds up Aurikon and the Gold Men, jails them, and then re-creates their travel on the Caterpillar ride back to Civic City.
Reprints
Keywords
Civic City; Gotham Globe; Power Ring; Radioactive Gold Ray; Xenca

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 9) (Expand) /

Kellogg's Variety / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Bendix Coaster Brake / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

To All Junior Justice Society of America Members (Table of Contents: 11) (Expand) /

The Junior Justice Society of America / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

Messengers from Space (Table of Contents: 12)

text story / 1.5 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
science fiction

Indexer Notes

This text story was NOT reprinted in the Archive.

Editorial Advisory Board (Table of Contents: 13) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

[Blue Boxer Crimes] (Table of Contents: 14)

Johnny Peril's Surprise Story / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Howard Purcell ?
Pencils
Howard Purcell
Inks
Howard Purcell
Colors
?
Letters
?

Job Number
CC36
Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Johnny Peril; The Blue Boxer [Ricky Jones] (villain)

Indexer Notes

This story was NOT reprinted in the Archive.

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

Thom McAn / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Charles Atlas / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Hero on the Bench (Table of Contents: 17) (Expand) /

Adventures of "R. C." and Quickie; Royal Crown Cola / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Secret of the Golden Universe!
    Justice Society of America
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
    Kodak
  3. 2. The Secret of the Golden Universe! [Part I]
    Justice Society of America
  4. 3. Johnny Mize
    Wheaties
  5. 4. Bit-o-Honey Races to the Rescue!
    Bit-o-Honey
  6. 5. The Secret of the Golden Universe! Part II
    Justice Society of America
  7. 6. [no title indexed]
    Spalding
  8. 7. ["What's that big crowd watching?"]
    Bazooka the Atom Bubble Boy
  9. 8. The Secret of the Golden Universe! Part III
    Justice Society of America
  10. 9. [no title indexed]
    Kellogg's Variety
  11. 10. [no title indexed]
    Bendix Coaster Brake
  12. 11. To All Junior Justice Society of America Members
    The Junior Justice Society of America
  13. 12. Messengers from Space
  14. 13. Editorial Advisory Board
  15. 14. [Blue Boxer Crimes]
    Johnny Peril's Surprise Story
  16. 15. [no title indexed]
    Thom McAn
  17. 16. [no title indexed]
    Charles Atlas
  18. 17. Hero on the Bench
    Adventures of "R. C." and Quickie; Royal Crown Cola
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