Sunday, November 18, 2007

Justice League of America #15 - Nov. 1962

sgMan, these JLA covers are getting crowded!

The story:
"Challenge of the Untouchable Aliens!" by Gardner Fox, Mike Sekowsky, and Bernard Sachs. A group of giant aliens have landed all over the world, stealing each country's most destructive weapons. And this is bad how?

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

Notable Moments: Another nice villain design courtesy Mike Sekowsky; I love the alien's blocky, almost abstract yet very expressive faces.

Even with the addition of the Atom, Fox finds a way to give each JLAer a little moment, and the story has a nice, gentle "twist" ending.

The letter column header changes again, to reflect their newest member:
sg...obviously, DC didn't ask Sekowsky to add the Atom, since it's pretty clear he was drawn on by what looks like a felt-tip pen(to say nothing of the lack of color), probably at the last minute by someone in the offices.

Thus begins a tradition that will run a few years where DC will desperately add, subtract, and re-draw stuff on this one piece to reflect the current team, regardless of how Frankentsein-y it starts to look.

5 comments:

The Atom's Family said...

I did always enjoy that cover, mostly for The Atom about to hitch a ride on a Green Arrow.

As for the mail room, that's one of the few times the dwarf star not only allowed Ray to shrink in size but also to take on the same visibility level of Wonder Woman's plane.

russell said...

Speaking of Wonder Woman, what is up with Snapper almost completely blocking her in this shot?? How did THAT get through Editorial??

The Atom's Family said...

Green Arrow in his "just for kicking around the office" blue shirt is a nice touch as well.

Luke said...

Wow, that is a great cover. Very hectic but still nicely composed.

Earth-2 Rev. Nørb said...

When i was first able to buy back issues, circa age 11-12, this was the oldest one i could afford. $1.50! I was amazed that the cover was remiss Superman and Batman, visually it was like eating a breakfast consisting of potatoes, pancakes, eggs, toast, and no sausage links nor bacon.

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