(April-May 1950)

DC, 1940 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
52
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale Date
1950-02-22
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
National Comics Publications, Inc.
Brand
Superman DC National Comics
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth (credited); Julius Schwartz (actual)
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 Secret Conquest of the Earth! (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils
Arthur F. Peddy
Inks
Bernard Sachs
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Justice Society of America [Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]; Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; The Atom [Al Pratt]]; Mr. Prince
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The original cover art for this issue also had the figure of the Flash penciled in below the Atom's figure, but it did not appear on the final version of the cover.

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

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

The Secret Conquest of the Earth! [Part I] (Table of Contents: 2)

The Justice Society of America / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
John Broome
Pencils
Irwin Hasen (splash page only); Arthur F. Peddy
Inks
Frank Giacoia (splash page only); Bernard Sachs
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]; Black Canary [Dinah Drake]; Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]]; Professor Matthews (anthropologist); The Four Kings of the Ancient Super-Race [Mr. Monarch; Mr. Prince; Mr. Crown; The Masked One] (villains)
Synopsis
The JSA have been missing for over a year with crime rampant and the threat of World War 3 a possibility. The tale begins a year before when the JSA was summoned by Professor Matthews to Africa. From him they learn the story of four ancient kings of a super-race, and they follow the Professor to a cavern containing a vacuum glass case holding the kings in suspended animation. The case is broken, releasing them...but the king's mental commands put the JSA into a year-long sleep. Returning to Civic City, they read of four leaders of new war parties, so the JSA splits up to tackle them.
Reprints
Keywords
Civic City; Civic City Clarion; Golden Lasso

Indexer Notes

Splash page art credits from Craig Delich and Jerry Bails.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 3) (Expand) /

Bazooka / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Hollywood's Top Adventure Star! (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

The Adventures of Alan Ladd / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

The Secret Conquest of the Earth! Part II (Table of Contents: 5)

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

Script
John Broome
Pencils
Arthur F. Peddy
Inks
Bernard Sachs
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Justice Society of America [Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]; Black Canary [Dinah Drake]; The Flash [Jay Garrick]]; unnamed South American leader; The Blue Shirts (villains, all reform); The Gladiators (villains, all reform); Mr. Prince (villain, Super-Race King); Mr. Monarch (villain, Super-Race King)
Synopsis
Hawkman and Wonder Woman stop Mr. Prince from forcing a South America leader to declare war through mental influence, then convince the Blue Shirts that they are being duped by a king of an ancient super race. Hawkman and Wonder Woman try to apprehend the villain, who mysteriously vanishes before their eyes. Meanwhile, Mr. Monarch is hard at work in southeastern Europe trying to get the leader to declare war, but he refuses, so the new Gladiator Party of Monarch goes on a rampage until Black Canary and the Flash reveal that Monarch is an ancient king. With that, Monarch suddenly vanishes.
Reprints
Keywords
Golden Lasso

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

Nabisco Shredded Wheat / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

The Secret Conquest of the Earth! Part III (Table of Contents: 7)

The Justice Society of America / comic story / 14 pages (report information)

Script
John Broome
Pencils
Arthur F. Peddy
Inks
Bernard Sachs
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Justice Society of America [Dr. Mid-Nite; The Atom [Al Pratt]; Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Black Canary [Dinah Drake]; Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]; The Flash [Jay Garrick]]; Professor Matthews; unnamed African Sultan; Robert; Marie (Robert's husband); The Cavaliers (villains, nomads, all reform); The Swordmen (villains, all reform); The Four Kings of the Ancient Super-Race [The Masked One; Mr. Prince; Mr. Monarch; Mr. Crown] (villains, all die)
Synopsis
The Masked One and his Cavaliers are livid because the Sultan refuses to declare war, so he plans a trap that the Atom and Dr. Mid-Nite manage to foil the attempt and capture him...but he vanishes. Meanwhile, in the U.S., citizens are being mentally bombarded to force their Congressmen to declare war. So G.L. goes to Washington D.C. to battle Mr. Crown and his Swordmen, but, again, the villain vanishes into thin air. Back in Civic City, the JSA meets Professor Matthews, and all return to Africa to face the Four Kings for a final time, and thwart their launching of atomic missiles.
Reprints
Keywords
Blackout Bomb; Golden Lasso; Power Ring; Washington D.C.

