Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Justice League of America #62 - May 1968

sgThis was one of the first back issues of the JLA I ever bought, at "El Dorado", my first-ever comic book store. As you can see, it's Near Mint.

The Story: "Panic From a Blackmail Box!" by Gardner Fox, Mike Sekowsky, and George Roussos. The JLA get involved in a mysterious gang war between two super-powered gangs, the Bulleteers and the Pyrotekniks.

The gang's leader, Leo Locke, finds some helpful info buried in a box he found while fishing(!) and he uses it to trap the other gang. Since all this hugger-mugger takes place in Central City, it gets noticed by local police scientist Barry Allen...

Roll Call: Batman, Flash, Green Lantern, Atom, Hawkman

Notable Moments: A change of pace issue--the story is small in scope, a vast change from the universe-shattering adventures the JLA usually finds itself involved in.
sgThis issue (and the next) were inked by George Roussos, not Sid Greene, and while Sekowsky's normally excellent storytelling and layout shows through(like this Hawkman panel, which I think has superb draftsmanship and an interesting angle), I think Roussos was not the best inker for "Big Mike."
sgRoussos' loose inking style wasn't enough to "reign" Sekowsky in a little, so you end up with panels like this, where even as a kid I wondered "Why does Green Lantern look so weird?"


TheincredibleshrinkingDamian said...

Hal's mouth and nose are very close together. Almost as though his nose is also is upper lip.

I was just reading this today, and yet it didn't occur to me that this would be the next one you were posting. This happens because I'm no good at math.

I always liked that cover. Just the feel of it. I remember thinking, "what could be in that box to make, this group of all people, look like that.

Should have been the end of Se7en

russell said...

My first experience with this cover was when it was used as a Table of Contents page for one of those 100 Pagers. So when I came across it years later, I was quite surprised to see it actually stand alone. I remember thinking after I read it that the title didn't stand up to the expressions on the JLAers' faces. But it was a fun little story, and I like these group of heroes together. Do you know who drew the cover?

rob! said...

its credited to sekowsky and roussos, tho it looks a little too smooth, considering the rest of the book...?

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