One of the strangest JLA covers ever, courtesy Mike Sekowsky and Murphy Anderson.
The Story: "The Plague That Struck the Justice League!" by Gardner Fox, Mike Sekowsky, and Frank Giacoia. Some of the JLA start growing in size, and they just happen to be the same ones who fought the Unimaginable two issues back. When the mysterious Bendorion shows up to cure them, Batman smells a rat!
Roll Call: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Flash, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, Green Arrow, Atom, Hawkman
Notable Moments: For the first time ever, Bernard Sachs doesn't ink Sekowksy's pencils; instead we get Frank Giacoia, who adds(to my eye) a pleasant smoothness to Sekowsky's rougher-style pencils.
This is right about the time the Batman TV show debuted, so for the next dozen or so issues, this comic would start to look like Batman and His Justice League(it's not that obvious here, but just wait a few issues). If Batman was so dang popular, why not just give him another solo book? Damn those expensive first-class mailing permits!
Also, story credits start appearing for the first time. Did DC finally have to give in after Marvel made such a big deal about its writers and artists?
This story features one of the more unintentionally funny splash pages, the kind of thing that probably got Frederic Wertham aroused with anger:
When the bad guy mentions the people the JLAers have touched are now in danger, all of them worry about their wives, except for Batman, who worries: "Robin--what have I done to you?"
...Now, of course, that makes total sense and Fox was not trying to be funny. Of course he's come into physical contact with Robin. But after all the other heroes immediately think of their wives or girlfriends, it just reads really funny.