(August-September 1950)

DC, 1940 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
52
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale Date
1950-06-21
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
National Comics Publications, Inc.
Brand
Superman DC National Comics
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth (credited) (editor); Julius Schwartz (actual editor)

Issue Notes

On-sale date from copyright registration.

Under the Big Top (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils
Art Peddy
Inks
Bernard Sachs
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Justice Society of America [Black Canary [Dinah Drake]; Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; The Atom [Al Pratt]; The Flash [Jay Garrick]; Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The original art to this cover, with new title lettering (to replace that which had fallen off), became the back cover to America vs. the Justice Society #4 (April 1985).

There is a reference made early in the story to a case involving "smuggling gem-runners." No such case ever appeared in print in All-Star, nor was it one of Gardner Fox's "lost" JSA tales.

New As Tomorrow! (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

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

Circus of a Thousand Thrills [Part I] (Table of Contents: 2)

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

Script
John Broome
Pencils
Frank Giacoia (splash and chapter)
Inks
Frank Giacoia (splash and chapter)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Justice Society of America [Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]; The Flash [Jay Garrick]; The Atom [Al Pratt]; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; Black Canary [Dinah Drake]]; unnamed Policeman; unnamed Chief of Police; Mr. Alimand (villain, circus owner); Goliath (villain, giant strongman); Felix the Great (villain, tightrope walker); Demon Dan (villain, trick motorcyclist); Frederick (villain, lion tamer); Mr. Mechanico (villain, man with a machanical mind)
Synopsis
Chairman Hawkman tells the JSA that all cases in the works are closed and, with nothing for them to do, Green Lantern suggests that all attend the circus, which has just come to town. As they near the circus, a Policeman tells them the Police Chief needs to see them, and the Chief informs them that he expects a major crime wave to strike Civic City within the week. Four cities have already been hit, each at 9 pm in the evening, and each having had a traveling circus in town. This fact leads the Flash to suspect the circus in town is somehow responsible and all decide to investigate.
Reprints
Keywords
Civic City; Civic Gardens

Indexer Notes

Pencil credit from Craig Delich; previously tentatively assigned to Art Peddy.

Trouble at Ghost-Town! (Table of Contents: 3) (Expand) /

Another Jim Wise "P-F" Adventure; "P-F" Canvas Shoes / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Message to Parents (Table of Contents: 4)

public service announcement / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Keywords
Polio

Editorial Advisory Board (Table of Contents: 5) (Expand) /

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

Circus of a Thousand Thrills! Part II (Table of Contents: 6)

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

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Justice Society of America [Hawkman [Carter Hall]; The Atom [Al Pratt]; The Flash [Jay Garrick]; Black Canary [Dinah Drake] (cameo)]; unnamed ocean-liner Captain; Mrs. Rockmillion; Felix the Great (villain); Frederick the Lion Tamer (villain); two circus clowns (villains); Tumbo (villain, an elephant)
Synopsis
Hawkman boards an ocean liner to protect "The Pharaoh", a valuable oil painting, but discovers Felix the Great and two circus clowns have already seized the painting. The Winged Wonder foils the robbery and jails the suspects, but is stunned to discover that Felix is performing at the circus! Likewise, the Flash and the Atom set out to guard Mrs. Rockmillion's prize Pompeii Tiara, but Frederick and his trained elephants purloin the tiara. The All-Stars stop the crime and jail the felon, but when the two return to the circus, they are shocked to see Frederick performing his routine!
Reprints
Keywords
"Aida"; Civic City; Civic Opera House

The Kind of Stories You Like Best! (Table of Contents: 7) (Expand) /

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

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

Jerry the Jitterbug / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Pencils
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Inks
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Henry Boltinoff (signed)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Safe!" "Golly, that Jerry can certainly steal bases!
Genre
humor; teen
Characters
Jerry the Jitterbug

Indexer Notes

This filler does NOT appear in the Archives.

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

Bazooka / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

The Circus of a Thousand Thrills! Part III (Table of Contents: 10)

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

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Justice Society of America [Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; Black Canary [Dinah Drake] (cameo)]; Edward Bronson (retired oil millionaire, mention only); Alvin Marcey (eccentric financier and amateur magician); Demon Dan (villain); Mr. Mechanico (villain); Goliath (villain)
Synopsis
At the Great Museum of Natural History, Dr. Mid-Nite and Wonder Woman are there to protect an expensive collection of electrum coins, but have to battle Demon Dan. who has seized them. They round him up and jail him, but then discover him at the circus performing! Meanwhile, G.L. arrives to the estate of Alvin Marcey to guard his Harmonimac (automatic orchestra) in time to foil Mr. Mechanico and Goliath from stealing it. Having jailed the pair, the Green Gladiator returns to the circus too see the pair in mid-performance. Both he and Black Canary wonder what is going on.
Reprints
Keywords
Blackout Bomb; Civic City; Electrum; Golden Lasso; Great Museum of Natural History; Harmonimac; Robot Plane

Indexer Notes

Artist revision by Craig Delich; credit formerly given to Frank Giacoia.

