"The Untold Origin of the Justice Society": This story is reprinted from DC Special #29.
Appearing in "The Untold Origin of the Justice Society"
- Justice Society of America (Origin)
- Nazi Party
- Gudra (First appearance)
- World War II
- Professor Stauffen developed an experimental heavily-modified supremely souped-up 2-engine Dornier DO-217 bomber for transatlantic service.
Synopsis for "The Untold Origin of the Justice Society"
This story is reprinted from DC Special #29.
During 1940-Nov-09th (Saturday) through (at least 2 weeks later): On Earth-Two, Hitler's Operation Sea Lion was pushed forward to late 1940; FDR's response was to direct MI-5 agent Smythe to try to contact one or more of the ten costumed heroes described in a dossier which he handed over.
On 1940-Nov-16 (the following Saturday), Gotham City Police Commissioner Gordon summoned Batman to his office and introduced him to The Flash and Green Lantern and Agent Smythe, who briefed and persuaded them to fly to Glasgow Scotland in a Bristol Type 152 Beaufort twin-engine bomber, they then sneaked up on McMurdie Castle. BM, GL, & F got a signal from MI-5 agent Digby, and burst into the castle, which concealed an Abwehr base, commanded by Major Streicher, whose henchmen fell like tenpins, until Streicher activated his experimental giant robot, the Murder Machine, which was SO quick and strong and durable that it quickly knocked out Batman and then the Flash ill-advisedly crashed into it, and ricocheted into Green Lantern, knocking them both out!
In his windowless tower in Salem Massachusetts, Doctor Fate observed this outcome in his crystal orb, and flew forth to the city in which Hourman fought crime (New Jersey? Appleton? Cosmos?), to recruit Hourman. Meanwhile Abwehr agents transported Wayne & Scott & Garrick, silent and possibly still unconscious, from Glasgow to Berlin, where Hitler had a big rally in the city square, celebrating their impending executions with the Spear of Destiny itself. But first he pulled the mask off of Batman, but suddenly there was a new mask in its place, AND two super heroes in bright yellow capes had shown up to interrupt the party: Doctor Fate and Hourman! Fate scattered the assembled soldiers while Hourman freed the Flash and Batman and Green Lantern, but before the good guys could get any real traction, Hitler did some magical hoodoo with the Spear, and summoned forth from the stormy skies The Valkyries! Nine of them!
Green Lantern and Doctor Fate immediately flew in pursuit of the westbound flying horsewomen, pulling Batman and Hourman behind them, with Flash using his amazing momentum to get airborne. Doctor Fate confronted the leading Valkyrie (unnamed, presumably Gudra) while each of his four companions made contact with at least one shield-maiden apiece. The legendary strength, skill, and divine invulnerability of the Valkyries made the contest all too one-sided, even against Green Lantern, indeed, even against Doctor Fate, who sent a magical signal 6000 miles to the west, to summon reinforcements, notably "... the only one that may truly help us ...". Meanwhile Hitler ordered his invasion fleet to set sail from Normandy.
In New York City, that night, the Sandman, who had just finished wrapping up a kidnap gang, was snatched up by a glowing golden tentacle and whisked into the air, where Hawkman and the Atom were similarly entwined, and being hauled eastward at an amazing speed. Wordlessly the tentacles imparted to these three the pertinent details of the situation in Europe. A faint ghostly image followed the three across the ocean. The three masked Americans arrived at Dover, where it was also still night, or maybe dawn, and a million German marines, a thousand German aircraft, and a hundred German ships were attacking a British defensive position. Sandman (using some kind of knock-out sand?) and the Atom and Hawkman all pitched in on the ground fighting. They were making about as much difference as you'd expect, until suddenly The Spectre loomed onto the scene. In very short order, Admiral Wilhelm Von Krupp and thousands of German sailors and tens of thousands of German marines are killed.
Over Berlin, the airborne fight was going badly, with four of the good guys in a green bubble, and Green Lantern fighting all nine Valkyries virtually single-handed. But now Doctor Fate had regathered his energies, and sallied forth, relieving G.L. and brushing back the Valks. Hitler ordered Professer Stauffen to launch his experimental aircraft (a heavily-modified 2-engine Dornier DO-217 bomber), to obliterate the American capital. The retreating Valkyries rallied around this and formed an escort.
Meanwhile at Dover, the Spectre finished massacring the German invasion force. Then shrinking down to human scale, he conferred with Hawkman, Atom, and Sandman, until Fate, Lantern, Batman, Flash, and Hourman arrived by air. They compared notes, and while they did so, the escorted Dornier flew overhead, and a taunting challenge was flung down. Then the heroes united in attempting to stop this long-range bomber from dropping a bomb on the White House, but Green Lantern, Doctor Fate, and The Spectre were unable to defeat the escorting Valkyries or even frustrate their flight-plan.
