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"Wonder Woman: "Danny the Demon Had Plans"": The synopsis for this issue has not yet been written.

The Big All-American Comic Book is a one-shot with a cover date of January, 1945. It was published on November 1, 1944.

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Synopsis for Wonder Woman: "Danny the Demon Had Plans"


Appearing in Wonder Woman: "Danny the Demon Had Plans"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Danny the Demon, safecracker

Other Characters:

  • General Courtney (Dies)
  • Colonel Fuzz
  • Bingley, park manager
  • Danny Deft, watchman
  • Dipsy the Clown
  • Officer O'Leary and his partner

Locations:

Items:


Synopsis for Scribbly: "The Ten Buck Nut"


Appearing in Scribbly: "The Ten Buck Nut"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Other Characters:

  • random racetrack crackpot

Locations:

Synopsis for Atom: "Putting on the Dog"


Appearing in Atom: "Putting on the Dog"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Herminetta Wallabi

Antagonists:

  • Big Mouth Bo-Bo
    • Goo Goo
    • other stooge

Other Characters:

  • Rollo the Wonder Dog

Locations:

Synopsis for Little Boy Blue and the Blue Boys: "Three Fugitives from Clarence"


Appearing in Little Boy Blue and the Blue Boys: "Three Fugitives from Clarence"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Clarence Bates
  • Mrs. Rogers
  • Dan Rogers

Antagonists:

  • Monk Healy
    • his mugs

Locations:

Synopsis for Johnny Thunder: "Little Peachy Pet Riding Hood"


Appearing in Johnny Thunder: "Little Peachy Pet Riding Hood"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Big Bad Wolf (only in Johnny's story)

Other Characters:

  • Mrs. Thunder
  • her lady friends
  • Peachy's kid friends

Synopsis for Hop Harrigan: "The Fatal Charm of Tank Tinker"


Appearing in Hop Harrigan: "The Fatal Charm of Tank Tinker"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

Other Characters:

Locations:

Items:

  • Microfilmed Intel
  • Special Cameras

Vehicles:

  • Japanese light bomber (stolen, destroyed)
  • three Japanese pursuit planes (one destroyed)
  • Japanese 2-man Submarine (captured)
  • Japanese Destroyer (Destroyed)
  • U.S. Destroyer
  • U.S. Cruiser

Synopsis for The Whip: "Warpath"


Appearing in The Whip: "Warpath"

Featured Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Charley
  • Daggett
  • Shelby

Other Characters:

  • Pueblo Indians
    • Yellow Horse
    • Chief Laughing Dog
  • Professor Brahmer

Locations:

  • New Mexico
    • Gaynor's Ranch
    • Pueblo Reservation
    • Piute

Synopsis for Pint-Size Pete: "Simply Shocking"

Pint-Size Pete has terrible bad luck and complains about it a lot.

Appearing in Pint-Size Pete: "Simply Shocking"

Featured Characters:

  • Pint-Size Pete

Supporting Characters:

  • Minus, Pete's Pooch Pal

Antagonists:

  • B. Goat, City Dog-Catcher
  • Foxy Finageller
    • his crook gang: Snapper, others

Other Characters:

  • Cops

Locations:

Synopsis for Green Lantern: "Heroes Are Born... Not Made"

Baxton's a town with impressive parks and architecture and a thriving infrastructure. This is all the result of wealthy men trying to have the local town bells rung in their honor. As the bell-ringer, crusty old-timer "Pop", explains to Alan Scott and Doiby, however, the bells are only rung in response to great displays of heroism. Alan points out to Doiby a peaceful town like Baxton doesn't have many opportunities for heroics, just before he sees a hooded woman claiming to be the legendary Medusa attempt to blackmail Adams the wealthy banker. Alan goes to power up his ring for his confrontation with a new supervillain.

A group of gangsters confront Adams, and while Green Lantern and Doiby batter the hoods by bringing a bunch of fountain statues to life, Medusa turns her deadly gaze on the banker. By the time the heroes make their way over to him, Adams has been turned to stone and Medusa's gone without a trace. Locals who witness Adams' demise appeal to Pop to ring the bells because Adams refused to cooperate with extortion, but Pop refuses.

Green Lantern investigates the heir to Adams' wealth, who turns out to be a young woman named Leslie Banks. She's glad of what happened in a way, since the wealth will do a lot of good at the orphanage she runs. While there the duo notice a diploma written in French on the wall. Green Lantern's able to read the language and isn't shocked to learn it's a diploma from an art school specializing in sculpture, inclining the hero to think Leslie Banks is Medusa, killed Adams to inherit his money, and made a statue of her victim to make it appear she has the power of petrification. Medusa's gang shows up then, and when the heroes brawl with them the fight spreads into a hedge maze where the two are separated and Doiby's overwhelmed and taken captive. Again people appeal to Pop to ring the bells for Doiby's brave attempts to stand up to crime, but again he refuses.

A blackmail note from Medusa lands near Green Lantern, demanding money or she'll petrify everyone in town. The hero admits defeat and encourages the townspeople to pay the ransom. When he goes to deliver the payoff, Green Lantern spots a name on the local war monument and has a realization. Medusa and her flunkies show up to collect the money, only to learn Green Lantern's actually carrying eggs that he mockingly pelts them with instead. Medusa responds to this outrage by unleashing her terrible gaze on Green Lantern. His ring easily protects him and he sends the villains running with a mighty emerald beam, right to Leslie Banks' orphanage, where Doiby's been imprisoned. He also finds Medusa's mask, hooked up to a concealed radio transmitter that could kill a man at close range, how the villain really claimed her victims. Leslie Banks comes in and breaks down, confessing to being Medusa.

