Thursday, November 22, 2007

Justice League of America #19 - May 1963

sgClassic cover by Murphy Anderson; the kind of set-up that just made you buy the comic.

The story:
"The Super-Exiles of Earth!" by Gardner Fox, Mike Sekowsky, and Bernard Sachs. Evil duplicates of the JLA start a crime wave, ending with the real JLA being exiled from Earth(c'mon, won't France take them?)!

Turns out its all a plan of the nefarious Dr. Destiny, who has invaded the JLAer's dreams. They concoct a plan to return to Earth icognito, as their civilian identities--except for Aquaman, who has none. Feh.

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

Notable Moments: Why Aquaman couldn't go back to Earth as Arthur Curry always bothered me--its not like there's some big Ellis Island in the sky, checking the I.D.s of people coming in from outer space(although this is the DC Universe...)! He could've put on a suit and said "I'm the son of a lighthouse keeper" and participated.

The JLA decides to expose themselves to some "Amnesium" that Supes has back in the Fortress, so they can erase their memories of each other's secret identities. Where was this during Identity Crisis?

8 comments:

TheincredibleshrinkingDamian said...

You're so right about the cover. I loved it. Still do.

I'm with you on the Arthur Curry Jr. conspiracy as well...

Scurvy said...

...so Dr. Destiny was pretty much an a$$.

Seems as tho he plagued the League quite a lot in the early days.

russell said...

This is the first cover to feature ALL the members on it since The Atom joined. If memory serves, it will be the last issue to ever feature the entire membership at one time....
And wasn't Aquaman's father's name Tom? Why are you calling him Arthur Curry, Jr? I thought that was "Aquababy"'s name?

russell said...

I meant to say COVER to feature all of the members on it, not issue. Sorry!

rob! said...

>>Why are you calling him Arthur Curry, Jr?<<

oops! DANG, i make that typo a lot, adding the "jr." duly corrected!

buttler said...

Hey, who let Superman and Batman onto the cover?! That hadn't happened before.

Earth-2 Rev. Nørb said...

...except in #5 and #10...

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed seeing the beautiful pre-mental breakdown Jean Loring in a cameo appearance as the JLA's lawyer.

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