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The Comic Book Fools of April – Justice League…Antarctica?!?!

Every day in April I will be featuring a humorous comic (either an issue or a series of strips) that I found particularly amusing. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com the comic stories that are your favorites when it comes to hilarity, and I’ll see if I can’t feature some of them this month, as well!

Today we take a look at the famous (or perhaps infamous) first appearance of perhaps the goofiest Justice League of all-time – Justice League Antarctica!!! They came to us via Justice League America Annual #4, by the creative team of Keith Giffen, JM DeMatteis, Mike McKone and Bob Smith.

After the events of Justice League Europe #6 (a funny story I detailed here), the Injustice League have fallen on hard times. 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.

[NOTE: I featured this issue in the Year of Cool Comics – BC]


Too bad you didn’t show folks the classic cover to this annual…

So sorry to threadjack, but I’m going to pretend it’s relevant by assuming you’re going to cover ‘Zombie Night at the Aquarium’, Section 8, and/or the unkillable cat at some point…

Amazon has a December date listed for Hitman volume 6, ‘Tommy’s Heroes’, including #1,000,000 … not sure it’s legit.

Also, if you are going to do Section 8, you should check out the Wikipedia comments page, where somebody was attempting to argue that he thought the entire page was a prank.

Killer penguins long before Ennis did the night at the aquarium schtick with Hitman. :)

I always wonder what happened to “The Mighty Bruce”.

Shhhhh, Squashua! The Mighty Bruce is quite happy with everyone forgetting he exists, as pretty much the rest of the Injustice League was killed off in Suicide Squad (save for Major Disaster), but Giffen did not use Bruce in that story.

I loved that stuff. But it does bring up a question for me. I realize he’s an idiot, but G’Nort was a Green Lantern. I mean, he had a ring, anyway. So where was he during Blackest Night? Did I miss something over the years that would explain where he’s been, or have the powers-that-be at DC just chosen to try and forget he ever existed?

The last time I saw G’Nort– in I Can’t Believe It’s Not the Justice League– he’d joined the Darkstars.

DCCP with the Substitute Legion PLEASE!!!!

Giffen never fails to amuse! This, and The Legion of Substitute-Heroes special, are two of the funniest comics EVER, by anyone!

At least Cluemaster was eventually un-killed off so that he could go back to his storylines in the Batman titles. And frankly, we’re probably better off with the new Batman ANimated Series -inspired Clock King.

We’re definitely better off with no Big Sir, one of the most offensive characters to appear in mainstream 1980s superhero comics. Giffen and DeMatteis just barely get a pass on using him because they were riffing on the goofiness of the character concept, but even so, they sometimes tread awfully close to the original Cary Bates version’s unfortunate characterization of the mentally retarded as comical buffoons.


DCCP #59 is one of my favourite comics from my youth. Funniest. Comic. Ever.

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