Primitive savages get the better of the JLA!
The Justice League of America receive a special Nobel Prize for their invaluable contributions to the good of humanity. In their most recent case, the Justice League of America led a pitched battled against the One Hundred, an international crime cartel. The One Hundred had abducted a Nobel Prize winning chemist, Professor Lars Hanson, with intent to carry him behind the Iron Curtain. Doctor Viktor Willard receives the Nobel Prize for peace. The Black Canary, inexplicably, gains the power of telepathy, through her sonic scream, and picks up on the thoughts of Willard's fiance, Phyllis Temple. To Superman's eyes, Willard's countenance takes on the visage of death.
Returning to the United States of America, from Sweden, the Flash decides to race Superman across the Atlantic Ocean. The two heroes decide to abort the race, however, when their super-human velocities endanger the lives of civilians. On board the Justice League of America's satellite headquarters, the Black Canary suffers from unbearable grief and crushing loneliness. The Batman arrives to relieve the Black Canary from monitor duty. Having nowhere to go, and hungering for human companionship, the Black Canary remains on board the satellite. After plying the Batman with too many personal questions, the Black Canary breaks down in tears.
The Batman attempts to comfort the Black Canary, resulting in the two sharing a passionate kiss. Two days later, the Justice League of America is summoned to Australia to quash an aboriginal uprising. A spear is hurled at the Justice League of America, carrying a smoking skull. More spears strike the ground before the Justice League of America, filling the air with choking vapors. In short order, the Justice League of America are in a life-or-death struggle against the Aborigines. The moment the Justice League of America gain the upper hand, the Aborigines vanish, leading the team to speculate on the event.
The Flash finds Temple clinging to a piece of wreckage, in the sea. The Flash rushes Temple to a hospital, in Central City. There, the Flash's wife, Picture News reporter, Iris West Allen, angrily chastises the Flash for his prolonged absence and neglect. Allen furiously storms out of Temple's hospital room, while the Flash summons the Justice League of America. The Black Canary keys her sonic powers to telepathically probe Temple's memories. Temple had been on her honeymoon. Willard had taken her to a secret retreat, nestled inside an extinct volcano. There, Temple was introduced to Willard's monstrous "Nether Man".
Willard revealed that his Nobel Prize winning Pax Serum would actually drive humanity into a violent war, one which could only end in a global apocalypse. From the ashes of the old world, Willard would make the new world in his image. With the aid of the Nether Man, Temple fled Willard's Nova Terra retreat. Hours later, however, it was the Nether Man that destroyed Temple's boat, and left her to die in the sea. The Justice League of America storm Nova Terra. Superman clears the team's way through a mine field. The Atom safely accesses Willard's inner sanctum. The Hawkman clears the team's way through a laser grid.
Confronting Willard, the Justice League of America is attacked by an army of automatons. Temple pleads with Willard to abort his horrific plan for the world. Willard takes Temple hostage. Willard orders the Nether Man to kill Temple, but the Nether Man slays Willard instead. As Willard dies, so, too, dies the Nether Man. After destroying Willard's Inferno Bomb, the Justice League of America depart, shaken by the tragedy that has just unfolded.
This story was originally published in Strange Adventures #30 (March 1953). A plot summary for this story can be found at the link.