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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 229

Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the comics posted so far!

Today we look at Justice League America Annual #4, the famous (infamous?) first appearance of Justice League Antarctica!


The issue was written by Keith Giffen and JM DeMatteis and drawn by Mike McKone and Bob Smith.

The story begins with two members of the Injustice League waiting on the unemployment line when they recognize a couple of their erstwhile teammates…

After collecting another teammate (in a hilarious sequence in the mansion where he was working as the butler to an old woman), they reunite as the Injustice League and go rob a museum, the only problem is, terrorists have beaten them to it…

Now that the world thinks that they are superheroes, their leader, Major Disaster, gets the idea to ask the Justice League to make them official (and paid) superheroes.

Maxwell Lord figures out a good way to keep them out of everybody’s hair, especially as it also gives him a chance to get rid of G’Nort, the dimwitted Green Lantern friend of Guy Gardner…

The Martian Manhunter and Power Girl are sent to help them set up their “League”…

However, G’Nort comes across some trouble at an installation in Antarctica…

Meanwhile, G’Nort’s friend the Scarlet Skier had come to Earth to join the team at G’Nort’s request, and he and Big Sur come across something terrifying…

Yes, killer penguins, baby!!!

Go pick up the Annual (you should be able to find it pretty cheap in back issue places) and find out what happens next (basically, even MORE hilarity ensues)!!

This was a very funny issue and McKone and Smith do a find job on the artwork.


A classic comic. And there’s like, what, 60 pages of story? I miss these kinds of comics.

KILLER comic.
You can hate it all you want, but you’re wrong.

Every time I find a “bin” copy of this I buy it to give to friends.
Never lost one yet!

Aw man…
Giffen DeMatteis Justice League was the best.
I wish comics didn’t take themselves so seriously now.
I wonder how long it will take for lighthearted adventure to be marketable again.

Wow, this is good stuff. I am going to have to track this down. Before I saw the artists, I thought this was Bart Sears.

Those were some good comics. It’s fun seeing the heavy Bart Sears/Alan Davis influence in this.

Hilarious. Giffen/DeMatteis at the absolute peak of their powers.

I got mine for $1.25 two years ago, funny stuff

Tom Fitzpatrick

August 18, 2010 at 11:06 am

A classic.

Whatever happened to G’nort?

McKone’s art was so much better back then.

I can’t remember how many times I re-read this back in the days. I am so glad they are writing Booster Gold with the same kind of passion and intelligence. Refreshing when all books these days are about “big stakes” and fighting.

@ Tom Fitzpatrick: last I saw Howard Chaykin used him in a Guy Gardner prestige 2 parter, destoyed his planet and made him all angesty and pissed off.
(rolls eyes)

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How did “Amazing Grace” not make the top 75 moments? Easily the best part of the issue…

Yeah, this was a very funny issue, but unfortunately you’ve now reminded me of the existence of G’Nort – I’ve dedicated years of my life to trying to FORGET G’Nort…

Is that supposed to be Jack Nicholson from Batman in the very first panel? McKone and Smith seemed to have put way too much detail into that figure for it not to have some sort of meaning.

You persuaded me. I bought the issue off eBay. And it was great.

Not to mention that Giffen and DeMatteis also cameod as the terrorists!

The last page was worth the price of the book alone – I got two copies of that bad boy.

randypan the goat boy

May 24, 2011 at 4:52 pm

The thing I hated about Giffens run on Justice league was the fact that he tried to turn every character in the dcu into a mort of the month candidate. If you are reading a book and the underlined message in the book is these guys suck and they are not to be taken seriously, then it isnt going to be long before people stop reading the books. Imagine comics as an advertisment[in a sense they are because once a fan is introduced to a character or a concept then the idea becomes to get them interested in more comics by featuring the same characters…etc etc] Now picture a campaign from coke that said..” DRINK PEPSI…COKE TASTES LIKE ASS FILTERED THROUGH TUBE SOCKS”.. That would knock coke off of the shopping list for sure. Dont get me wrong. i loved the humor in JLI, but it became like being tickled. Its ok for a while but after so long you feel like kicking the shit out of the next person that tries it. Fortunatley justice league antartica was custom made for the humor. Humor in comics is great as long as it doesnt turn JLA into the Inferior 5

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