Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Justice League of America #151 - Feb. 1978

sgAmos Fortune is back with his Magic Color Wheel of Death!

The Story: "The Unluckiest League of All!" by Gerry Conway, Dick Dillin, and Frank McLaughlin. While the JLA men are throwing Ray Palmer a bachelor party, the women members talk amongst themselves in another part of the satellite.

Suddenly Wonder Woman is zapped by some mysterious bolt of energy, but she awakens and says she is fine. She acts oddly, and storms off. What the?

Hawkgirl and Black Canary try and round up the guys, but Green Arrow interrupts them and tells them to handle whatever it is by themselves. And Green Arrow is supposed to be the Ladies Man in the League?

While on Earth, WW is attacked by a giant robot and knocked out. She wakes up tied up (she's used to that) in the clutches of...Amos Fortune!

He then blasts WW with a ray that will "increase the luck" of various people on Earth, giving them superpowers. Amos then hopes to put those people under his command! Not the best thought-out plan, you have to admit.

Some of these people attack Superman, Batman, Flash, Elongated Man, and Black Canary, who seem to be losing their superpowers!

Meanwhile, tempers flare at the JLA satellite:
...I wonder if Aquaman now regrets his "yea" vote in #146? Shayera Hol don't take no guff!

While the rest of the JLA takes on these menaces, Wonder Woman finds a way to hypnotize Fortune into turning his Wheel of Fortune counter-clockwise, which took the "luck" away from them, enabling the JLA to defeat them!

Meanwhile, Green Arrow apologizes to Black Canary for being such an idiot.

Roll Call: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Flash, Green Lantern, Green Arrow, Atom, Hawkman, Black Canary, Elongated Man, Red Tornado, Hawkgirl

Notable Moments: Gerry Conway's first issue as writer. Except for about a dozen issues, he would write all the remaining issues of the book, breaking every other writer's record.

I have to admit, the scene with Green Arrow telling the women to handle their own problems is major, er, league, dumb.

Though I did like Hawkgirl not taking any crap from Aquaman. Shayera was never a wallflower, and even though she's a new member, she ain't having any nonsense. Good on ya, Shayera.


Wich2 said...


Speaking of The Classic '60's - you
do all know about this, right?

-Craig W.

Butch R said...

My first Amos Fortune story. BTW, Rob, loved that "she's used to that" line, hilarious!

Matt Celis said...

Green Arrow a ladies' man? Seems like he could barely handle Black Canary. What other ladies were there?

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