Monday, November 26, 2007

Justice League of America #23 - Nov. 1963

sgEven though she's sorta goofy looking, I always liked the Queen Bee. Super-villainesses were rare enough, but one powerful enough to take on the whole JLA?

Plus she was kinda hot. Have I said too much?

The story:
"Drones of the Queen Bee!" by Gardner Fox, Mike Sekowsky, and Bernard Sachs. The Queen Bee uses her powers to force the JLA to procure elements that when combined will produce an immortality serum for her!

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

Notable Moments: Even though Superman, Batman, and Aquaman are listed in the Roll Call, they play no part in this story and show up only as the very end.

Also, the Atom misses the story entirely, because he was off having another adventure in his own book(appearing in The Atom #8, Julius Schwartz helpfully informs us), so the issue ends with Atom about to regale the JLA with the story. Weird!


TheincredibleshrinkingDamian said...

Queen Bee is no joke, she'll take you down. And it looks like JJ is struggling to carry his load.

This was the type of issue, back when I read it, that with Ray coming in at the end, I'd want my money back.

Of course nowadays I read stuff about searches for him that he's not even in...

russell said...

This to me is the Beginning of the End of the Silver Age greatness. From this issue on more and more members would miss adventures (read: Aquaman and Martian Manhunter) as Batman and Superman took (hogged) more and more of the spotlight. Up until this issue Jonn hadn't missed an adventure. He never had a streak of appearances to rival that again, until finally they kicked him out. (sigh)

Plaidstallions said...

Queen Bee is a great villain, one of my favourite JLA baddies.

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