"The Private War of Johnny Dune!": When the JLA satellite's teleport beam is intercepted by a Zeta-beam from the planet Rann, Flash, Green Lantern, and Hawkman suddenly find themselves on Adam Strange's adopted world. While Superman joins them to combat a menace there, Green Arrow and Atom are a
Synopsis for "The Private War of Johnny Dune!"
When the JLA satellite's teleport beam is intercepted by a Zeta-beam from the planet Rann, Flash, Green Lantern, and Hawkman suddenly find themselves on Adam Strange's adopted world. While Superman joins them to combat a menace there, Green Arrow and Atom are attacked at a benefit concert. Johnny Dune, a black Viet Nam veteran, has returned from overseas and become a pop music star, but is betrayed in his attempt to enter politics as a mayoral candidate. In revenge, he uses his newly discovered mutant vocal powers to control the minds of his audiences and turn them against the established order, and it is this menace that Green Arrow and Atom face. Joined by Batman and Black Canary, the JLA heroes are captured by Dune's thralls. When his control wavers and the group begins to form an uncontrollable mob, Dune sees the error of his ways and ends the riot by turning his followers against himself. The Justice League rushes him to a hospital in time to save his life, but his mutant power is destroyed.
Appearing in "The Private War of Johnny Dune!"
- Justice League of America
Synopsis for "How He Began"
This story is reprinted from All-American Comics #25.
Doctor Charles McNider is one of the most renowned surgeons in the New York area. Working alongside him, is his trusted nurse and companion, Myra Mason. One evening, a harried police officer calls upon McNider's services. He tells him that an important witness against criminal gangster "Killer" Maroni has just been shot and may die. McNider races to the hospital to save his life.
During the operation, one of Maroni's thugs, Mike, climbs the fire escape outside the building and lobs a hand grenade into the room. The explosion kills everyone except for Dr. McNider, however he is rendered permanently blind from the attack.
A few nights later, McNider is resting in his study when a wood owl crashes through the window onto the floor. Shocked by the disturbance, Charles rips the bandages from his eyes and discovers that he can see perfectly well in the dark. However, he is still completely blind when in the presence of natural light. He mends the injured bird and names him Hooty.
McNider decides to use his unique night vision powers to become the latest in a growing line of mystery men. Naming himself Doctor Mid-Nite, he takes to the streets with a pair of special infrared goggles, and an arsenal of custom made Blackout Bombs.
Doctor Mid-Nite learns that Killer Maroni has attempted to take another life. He tracks the gangster down to his townhouse and uses his Blackout Bombs temporarily blind Maroni's men in a flash of black smoke. While the thugs' perceptions are obscured, Doctor Mid-Nite easily takes them down. After doing away with the hired help, he apprehends Killer Maroni and brings the gangster to justice.
Appearing in "How He Began"
- Doctor Mid-Nite (First appearance)
- 'Killer' Maroni
- Doctor Schlitz
Synopsis for "Dr Fate"
This story is reprinted from More Fun Comics #67.
As a young child, Kent Nelson was exploring Mesopotamia with his father. Sven Nelson was an archaeologist who believed that the Pyramids were not created by Egyptians, but by beings from another planet. Kent wandered off alone and found a statue of Nabu the Wise, who telepathically signaled him to operate a nearby lever. This brought Nabu back to life, but also released poisonous gas that killed Kent's father. To repay him for his loss, Nabu promises to teach the young child the secrets of the universe. He said that through learning molecular control of his body he had grown to almost half a million years old, and was born on the planet Cilia as it passed Earth in orbit. Nabu raises Kent into a young man, and taught him skills such as levitation and telekinesis. Believing that he was finished with his training, Nabu told Kent that his mission was to do good and fight against evil, and Nabu passed on his amulet, cloak and helmet to young Kent.
In the present day Kent Nelson and Inza Cramer are attending a dinner party in New York City, where they meet a man who believes he is being haunted. The man is a believer in reincarnation and had made a pact with several friends to help them return to life in case of their death, but finds that their spirits are now trying to claim his soul. Kent returns to his tower in Salem, and comes back as Doctor Fate. Driving the ghosts back easily, he realizes he must stop them at their source by visiting the underworld of Charn. Negal is the ruler of this realm, and he prepares to attack the doctor until Fate demonstrates his great powers and the demon is forced to surrender.
Appearing in "Dr Fate"
- Negal, Ruler of Charn (First appearance)
- a shadow being
- Sven Nelson (First appearance; dies)
- Cover gallery for the Justice League of America series
- Images from Justice League of America Vol 1 95