(February-March 1951)

DC, 1940 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
52
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale Date
1950-12-11
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
National Comics Publications, Inc.
Brand
Superman DC National Comics
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth (credited); Julius Schwartz (actual)

Issue Notes

On-sale date from copyright registration.

The Mystery of the Vanishing Detectives! (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils
Art Peddy
Inks
Bernard Sachs
Colors
Jack Adler ?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Justice Society of America [Atom [Al Pratt]; Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]]; The Great Gordoni
Reprints
Keywords
The Eiffel Tower

New -- And Great! Big Town (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

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

The Mystery of the Vanishing Detectives! [Part I] (Table of Contents: 2)

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

Script
John Broome
Pencils
Frank Giacoia; Art Peddy (splash page only)
Inks
Frank Giacoia; Bernard Sachs (splash page only)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Justice Society of America [Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]; The Flash [Jay Garrick]; Black Canary [Dinah Drake]; The Atom [Al Pratt]; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]]; Harry Wan (Honolulu Police Chief); Mustapha Hakim (Turkish detective); Jacques Durand (Paris Surete detective); Bill (audience member); The Key [also as Detective Drew Dawes of Scotland Yard] (villain)
Synopsis
Four famous detectives are invited by the JSA to Civic City to attend a meeting at the Civic City Palace Auditorium, wherein the crime detection methods used in their various nations will be used to "solve" a crime committed in their presence. After solving the staged crime, the four detectives disappear mysteriously, with the clue of a silver skeleton key left behind. When the JSA receive urgent telegrams from their home nations to return home to solve a mysterious crime, the All-Stars realize a master criminal is at work and set out to find the detectives as quickly as possible.
Reprints
Keywords
Civic Center; Civic City

Indexer Notes

Art credits from Craig Delich.

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

Wheaties / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Captain Tootsie Cheers Orphans (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

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

The Mystery of the Vanishing Detectives! Part II (Table of Contents: 5)

The Justice Society of America / comic story / 10 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] (cameo); The Flash [Jay Garrick]; Wonder Woman [Diana Prince] (cameo); Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]]; Chief Inspector MacReady; unnamed bank watchman; unnamed Frenmch Surete Commissaire; Bert (villain); Harry (villain); Pierre (villain)
Synopsis
Dr. Mid-Nite meets London's Chief Inspector McReady at a bank where Police officials found the vault emptied, and a silver skeleton key left at the scene. Dr. Mid-Nite chases the crooks into a dense fog, and they then board a train, where he captures them with a Blackout Bomb. Meanwhile, the Flash meets the Parisian Commissaire of the Surete, who explains that the famed gargoyles atop the Notre Dame Cathedral have been disappearing. The Flash sets a trap, follows the crooks to a club where the crooks are emptying the treasure-filled gargoyles, and turns all over to the Surete.
Reprints
Keywords
Apaches; Blackout Bomb; Charing Cross Bank; Le Club Attila; London; Notre Dame Cathedral; Paris; Surete; Trafalgar Square

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

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

How to Build a Periscope (Table of Contents: 7)

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

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

Genre
non-fiction
Characters
Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]
Synopsis
Dr. Mid-Nite tells readers how to build a simple periscope out of cardboard.

Indexer Notes

This filler was NOT reprinted in the Archive.

Artist credits by Craig Delich.

Lucky Block (Table of Contents: 8) (Expand) /

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

The Mystery of the Vanishing Detectives! Part III (Table of Contents: 9)

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

Script
John Broome
Pencils
Frank Giacoia
Inks
Frank Giacoia
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Justice Society of America [Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]; Green Lantern [Alan Scott]]; The Emir of Kashdan; Colonel Masir (Instanbul Police official); F. Fred Wallis; un-named Captain of the Laronia; Honolulu Police Capatin Tom Lim; fake Emir (villain); The Great Gordoni (villain)
Synopsis
Wonder Woman decides to employ Turkish psychology to round up a fake Emir who has made off with 300 pounds of gold, leaving a silver skeleton key behind, Using her invisible plane, she spots a submarine, and brings it ashore, rounding up the crooks. In Honolulu, multi-millionaire J. Fred Wallis has had his "short-snorter" $100,000 bill, signed by celebrities, stolen, so G.L. hurries aboard, and using Harry Wan's methods of not hunting for the criminal, but making the criminal come to him, rounds up his suspect, turns him over to the Police, and then hurries back to Civic City.
Reprints
Keywords
golden lasso; Laronia; Robot Plane; short-snorter bill

Indexer Notes

Art credits from Craig Delich. Pencil credit originally tentatively given to Art Peddy.

