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"Justice Society of America: "The Movie That Changed a Man's Life"": Wealthy industrialist Jason L. Rogers, begs the Justice Society of America for help in dealing with the criminal mastermind known as the Monster. The villa


Quote1.png It's time I taught Rogers a new lesson in horror! A new horror that will drive his mind from his body! Quote2.png
The Monster

All-Star Comics #20 is an issue of the series All-Star Comics (Volume 1) with a cover date of March, 1944.

Appearing in Justice Society of America: "The Movie That Changed a Man's Life"

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  • Dr. Horatio Hill (Dies)
  • Harlan Walsh
  • Ira Young
  • Marvin Walsh
  • Roland Cord
  • Walter Noonan

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  • Sky Craft

Synopsis for Justice Society of America: "The Movie That Changed a Man's Life"

Wealthy industrialist Jason L. Rogers, begs the Justice Society of America for help in dealing with the criminal mastermind known as the Monster. The villain has been targeting Rogers’ home and business for the last 15 years. He also tells the story of how he had a home movie made of himself and his wife, and how, after viewing it alone one night, his wife somehow died of fright.

The Sandman and Doctor Fate are sent to guard Rogers' home. The rest of the members set out to foil the Monster's plans, which were left on Rogers' desk.

Hawkman thwarts the Monster's plan to take over a steel baron's factories by blackmailing his twin brother.

The Spectre stops the Monster from extorting Jason Rogers' friend.

The Atom breaks up a payroll heist.

Doctor Mid-Nite breaks up the Monster's racket of surgically altering millionaire's faces, and then collecting ransom to fix them.

Starman stops a mass robbery at a planetarium.

Johnny Thunder tries to stop a jewelry robbery but gets captured by the Monster's gang. The Thunderbolt rescues Johnny and takes care of the gang.

At the end of each mission, every member engages with the Monster, but the Monster manages to escape each time.

Their missions completed, the individual JSA members gather together again at Rogers' home to watch the home movie. When there is a problem with the film, Rogers leaves to fix it and the Monster bursts in. While he gets the upper hand against the Justice Society, the Monster is unable to kill them with his bare hands so he draws a ray-gun. Johnny Thunder kicks his hand and the Monster shoots himself in the face. Having defeated the Monster, they return to watch the film where they learn that Rogers WAS the Monster, when they witness his transformation on film.

Appearing in Hop Harrigan: "Ghost Plane"

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  • Major Dunning

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  • Lockheed P-38 Lightning

Synopsis for Hop Harrigan: "Ghost Plane"

Hop Harrigan and Tank Tinker catch a glimpse of the "Ghost Plane", a silent and invisible bomber that attacks their airfield every night, while patrolling their airfield. Hop sets a trap for the plane using Tank as a sentry in a hot air balloon. With Tank at the lookout, Hop gets the drop on the Ghost Plane and kills the pilot, then boards and lands the Ghost Plane.

Notes

  • In Justice League of America Vol 1 193, the issue that introduced the All-Star Squadron series, the time traveling supervillain Per Degaton abducts the Monster from his proper timeline and sends him back to 1941 in order to fight Hawkman, the Atom and Dr. Mid-Nite. After being defeated there, the Monster was returned to his rightful place in the (pre-Crisis) timeline. Like a few other villains Degaton snatched out of time, the Monster was taken just prior to his death. It's likely he was taken away and subsequently returned during the brief moment Rogers / the Monster was out of the room in the epilogue.
  • The story draws heavily from Robert Louis Stevenson's classic novel "the Strange Case of Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde."
  • Reprinted in All-Star Comics Archives Vol. 5.

Trivia

  • As with all comic books of the era, wartime paper shortages necessitated cutting back the page count for each edition. Fewer pages meant less space for individual hero chapters. Thus, the Spectre and Dr. Fate (the least popular JSA members at the time) didn't get their own chapters. In a few more months, after it becomes apparent that the page-count drop will become permanent, the editors at DC / All-American will simply reduce the JSA's team by two members.



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