Monday, May 5, 2008

Justice League of America #162 - Jan. 1979

sgThat rat guy kind of makes me nauseous. Proceed with caution!

The Story: "The Creation Conspiracy!" by Gerry Conway, Dick Dillin, and Frank McLaughlin. The JLA is helping out as S.T.A.R. Labs location--a secret one--is on fire.

Elongated Man discovers some mysterious cannisters, labeled "RNA Compound One" underneath the rubble. But when Zatanna touches it, it does something to her that knocks her out cold!

As some of the team investigates this act of sabotage, Zee recovers at the satellite. She informs Ralph and Reddy that the shock shattered some sort of amnesia spell put on her, sometime in the last few weeks!

Meanwhile, Superman, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, and Wonder Woman track the stolen compound to an underground lab, where they encounter the super-villain The Shark, this time mutated into a human/shark hybrid!

Turns out he's using the compound to create a whole race of these hybrids, like an eagle-man, a rat-man (eww!), and a scorpion-man. They fight the JLA, but luckily they manage to throw them into the Shark's evolutionary chamber, devolving them into...amoebas!

At the same time, Zee, Ralph, and Reddy visit her father Zatara's home. As they approach it, it explodes, releasing a giant spirit that Zee is able to contain. But amongst the wreckage, they find:
To be continued!

Roll Call: Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Green Arrow, Elongated Man, Red Tornado, Zatanna

Notable Moments: See? Like I mentioned yesterday, Zatanna's been an member all of one issue, and the next major storyline focuses on her. Obviously Gerry Conway was sweet on ol' Zee.

Isn't it time the government revoked S.T.A.R. Labs' funding grants? Those guys cause nothing but trouble!


russell said...

Reading your description of this issue reminds me of the Beast Men from about 100 issues later. Anyway, I do remember enjoying this issue, but wondering why Aquaman didn't show up, since fighting The Shark would seem like a natual fit. If I remember correctly he won't be seen again until right before Firestorm joins.

russell said...

BTW, Rob, I don't understand your opening comment. "That ray guy kind of makes me nauseous"????

rob! said...


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