Sunday, December 16, 2007

Justice League of America #42 - Feb. 1966

sgOne of the most famous JLA issues ever!

The Story: "Metamorpho Says No!" by Gardner Fox, Mike Sekowsky, and Bernard Sachs. The JLA decides to induct new hero Metamorpho into the League("Yay, another Ramona Fradon hero!" Aquaman is overheard to say), but he and the League are attacked by the Unimaginable, a formless creature who demands to be a inducted as a member instead.

Roll Call
: Superman, Batman, Flash, Green Lantern, Atom, and new member Meta...oops! Spoke too soon!

Notable Moments: This was a pretty surprising development--the JLA was the Knights of the Round Table of the DCU, so it seemed, er, unimaginable that someone would say no, especially when Hawkgirl nagged Hawkman every day, asking when she was going to get to join.

But say no Metamorpho did, and even though he looks good working with the JLA(there aren't too many orange and purple superheroes), he doesn't join. No other hero would turn down membership until a decade and a half later, when Black Lightning would have the same answer(hmm, Batman must have been making notes for possible members of a new team he wanted to start up...)


Rick said...

I never thought of it that way. They both became members of Batman's Outsiders. Whatever their reasons for not joining the JLA at least you know they didn't have a problem with Batman.

Earth-2 Rev. Nørb said...

I always considered this the first non-classic Silver Age story -- the beginning of some kind of end, in essence. This is the one where DC attempts to start having the heroes speak in "hip" lingo, which is kind of like watching one of those episodes of Star Trek where the spores make Spock laugh or cry.

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