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"Justice Society of America: "Food for Starving Patriots, Introduction"": To aid the Royal Air Force, Hawkman proposes to his fellow JSA members that they covertly feed European underground resistance forces. He gives each of the Justice Society members a supply of co

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All-Star Comics #14 is an issue of the series All-Star Comics (Volume 1) with a cover date of January, 1943.

Synopsis for Justice Society of America: "Food for Starving Patriots, Introduction"

To aid the Royal Air Force, Hawkman proposes to his fellow JSA members that they covertly feed European underground resistance forces. He gives each of the Justice Society members a supply of condensed food capsules that grow to full-sized meals when sprayed with a secret compound. Each of them goes to a different country in Nazi-occupied Europe for one month to supply the resistance with the food capsules. After the resistance is fed, they also assist the resistance in sabotaging the occupying Nazi forces.

Appearing in Justice Society of America: "Food for Starving Patriots, Introduction"

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  • Eric
  • Harriet
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  • Royal Air Force (R.A.F.)
  • The Sly One
  • A gypsy

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Synopsis for Chapter 1: "Hawkman to France"

Hawkman travels to France and works with an underground resistance force to rescue their leader, the Sly One, who is being tortured by Germans. After feeding the resistance, Hawkman fights his way into the prison to rescue the Sly One, and brings him back to the underground.

Appearing in Chapter 1: "Hawkman to France"

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Synopsis for Chapter 2: "Starman to Poland"

Starman arrives in Poland and meets up with a group of fighters dressed as ghosts of Polish knights, who are too hungry to carry out their raids. Starman wins their trust with a good meal and together they liberate a jail and destroy a munitions factory.

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Synopsis for Chapter 3: "The Atom to Holland"

Landing in Holland, the Atom feeds a small group of patriots. After dinner, they show the Atom how they’ve sabotaged Nazi artillery shells, which contain maps to hidden Nazi hangers. Some of the patriots are captured when the food is discovered, but the Atom poses as a Gestapo officer and rescues them.

Appearing in Chapter 3: "The Atom to Holland"

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Synopsis for Chapter 4: "Dr. Fate to Germany"

Doctor Fate infiltrates Germany to aid men in concentration camps. He feeds the prisoners and shows them how to sabotage the artillery shells they are forced to manufacture. A spy inside the camp observes them and reports them to two Gestapo agents. Doctor Fate captures the three men and takes them out of the country so no one else will know about the operation.

Appearing in Chapter 4: "Dr. Fate to Germany"

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Synopsis for Chapter 5: "Dr. Mid-Nite to Norway"

Traveling to Norway, Doctor Mid-Nite goes directly to the leader of the underground. After feeding his family, the leader shows Dr. Mid-Nite a special gun he has invented to destroy submarines. Dr. Mid-Nite aids him and his men in destroying some German ammunition.

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Synopsis for Chapter 6: "The Spectre to Belgium"

In Belgium, the Spectre frees some members of the underground from a Nazi airplane hanger. After feeding them, they set out to mark the countryside to show to way to Nazi hangers for R.A.F. bombers.

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Synopsis for Chapter 7: "Johnny Thunder to Czechoslovakia"

In Czechoslovakia, Johnny Thunder feeds a restaurant owner working with the resistance, but due to Johnny's carelessness, he also alerts German soldiers to his activities. Johnny blunders into the resistance headquarters and feeds them. After the Thunderbolt eliminates the German soldiers, Johnny has him deliver stolen secret plans to the R.A.F.

Appearing in Chapter 7: "Johnny Thunder to Czechoslovakia"

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Synopsis for Chapter 8: "Sandman and Sandy to Greece"

Accompanied by his sidekick Sandy, the Sandman journeys to Greece. They help destroy some Nazi equipment, then pretend to defect to the Nazis in order to disrupt their operation. Later, they deal with the Gestapo who are breaking into civilian homes.

Appearing in Chapter 8: "Sandman and Sandy to Greece"

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Synopsis for Justice Society of America: "Food for Starving Patriots! Conclusion"

All the members return and share their stories. The Hawkman tells them that the R.A.F. will keep dropping food capsules every month. All the members file their reports, except Johnny, who didn't have time to eat. He downs a whole handful of food capsules, an action he immediately regrets.

Appearing in Justice Society of America: "Food for Starving Patriots! Conclusion"

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Synopsis for Hop Harrigan: "The Statue of Buddha"

Hop Harrigan is working in the highly successful 218th squadron of the U.S. Army Air Force. A spy infiltrates their secret base on Moa Island and reports that the base is almost entirely empty during raids. The Japanese launch a bombing raid when the squadron is out. Hop single-handedly downs all of the bombers, but the crews survive and invade the island. With Tank's help, Hop tricks and disarms the invaders.

Appearing in Hop Harrigan: "The Statue of Buddha"

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Notes

  • Published bi-monthly by All-American Comics, Inc.
  • Reprinted in All-Star Comics Archives Vol. 3.
  • As explained in America vs. the Justice Society Vol 1 2, Dr. Fate and Spectre used their powers to temporarily halt the Sphere of Influence which covered Europe in this time; in this way, the mystical members of the JSA were not mind-controlled by the Nazis. This was a retcon since the Sphere of Influence itself was a retcon made earlier, to explain why such powered heroes didn't participate directly in the European part of World War II.
  • This is one of the few times where Sandy participates in a Golden Age JSA adventure.

Trivia

  • Starman makes a reference about the Bowmen of Mons in World War I.
  • In the Real World, the concentration camps in Berlin were far worse than those depicted in this comic book.
  • Hitler is seen taking omens of a gypsy. In reality, gypsies were one of the people who were exterminated in Nazi concentration camps.
  • The Spectre leaves Nazi soldiers on Pluto but they aren't suffocated by its noxious atmosphere.
  • In this period of time, Czechoslovakia was a united country. It was split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia in 1993.
  • This is Atom's first time in Holland. He will fly over Holland again in Last Days of the Justice Society Special Vol 1 1.


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