Friday, December 14, 2007

Justice League of America #40 - Nov. 1965

sgWatch where you're going, Superman! Think first, fly and punch later!

The Story: "Indestructible Creatures of Nightmare Island!" by Gardner Fox, Mike Sekowsky, and Bernard Sachs. Ambitious--but woefully misguided--philosopher Andrew Helm creates a machine which will affect the conscience of every person on Earth to insure World Peace.

Of course, it all goes wrong, and it creates chaos instead! The JLA, also of course, gets involved.

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

Notable Moments: Features historical cameos by Moses, Christ, Confucius, Mohammed, and Buddha, who were briefly considered to get their own Showcase tryout.

Some classic DC villains show up, like Captain Cold, The Shark, Mirror Master, and the Penguin. And the letters page informs us that Hawkman "has all earthly knowledge implanted in his brain." Good to know!


RAB said...

This is one of my favorites. I remember trying to devise a sequel in which we found out the shade of Andrew Helm was still wandering the Earth. He then witnessed something happen (?) the JLA had to find out about, but he had no way to tell them -- I'm afraid that's as far as I got. Another young lad had the same basic idea and called it Kingdom Come.

"...Moses, Christ, Confucius, Mohammed, and Buddha, who were briefly considered to get their own Showcase tryout..."

Good thing that fell through, or that team might never have gotten their own cartoon.

Wich2 said...

Gee, nobody remembers Nat. Lamp,'s "Son 'O God Comics!"

-Craig W.

russell said...

This is one of my favorites, as well. One of the last, if not THE last issue to feature the entire membership of the JLA before Jonn quit. Also, Aquaman is pivotal in finding the headquarters of the "bad guy." The world couldn't have been saved without him! Good stuff!

BentonGrey said...

Ohh, I remember this one. This was actually a really good story, and showed surprising depth for an SA tale.

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