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COMIC LEGEND: Gardner Fox retconned an issue of Detective Comics to make it work with Batman’s sales popularity to star in an issue of JLA.
Justice League of America #51 is the conclusion of Zatanna’s Search, the classic Gardner Fox experiment in the comic book form. Fox had a new character, Zatanna, appear in all sorts of different comics looking for her father. It was a rather novel approach for a DC Comic at the time and it seemed to presage DC’s attempts to have more of a shared universe like Marvel Comics. Anyhow, after meeting various heroes, she gathers all of the heroes who helped her in previous issues together in Justice League #51.
However, Batman says he never met her. She reveals that she met him in a disguise awhile back in Detective Comics #336.
This was almost certainly a retcon by Gardner Fox designed to get Batman into the Justice League story at the height of his popularity.
Check out the witch in Detective Comics #336…
Gardner Fox never confirmed it, but come on, there is no way that that is not a retcon designed just to find a way to get Batman into a Justice League issue at the height of his popularity. After all, as we showed earlier, DC certainly began to shove Batman into prominence in the Justice League after years of him playing a lesser role in the title, so it is not surprising to see DC editorial be disinterested in Fox doing an issue of Justice League of America without Batman in it, as this issue promised to be before the retcon.
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