All-American Comics

 ALA5   (DC, 1939-1948)

™ and © DC Comics

This title, which originally featured strip reprints, humor pieces, and adventure stories, became famous when it shifted to a primarily super-hero focus. Green Lantern made his debut in All-American Comics #16, followed shortly after by Doctor Mid-Nite. Green Lantern gained a comic-relief sidekick a year after his debut with the introduction of Doiby Dickles, a taxi driver with a thick Brooklyn accent. Memorable villains also made their debut in this series, including Solomon Grundy, and Harlequin, a femme fatale who would become something of an arch-nemesis (and romantic interest!) of Green Lantern’s.

Green Lantern’s story began as engineer Alan Scott was working on a railroad bridge when it was blown up by a jealous competitor. When he managed to drag himself out of the wreckage, he came across a strange green lantern which began to speak to him. The lantern told Scott that it had originally been a meteor which fell to Earth. It was later carved into first a Chinese lamp, then into an engineer’s lantern. Its purpose was to imbue its owner with power that would be used to fight against evil. Scott followed the lantern’s instructions to create a ring from the lantern’s material, and to “recharge” the ring every day by touching it against the lantern.

With this ring, Scott became the Green Lantern, one of DC’s first super-heroes, and a founding member of the Justice Society of America. Among his powers were flight, the ability to walk through walls, and invulnerability to virtually any sort of attack. He had one weakness: things that were yellow (including wooden bats, cudgels, etc.) could penetrate his shields. As a result, Green Lantern ended up getting bonked on the head perhaps more than any other hero.

As super-heroes faded following World War II, All-American Comics recast itself once more, becoming All-American Western with issue #103.

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  NotesWriterArtist

#1

  4/1/1939
  $0.10
  $3.00
No copies available
1st Appearance of Hop Harrigan; 1st Appearance of Red; White and BlueBud Fisher, Edwina Dumm, Percy Crosby, A.W. Nugent, Gene Byrnes, Jon L. Blummer, Sheldon Mayer, Carl Claudy, Edwin Alger, Fontaine Fox, Loring Dowst, Lt. Richard RickWilliam Smith, Bud Fisher, Edwina Dumm, Percy Crosby, A.W. Nugent, Gene Byrnes, Jon L. Blummer, Sheldon Mayer, Stan Aschmeier, Harry Lampert, Walter Galli, Fontaine Fox, George Storm, Lt. Richard Rick

#2

  5/1/1939
  $0.10
  $2,000.00
No copies available
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Features beginBud Fisher, Gene Byrnes, Robert L. Ripley, Percy Crosby, A.W. Nugent, Edwina Dumm, Jon L. Blummer, Sheldon Mayer, Carl Claudy, Fontaine Fox, Edwin Alger, Loring Dowst, Lt. Richard RickBud Fisher, Harry Lampert, Gene Byrnes, Robert Ripley, Percy Crosby, A.W. Nugent, Edwina Dumm, Sheldon Mayer, Stan Aschmeier, Fontaine Fox, George Storm, Edwin Alger, Ben Flinton, Lt. Richard Rick, William Smith

#3

  6/1/1939
  $0.10
  $1,400.00
No copies available
   

#4

  7/1/1939
  $0.10
  $1,475.00
No copies available
   

#5

  8/1/1939
  $0.10
  $1,250.00
No copies available
 Jerry Siegel, Bud Fisher, Gene Byrnes, Edwin Alger, Percy Crosby, George Storm, Edwina Dumm, Fontaine Fox, Jon L. Blummer, Carl Claudy, Harry Lampert, Sheldon MayerWilliam Smith, Bud Fisher, Burr Inwood, Calvin Fader, Percy Crosby, George Storm, Edwina Dumm, Fontaine Fox, Jon L. Blummer, Stan Aschmeier, Harry Lampert, Sheldon Mayer, Walter Galli, Gene Byrnes

#6

  9/1/1939
  $0.10
  $975.00
No copies available
 Alfred Bester, Joseph Greene, M.C. Gaines, John Wentworth, James Robinson, Jon L. BlummerPaul Reinman, Stan Aschmeier, Don Cameron, Dennis Neville, Jon L. Blummer

#7

  10/1/1939
  $0.10
  $975.00
No copies available
   

#8

  11/1/1939
  $0.10
  $1,800.00
No copies available
1st Appearance of Ultra Man  

#9

  12/1/1939
  $0.10
  $950.00
No copies available
   

#10

  1/1/1940
  $0.10
  $2,075.00
No copies available
   

#11

  2/1/1940
  $0.10
  $1,025.00
No copies available
   

#12

  3/1/1940
  $0.10
  $950.00
No copies available
   

#13

  4/1/1940
  $0.10
  $950.00
No copies available
   

#14

  5/1/1940
  $0.10
  $950.00
No copies available
   

#15

  6/1/1940
  $0.10
  $2,175.00
No copies available
   

#16

  7/1/1940
  $0.10
  $236,700.00
No copies available
1st Appearance of Green Lantern I (Alan Scott)Bill Finger, Robert L. Ripley, Bud Fisher, Gene Byrnes, Edwin Alger, Carl Claudy, Sheldon MayerMartin Nodell, Jon Elby, Bud Fisher, Gene Byrnes, Edwin Alger, Sheldon Mayer, Don Shelby, Robert Ripley, William Smith, Stan Aschmeier

