Friday, January 25, 2008

Justice League of America #73 - Aug. 1969

sgHow did Joe Kubert see into my dreams?

The Story: "Star Light, Star Bright--Death Star I See Tonight!" by Denny O'Neil, Dick Dillin, and Sid Greene. The Council of Living Stars unanimously agrees to banish the star Aquarius and sentence him to a life of wandering the universe as punishment for Crimes Most Heinous!

Aquarius is reduced to a floating glob of nothingness, that knows only hate! It, of course, makes its way to Earth...

Meanwhile, we find Red Tornado(who showed up last issue) explaining to the JLA that Earth-2 is facing a terrible menace, causing people to mysteriously become hate-filled attackers, like a small child or even Black Canary's huband, Larry Lance!

The JSA confronts this Aquarius, who tells them that his banishment has robbed him of his self-confidence, but he plans to reduce Earth to a shambles, making him feel a whole lot better! Once that's accomplished, he'll turn his attention to the entire universe! *Gulp!*

The Earth-2 Superman, Wonder Woman, and Red Tornado tried to assist the rest of the JSA, but they are all captured by Aquarius and placed in an ectoplasmic shield, while he has transported every other living thing off Earth! Dr.Fate tries the JSA's last hope--sending a message to Red Tornado(the one hero not captured by Aquarius) telling him to go to Earth-1 and get help from the JLA! To be continued!

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

Notable Moments:
The JLAers don't do anything except sit around listening to Reddy's story. This was why he showed up in JLA #72, but because of the emergency in that issue, they left before he could tell them what had happened to the JSA. According to the Atom, it took Reddy two weeks before he could get the JLA to listen to him!

Comics went from 12 cents to 15 cents with this issue, which DC explains and apologizes for in a half-page editorial. At this point, each successive price increase would come along faster than the last one...


wich2 said...

Rob & gang-

MAN, the 12 to 15 shift was BIG to us kids then!!!

Yes, older guys told us in hushed tones, "I remember when they were a DIME...!"

But for the entire life of most of my peers, comics cost 12c or 25c.

To use Aqua-language, this was a Sea Change in our World!

-Craig W.

CaptainJersey said...

It's funny. To a child of the 60's the 15cents books are seen as the end of the silver age... Books with a distinct look easier to segregate from the 12 cents books.

To the 70s kids, these books look almost indistinguishable from the 12 cent books. Te me, as a 70s guy, I view the 70s starting with the 25 cent books (the first time around),

RAB said...

"I wanna doll! I wanna doll!"

Sorry, had to get that out of my system. ;-)

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