To the townspeople's surprise, the bells start ringing. They figure this must be in recognition of Green Lantern defeating Medusa, but enter the bell tower to be welcomed by the grim spectacle of Pop having hung himself. Green Lantern explains: Leslie Banks really was Medusa, but not Leslie Banks the operator of the local orphanage. Instead Pop, her father, who she was named after. He was ringing the bells for the bravery she showed in willingly taking the fall for him. The unexpectedness of Baxton having found itself a hero gets Green Lantern to tell his friend, heroes are born, not made.

Appearing in Green Lantern: "Heroes Are Born... Not Made"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

Other Characters:

  • Banker Adams (Only appearance; dies)
  • Leslie Banks, Leslie's daughter (Single appearance)
  • at least 10 orphans

Locations:

  • Baxton, USA (Single appearance)
    • Bell Tower
    • Many Monuments
    • Secour Hotel
    • Orphanage
  • École Rodin, France (Mentioned only)

Items:

  • Baxton's Iron Bell
  • Green Lantern Ring
  • Medusa's Portable Short-Wave Transmitter (death ray)

Synopsis for Ghost Patrol: "Meet Honest John"


Appearing in Ghost Patrol: "Meet Honest John"

Featured Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Honest John Gyppem, mayor
  • Big Charlie Bildit, builder

Other Characters:

  • Bricklayer

Locations:

  • Argus City
    • new train station (collapses)

Synopsis for Mr. Terrific: "Models for Crime"


Appearing in Mr. Terrific: "Models for Crime"

Featured Characters:

Antagonists:

  • "Money" Lowy
    • his hoods

Other Characters:

  • Jack Tarr, ship modeler
  • Chickie Tarr
  • night watchman (wounded)

Locations:

Items:

  • Tarr's scale model ships, concealing deadly mechanisms
  • Sloan's scale model ship, concealing radio equipment

Synopsis for Wildcat: "Wildcat Meets the Kidder"


Appearing in Wildcat: "Wildcat Meets the Kidder"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

Other Characters:

  • D. Dunn, opposing boxer (K.O.)

Locations:

  • Boxing Arena
  • Toy Store

Items:

  • sneezing powder, squirting pens, cigarette charges, etc.

Synopsis for Hawkman: "A Hot Time in the Old Town"

An arsonist endangers Hawk Valley with a forest fire. Hawkman hunts down and out-fights his gang, while Hot Shot flees and hides in a walk-in freezer. Such a place is actually Hot Shot's worst nightmare, because he has an extremely strong phobia about cold. By bad luck, his special asbestos suit gets wedged in the doorway, delaying any rescue from the freezer, in which Hot Shot dies.

Appearing in Hawkman: "A Hot Time in the Old Town"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Hot Shot (Only appearance; dies)
    • Slick, hench thug
    • 3 more hench

Locations:

  • Hot Shot's specially overheated secret base
  • Hawk Valley
  • Amalgamated Metals Building

Items:

Vehicles:

  • Hot Shot's specially heated sedan

Synopsis for Bulldog Drumhead: "Leary Leery McSneery"


Appearing in Bulldog Drumhead: "Leary Leery McSneery"

Featured Characters:

  • Bulldog Drumhead

Supporting Characters:

  • L'il Oliver Wendell McDuffy, sidekick

Antagonists:

  • Leery McSneery
    • his gang

Other Characters:

  • J. Mortimer Goldenbucks

Locations:

Synopsis for Flash: "The Million Dollar Apple"

As a protective measure, a very expensive emerald is concealed within an apple. The apple gets lost and thru an exceedingly unlikely series of coincidences, works its way back to the rightful owner.

Appearing in Flash: "The Million Dollar Apple"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Jocko Wolfe, theater owner
    • his gang

Other Characters:

  • Robert Cromwell, noted explorer
  • private detective
  • Tony, apple peddler

Locations:

  • Palace Theater
  • Five Penthouse Drive, Cromwell's apartment

Items:

  • Cromwell's emerald

Vehicles:

  • S.S. Luck

Notes

  • The Big All-American Comic Book was a one-shot comic book published in November, 1944 by William H. Wise & Company. The product of World War II paper restrictions, the book was a collaboration with All-American Publications: All-American provided the properties and wrote the content, while Wise & Company printed it using their surplus paper allotment.
    • The book was 128 pages, featured all original stories, and sold for 25 cents. Almost all other comics at that time were 64 pages and sold for a dime.
    • This issue is reprinted in The DC Comics Rarities Archives Vol. 1.
  • Green Lantern's oath is the second version, later used by Hal Jordan and the Earth-One Green Lanterns.
    • Doiby gets head-konked unconscious, one more time.
  • Hawkman gets head-konked unconscious, with a wrench.
  • Hop Harrigan: At the time of this story, the Battle of Tarawa has already taken place.
    • Story picks up with Hop and Tank disguised as Malay tribesmen, carrying a carved wooden figure packed with important microfilm.
  • Pint-Size Pete is a funny-animal-style black cat, wandering in a funny-animal world.
  • Wonder Woman: Steve Trevor is a major and Phil Darnell is a general, at the time of this story.
  • Also appearing in this issue of The Big All-American Comic Book was:
    • Mutt & Jeff by Bud Fisher.
    • Who's Who in Zooville: Meet J. Groaner Crooner by R. Santi.
    • Full-page ad for Ed Wheelan's Joke Book, Featuring Fat and Slat.

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