Thursday, February 28, 2008

Justice League of America #101 - Sept. 1972

sgPart 2 of the JLA/JSA/Seven Soliders of Victory team-up!

The Story: "The Hand That Shook the World!" by Len Wein, Dick Dillin, and Joe Giella. Continuing from last issue, the JLAers, JSAers, and assorted guest-stars continue traveling to different time periods to rescue the amnesiac Seven Soldiers of Victory.

Superman, Sandman, and Metamorpho take on Genghis Khan, where they meet up with The Shining Knight. Hawkman, Wonder Woman, and Dr.Mid-Nite arrive in Ye Olde England, where they meet Robin Hood(!)--or actually the man everyone thinks is Robin Hood, though we know him as Green Arrow!

There's a great moment during this sequence where the heroes have to make their way into Nottingham Castle. As the drawbridge is lowered and the King's minions attack, Hawkman grabs a staff and saves everybody a lot of time
"Two hits--me hitting you, you hitting the floor."--Carter Hall.

Batman, Starman, and Hourman head to Ancient Egypt to rescue Stripsey, where none of the Egyptians seem to be unnerved by a giant redheaded white guy wearing a red-and-white-striped shirt.

Meanwhile, back at the Secret Sanctuary, Diana Prince is holding down the fort. Unbeknownst to her,the Iron Hand is there as well! To be continued!

Roll Call: Superman, Batman, Aquaman, Flash, Green Lantern, Green Arrow, Atom, Hawkman, Black Canary

Notable Moments: This is the first three-part JLA/JSA team-up, and as if this story didn't feature enough characters, Wein starts working in historical figures, as well. I wonder what Dick Dillin thought when he started getting scripts from this new JLA writer?

Even though it's a relative tiny mistake, Starman having all-red arms on the cover(again by Nick Cardy) to me looks really, really odd, like he has jammies on or something.


russell said...

And Rob, isn't this the issue where Mr. Terrfic, Robin, and Green Lantern of the JSA ALSO show up??? Boy, that Wein guy loved him his crowd scenes.

Earth 2 Chris said...

Starman has on yellow trunks too! Ted can't get no love.

Wein was on a roll here. What a great story.


CaptainJersey said...

MAkes you wonder what would happen if Wein wrote, and Perez drew, an anniversary issue of JLA.


Anonymous said...

" he has jammies on or something..."

But truth be told, don't they all, Rob? Don't they ALL?

-Craig W.

Tick-Tock Tyler said...

Also on the cover, Sandman is using his gas-gun on the metal hand. That'll stop it!

Hey, it's cool to see Metamorpho working with the JLA. Was this the only appearance he made with them after he said "NO!"?

Earth-2 Rev. Nørb said...

This story wasn't THAT great. It started OFF like it was gonna be great, but the seven teams of three bit got old and predictable after a while. I wonder why they used some of those old Mike Sekowsky-era JSA heads on the cover; there were perfectly good Murphy Anderson JSA heads on the cover of #83 and #92 ((and a couple Sekowsky heads too i suppose, now that i think about the matter more deeply)).

Earth-2 Rev. Nørb said...

I wonder why they used those old heads of Hourman and Starman on the cover; they had newer ones they used on the cover of #83 in 1970. I think they used a newer head of Dr. Mid-Nite in 1966, to tell ya the truth.

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