"Justice Society of America: "The Case of the Patriotic Crimes"": The Wizard, after escaping from jail, steals the Liberty Train without a trace. He dreams of making crime triumphant on earth, and forms a new Injustice Society, recr
- Suppose we let the american people vote to decide the best crime! That's what they call the democratic way!
- — Huntress
Appearing in Justice Society of America: "The Case of the Patriotic Crimes"
- Justice Society of America
- Injustice Society of the World
- Slugger Trenton
- New York City
- Washington, D.C.
- Bracelets of Submission
- The Declaration of Independence
- Emancipation Proclamation
- Fiddler's Fiddle
- Francis Scott Key's "The Star Spangled Banner"
- Freedom Bell
- Green Flame of Life
- Green Lantern Ring
- Harlequin's Book
- Harlequin Glasses
- Harlequin's Mandolin
- Huntress' Invisible Lasso
- Icicle's Cold Gun
- Lasso of Truth
- Mind Eraser
- Nth Metal Wings
- Plymouth Rock
- Portable Rockets
- Sportsmaster's Lacrosse Racket and Ball
- Two Way Radio
- Wonder Woman's Tiara
- Fiddler's Fiddle Car
- Giant Dirigible
- Liberty Train
- Old Ironsides
- U.S. Jet Planes
- U.S. Navy's Super Ram-Jet
Synopsis for Justice Society of America: "The Case of the Patriotic Crimes"
The Wizard, after escaping from jail, steals the Liberty Train without a trace. He dreams of making crime triumphant on earth, and forms a new Injustice Society, recruiting the Fiddler, the Huntress, the Icicle, the Sportsmaster, and the Harlequin. The members hold a contest to determine which of them will be the leader, with the one who commits the greatest robbery to be the winner. The members plan thefts of American patriotic objects: the Freedom Bell, Plymouth Rock, Old Ironsides, and the Washington Monument, while the Harlequin plans to trap the Justice Society of America. However, when the Harlequin drops her diary, the Injustice Society learns that Green Lantern's "enemy" has no intention of joining the group, but she intends to betray them. The Sportsmaster follows her to the JSA headquarters. When the Harlequin alerts the JSA to the villains' plan, the Sportsmaster launchs a grenade in the form of a lacrosse ball that fells the entire group.
Black Canary, investigating the Liberty Train theft, tries to call an emergency meeting of the Justice Society, but finds their headquarters empty. She discovers the knocked out Harlequin under a table, undetected by the Sportsmaster, who lugged the rest of the JSA members back to ISW headquarters. As the Harlequin begins to explain what happened, the Icicle attacks and captures the pair. At Injustice Society headquarters, the two see the brainwashed JSA working as slaves for the villains. Before they could join their comrades in slavery, the Harlequin hypnotizes the Justice Society with her glasses and orders them to remember who they are. The revived JSA members set off in to prevent the robberies of the American treasures. Unfortunately, the Harlequin's hypnosis in only temporary, and the heroes will return to a mindless state with the snap of fingers. Knowing this fact, also, the Wizard sets off to warn the other members of the Injustice Society.
Hawkman draws the assignment to protect Old Ironsides. The Sportsmaster creates a diversion, then steals the boat using portable rockets. The Hawkman chases him down, then knocks him out with one punch. However, the Wizard arrives, snaps his fingers, returning Hawkman to his trance. Then, Hawkman helps the trio sail Old Ironsides back to their hideout. Wonder Woman and Doctor Mid-Nite arrive at the Freedom Bell to find the Fiddler's theft already in progress. They defeat him and tie him up, but having already been contacted by the Wizard, the Fiddler snaps his fingers, then orders Wonder Woman and Dr. Mid-Nite to help him steal the Freedom Bell. The Huntress steals Plymouth Rock by having elephants load it into a circus van. The Flash and Atom overtake the van, then tie up the Huntress. Unable to snap, she jumps on a wooden board to snap it, which successfully enslaves Flash and Atom. The Icicle steals the Navy's new super jet, then uses it to lasso the Washington Monument, lassoing Green Lantern in the process. The Icicle's cold gun and Green Lantern's ring cancel each other out, so the Green Lantern uses his ring to return the monument, then punches out the Icicle. Ironically, the Green Lantern snaps, returning himself to his slave state. Harlequin and Black Canary track down the Liberty Train, but the Wizard arrives, electrocutes, and captures them.
To ensure the JSA will no longer threaten them, the ISW drops them and the Harlequin to their deaths into a deep mine shaft. Then, to determine who won the contest, the villains steal Gotham Stadium during a baseball game, planning to ask the crowd of captured Americans to vote on who committed the best theft. Trapped in the bowels of the earth, the Black Canary and Harlequin work feverishly to convince the JSA of their true identities. With constant urging, the two convince Green Lantern to employ his ring, freeing the JSA from their stupor. The team then rockets up the shaft and confront the ISW, who have reached a murderous level of frustration with their captives. Surprising the villains, the heroes quickly round up the team. They deposit the ISW in jail. In the confusion, Harlequin slips away. Returning to headquarters the Justice Society inducts Black Canary as a member.
- This issue is divided into three chapters.
- This issue is reprinted in All-Star Comics Archives Vol. 9, Justice League of America Super-Spectacular #1 and Justice League of America (Volume 1) #113.
- This issue serves as inspiration for the Justice League animated series episodes "Legends". The episodes feature a Justice Guild and an Injustice Guild, which is similar to this incarnation of the Injustice Society. The episode is dedicated to Gardner Fox.
- It is clear that Atom already has super strength in this story when he stops Huntress' truck with a blow. While his abnormal strength never is explained in the Golden Age, a retcon in All-Star Squadron Vol 1 indicates that Atom gained powers after exposed to radiation of the reluctant villain Cyclotron.
- Justice Society Recommended Reading
- Adventure Comics (Volume 1)
- All-Star Comics (Volume 1)
- All-Star Squadron (Volume 1)
- America vs. the Justice Society (Volume 1)
- Infinity Inc. (Volume 1)
- JSA (Volume 1)
- JSA: All Stars (Volume 1)
- JSA Classified (Volume 1)
- JSA: Strange Adventures (Volume 1)
- JSA vs. Kobra (Volume 1)
- Justice Society of America (Volume 1)
- Justice Society of America (Volume 2)
- Justice Society of America (Volume 3)
- Last Days of the Justice Society Special #1