"Justice Society of America: "A Place in the World"": Fred Monday, a former football star, always felt sorry for his brother Jimmy, who was confined to a wheelchair. Later, Fred lost his arm after being drafted into the army. Recovering in the hospital, Fred began to understand how Jimmy felt
- You don't go far enough. Suppose we give the world a chance to see what these youngsters can do!
- — Hawkman
Appearing in Justice Society of America: "A Place in the World"
- Justice Society of America
- the Thunderbolt
- Bad Buttes Gang
- Bog Logan
- Mr. Logan
- Ox Morgan
- Water Robbers
- Anthony Cellini
- Edouard Laviere
- Fred Monday
- Hal Porowski
- Jimmy Monday
- Sven Lindquist
- Tommy O'Leary
Synopsis for Justice Society of America: "A Place in the World"
Fred Monday, a former football star, always felt sorry for his brother Jimmy, who was confined to a wheelchair. Later, Fred lost his arm after being drafted into the army. Recovering in the hospital, Fred began to understand how Jimmy felt when people pitied him. Fred asks the Justice Society to seek out some of Jimmy's friends, who have different disabilities, to help them prove their abilities. Hawkman suggests that every member of the Justice Society team up with a child and stop a crime in their area to show what the children are capable of.
Hawkman teams up with Edouard Laviere whose legs are paralyzed. Hawkman uses his knowledge of the boy's treatment, swimming and rowing, to go after the “water robbers”, a gang that evades police by hiding in the bayous. Ed uses his knowledge of the area to help Hawkman track the robbers. Hawkman pretends to have a hard time fighting off the gang, so the boy swims to the police station to get help. When the police arrive, Hawkman gives Ed the credit, and he is honored by the mayor and given a job as a high school swim instructor. Doctor Mid-Nite finds Hal Porowski, a blind boy, ready to kill himself because of constant teasing. Dr. Mid-Nite stops Hal, and suggests they take on the men who've been setting fires on Hal's father's timberland. Using the boy's hearing and knowledge of the forest, they track the men and stop them from dynamiting a bridge. Later, Dr. Mid-Nite and the boy find the men setting fires, and using Dr. Mid-Nite's blackout bombs, they are able to defeat the entire group of thugs. Hal earns his father's respect, and decides to become a braille teacher. Green Lantern recruits Sven Lindquist, who lost his arm in an accident, to track down a “spirit” that has been demanding tribute from the locals. They find the spirits setting fire to a house that didn't pay tribute. Engaging them, Sven rips some feathers of the spirit's costume, but Green Lantern is knocked out on a wood beam. Sven sees that the feathers are obvious fakes, which convinces the town that spirits are not behind the crimes. Sven uses his knowledge of the local ruins to lead Green Lantern directly to the crook's hideout and traps the crooks. Later, Sven is honored at the town plaza and offered a job at the museum. Wildcat tracks down Anthony Cellini, a boy who is teased because people think his is stupid, but people don't know he is deaf. Wildcat asks for Anthony's help breaking up a gang of racketeers, but Anthony refuses, because he doesn't think he can help. What Anthony does not know, however, is that his after-school job is smuggling loot for the racketeers. When Wildcat tries again to convince the boy to help him, the racketeers see them, and shoot at them, which convinces Anthony to help. Anthony uses his ability to lip-read to figure out the gang's plans, and Wildcat breaks up the gang. Later, Wildcat holds a school assembly and tells everyone about Antony's deafness, and his heroics. Johnny Thunder works with Tommy O'Leary, a cowboy who stutters, to track the Bad Buttes gang. While chasing the gang on horseback, Johnny's inexperience causes him to injure his lip, preventing him from calling his Thunderbolt, but Tommy uses his talents with animals to call wild horses and surround the gang. The Thunderbolt decides to help anyway and holds the gang until the posse arrives. Tommy uses his reward to go to a speech clinic and enroll in college. Flash teams up with Billy Yancy, a young mystery writer with cerebral palsy. Billy has not been able to sell any stories, but Flash notices a remarkable similarity between his stories and recent crimes. Following his latest story, a break-in at a movie studio, Flash follows the gang, and catches them in the act. The movie studio offers Billy a job as a writer.
Fred and Jimmy Monday meet the Justice Society later, and Jimmy is moved to tears by their stories. Jimmy proposes that with all of the disabled veterans returning from World War II, that the Justice Society draft a pledge to treat people with disabilities as equals, which they do. The pledge appears on the last page of the story.
- By retcon, this story is simultaneous with Wonder Woman #243, which is why Wonder Woman did not help any handicapped children. (Originally, it would be acceptable to the collective thinking of the time that she would have remained within the JSA Headquarters, while the male members of the team would have gone on to carry out the missions.)
- An exact copy of the pledge appears at the end of "The Case of the Disabled Justice League!", Justice League of America, #36. The artwork is similar, with the JLA members' pictures replacing those of the JSA members. In the JLA adventure, the Flash references the JSA adventure.
- Reprinted in All-Star Comics Archives Vol. 6.
- This is the first time in which Thunderbolt helps Johnny Thunder without the latter saying the magic word "Cei-U".