JUSTICE SOCIETY 9: WONDER WOMAN JOINS THE TEAM

AtomHere’s some more kid-friendly holiday season content! It’s another look at the very first superhero team in history, DC Comics’ Justice Society of America. FOR PART ONE CLICK HERE 

I will review the original issue and then detail how I would “script-doctor” the story for modern audiences.

All-Star 11ALL STAR COMICS #11 (June 1942)

Title: THE JUSTICE SOCIETY JOINS THE WAR ON JAPAN

Heroes: WONDER WOMAN (Original), THE SPECTRE, HAWKMAN (Original), DOCTOR FATE, THE ATOM (Original), STARMAN, DOCTOR MIDNITE, SANDMAN, JOHNNY THUNDER

Villains: JAPANESE IMPERIAL ARMED FORCES

Synopsis: With World War Two raging, Hawkman’s girlfriend Shiera Sanders (aka JSA Reserve Member Hawkgirl) has enlisted as a nurse in the U.S. Army. Shiera meets Diana Prince, who is secretly Wonder Woman. The ladies share their secrets and through Shiera, Wonder Woman meets the Justice Society of America. Doctor Fate recommends Wonder Woman for JSA membership. 

Wonder WomanThe U.S. government grants the Justice Society full status as a military unit and the heroes spring into action once again against Axis forces.

They defeat Imperial Japanese attacks on American bases, destroy enemy aircraft carriers, assist Allied paratroops and prevent the destruction of a West Coast hospital.

How I Would Revise It:

A. As in all the previous stories I would have used the original female Red Tornado instead of the annoying Johnny “Jar Jar” Thunder and I would have had the JSA members working as a team, NOT just sent on individual missions.

B. Rather than have the heroes scattered around the Pacific Theater and America’s West Coast I would have had them all stay together to drive off a fictional Imperial Japanese amphibious invasion of California, Alaska’s Aleutian Islands and Hawaii.

C. PART ONE – In California, which is being invaded by the Japanese via land and sea, Shiera Sanders is working at a military hospital alongside Dr Charles MacNider (Dr Midnite’s secret identity) and also meets Diana Prince. Wonder Woman meets the JSA through Shiera like in the original story. The Justice Society assembles and drives off the Japanese invasion of California.

D. PART TWO – The Justice Society spearheads the retaking of Aleutian Islands that have fallen to the Japanese.

E. PART THREE – The JSA liberates the American Territory of Hawaii, which in this fictional context was invaded and occupied even before the Japanese invaded California and Alaska’s Aleutian Islands.

I WILL REVIEW THE NEXT JSA STORY SOON. KEEP CHECKING BACK FOR UPDATES.

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10 responses to “JUSTICE SOCIETY 9: WONDER WOMAN JOINS THE TEAM

  1. I love this story summary. And I appreciate it because as much as I love the Golden Age, I often find the writing really tedious! Thus your summary is a fun way to enjoy this book without my limited attention span getting in the way!
    What I also find interesting is the apparently key role of the two female characters (contrary to some ignorant views today, while the world was not as friendly or equal as it is today, it was not the misogynistic Hell that people like to believe) as well as the amusing alignment of the US military making the JSS an official military unit! LOL. I wonder if the JSA members received DD 314’s when their service was over? 😁

    • Thanks for the comment! I know how you feel! Unfortunately the Red Tornado is only in my non-existent revised edition because I can’t stand Johnny Thunder and would rather she had been in the stories instead of him.

      But I agree with the bulk of your sentiment. Each of the heroes’ lady friends and/or wives also enlisted in the war effort in some way in this story. I’m afraid I don’t know if they got DD 314’s. LOL

  2. I love this story summary. And I appreciate it because as much as I love the Golden Age, I often find the writing really tedious! Thus your summary is a fun way to enjoy this book without my limited attention span getting in the way!
    What I also find interesting is the apparently key role of the two female characters (contrary to some ignorant views today, while the world was not as friendly or equal as it is today, it was not the misogynistic Hell that people like to believe) as well as the amusing alignment of the US military making the JSS an official military unit! LOL. I wonder if the JSA members received DD 314’s when their service was over? 😁

    • Thanks for the comment! I know how you feel! Unfortunately the Red Tornado is only in my non-existent revised edition because I can’t stand Johnny Thunder and would rather she had been in the stories instead of him.

      But I agree with the bulk of your sentiment. Each of the heroes’ lady friends and/or wives also enlisted in the war effort in some way in this story. I’m afraid I don’t know if they got DD 314’s. LOL

  3. Glen

    Excellent revision! I always hated the way the early JSA stories would have each lone hero go off for their own mission instead of staying together.

  4. Isabella

    I like seeing how far back Wonder Woman went.

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