The Best of DC #21 [Newsstand]
(February 1982)

DC, 1979 Series
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Volume:
4
Price:
0.95 USD
Pages:
100
Indicia frequency:
Monthly
On-sale date:
1981-11-05
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
DC Comics, Inc.
Brand:
DC Blue Ribbon Digest
Barcode:
0709893173002
Editing:
Len Wein
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
5" x 6.75"
Paper Stock:
Glossy cardstock cover; Newsprint interior
Binding:
squarebound
Publishing Format:
was ongoing

Issue Notes

This issue is a variant of The Best of DC (DC, 1979 series) #21 [Direct].

Copyright © 1981 DC Comics Inc.

On-sale date from Comic Reader #196.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils:
George Perez (signed)
Inks:
George Perez (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Gaspar Saladino
Job Number:
C-791

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Justice Society of America [Superman; Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; The Spectre; Batman; The Atom [Al Pratt]; Dr. Fate; The Flash [Jay Garrick]; Hawkman; Wonder Woman]

Best of DC -- Justice Society of America (Table of Contents: 1)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover. Table of contents.

The Untold Origin of the Justice Society (Table of Contents: 2)

Justice Society of America / comic story / 34 pages (report information)

Script:
Paul Levitz
Pencils:
Joe Staton
Inks:
Bob Layton
Colors:
Tony Tollin
Letters:
Bill Morse

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Green Lantern; the Spectre; Superman; Batman; Hour-Man; Doctor Fate; Hawkman; the Atom; the Flash; the Sandman; Dr. Mid-Nite; Wildcat; Mr. Terrific; Johnny Thunder; the Thunderbolt; Black Canary; Wonder Woman; Starman; Star-Spangled Kid; Power Girl; Robin; Red Tornado; President Franklin D. Roosevelt; Smythe; Commissioner James Gordon; Adolf Hitler; Helmut Streicher; Valkyries
Synopsis:
A secret meeting between President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British agent Smythe leads to the formation of the Justice Society of America, whose avowed mission is to stop the planned invasion of English by Hitler's Nazi Germany.
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The Day that Dropped Out of Time Introduction (Table of Contents: 3)

Justice Society of America / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
John Broome
Pencils:
Irwin Hasen
Inks:
Irwin Hasen
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Justice Society of America [Atom [Al Pratt]; Johnny Thunder (Earth-2); Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Wonder Woman (Earth-2); Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; Flash [Jay Garrick]; Dr. Mid-Nite]; Per Degaton (intro, villain); Professor Zee
Synopsis:
The JSA convenes their monthly meeting, Chairman Hawkman discovers a strange metal shield none of them had seen before. Wonder Woman recognizes it as Macedonian and translates it, speculating that this must deal with a case they have forgotten, so she uses the Magic Sphere. It shows the members how modern inventions age then suddenly disappear. The JSA members enter the room of their friend, Professor Zee, who has been badly wounded. He explains that the process being used is his handiwork, although someone else is causing it to occur....most likely his new lab assistant, Per Degaton.
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The Day that Dropped Out of Time Chapter 2 (Table of Contents: 4)

Flash / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
John Broome
Pencils:
Lee Elias
Inks:
Lee Elias
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Flash [Jay Garrick]; Per Degaton
Synopsis:
Flash must find penicillin to save the professor's life and is told there might be some in the time capsule in Colossal Caves, which would be immune to time change. He races there and confronts Degaton and his men, who overcome him, tie him up and place him in the capsule. The Flash uses his speed to propel the capsule through a wall, releasing him and the contents. He grabs the penicillin, subdues Degaton's men and races the penicillin over to the hospital, musing to himself that the JSA must figure out WHAT crucial event in the past Degaton is changing to cause the effects taking place.
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The Day that Dropped Out of Time Chapter 3 (Table of Contents: 5)

Atom / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
John Broome
Pencils:
Paul Reinman
Inks:
Paul Reinman
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Atom [Al Pratt]; Per Degaton
Synopsis:
Degaton's march into Gotham takes a detour when his men want to rob the gold from a vault in an insurance company for their pay. Degaton agrees and all goes well until the Atom shows up. After a brief struggle, Atom is captured and taken to the company's accident exhibit, which contains dozens of things that can cause instant death. Fortunately the Atom escapes, having at least learned that Degaton has changed "a battle" in the past, so he returns to the hospital with the news.
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The Day that Dropped Out of Time Chapter 4 (Table of Contents: 6)

Hawkman / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
John Broome
Pencils:
Joe Kubert
Inks:
Joe Kubert
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Per Degaton
Synopsis:
As modern conveniences disappear, the Sphere now shows Hawkman arriving at the Mayor's office, as Degaton's army of tanks emerges from the city's subway system. Degaton's men enters the Mayor's office, and take him prisoner as Hawkman enters through a window, and starts working over the criminals. But he is overcome and both men are taken to an antique shop, laid on a canopy bed, Degaton hits a switch, bringing the top and the bed closer to crushing the pair. Hawkman is able to stop this, and the pair escape. Hawkman then takes the Mayor to his office and asks him to keep the people calm.
Reprints:

The Day that Dropped Out of Time Chapter 5 (Table of Contents: 7)

