The Story: "Into the Microcosmos" by Gerry Conway, Don Heck, and Romeo Tanghal. We open with the Tiny Titan, the Atom, seemingly lost and adrift in some bizarre sub-atomic dimension!
Back at the JLA satellite, Hawkman is telling some of his JLA friends a story, one that begins with a frantic phone call from the Atom's wife, Jean Loring.
Jean tells Carter that her husband Ray is acting very strange, like a man possessed, and he won't leave his lab. Hawkman comes to investigate, and is shocked with his good friend Ray sucker punches him!
Reeling from the shock, Ray turns into the Atom and disappears out the window. They assume he's headed for his lab at Ivy University, and they are correct.
They find Ray, who has built some monstrous machine, and now, totally mad, he disappears into it:
...I love how nutty The Atom looks in that panel. Nice job, Mr. Heck!
The JLA heads down to his lab, examine the machine, and use it to follow Ray...wherever he went!
They arrive in an unfamiliar world, with only a vague memory of who each of them are. While trying to collect their thoughts, they meet a stranger:
This woman, the Wanderer, has seen their friend. She tells them he bears the mark of Golitha, who has taken control of this land by force.
Their discussion is interrupted by a gang of giant, green-skinned monsters, who she says are part of Golitha's guard! The JLA makes quick work of them, not even exactly sure how they can do what they do.
The Wanderer takes them to a shining city named Ch'Anar, where we see that the sceptre the Wanderer has can do amazing things, like control people's minds.
They find Golitha's citadel in the heart of the city, and it bears the familiar mark of the Atom over its door. But when the Wanderer says it's been this way for over a hundred years, Black Canary says it has to be a coincidence.
Little does she know, their friend, giant-sized compared to everyone else, lies unconscious, just on the other side of the citadel. To be continued!
Roll Call: Batman, Green Arrow, Atom, Hawkman, Black Canary, Red Tornado
Notable Moments: This story has a little bit o'everything--superhero action, emotional melodrama (tensions in the Palmer marriage), some "City on The Edge of Forever" from Star Trek, ending with a scene right out of Gulliver's Travels. Fun.
There's the conclusion to a poll listed on the letters page, where DC asked readers what, if any, new female member should join.
Batgirl and Supergirl, with 24 and 21 votes respectively, dominated their fellow heroines, with none of the rest (like Mera, Black Orchid, Catwoman, etc.) getting anything more than two or three votes.
The exception--with seven votes--is The Vixen. Hmmm...
The JLA appeared--sort of--this same month over in Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew #14:
...I dunno, I think I could've read a whole book like this.