Illinois (Table of Contents: 8)

State Facts / cartoon / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
Martin Naydel
Pencils
Martin Naydel (signed)
Inks
Martin Naydel (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
non-fiction

Indexer Notes

This filler did NOT appear in the Archives.

To All Junior Justice Society of America Members (Table of Contents: 9) (Expand) /

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

The Incredible Death Valley Scotty (Table of Contents: 10)

comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
John Giunta
Inks
John Giunta
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Death Valley Scotty

Indexer Notes

This story did NOT appear in the Archives.

Credits from copies of editorial records sent to Gene Reed by Nelson Bridwell in 1986.

Watchdogs of the Sea (Table of Contents: 11)

text article / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Julius Schwartz
Pencils
Raymond Perry
Inks
Raymond Perry
Colors
Raymond Perry
Letters
typeset

Genre
non-fiction

Indexer Notes

This text story did NOT appear in the Archives.

Script credit from editorial records sent to Gene Reed by Nelson Bridwell in 1986.

[The Principle of the Steam Turbine] (Table of Contents: 12)

The Justice Society of America Laboratory Notes / activity / 0.67 page (report information)

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

Genre
non-fiction
Characters
The Atom [Al Pratt]
Synopsis
The Atom, guest scientist for the month, gives step-by-step instructions on how to build a version of the steam turbine, which is the same basic principle used in turbojet engines.

Indexer Notes

This filler is NOT in the Archives.

Art credits by Craig Delich.

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

Nestlé's Crunch / advertisement / 0.33 page (report information)

The Last Man on Earth! (Table of Contents: 14)

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

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

Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Johnny Peril

Indexer Notes

Art credits from Gene Reed, formerly credited to Bruno Premiani, and, before that, both pencils and inks were credited to Purcell.

This feature did NOT appear in the Archives.

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

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

Superman's Code for Buddies (Table of Contents: 16)

Superman / public service announcement / 1 page (report information)

Script
Jack Schiff
Pencils
Al Plastino
Inks
Al Plastino
Colors
?
Letters
Ira Schnapp

Genre
advocacy; superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]

Indexer Notes

This PSA was NOT reprinted in the Archives.

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

National Radio Institute / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Daisy Manufacturing Company / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Secret Conquest of the Earth!
    The Justice Society of America
  2. 1. ["You will always hit the bull's-eye..."]
  3. 2. The Secret Conquest of the Earth! [Part I]
    The Justice Society of America
  4. 3. [no title indexed]
    Bazooka
  5. 4. Hollywood's Top Adventure Star!
    The Adventures of Alan Ladd
  6. 5. The Secret Conquest of the Earth! Part II
    The Justice Society of America
  7. 6. [no title indexed]
    Nabisco Shredded Wheat
  8. 7. The Secret Conquest of the Earth! Part III
    The Justice Society of America
  9. 8. Illinois
    State Facts
  10. 9. To All Junior Justice Society of America Members
    The Junior Justice Society of America
  11. 10. The Incredible Death Valley Scotty
  12. 11. Watchdogs of the Sea
  13. 12. [The Principle of the Steam Turbine]
    The Justice Society of America Laboratory Notes
  14. 13. [no title indexed]
    Nestlé's Crunch
  15. 14. The Last Man on Earth!
    Johnny Peril's Surprise Story!
  16. 15. ["A complete picture-story of a thrilling new movie..."]
    Feature Films
  17. 16. Superman's Code for Buddies
    Superman
  18. 17. [no title indexed]
    National Radio Institute
  19. 18. [no title indexed]
    Daisy Manufacturing Company
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Ray Bottorff Jr
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Per Sandell
  • Gene Reed
  • Matthew Head
  • Peter Croome
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Jon Ingersoll