[Daniel Majeske, Sylvia Dee] (Table of Contents: 10)

In the Groove / cartoon / 0.67 page (report information)

Script
Stookie Allen
Pencils
Stookie Allen
Inks
Stookie Allen
Colors
?
Letters
Stookie Allen

Genre
non-fiction; biography
Characters
Daniel Majeskee; Sylvia Dee; Wayne Shepard; Dick Hayes

Indexer Notes

This filler was NOT in the Archive.

The filler contains facts about music.

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

Columbia / advertisement / 0.33 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 12) (Expand) /

Dubble Bubble Gum / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

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

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

The Mystery of the Vanishing Detectives! Part IV (Table of Contents: 14)

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 Flash [Jay Garrick]; Black Canary [Dinah Drake]; The Atom [Al Pratt]; Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]]; Harry Wan; Drew Dawes; Jacques Durand; Mustapha Hakim; The Turtleneck Gang (villains); The Key [also as Inspector Drew Dawes] (villain)
Synopsis
When the JSA arrive back at the now deserted Civic City Arena, Black Canary tells them that she, Hawkman and Atom discovered a phony cellar below the arena stage, where they were attacked by a gang. After turning them over the the Police, the JSA discovers clues dropped by the missing detectives, follow them, and find the men around a table in a trance in a mansion. An image of Dawes suddenly appears on a screen, who then unmasks, revealing the true face of the Key. The JSA watch him attempt to flee in a cable car, but Wonder Woman stops it and the Key jumps 1000' to his death!
Reprints

[The Divided Old Glory] (Table of Contents: 15)

Flag Facts / cartoon / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Genre
non-fiction
Reprints

Indexer Notes

This filler was NOT in the Archive.

Letterer credit by Craig delich.

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

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

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

Tomahawk / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.67 page (report information)

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

statement of ownership / 0.33 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

The Last Dictator (Table of Contents: 19)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

The Lady of Mars (Table of Contents: 20)

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

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

Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Johnny Peril

Indexer Notes

This story was NOT reprinted in the Archives.

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

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

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

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

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Mystery of the Vanishing Detectives!
    The Justice Society of America
  2. 1. New -- And Great! Big Town
    Big Town
  3. 2. The Mystery of the Vanishing Detectives! [Part I]
    The Justice Society of America
  4. 3. [no title indexed]
    Wheaties
  5. 4. Captain Tootsie Cheers Orphans
    Captain Tootsie; Tootsie Roll Pop
  6. 5. The Mystery of the Vanishing Detectives! Part II
    The Justice Society of America
  7. 6. [no title indexed]
    Nabisco Shredded Wheat
  8. 7. How to Build a Periscope
    The Justice Society of America Laboratory Notes
  9. 8. Lucky Block
    Nestlé's Crunch
  10. 9. The Mystery of the Vanishing Detectives! Part III
    The Justice Society of America
  11. 10. [Daniel Majeske, Sylvia Dee]
    In the Groove
  12. 11. [no title indexed]
    Columbia
  13. 12. ["Gee, Tommy, what a neat skating sweater!"]
    Dubble Bubble Gum
  14. 13. Editorial Advisory Board
  15. 14. The Mystery of the Vanishing Detectives! Part IV
    The Justice Society of America
  16. 15. [The Divided Old Glory]
    Flag Facts
  17. 16. [no title indexed]
    Smith Brothers Cough Drops
  18. 17. ["Panic stalks the forest..."]
    Tomahawk
  19. 18. [no title indexed]
  20. 19. The Last Dictator
  21. 20. The Lady of Mars
    Johnny Peril's Surprise Story
  22. 21. [no title indexed]
    Motor's Auto Repair Manual
  23. 22. [no title indexed]
    Daisy Air Rifles
This issue was most recently modified by:
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  • Craig Delich
  • Ray Bottorff Jr
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  • Per Sandell
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