#17

  8/1/1940
  $0.10
  $15,600.00
No copies available
2nd appearance of Green Lantern (Alan Scott)Bill Finger, Carl H. Claudy, Jon L. Blummer, Edwin Alger, Art Helfant, Evelyn Gaines, Sheldon MayerMartin Nodell, Stan Aschmeier, Jon L. Blummer, Edwin Alger, Art Helfant, Sheldon Mayer, William Smith

#18

  9/1/1940
  $0.10
  $8,800.00
No copies available
 Bill Finger, Carl H. Claudy, Robert L. Ripley, Bud Fisher, Jon ElbyMartin Nodell

#19

  10/1/1940
  $0.10
  $15,000.00
No copies available
1st Appearance of Atom (Al Pratt); Origin of Atom (Al Pratt)Bill Finger, Bill O’Connor, Jon L. BlummerMartin Nodell, Ben Flinton, Jon L. Blummer

#20

  11/1/1940
  $0.10
  $4,900.00
No copies available
1st Appearance of Atom (Al Pratt); 1st appearance of Red Tornado (Ma Hunkel)Bill Finger, Sheldon Mayer, Bill O’Connor, Jon L. Blummer, Carl H. Claudy, Edwin Alger, Evelyn GainesMartin Nodell, Sheldon Mayer, Jon L. Blummer, Ben Flinton, Stan Aschmeier, Edwin Alger, William Smith

#21

  12/1/1940
  $0.10
  $3,300.00
No copies available
 Bill FingerMartin Nodell

#22

  1/1/1941
  $0.10
  $2,000.00
No copies available
 Bill FingerMartin Nodell

#23

  2/1/1941
  $0.10
  $2,100.00
No copies available
 Bill FingerEverett E. Hibbard

#24

  3/1/1941
  $0.10
  $4,500.00
No copies available
Preview of Doctor Mid-NiteBill Finger, Sheldon MayerIrwin Hasen, Martin Nodell

#25

  4/1/1941
  $0.10
  $8,300.00
No copies available
1st Appearance of Doctor Mid-Nite; Origin of Doctor Mid-NiteBill FingerHoward Purcell, Irwin Hasen, Martin Nodell

#26

  5/1/1941
  $0.10
  $2,875.00
No copies available
1st Appearance of Sargon the Sorcerer; Origin of Sargon the SorcererBill FingerHoward Purcell, Irwin Hasen, Martin Nodell

#27

  6/1/1941
  $0.10
  $3,800.00
No copies available
1st Appearance of Doiby DicklesBill FingerHoward Purcell, Irwin Hasen

#28

  7/1/1941
  $0.10
  $1,075.00
No copies available
 Bill FingerHoward Purcell, Irwin Hasen, Martin Nodell

#29

  8/1/1941
  $0.10
  $1,250.00
No copies available
 Bill FingerHoward Purcell, Irwin Hasen, Martin Nodell

#30

  9/1/1941
  $0.10
  $1,000.00
No copies available
 Bill Finger, Sheldon MayerHoward Purcell, Irwin Hasen, Martin Nodell

#31

  10/1/1941
  $0.10
  $1,050.00
No copies available
 Bill FingerMartin Nodell

#32

  11/1/1941
  $0.10
  $1,050.00
No copies available
 Bill Finger, Sheldon MayerIrwin Hasen

#33

  12/1/1941
  $0.10
  $1,050.00
No copies available
 Bill Finger, Jon L. BlummerMartin Nodell

#34

  1/1/1942
  $0.10
  $1,250.00
No copies available
 Bill Finger, Bud FisherMartin Nodell

#35

  2/1/1942
  $0.10
  $1,600.00
No copies available
 Bill Finger, Bud FisherMartin Nodell

#36

  3/1/1942
  $0.10
  $2,025.00
No copies available
 Bill Finger, Jon L. BlummerIrwin Hasen

