Crisis in Fandom: Tough Being a Justice Society Follower

Alex Ross' dynamic cover to 'Justice Society of America' No. 1.
Alex Ross’ dynamic cover to ‘Justice Society of America’ No. 1.

These are hard days.

The Justice Society of America is no more.

Thanks to the 2011 DC company event “Flashpoint,” the team was retconned right out of existence.

The Golden Age greats – the Flash, Green Lantern, Sandman, Dr. Midnite and more – never existed.

DC turned its back on the first and greatest super-team – and its legion of fans.

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Time for Oblivion: When the Clock Strikes ‘Zero Hour’

When heroes die - for no good reason.
When heroes die – for no good reason.

There’s a battle raging at DC Comics.

It’s been fought for decades, and it is still going on today. It’s about whether to honor the past and use it as a guidepost to the future or whether it should be wiped away like writing on a chalk board. It’s about nothing less than who gets to be a hero.

It’s about the Justice Society of America.

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The Golden Guys: The Justice Society Trapped in ‘Convergence’!

The Justice Society of America returns to its greatness in 'Convergence.'
The Justice Society of America returns to its greatness in ‘Convergence.’

Thank you for being a friend.
Travel down the road and back again.
Your heart is true, you’re a pal and a confidant.

And if you threw a party, invited everyone you knew.
You would see the biggest gift would be from me,
and the card attached would say,
‘Thank you for being a friend.’

– Lyrics to the “Golden Girls” theme song, written by Andrew Gold

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Hey, ‘Arrow’! Don’t screw up Mr. Terrific!

 

Alex Ross' intense interpretation of Michael Holt/Mr. Terrific.
Alex Ross’ intense interpretation of Michael Holt/Mr. Terrific.

One of the most tantalizing tidbits dropping from the San Diego Comic-Con: Mr. Terrific will be joining “Arrow.”

Whoa. That’s huge.

And suddenly I was ready to forgive the show for the godawful slog of season three. That League of Assassins story ran so long and so aground, I was ready to shoot an arrow into my own beloved TV.

OK, but for comic readers – and fans of the Justice Society – there is one question: Which Mr. Terrific will be joining the CW hit? There are two.

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When a Hero Stumbles: The Most Tragic JLA/JSA Team-Up!

Cover to Justice League of America No. 113.
Justice League of America No. 113: 100 pages of Super-Spectacular fun.

While the annual Justice League of America/Justice Society of America team-ups were the highlight of many a summer for comic book lovers, they did follow more or less a formula:

A crisis is revealed – usually threatening the existence of one or both worlds – and our heroes gather, split off into smaller teams, regroup for a final battle, vanquish the foes, right the wronged and agree to meet same time next year with a hearty wink and a wave.

Shake, lather, rinse, repeat.

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