Thursday, January 3, 2008

Justice League of America #57 - Nov. 1967

sgOne of the most famous, and most unusual, issues of Justice League ever!

The Story: "Man, Thy Name is--Brother!" by Gardner Fox, Mike Sekowsky, and Sid Greene. Some of the JLAers decide to get involved in the lives of three young men(one black, one Native American, one Indian) who want only to make their respective worlds better, but whose efforts are continually thwarted by circumstances. In doing so, they end up needing the help of these young men, who are in turn inspired not to give up.

Roll Call: Flash, Green Arrow, Hawkman

Notable Moments: Definitely an unusual issue, and while the motivations and results are a bit simplistic, Fox is so clearly impassioned here that the story still works. No crazy super-villains or aliens from the 65th century, just the JLA trying to make the world a better, more understanding place.

It must have been considered quite a sales risk to not feature Superman or Batman, so props to Fox and Schwartz for doing it all. The beautiful, poster-like cover is by Carmine Infantino and Murphy Anderson.


BentonGrey said...

Ahh, beautiful sentiment....marred by Snapper Carr...

RAB said...

One year ago I wrote a post about this issue on my blog. It's an odd story; you can't argue with the sentiments or the good intentions...but it also has a very self-conscious and awkward tone that says a lot about how little comics publishers thought they could get away with at the time.

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