#37

  4/1/1942
  $0.10
  $1,050.00
No copies available
 Bill FingerIrwin Hasen

#38

  5/1/1942
  $0.10
  $1,225.00
No copies available
 Bill FingerIrwin Hasen

#39

  6/1/1942
  $0.10
  $1,050.00
No copies available
 Irwin HasenMartin Nodell

#40

  7/1/1942
  $0.10
  $1,050.00
No copies available
 Irwin HasenMartin Nodell

#41

  8/1/1942
  $0.10
  $800.00
No copies available
 Irwin HasenMartin Nodell

#42

  9/1/1942
  $0.10
  $825.00
No copies available
   

#43

  10/1/1942
  $0.10
  $800.00
No copies available
  Martin Nodell

#44

  11/1/1942
  $0.10
  $775.00
No copies available
 Bud FisherBud Fisher

#45

  12/1/1942
  $0.10
  $775.00
No copies available
 Bud FisherBud Fisher

#46

  1/1/1943
  $0.10
  $775.00
No copies available
   

#47

  2/1/1943
  $0.10
  $775.00
No copies available
   

#48

  3/1/1943
  $0.10
  $775.00
No copies available
   

#49

  4/1/1943
  $0.10
  $775.00
No copies available
   

#50

  6/1/1943
  $0.10
  $775.00
No copies available
   

#51

  7/1/1943
  $0.10
  $675.00
No copies available
 Irwin HasenMartin Nodell

#52

  9/1/1943
  $0.10
  $900.00
No copies available
   

#53

  10/1/1943
  $0.10
  $675.00
No copies available
   

#54

  12/1/1943
  $0.10
  $675.00
No copies available
 Bud FisherBud Fisher

#55

  1/1/1944
  $0.10
  $2,225.00
No copies available
   

#56

  3/1/1944
  $0.10
  $675.00
No copies available
   

#57

  4/1/1944
  $0.10
  $675.00
No copies available
 Bud FisherBud Fisher

#58

  6/1/1944
  $0.10
  $1,225.00
No copies available
   

#59

  7/1/1944
  $0.10
  $675.00
No copies available
   

#60

  9/1/1944
  $0.10
  $700.00
No copies available
 Joseph Greene, Ted Udall, Jon L. BlummerPaul Reinman, Joe Gallagher, Stan Aschmeier, Jon L. Blummer

#61

  10/1/1944
  $0.10
  $4,400.00
No copies available
1st Appearance of Solomon Grundy; Origin of Solomon Grundy Paul Reinman

#62

  12/1/1944
  $0.10
  $600.00
No copies available
   

#63

  1/1/1945
  $0.10
  $900.00
No copies available
   

#64

  3/1/1945
  $0.10
  $600.00
No copies available
   

#65

  4/1/1945
  $0.10
  $600.00
No copies available
   

#66

  6/1/1945
  $0.10
  $600.00
No copies available
 Alfred Bester, Joseph Greene, M.C. Gaines, John Wentworth, James Robinson, Jon L. BlummerPaul Reinman, Stan Aschmeier, Don Cameron, Dennis Neville, Jon L. Blummer

#67

  8/1/1945
  $0.10
  $600.00
No copies available
  Paul Reinman

#68

  9/1/1945
  $0.10
  $600.00
No copies available
   

#69

  11/1/1945
  $0.10
  $580.00
No copies available
  Paul Reinman

#70

  1/1/1946
  $0.10
  $600.00
No copies available
   

#71

  3/1/1946
  $0.10
  $550.00
No copies available
   

#72

  4/1/1946
  $0.10
  $550.00
No copies available
   

#73

  5/1/1946
  $0.10
  $550.00
No copies available
   

#74

  6/1/1946
  $0.10
  $550.00
No copies available
   

#75

  7/1/1946
  $0.10
  $550.00
No copies available
   

#76

  8/1/1946
  $0.10
  $550.00
No copies available
  Paul Reinman

#77

  9/1/1946
  $0.10
  $650.00
No copies available
  Paul Reinman

#78

  10/1/1946
  $0.10
  $825.00
No copies available
   

#79

  11/1/1946
  $0.10
  $550.00
No copies available
   

#80

  12/1/1946
  $0.10
  $550.00
No copies available
  Paul Reinman

#81

  1/1/1947
  $0.10
  $550.00
No copies available
   

#82

  2/1/1947
  $0.10
  $550.00
No copies available
   

#83

  3/1/1947
  $0.10
  $650.00
No copies available
   

#84

  4/1/1947
  $0.10
  $550.00
No copies available
   

#85

  5/1/1947
  $0.10
  $440.00
No copies available
   

#86

  6/1/1947
  $0.10
  $570.00
No copies available
   

#87

  7/1/1947
  $0.10
  $550.00
No copies available
   

#88

  8/1/1947
  $0.10
  $550.00
No copies available
   

#89

  9/1/1947
  $0.10
  $1,200.00
No copies available
1st Appearance of Harlequin  

#90

  10/1/1947
  $0.10
  $775.00
No copies available
1st Appearance of Icicle  

#91

  11/1/1947
  $0.10
  $1,075.00
No copies available
   

#92

  12/1/1947
  $0.10
  $530.00
No copies available
 Bud Fisher 

#93

  1/1/1948
  $0.10
  $530.00
No copies available
   

#94

  2/1/1948
  $0.10
  $2,875.00
No copies available
   

#95

  3/1/1948
  $0.10
  $530.00
No copies available
   

#96

  4/1/1948
  $0.10
  $530.00
No copies available
 Bud FisherBud Fisher

#97

  5/1/1948
  $0.10
  $900.00
No copies available
   

#98

  6/1/1948
  $0.10
  $530.00
No copies available
   

#99

  7/1/1948
  $0.10
  $550.00
No copies available
 Bud Fisher, Ted UdallAlex Toth, Bud Fisher

#100

  8/1/1948
  $0.10
  $850.00
No copies available
1st appearance of Johnny Thunder (John Tane); Westerns beginRobert Kanigher, John BroomeAlex Toth, Rudy Palais, Arthur Peddy, Irwin Hasen
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