This went on for hours, and some time after sunrise, the supremely souped-up Dornier DO-217 approached Washington DC. Those experimental modifications must consist of turning the entire fuselage into a huge fuel tank. Still stymied, the heroes began to despair, when G.L. spotted Superman leaping to intercept the bomber. He smashed it to pieces, and apparently most or all of the crew bailed out. The entire payload was apparently a single very large bomb, which Superman (with Fate's help) intercepted on his way to the ground, and prevented its detonation.
Frustrated, the Valkyries shifted targets to the White House, with Green Lantern again intercepting them, but one of them finally knocked him out with a spear-butt to the back of his head, causing Hourman, Sandman, and the Atom to tumble to the ground. Batman and the Spectre stayed engaged in the airborne fight, while the hardy Atom was first to shake off the shock of the fall, and saw one spearwoman dismount and enter the White House; he followed her. The unnamed Valkyrie found FDR in the Oval Office, and struck, shooting a magic bolt from her spear, which was intercepted by Atom Pratt diving across the President's desk and taking the bolt in the chest. Before she could strike again, Superman had her in a grip of steel, briefly, but she vanished. Hawkman checked the Atom, who was somewhat startled at being alive. Roosevelt then proposed that this impromptu team-up become permanent, The Spectre and Dr. Fate saw perils ahead that they must confront as a team, Hawkman thought a worthwhile "super battalion" could form, but Superman disliked the military angle and instead named them The Justice Society of America.
Appearing in "The Day That Dropped Out of Time!"
- Justice Society of America
- Per Degaton (First appearance)
- Sultan of Persia
- Mayor of Gotham
- Professor Appleby
- Professor Braun
- Professor Staley
- Blackout Bomb
- Green Flame of Life
- Green Lantern Ring
- Hydrocyanic Acid
- Magic Sphere
- Nth Metal Wings
- Time Capsule
- Long Tom
- Professor Zee's Time Machine
Synopsis for "The Day That Dropped Out of Time!"
This story is reprinted from All-Star Comics #35.
The Justice Society of America finds in their possession a shield, inscribed with a message of thanks in Macedonian. However, none of the members ever recall having seen it. Wonder Woman puts the shield into the Magic Sphere, which shows them the story of their mission that they do not remember.
The Sphere begins the story with “the change”, an event that causes all technology to revert back to the middle ages. The change was caused when Per Degaton steals Professor Zee's time-machine, and shoots Zee in the process. Degaton travels back to 331 B.C., at which time he supplies the Persians with modern weapons, causing Alexander the Great to lose the Battle of Arbela, which in turn causes all modern inventions to vanish from the 20th Century. Degaton, who has been hiding in an arsenal outside of the changed timeline, conquers America handily.
Meanwhile, Prof. Zee has been found and moved to a hospital, where he summons the Justice Society to his bedside. He explains what has happened, but as he is about to reveal the event he believes Degaton altered, the professor is shot again. The members split up and do some reconnaissance missions, to determine Degaton's origins and intentions, while Johnny Thunder, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern stay behind to give 24-hour guard to Professor Zee.
Flash visits a time capsule to see if he can recover some penicillin protected from “the change”. He stumbles into Degaton and his secret arsenal. Degaton escapes, and Flash returns with the penicillin for the professor. The Atom searches for Degaton to see if he can find out the secret of what event was changed. He finds Degaton's army looting, and gets the drop on Degaton, and learns that Degaton changed a battle, before being knocked out by Degaton's henchmen. Waking up, he escapes and returns to report what he knows. Hawkman sets out to protect the Mayor of Gotham from Degaton's attack. He saves the mayor and returns him to City Hall to help keep order. Doctor Mid-Nite races to protect the top scientists, fearing that Degaton will attack them to keep them from erasing his technological advantage. Dr. Mid-Nite is captured, but escapes with help from the scientists, and returns the favor by rescuing the scientists from a firing squad.
When they all return, the penicillin has made Zee well enough to talk, and he tells them of Degaton's interference in the Battle of Arbela. Green Lantern sets off alone to restore the timeline. Finding the time-machine and Degaton, Green Lantern attacks, but is knocked out, and Degaton sends him into the future. Green Lantern wakes ten years in the future and is discovered by the other members of the Justice Society, who are now outlaws in Degaton's regime, because of Green Lantern's failure to complete his mission. The Green Lantern uses his ring to bring the Justice Society back to that fated battle and use their powers to again turn the tide in Alexander's favor. Successful, and with the timeline restored, the Justice Society no longer needs to go back in time, so the mission never happened, and the JSA return to their own time with only Alexander's shield as a memento.
Appearing in "The Big Super-Hero Hunt!"
- Guards from the Larry Lance Detective Agency
- Mr. Benson
- Federal City
- Jet Power Boat
Synopsis for "The Big Super-Hero Hunt!"
This story is reprinted from The Brave and the Bold #62.
The Sportsmaster and Huntress work together as husband and wife, him stealing expensive sports memorabilia, while she captures any superhero that gets in the way. When Wildcat falls into Huntress' trap, only Starman and Black Canary can help him.
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