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A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments – Day 43

Here is the latest cool comic book moment in our year-long look at one cool comic book moment a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we continue “Catch Phrase” week! Each day we’ll examine the first time that various comic book characters used their most famous catch phrase!

Today we look at a “catch phrase” from the Justice League run by Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis that is less a phrase and more a noise, but I still think it counts!


During the first six issues of the Justice League, writers Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis kept the book fairly straightforward, with a bit of humor thrown in here and there. The dramedy approach proved popular, and over time (as the book turned into Justice League International with #7), the book began to take on more of a humorous edge.

Justice League International #8, a “Day in the Life” story of the League setting up their various embassies (now that they have gone international), was the first story to complete embrace the idea of the book as almost more of a situation comedy than a dramedy.

In the issue, Blue Beetle, Booster Gold and Black Canary are in Paris setting up their French embassy.

Beetle and Booster are having a drink (by the by, how garish is Beetle’s outfit?)…

They get into costume and meet up with Canary, but while she’s complaining about the difficulties of the move, Beetle still can’t get over the humor of it all…

And that leads to the most famous catch phrase of the Justice League run of Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis, which would be heard many many more times before they left…

For the heck of it, let’s see the next page, where the joke continues (and we get to hear Bwah Ha Ha Ha once again already!)…

Thanks to DubipR for suggesting I feature “Bwah Ha Ha”!


Hey, I think I’ve seen the cover to this comic multiple times, assuming it’s Black Canary, Booster and Beetle doing some moving.

Wow. I officially love the Blue Beetle, and this run. I have a few, are they collected anywhere? It’s just like my life and friends, only in spandex (which, granted, would be really eye-gougingly disgusting).

Is this the just the first time Giffen used “Bwah Ha Ha” in Justice League, or is it the first time anywhere? Cuz I know he eventually went on to use it in other places, like in Spider-Man.

I loved their run. And that is a catch phrase. Right up there in my favorites, along with the Tick’s battle cry. (Which I hope makes it as well.)

I loved their run. And that is a catch phrase. Right up there in my favorites, along with the Tick’s battle cry. (Which I hope makes it as well.)

It’ll NEVER happen!

Yesterday mate.

Okay–somehow I missed that post–I did check here yesterday.

Not sure how that happened.

James, DC are currently reprinting the entire JLI run in hardcover. I think they are currently on volume 4…

Brian, thank you for featuring possibly my favourite ever “Bwah-Hahahaha!” moment…

I’m off to re-read volumes 1-4 now…

For some reason, I thought the first “bwah-ha-ha” was from their first adventure into Bialya. And that was issue 3 or 4.

Next up, “One Punch!”

Glad to help you out, Bee-Cee.
Now put on Blonde On Blonde, kick back and relax… the week’s almost over of catchphrases

nice to see the issue again for i loved that one the look on Boosters face when Ted starts doing that then when Ted comes face to face with the lady who shot booster down is priceless

Oh God! That awful disco “Let’s get Physical” costume they had Black Canary in. Oh sure. She ran around in fishnets and a leather halter all those years, I’m sure she’d suddenly change to something that covers every square inch.

Unfortunately, BWAHAHAHAHAHA has been used in so many flamewars that it now has a bitter, negative connotation.

MaGuire is such an underrared artist. Too bad Geoff Johns and others in DC hate this era of the League.

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