Saturday, March 15, 2008

Justice League of America #116 - March 1975

sgThe JLA turns into Just a Lotta Animals this issue!

The Story: "The Kid Who Won Hawkman's Wings!" by Cary Bates, Dick Dillin, and Dick Giordano. Green Arrow is going through the JLA mailbag when he discovers a letter from one Charley Parker(Bird?) addressed to Hawkman.

Arrow decides to visit Parker in Midway City, when he sees some crooks get apprehended by a guy that looks an awful lot like...Hawkman!

He follows this ersatz Hawkman, and saves his life when a giant flying ball of water surrounds him, courtesy of the Matter Master!

Green Arrow then calls in the JLA to help out, and "Hawkman" explains he is Charley Parker, who calls himself The Golden Eagle. Turns out that Matter Master thinks Charley is Hawkman, and that's why he's been gunning for him.

The JLA discovers MM's "Mentachem Rod" which is being activated by remote control. When they go after it, MM turns them into animal/human hybrids, and then creates another group of animals to whom the JLA is prey!

The JLA manages to defeat the attacking animals, and they notice that Golden Eagl has been kidnapped. Matter Master then gets to see for himself that this isn't Hawkman, and starts transforming this pretender into stone. Luckily the JLA follow the signal, defeat Matter Master, and save Golden Eagle.

As Golden Eagle laments he wishes the real Hawkman had come along with the JLA, the Winged Wonder himself appears! To be continued!

Roll Call: Batman, Aquaman, Flash, Green Arrow, Elongated Man

Notable Moments: Cary Bates takes his first--but not last--crack at writing the JLA. He manages to make the Matter Master seem like a decent adversary, despite his absolutely goofy appearance, even by supervillain standards.

This issue, the last of the 100-Page Super-Spectaculars, also features a JLA super-villain quiz, a JLA crossword, "Mastermind of Menaces" starring Starman and Black Canary from Brave and the Bold #61, "Challenge of the Untouchable Aliens" from JLA #15, and a Johnny Peril story from Comic Calvacade #19.

I guess this format didn't do that well, which is funny, because now DC sort of does them all the time as one-shots.


russell said...

Man, this is one of my all-time favorite covers. It's just so wild, dude! Dig it, Aquaman really IS a fish-face!!!

BentonGrey said...

Dun-dun-DUN! Interesting sounding story. I always liked Matter Master, he was a real goofy looking villain at first, but when they updated his costume, I felt like he made a pretty good threat. It's a shame they didn't utilize him more...well...then again, the entire train wreck that is post-crisis Hawkman is a shame.

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