"Justice League": Exploring How Superman Returns (Again)
Comic Books, Film
Every week, I’ll examine the five goofiest moments from a five-issue stretch of a particular comic book series. Here is a list of the moments featured so far.
This week we look at Justice League of America #110-114, written by Len Wein and drawn by Dicks Dillin and Giordano.
As always, this is all in good fun. I don’t mean any of this as a serious criticism of the comics in question. Not only were these writers certainly never imagining people still reading these comics decades after they were written, great comics often have goofy moments (Kirby/Lee’s Fantastic Four is one of the best comic book runs of all-time and there were TONS of goofy stuff in those 100 plus issues!). In this case, I am a big fan of Wein’s Justice League. I even did a feature on it for my Year of Cool Comics. So this, just like all other future editions of “Goofiest Moments,” is not a criticism of the comics in question.
In Justice League of America #110, Black Canary designed and sewed a new costume for Red Tornado…
The costume itself is fine, but it just makes me smile to note that Black Canary feels that it is appropriate to give the guy a stripe down his forehead.
A couple of issues later, we see that Black Canary just can’t help herself. The Justice League are forced to bring Amazo out of commission to help save the League (who have lost half of their superpowers). Canary, of course, can’t help but take this opportunity to re-design Amazo’s costume…
I just like the idea of Canary being unable to keep herself from re-designing the costume (and as you can see, he is pretty big, so it was quite an endeavor).
In Justice League #111, we see just how run-of-the-mill these adventures were getting for the League, as Elongated Man suggests pausing in the middle of a crisis to pick names of villains out of a hat, to spice things up…
That is pretty darn goofy. It would be higher if Elongated Man had not acknowledged the goofiness of it all.
This one is probably a bit unfair, as I guess that is just what his car was called, but still, in #113, when Sandman speeds off in a seemingly normal car….
that we learn is actually the SAND-CAR?
It made me laugh at the idea of Sandman just naming all of his possessions “sand-,” whether they have anything to do with sand or not. “Sand-paper towels, sand-couch” etc.
5. Transistors can do anything!
Remember how Stan Lee would explain away lots of stuff by just saying that transistors were responsible for it all? I was reminded of that when I read Justice League #112, where the League is dealing with the fact that Libra stole half of all of their powers/abilities and then lost them all when Libra became one with the universe.
“The molecules that contain our lost powers”?! I just love the pseudo-science of that! Plus, the idea of Batman’s intelligence floating through space.
4. You MUST have lost half of your intelligence, Batman!
At the end of Justice League #112, Amazo has brought the league their powers back, but he uses his absorbed intelligence from Batman to figure out that the League is using him…
Batman, however, out-tricked him and absorbed away all of Amazo’s powers and then Batman took him out. But check out the explanation for what happened at the explosion…
Beyond that not making sense as to how to avoid getting hurt in an explosion, why in the world would Batman not clue in his teammates as to his plan?!?!
3. More fun with Stan Lee go-to gimmicks!
Another thing that Stan Lee liked to use as a bit of a catch-all ability back in the day was “Judo.” Everyone seemed to use Judo in Marvel Comics. Heck, Reed freakin’ Richards was an expert in Judo! Over at DC, Batman was a Judo practicioner, as well.
However, when the League is fighting a giant powerful being (Sandman’s old sidekick, Sandy, transformed into a silicone-based creature), maybe Judo is not the right call, Batman!
I just love A. how confident Batman was and B. how confident Flash was in Batman.
2. If the comic said it happened, it must have happened!
I just love the sheer randomness of this moment in Justice League #112 where the Flash…creates a cold-proof aura that Green Arrow can use on a trip to the Arctic.
I hope that the Flash has that ability in the New 52!
1. Oh Hal…
In Justice League #110, Wein obviously wanted to do a story with the alternate Green Lantern, John Stewart. So he needed to have Hal out of the picture. HOW he chose to do it is hilarious…
Oh, Hal, you clumsy oaf you!
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