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"Justice Society of America: "The Justice Society Joins the War on Japan"": Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the members of the Justice Society arrive for their meeting, all planning on leaving the Justice Society to enlist (except the [[A


Quote1 The Justice Society has done what it could to help our country ... but now things have changed! I was a little worried about how to tell you this-- but as Carter Hall I'm going to enlist in the U.S. Army! Quote2
-- Hawkman



Appearing in Justice Society of America: "The Justice Society Joins the War on Japan"

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  • Ash
  • Carolyn Williams
  • Commander Sewell
  • Dr. Benson (Dies)
  • Lieutenant Gordon
  • Major Nichols

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  • Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress

Synopsis for Justice Society of America: "The Justice Society Joins the War on Japan"

Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the members of the Justice Society arrive for their meeting, all planning on leaving the Justice Society to enlist (except the Spectre, who can’t enlist because he is a ghost), but are afraid to say so. Hawkman breaks the news first, and the others celebrate the news, then set off to enlist in their civilian identities, while the Spectre stays behind to keep busy on the home front.

Carter Hall is assigned to the Interceptor Coast Command to fly pursuit planes. His girlfriend, Shiera Sanders, becomes a nurse and is assigned to sail to the Philippines. After she sets sail, a Japanese raid hits the air base, leaving one less plane than pilots. Carter changes into Hawkman and fights side by side with his fellow pilots. After downing all the fighters, he notices troop ships landing in San Francisco bay, and helps organize a civilian evacuation. With the help of a policeman, he repels the ground invasion, then torpedoes the warships in the bay. Upon returning to base, the Major asks Hawkman to patrol Shiera’s convoy to protect it from the fleeing invasion force. Hawkman lands on Shiera’s ship and meets Diana Prince, whom he addresses as Wonder Woman. Shiera later tells Diana that Carter Hall and Hawkman are the same person. Diana is assigned to the ambulance corps on the Philippines, and is immediately assigned to the beaches where she begins to treat wounded soldiers. When the next Japanese attack lands, she decides to follow Hawkman’s lead and fight as Wonder Woman. After she ties up the invading force, she hears a report of other landing parties coming. She runs to the beach and swims out under the boats and rips them apart. Then she lassos a plane, and rides to another island where she captures a third landing force. Wesley Dodds is assigned to Wake Island to man anti-aircraft artillery. When he is turned down for guard duty, he patrols anyway as the Sandman. He boards a two-man sub loaded with fuel and torpedoes, and discovers a fleet of inbound Japanese carriers. He sends a phony telegraph to the Japanese that a U.S. fleet is approaching, causing the carriers to flee in all directions. He then boards one and destroys all the airplanes aboard. Al Pratt is assigned to the tank corps, and trains to be a tank sergeant. After breezing through qualifications, he is assigned to Thailand, where he requests the most difficult assignment. He is told that the Japanese have broken through Allied lines at Kota Bharu, and he goes to the front to stop them. Although initially successful, he is out-maneuvered, and changes to the Atom. Grabbing a tree limb, the flips multiple enemy tanks, then takes over an enemy tank, forcing the Japanese to surrender. Kent Nelson joins the Army Parachute Troops. The troops are sent to recapture an Aleutian island, however, the parachutists are shot out of the sky by Japanese machine gun nest before they can land, so Nelson changes into Doctor Fate mid-jump. Destroying the guns gives his comrades enough time to land and set up and deal with the ground forces. Doctor Fate then goes into the ocean to sink the supporting Japanese battleships. As Charles McNider tries to figure out where and how to enlist, he gets a call requesting his help in the Medical Corps at a bombed Pacific army hospital. At the hospital, he is to finish the work of Dr. Benson, who was fatally wounded during the bombing. While working at night, Hooty warns the doctor of approaching enemy planes, and Doctor Mid-Nite heads out and captures the invading troops and shines a spotlight on incoming enemy planes to aid the anti-aircraft gunners. Ted Knight becomes an Air Force pilot and is sent to Hawaii for duty. The Americans get word of a Japanese attack on Manila, and Ted’s squadron is sent to bomb their airfield first. On the way, Ted’s bomber is hit by anti-aircraft fire, so he changes into Starman, and rescues several downed pilots. Then he joins the dogfight and smashes several planes with his gravity rod, allowing the rest of his squadron to bomb the Japanese airfield. Then Starman captures a battleship and orders the rest of the fleet to surrender, which they do. Johnny Thunder joins the Navy and is assigned to “special duty” an aircraft carrier, because of his constant mistakes. While attempting to hang a picture, Johnny foils a plot to blow up the ship, instead. The Thunderbolt, helps Johnny capture the spy responsible. Without the Thunderbolt’s help, but with a whole lot of dumb luck, Johnny somehow stops a fleet of Japanese bombers from sinking the carrier.

With their missions complete, their division commanders argue about which Justice Society member was the most impressive. A Naval commander shows up with Johnny, presenting him to the group. To settle the issue, Johnny has the Thunderbolt bring all eight members (including Wonder Woman and the Spectre) to the meeting. The commanding officer tells Hawkman that the Justice Society are too good to be soldiers, and forms the Justice Battalion of America. Doctor Fate recommends Wonder Woman for JSA membership.

Appearing in Hop Harrigan: "Outlaw Plane"

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Synopsis for Hop Harrigan: "Outlaw Plane"

After Tank Tinker is shot down testing a new bomber, Hop Harrigan and Prop Wash attempt to exact revenge on the spies responsible.

Notes

  • According to Roy Thomas[1], Doctor Mid-Nite's encounter with the Japanese armed forces, in this issue, was the inspiration for Dr. Mid-Nite's episode in All-Star Squadron #10.
  • Also according to Roy Thomas[2], Green Lantern remained in the armed services for several months longer than the other JSA members.

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