The Story: "All Things Must Change!" by Gerry Conway, Don Heck, and Frank McLaughlin. We open on a pensive Zatanna, staring out into space aboard the JLA satellite.
Her thoughts are interrupted by The Flash, who, admittedly, is in a slightly lonely, nostalgic mood.
He tells Zatanna a bit about the original days of the League, and how much it has changed over the years. He then--gasp!--makes a pass at Zatanna, who seems to respond, and then quickly changes the subject.
Zatanna shows Barry what she's been working on, a new costume! No longer a derivative of either her father or her mother, this new outfit is her own creation.
They then sit down to have dinner, and the things start to heat up, in more ways than one:
Meanwhile, down on Earth, we find Superman investigating the cause of an explosion. While underground, he runs across the supervillain Proteus (not seen since Beware The Creeper #'s 4-6!), who quickly zaps the Man of Steel!
Hours later, Superman wakes up...except now he is a normal joe named Bart McLusky! What the?!?
Proteus then does the same to Aquaman and the Elongated Man, and then Wonder Woman. Proteus is on quite a role, you'd think he might stop here.
But no, Proteus has to go for one more notch on his death ray, as he ambushes Zatanna at her home (where Zatanna thinks to herself "I can't believe Barry and I spent the entire night talking!" Uh-huh.).
Back up at the satellite, The Flash answers a distress signal:
Proteus: not detail oriented.
Now the "JLA" arrive at a big ticket jewelry store, along with the Flash, who they tell they are on a mission to guard a big shipment of rare jewels. Before Flash has time to wonder why the JLA is on such a penny-ante mission, they send him to guard the back, where he, too is zapped by Proteus! To be continued!
Roll Call: Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Flash, Elongated Man, Zatanna
Notable Moments: No matter what Zatanna said--er, thought--I was always thought that Zee and Barry..you know, did it. And while they were supposed to be on Monitor Duty, too!
After three issues drawn by George Perez, Don Heck is given a sort of try-out. He, Perez, and (in two issues) Rich Buckler will basically swap JLA art chores back and forth for the next two years or so.
This same month, the JLA gues-starred in The New Teen Titans #4, by the boffo team of Marv Wolfman and George Perez.
...you know, I really can't believe I don't own a copy of this!