Enjoy some more kid-friendly holiday season content as Balladeer’s Blog wraps up the Christmas/ New Year celebrations for this time around. It’s the very first superhero team in history: the 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 COMICS #12 (August 1942)
Title: VICTORY FOR AMERICA AND DEMOCRACY
Heroes: STARMAN, WONDER WOMAN (Original), THE SPECTRE, DOCTOR FATE, SANDMAN, HAWKMAN (Original), DOCTOR MIDNITE, THE ATOM (Original), JOHNNY THUNDER
Villains: THE BLACK DRAGON SOCIETY
Synopsis: Just as the U.S. Government had previously asked the Justice Society to take on the Greyshirts, Nazi Germany’s covert saboteur network in America, they now sic our heroes on Imperial Japan’s covert Black Dragon Society in America.
The War Department informs the JSA that the Black Dragons are planning to steal assorted high-tech, Top Secret weapons that are in development.
The heroes defeat the Black Dragons’ attempts to steal aircraft controlled by the human mind, gigantic tanks, super-explosives and special dirigibles capable of serving as airborne aircraft carriers.
The JSA also thwarts Black Dragon efforts to recreate the still-lost Greek Fire which could burn on water and to obtain the Y-Ray, a healing ray that can be perverted into a Death Ray. In the end the Black Dragons are wiped out like the Greyshirts before them.
How I Would Revise It:
A. I would change the bizarre way the original story had Wonder Woman merely serve as the Justice Society’s Secretary and stay in their Headquarters while the others go into action. I would have Wonder Woman go off with the team instead of Johnny Thunder, the Jar Jar Binks of the JSA, who wouldn’t even be there.
B. Instead of the heroes being sent on separate individual missions I would have them act as a TEAM.
C. PART ONE – In San Francisco the Justice Society of America would battle the Black Dragons who are using their super-explosive, one grain of which could blow up an entire battleship. Ultimately the JSA would stop the villains from using the explosive to rupture the San Andreas Fault and cause much of California to collapse into the ocean.
D. PART TWO – In the Midwest the Black Dragons would be using the mind-controlled aircraft in unison with the flying dirigible aircraft carriers to unleash destruction on various cities. Needless to say the heroes would stop them.
E. PART THREE – In the deserts of the Southwest the Black Dragons would wage a campaign of terror with the giant tanks which can also shoot flames. (Armored, rolling Godzillas, you could say.) After stopping these weapons the Justice Society would invade the secret lair of the Black Dragons, completely wiping them out.
I WILL REVIEW THE NEXT JSA STORY SOON. KEEP CHECKING BACK FOR UPDATES.
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