Monday, January 7, 2008

Justice League of America #60 - Feb. 1968

sgA return appearance by the sexy...er, villianous Queen Bee!

The Story: "Winged Warriors of the Immortal Queen!" by Gardner Fox, Mike Sekowsky, and Sid Greene. The Justice Leaguers lose control of their bodies(particularly bad for Green Arrow) and suddently sprout wings!

Turns out they are now under the control of the Queen Bee, who now has control of the (don't laugh) Magno-Nuclear Rod, which enables her to take control of the JLA and have them help her conquer the universe! Luckily guest-star Batgirl is here to help the JLA defeat her.

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

Notable Moments: A rare story for this period featuring every member of the JLA, plus guest-star Batgirl! I know she wouldn't have added that much, powers-wise, to the team, but I think Babs does look good among the JLAers:
sgSekowsky and Greene's rendering of Batgirl is quite nice. I found this issue a little too much to handle reading it for the first time as teen--Batgirl and Queen Bee? I've always had a thing for redheads...

This story is a few pages short, so the book is filled up with a Captain Comet reprint, "The Seeing-Eye Humans!" by John Broome and Murphy Anderson.

3 comments:

RAB said...

This issue has a very special place in my heart because it's the earliest comic I remember reading. I must have known the JLA already from watching the Filmation Superman and Aquaman cartoon show (which had the assembled JLA in guest-star segments, as well as the individual members) because I don't remember being the least bit confused by who all these characters were. Anyway, this was the one that started me on the road to being a lifelong JLA fan and comics devotee.

And yeah, it gave me that lifelong fixation on the Queen Bee too.

russell said...

Is this the issue where Ray Palmer saves the day? I always thought it was weird that Batgirl got treated pretty professionally here, when she was constantly being told to quit over in TEC and BATMAN. And how odd is it that when Supergirl finally got around to guest-starring with the JLA, she faced Queen Bee, too?

Plaidstallions said...

This is one of my favourite JLA books, something about Babs being in the JLA makes me happy.

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