Hello, hello, hello! I hope all of you are doing well! I’ve decided to change up to format of my reviews, the result of which you will see below. Today we’re going back in time to look at the classic issues of Justice League of America #21-22! Lets get movin’!
Complete Arc: Justice League of America #21: Crisis on Earth One, Justice League of America #22: Crisis on Earth Two.
Creative Team: Gardner Fox – writer, Mike Sekowsky – artist
Heroes: Atom, Aquaman, Flash, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, Superman, Wonder Woman, Atom (Golden Age), Black Canary, Doctor Fate, Flash (Golden Age), Green Lantern (Golden Age), Hawkman, Hourman.
Villains: Felix Faust, Dr. Alchemy, Chronos, Wizard, Fidler, Icicle.
Notable Quotable: By gill of fish and sharks tough hide–by wave, by foam–now, sea–divide!
Having discovered the existence of each-other’s Earth, Felix Faust, Dr. Alchemy and Chronos from Earth One join forces with the Wizard, the Fiddler and the Icicle from Earth Two. Together, they capture the only other people who are aware of the existence of both Earths, the Flashes. With the speedsters out of the way, the villains switch Earths and go on an epic crime spree. Will the combined might of both the Justice League of America and the Justice Society of America be enough to stop the diabolical dimension-hopping desperadoes?
Fox, a legend in the field, spins a truly corny, yet inspirational adventure in the grand tradition of comic book superheroes. The tropes and triggers of the story, while cliched today, were groundbreaking in 1963. Is the story hackneyed? Yes! Fox relies on his tried and true “splitting the teams up into groups to fight the villains” framework to advance the narrative. Is the dialog campy? Yes! Like many of DC’s stories from this time period, Fox wrote the cast with a seemingly interchangeable parlance littering their word balloons and no true characterization can be seen. The villains said villainous things and the heroes said heroic things and that was that. Was it entertaining? Hell yes!!! This story is Fun, Fun, fun!
Mike Sekowsky’s art is a mixed bag. While it is charming and nostalgic, there are frames that are down right painful to look at. It is stiff, even by 1963’s standards, and rushed, which I am sure it was.
Should you read this arc even with its obvious issues? Oh yeah! These books, while quaint and somewhat silly by today’s standards, are a huge piece of comic book history. Not only did it bring back the Justice Society of America (my favorite and the world’s first superhero team) after a twelve year hiatus, but it set up an annual tradition of JLA/JSA team-ups that lasts for over twenty-five years! It is the also the second story to involve both Earth One and Earth Two, which quickly leads to the establishment of the DC Multiverse. This idea of a multiverse has been touched on by every comic company since, and quite a few sci-fi writers (myself included).
Well, that’s it for this installment! Stay tuned for more classic comic critiques! If you get a chance, stop by trippingoverreality.com to check out my novel! See you soon!!!