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"Justice Society of America: "Shanghaied into Space"": PROLOGUE: Concerned that the Justice Society of America may one day challenge him, Adolf Hitler has his scientist aide Hans Gootsden devise


Quote1 I tell you, dis must stop! Are ve men or mice? Dot Justice Battalion! Dey are a thorn in my side! Quote2
Adolf Hitler

All-Star Comics #13 is an issue of the series All-Star Comics (Volume 1) with a cover date of October, 1942.

Appearing in Justice Society of America: "Shanghaied into Space"

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Synopsis for Justice Society of America: "Shanghaied into Space"

PROLOGUE: Concerned that the Justice Society of America may one day challenge him, Adolf Hitler has his scientist aide Hans Gootsden devise a plan to rocket them individually to the other eight planets in the solar system. The rockets are transported via submarine to the United States, where Nazi spies engineer a total vacuum inside JSA Headquarters, rendering the members unconscious. The members are quickly loaded onto the rockets and launched into outer space.

HAWKMAN: Hawkman finds himself on Saturn, where he helps one kingdom overthrow a tyrant ruling a neighboring kingdom who is threatening war.

SANDMAN: Sandman lands on Uranus, which is populated by crystal beings. These beings are being poisoned by Kafta, the evil one. The Sandman discovers he can neutralize the poison with sand and shatters Kafta in hand-to-hand combat.

DR. MID-NITE: On Neptune, Doctor Mid-Nite is enslaved by plant people but gains his freedom by curing an outbreak of measles.

STARMAN: Starman encounters metal creatures on Jupiter that are being slowly eaten away by microbes living in the Great Red Spot. After dealing with some microbes using his Gravity Rod, he works with the creatures to construct a giant gravity rod of their own to hurl the microbes into space.

ATOM: On Mars, the Atom helps stop the southern martians from poisoning the northern martians by breaking into their stronghold and capturing their leader as well his formula for the poison's antidote.

SPECTRE: On his visit to Pluto, the Spectre discovers it is inhabited by Andromedans, who are routinely attacked by natives. An attack occurs and the natives destroy the dome protecting the city, threatening the Andromedans within. The Spectre repairs the dome and convinces both sides to make peace.

JOHNNY THUNDER: Landing on Mercury, Johnny Thunder is captured by large insects and put in a cage. When the insects are attacked by a giant anteater, Johnny escapes with the help of his Thunderbolt. The Thunderbolt defeats the anteater and relocates the insects to an island where they are safe from other anteaters. The natives insects can't help Johnny return to earth, but the Thunderbolt reminds Johnny he can go home just by asking.

WONDER WOMAN: Finally, Wonder Woman arrives on Venus, where her arrival was expected by the Venusians. The Queen begs Wonder Women to help them defeat invaders that have enslaved them. Wonder Woman challenges and defeats their leader, but he escapes and takes the Queen as a hostage. Wonder Woman tries to free her but is captured. In prison, Wonder Woman and the Queen work together and bind the invader's leader with the magic lasso, ending the occupation.

EPILOGUE: After each JSA member successfully completes their missions on their worlds, the natives give them each a reward that will help them fight the Nazis. The JSA members all return to headquarters and immediately trace the spies with the help of the F.B.I.. They subdue their opponents, and Hawkman sends a message to Hilter about their capture using their radio.

For her help, Hawkman asks Wonder Woman to join the Justice Society as their secretary, a position she gladly accepts.

Appearing in Hop Harrigan: "Turtles and T.N.T."

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Synopsis for Hop Harrigan: "Turtles and T.N.T."

A captured Japanese soldier tells his side of the story of Hop Harrigan and Tank Tinker's successful two-man raid on a hidden submarine base in Nicaragua.

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  • Doctor Fate does not appear in this issue, but he is listed in the roll call on the cover. In his place, Wonder Woman gets a rare solo adventure chapter. Possibly, the editors of All-Star chose to have Wonder Woman go to Venus in place of Dr. Fate given that, traditionally, Venus is depicted in science fiction adventures as a world ruled by females.
  • The introductory chapter of this story was re-told in All-Star Squadron #50.
  • The Hawkman chapter of this story was re-told in All-Star Squadron #52.
  • The Sandman chapter of this story was re-told in All-Star Squadron #55. Sandman wears his golden and purple costume, without gas mask.
  • The Doctor Mid-Nite chapter of this story was re-told in All-Star Squadron #56.
  • The Starman, Wonder Woman, and Atom chapters of this story were re-told in All-Star Squadron #57.
  • The Johnny Thunder chapter of this story was re-told in All-Star Squadron #58.
  • The Spectre chapter of this story was re-told in All-Star Squadron #59.
  • According to Harbinger in All-Star Squadron #50, the disruptions in the time/space continuum caused by the Anti-Monitor (in the Crisis on Infinite Earths series), not to mention her own travels through time and space caused the Nazi rockets to depart the Earth-Two dimension altogether and take the JSA members to the Mercury, Venus, Mars, etc. of other dimensions, whose counterparts of those planets are actually inhabited and have breathable atmosphere.
  • Hawkman invites Wonder Woman to join the JSA at the close of this issue as their secretary. This is curious as she was already inducted into the team two issues ago. The secretary position may seem demeaning, but it did serve as a rationale as to why Wonder Woman was appearing in the series while not actually taking part in their adventures -- she was busy with the office work! (In a way, this is consistent with her characterization, though, as Diana has always been depicted as humble enough to perform jobs that might seem menial and "beneath" her. And especially during the WWII era, Wonder Woman was a humanist who championed the idea that anyone who pitched in for the greater good was honorable and no-one's job was less important than anyone else's.)
  • Adolf Hitler appears as a villain in this issue. This is significant as it shows how public opinion was changing. Just two years earlier, the debut issue of Timely's Captain America series depicted the titular hero slugging Hitler in the face and it was considered hugely controversial. Many critics objected to a real-world figure, even one such as Hitler, being depicted in a comic book, much less being slugged in the face. At the time, there was still a vocal community of Americans who supported Hitler's Nazi party. By the time this issue was published though, the U.S. was actively involved in the European warfront and Hitler was unquestionably considered the enemy by the vast majority of Americans.

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