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"Justice Society of America: "Hemisphere Defense, Introduction"": J. Edgar Hoover calls on the Justice Society again, this time to ask their help in rooting out Nazi and Fascist spies in Mexico and South America. Each mem

Quote1.png What men! What real patriotic Americans! All I do is ask them for help and how they leap at the chance! Why… I almost feel sorry for the men they're going after… Almost! Quote2.png
J. Edgar Hoover

All-Star Comics #9 is an issue of the series All-Star Comics (Volume 1) with a cover date of March, 1942.

Synopsis for Justice Society of America: "Hemisphere Defense, Introduction"

J. Edgar Hoover calls on the Justice Society again, this time to ask their help in rooting out Nazi and Fascist spies in Mexico and South America. Each member travels to a different country to fulfill their covert orders.

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Synopsis for Chapter 1: "Hawkman in Mexico"

Hawkman confronts a German spy ring in Mexico who are attempting to take over the Southern Pacific railroad.

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Synopsis for Chapter 2: "The Spectre in Argentina"

The Spectre uncovers an operation stealing planes for the Luftwaffe in Argentina.

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Synopsis for Chapter 3: "The Atom in Chile"

The Atom travels to Chile and unmasks the leader of a Nazi propaganda organization.

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Synopsis for Chapter 4: "The Sandman in Venezuela"

The Sandman prevents sabotage to Venezuelan oil fields.

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Synopsis for Chapter 5: "Johnny Thunder in Cuba"

Johnny Thunder visits Cuba, where he is supposed to meet with a top Cuban spy. The spy, knowing Johnny's reputation, sends Johnny on a phony mission, where Johnny accidentally gets captured by German spy ring. Johnny manages to summon his Thunderbolt, who sends the entire spy ring back to Germany in a sailboat.

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Synopsis for Chapter 6: "Doctor Fate in Brazil"

On the plane ride to Brazil, Doctor Fate uncovers a plot to replace the democratically elected leader with a Nazi look-alike.

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Synopsis for Chapter 7: "Starman in Bolivia"

In Bolivia, Starman busts up a gang of tin-mine invaders.

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Synopsis for Chapter 8: "Dr. Mid-Nite in Columbia"

Doctor Mid-Nite exposes a mind-control scheme attempting to end democracy in Columbia.

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Synopsis for Justice Society of America: "Hemisphere Defense, Conclusion"

Once their missions are complete, the members meet at the Panama Canal. To celebrate their success, the girl friends of the Justice Society are brought down for a victory ball, however, Johnny accidentally has his Thunderbolt send him and Daisy to the moon, instead.

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Notes

  • Published bi-monthly by All-American Comics, Inc.
  • "Hemisphere Defense" is reprinted in All-Star Comics Archives Vol. 2.
  • Although J. Edgar Hoover is pretty unambiguously depicted in this story, his actual name is never used. At this story's end, he is voted in as an Associate Member of the JSA.
  • All the shown JSA members except Johnny Thunder speak Spanish.
  • This issue went on sale in December 1941, thus it features the second-to-last Golden Age showing of Sandman's original business-suit costume, which would make one last appearance in World's Finest #5.
  • Also appearing in this issue of All-Star Comics were:
    • "Good Books For Christmas" (text article)
    • PSA: "The Flash Celebrates the President's Diamond Jubilee Birthday!" with art by Everett E. Hibbard
    • "Hop Harrigan: 'Midnight Meeting'" (text story) probably by Evelyn Gaines
      • Synopsis: After Tank Tinker repeatedly leaves their house without explanation at 11:30 every Tuesday evening, Hop Harrigan follows him to the estate of Colonel Dunbar, where the secretive Guard America League meets. Hop and Tank attend the meeting, and Hop learns that the League collects money and inventions from members with the stated purpose of helping the United States Government. Hop is enthusiastic, and wants to join, but when they go to meet with Colonel Dunbar, they uncover a murder plot, and learn that the colonel is a fake, who is using the League to supply the German Government. Hop and Tank subdue the impostor, and Hop nominates Tank to run the League for the benefit of America.

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