All-Star Squadron #1A

The World On Fire

Sep 1981
Action, Adventure, Super-Heroes
Modern Age | Color | USA | English
Regular Cover
Comic | 32 pages | $0.50

Hawkman returns to JSA Headquarters, but finds no evidence of his teammates' presence. Instead he finds F.B.I. detective Plastic Man. The two heroes discover that the other members of the Justice Society have been abducted by villains known as Professor Zodiak, the Sky Pirate, Solomon Grundy and Wotan. At Plastic Man's urging, they decide to go to Washington, D.C. to answer a summons from the President. En route, they run afoul of a horde of winged villains led by a strange man known as the King Bee. Hawkman defeats the King Bee, but after doing so is shocked to see his foe vanish into thin air, seemingly dead.

Elsewhere, the time-displaced swordsman, the Shining Knight lands on one of the Hawaiian isles. He meets vulcanologist Danette Reilly who tells him about strange seismic activity taking place on the island. Even more disturbing is that up until a few days ago, the island didn't even exist. The Shining Knight and Danette investigate a cavern at the base of the volcano. They discover that this is the secret lair of Per Degaton - the mastermind behind the recent attacks against the JSA. Per Degaton reveals that he has traveled backwards in time from the year 1947 and plans on conquering the world. The Knight and Danette try to fight him, but they are defeated Degaton's accomplice, Professor Zodiak.

At the nearby naval base at Pearl Harbor, Danette's brother ensign Rod Reilly and his friend Slugger Dunn are on their way to the USS Arizona when suddenly, a squadron of Japanese fighter planes comes out of the sky and attacks the base. Both Reilly and Dunn are killed in the strafing runs.

Back in the United States, Doctor Mid-Nite and the Atom attend a Washington Redskins game when they become alerted to something major taking place in Washington. They go to the White House where they meet three other lesser-known mystery men, Johnny Quick, Liberty Belle and Robotman. Just arriving at the scene are Hawkman and Plastic Man. After introductions are made, the heroes meet President Roosevelt who tells them about the attack on Pearl Harbor. He instructs the members of the Justice Society to gather as many costumed heroes as they can find and unite them under the banner of the All-Star Squadron.

Creators View all

Writer Roy Thomas
Penciller Rich Buckler
Inker Jerry Ordway
Colorist Carl Gafford
Letterer John Costanza
Cover Penciller Rich Buckler
Cover Inker Dick Giordano
Editor Len Wein

Characters View all

Green Lantern (Alan Scott)
Johnny Quick (Johnny Chambers)
Johnny Thunder
Hawkman (Carter Hall)
Per Degaton
Thunderbolt (Yz)
Solomon Grundy (Cyrus Gold)
Shining Knight (Sir Justin Arthur)
Robotman (Robert Crane)
Batman (Earth-2) (Bruce Wayne)
Firebrand (Rod Reilly)
Sandman (Wesley Dodds)
Robin (Earth-2) (Dick Grayson)
Starman (Ted Knight)
Atom (Al Pratt)
Flash (Jay Garrick)
Wonder Woman (Earth-2) (Diana Prince)
Superman (Earth-2) (Kal-L / Clark Kent)
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Dr. Mid-Nite (Charles McNider)
Dr. Fate (Kent Nelson)
King Bee
Professor Zodiak (Zobar Zodiak)
Danette Reilly
Sky Pirate
Theodore 'Tubby' Watts
Plastic Man (Eel O'Brian)
Spectre (Jim Corrigan)
Liberty Belle (Libby Lawrence)