Dr. Mid-Nite / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
John Broome
Pencils:
Frank Harry
Inks:
Frank Harry
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Dr. Mid-Nite; Per Degaton
Synopsis:
Dr. Mid-Nite reaches the Hall of Science where top scientists have gathered and are told that, because the changes may become permanent, they must redesign all modern science over again. But Degaton tells them that he plans to do that himself and be the most powerful scientist in the world! A battle ensues, but Mid-Nite is captured along with three scientists who will now assist him in his mad plans. Doc escapes a death trap, uses his blackout bomb to save the scientists before they are killed, then heads back to the hospital to check on the professor's condition.
Reprints:

The Day that Dropped Out of Time interlude (Table of Contents: 8)

Justice Society of America / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
John Broome
Pencils:
Irwin Hasen
Inks:
Irwin Hasen
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Justice Society of America [Flash [Jay Garrick]; Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; Wonder Woman; Dr. Mid-Nite; Atom [Al Pratt]; Johnny Thunder]; Professor Zee
Synopsis:
At the hospital, the doctor has administered the penicillin and the professor recovers enough to let the JSA know that Degaton has changed the outcome of the famous Battle of Arabela, that took place in 331 B.C. He tells the JSA to go to Colossal Caves and enter into his time machine, and go back to that year and cause the original outcome of that battle to happen. G.L. offers to go alone, fearing that they may scare Degaton into destroying the time machine. G.L. will then bring it back to the hospital and the entire JSA will go back in history to correct Degaton's actions.
Reprints:

The Day that Dropped Out of Time Chapter 6 (Table of Contents: 9)

Green Lantern / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
John Broome
Pencils:
Irwin Hasen
Inks:
Irwin Hasen
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Justice Society of America [Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; Hawkman [Carter Hall] (cameo); Johnny Thunder (Earth-2, cameo); Wonder Woman (Earth-2, cameo); Dr. Mid-Nite (cameo); Atom [Al Pratt] (cameo); Flash [Jay Garrick] (cameo)]; Per Degaton
Synopsis:
G.L. reaches Colossal Caves and uses his ring to enter the cave through the mountain's wall. He hears Degaton order Kale and his men to destroy the time machine, by sending it 10,000 years into the future with a bomb on board. G.L. charges into the machine, is knocked out and awakes in the future. Exiting, the JSA is there to greet him. He now knows he is in the future, but realizes that the JSA can still change the Battle of Arabela, so they head toward the time machine, which explodes as they near it. So Green Lantern uses his power ring to take the group 3000 years back into the past.
Reprints:

The Day that Dropped Out of Time Conclusion (Table of Contents: 10)

Justice Society of America / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
John Broome
Pencils:
Irwin Hasen
Inks:
Irwin Hasen
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Justice Society of America [Johnny Thunder ; Dr. Mid-Nite; Atom [Al Pratt]; Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; Wonder Woman; Flash [Jay Garrick]]; Per Degaton (villain); Professor Zee (cameo)
Synopsis:
While discussing the fate of the JSA, Degaton notes modern inventions beginning to reappear. The scene shifts to 331 B.C. with Alexander the Great's Army being routed, but the JSA turns the tide, quick to defeat Degaton. Grateful, Alexander gives the JSA his personal shield and dagger, which they accept, then all fade away. The Magic Sphere finishes its tale, modernization is restored, and the strange shield is now legible. The story closes with Professor Zee in his lab with Per Degaton, who seems to remember some foolishness about him dreaming that he was the ruler of the world!
Reprints:

The Big Super-Hero Hunt! (Table of Contents: 11)

Starman and Black Canary / comic story / 24 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner Fox
Pencils:
Murphy Anderson
Inks:
Murphy Anderson
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Characters:
Starman; Black Canary; Wildcat (revival); the Huntress (villainess); the Sportsmaster; Larry Lance
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

guest star Wildcat

Another Dynamite Comic from the House of Daring Concepts! (Table of Contents: 12) (Expand) /

Captain Carrot and his Amazing Zoo Crew / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

2 Novel-length JSA Adventures! (Table of Contents: 13)

Justice Society of America / foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
George Perez; Rich Buckler; Irwin Hasen
Inks:
George Perez ?; Dick Giordano ?; Irwin Hasen
Colors:
?
Letters:
Gaspar Saladino

Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Back cover. Previews of the interior stories. Includes covers to DC Special #29 and All-Star Comics #35.

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Justice Society of America
  2. 1. Best of DC -- Justice Society of America
  3. 2. The Untold Origin of the Justice Society
    Justice Society of America
  4. 3. The Day that Dropped Out of Time Introduction
    Justice Society of America
  5. 4. The Day that Dropped Out of Time Chapter 2
    Flash
  6. 5. The Day that Dropped Out of Time Chapter 3
    Atom
  7. 6. The Day that Dropped Out of Time Chapter 4
    Hawkman
  8. 7. The Day that Dropped Out of Time Chapter 5
    Dr. Mid-Nite
  9. 8. The Day that Dropped Out of Time interlude
    Justice Society of America
  10. 9. The Day that Dropped Out of Time Chapter 6
    Green Lantern
  11. 10. The Day that Dropped Out of Time Conclusion
    Justice Society of America
  12. 11. The Big Super-Hero Hunt!
    Starman and Black Canary
  13. 12. Another Dynamite Comic from the House of Daring Concepts!
    Captain Carrot and his Amazing Zoo Crew
  14. 13. 2 Novel-length JSA Adventures!
    Justice Society of America
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