Thursday, November 15, 2007

Justice League of America #12 - June 1962

sgAnother classic villain debuts--the infamous Dr.Light!

The story:
"The Last Case of the Justice League!" by Gardner Fox, Mike Sekowsky, and Bernard Sachs. Snapper Carr arrives at the JLA Secret Sanctuary only to find a goofball who calls himself "Dr. Light" there, and he tells Snapper the tale he likes to call "The Last Case of the Justice League!"

Dr.Light uses his Disco Ball of Doom to send JLAers to other worlds--Aquaman to an all-desert planet, Manhunter to an all-fire planet, etc. Luckily, Superman and Batman senses something was up before they were transported, and switched identities, which helps them escape and then rescue the other JLAers.

Roll Call: Superman, Batman Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Flash, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, Green Arrow

Notable Moments: Another longtime villain makes his first appearance--Gardner Fox was on a Stan Lee-esque run here, where with each issue he was creating a new bad guy that would go on to have a long run as a DC villain.

There's a letter by a Paul Gambaccini, who later became a famous radio and TV commentator and music producer in the UK. He never lost his love of comics though, and was tapped to write the intro to The Justice League of America Archives Vol.1.

7 comments:

russell said...

This is my all-time favorite Silver Age JLA story. It has everything, starting with an iconic cover (those WW & MM poses showed up for years afterwards; I have her Pepsi glass with this pose), a diabolical villain, the death (!) of a JLAer...simply awesome. I challenge any one to name a BETTER early JLA issue.

Plaidstallions said...

I like this story too, it's a classic and I've read it to my son a few times.

One thing that bothers me is the order in which they save the heroes, MM and Superman grab Aquaman and put him on an ocean world. HOW?

I know that's nerdy but I'd really like to know.....

russell said...

What do you mean HOW? I don't understand your question. It's an ocean world. There are dozens of them to choose from. :-)

Plaidstallions said...

I grasp the concept of the ocean world but how did they transport him through the void of space?

Anonymous said...

They wrapped him up in Superman's cape, of course.
C Healy

Earth-2 Rev. Nørb said...

>>I challenge any one to name a BETTER early JLA issue.

I liked the two issues preceding this one, actually.

jim said...

One of my all-time favorite JLA covers!!

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