Appearing in "Secret of Genesis"
- Adam Strange (flashback only)
- Alanna Strange (flashback only)
- Martian Manhunter (flashback only)
- Kanjar Ro (flashback only)
Synopsis for "Secret of Genesis"
Unable to duplicate the conditions of the Red Tornado's original creation, T. O. Morrow is intent upon dismantling the android to learn his secret, when Aquaman, who has been searching for Morrow and the abducted Tornado with his fellow Justice League members, discovers the villain's hideaway. Morrow blasts Aquaman with his power-scepter (acquired in Super-Team Family #11), and the Sea King is saved by mere chance, as Green Lantern finds him and brings him to the JLA satellite for treatment. The Justice League finally confronts Morrow en masse, just as he is attacked by the powerful Tornado Tyrant, who bests all the JLA members except Firestorm.
Before Firestorm can attack the Tyrant, he is confronted by the Tornado Champion, who recounts his history and reveals that it had been he who was the life-force of the Red Tornado. By tampering with the android's memory, Morrow had unwittingly freed the Tornado Champion and his evil other-self. Firestorm now reintegrates the Tornado Champion and Tyrant into the Red Tornado, causing the tornado-being to lose his memory of his separate existence (as he had when first becoming part of Red Tornado), this time voluntarily. Red Tornado revives, with only Firestorm now aware of the secret of his origin.
Appearing in "All-Star Squadron"
- Atom (Al Pratt)
- Batman (Bruce Wayne)
- Doctor Fate (Kent Nelson)
- Doctor Mid-Nite (Charles McNider)
- Flash (Jay Garrick)
- Green Lantern (Alan Scott)
- Hawkman (Carter Hall)
- Johnny Thunder (John L. Thunder) and the Thunderbolt
- Robin (Richard Grayson)
- Sandman (Wesley Dodds)
- Spectre (Jim Corrigan)
- Superman (Kal-L)
- Wonder Woman (Diana Prince)
- All-Star Squadron (First appearance)
- Rod Reilly (Cameo)
- Inza Nelson (New Earth)
- Tubby Watts
- Franklin Delano Roosevelt
- Harry Hopkins
- Seven Soldiers of Victory (flashback only)
- L.A. Coliseum
- Echo Park
- Lincoln Memorial
- Green Lantern Power Ring
- Lasso of Truth
- Gravity Rod
- Sky Pirate's Robot-Men
- Sky Pirate's Gas Gun
- Crystal Orb of Nabu
- Green Kryptonite
- Nth Metal Belt and Boots
- Invisible Plane
- Sky Pirate's dirigible pirate ship
- Professor Zodiak's plane
Synopsis for "All-Star Squadron"
Late into the evening of December 6, 1941, President Roosevelt and Harry Hopkins attempt to contact the Justice Society of America but no one answers as their headquarters is empty. In Los Angeles, Johnny Chambers and Tubby Watts cover a charity foot race among the Flash, Green Lantern, and Wonder Woman, with the Amazon winning by a nose. Wildcat presents Wonder Woman with a trophy noting that he had been wanting to meet the three heroes. The heroes take their leave and meet up (minus Wildcat) in nearby Echo Park where they encounter Solomon Grundy. None of the heroes have fought Grundy yet the villain claims to have fought them before. Grundy bests the costumed trio and is summoned by a mysterious voice to deliver them or "pay the penalty."
Roosevelt makes another attempt to contact the JSA with no luck. Meanwhile, in New York City, Sandman, Starman, and Johnny Thunder (with his personal Thunderbolt), are defeated by the notorious Sky Pirate. Simultaneously, Dr. Fate learns through the Orb of Nabu that Wotan has returned despite having been defeated "forever." The sorcerer quickly departs despite his wife's admonishment that he is not as powerful as before. Wotan uses a disguised Spectre to defeat his old nemesis, thereby defeating them both.
Somewhere in the South Pacific, Ensign Rod Reilly tries to dissuade his sister Danette from her risky volcano research. Elsewhere, in Gotham City, Superman, Batman, and Robin open a new USO club but are defeated by Professor Zodiak. In Washington, DC, the Atom, Dr. Mid-Nite, and Hawkman are attacked at the Lincoln Memorial by The Monster. When the trio best the horror-inspired villain, The Monster changes into an old man mentioning the name Degaton as the person responsible for the attack. Witnessing this is a mysterious man who then walks away "making strangely metallic sounds upon the rough concrete."
As the clock strikes midnight, Roosevelt reveals he had hoped to have the JSA ready in case of a Japanese attack. Still unsuccessful in contacting them, the president is cautiously optimistic the United States will "come through this."
- "All-Star Squadron" is reprinted in Showcase Presents: All-Star Squadron #1.
- Solomon Grundy's appearance in this issue is the result of time travel. Canonically, Solomon Grundy doesn't make his first appearance until 1944.
- First appearance of the All-Star Squadron, see also All-Star Squadron #0. They appear next in All-Star Squadron #1.
- Sandman mentions a Czech writer's term "robot" when fighting the Sky Pirate's mechanical men. The writer in question is Karel Čapek, who coined the term in his 1920 play R.U.R.
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