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

Flag Facts / cartoon / 0.5 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
A negro regiment which fought with distinction...
Genre
non-fiction

Indexer Notes

This filler does NOT appear in the Archives.

Ride a Bike- It's Fun! (Table of Contents: 12) (Expand) /

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

The Circus of a Thousand Thrills! Part IV (Table of Contents: 13)

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

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Justice Society of America [Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]; The Atom [Al Pratt]; The Flash [Jay Garrick]; Black Canary [Dinah Drake]; Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]]; Mr. Alimond (villain); Goliath (villain); Demon Dan (villain); Felix the Great (villain); Mr. Mechanico (villain); Frederick (villain)
Synopsis
With all the JSA members re-assembled at ringside, they are stunned to see every one of the people that they had thrown into jail for committing crimes in the center ring! At that moment, Alimand announces to the crowd that the JSA will perform some feats, which they do...and the villains take it on the lam. The All-Stars round up the crooks, take them to the Police Station, where they are amazed to see two sets of circus performers. Finally, Alimand confesses that the Circus of a Thousand Thrills is, perhaps, the rarest circus of them all, because they have identical twin performers!
Reprints
Keywords
Blackout Bomb; Civic City; Civic City Tunnel; Golden Lasso

Indexer Notes

Revised art credits from Craig Delich; formerly given to Frank Giacoia.

Play President (Table of Contents: 14)

activity / 0.67 page (report information)

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

Indexer Notes

This filler does NOT appear in the Archives.

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

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

The Right of Way (Table of Contents: 16)

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 article does NOT appear in the Archives.

The Dark Horseman! (Table of Contents: 17)

Johnny Peril's Surprise Story! / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Johnny Peril

Indexer Notes

Pencil and ink credits from Craig Delich. Pencil and ink credits originally given to Howard Purcell.

This story does NOT appear in the Archives.

[Detect the Presence of Electricity With a Galvanoscope!] (Table of Contents: 18)

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

Script
?
Pencils
Irwin Hasen
Inks
Bernard Sachs
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
non-fiction
Characters
Hawkman [Carter Hall]
Synopsis
Guest scientist Hawkman explains and demonstrates how the presence of electricity can be detected with the use of a galvanoscope.

Indexer Notes

This filler does NOT appear in the Archives.

Art credits by Craig Delich.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 19) (Expand) /

Columbia / advertisement / 0.33 page (report information)

Job Counselor (Table of Contents: 20)

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

Script
Jack Schiff
Pencils
Win Mortimer
Inks
Win Mortimer
Colors
?
Letters
Ira Schnapp
Editing
Jack Schiff

Genre
advocacy; superhero
Characters
Superboy [Clark Kent]

Indexer Notes

This PSA does NOT appear in the Archives.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 21) (Expand) /

Daisy B-B Guns / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 22) (Expand) /

Hollywood Film Studios / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Under the Big Top
    Justice Society of America
  2. 1. New As Tomorrow!
    Strange Adventures
  3. 2. Circus of a Thousand Thrills [Part I]
    The Justice Society of America
  4. 3. Trouble at Ghost-Town!
    Another Jim Wise "P-F" Adventure; "P-F" Canvas Shoes
  5. 4. Message to Parents
  6. 5. Editorial Advisory Board
  7. 6. Circus of a Thousand Thrills! Part II
    Justice Society of America
  8. 7. The Kind of Stories You Like Best!
    Danger Trail
  9. 8. ["Safe!" "Golly, that Jerry can certainly steal bases!"]
    Jerry the Jitterbug
  10. 9. [no title indexed]
    Bazooka
  11. 10. The Circus of a Thousand Thrills! Part III
    The Justice Society of America
  12. 11. ["A negro regiment which fought with distinction..."]
    Flag Facts
  13. 12. Ride a Bike- It's Fun!
    Bendix Coaster Brake
  14. 13. The Circus of a Thousand Thrills! Part IV
    The Justice Society of America
  15. 14. Play President
  16. 15. [no title indexed]
    Nestlé's Crunch
  17. 16. The Right of Way
  18. 17. The Dark Horseman!
    Johnny Peril's Surprise Story!
  19. 18. [Detect the Presence of Electricity With a Galvanoscope!]
    The Justice Society of America Laboratory Notes
  20. 19. [no title indexed]
    Columbia
  21. 20. Job Counselor
    Superboy
  22. 21. [no title indexed]
    Daisy B-B Guns
  23. 22. [no title indexed]
    Hollywood Film Studios
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