Buy War Bonds – and the Untold Origin of the Justice Society!

The Most Sensational Secret of World War Two!
Maybe not the most sensational secret of World War II, but certainly the most overdue.

It took almost 40 years, but the Justice Society of America, DC Comics’ premier super-hero team, finally got an origin story.

Which begs the question:

What took so long?

Even the good folks at DC Comics had to be scratching their heads.

When the team debuted in “All Star Comics” No. 3 in 1940, the band was fully formed, sort of. They might as well have been drinking buddies gathering to swap stories – which is just what our heroes did.

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Ugly is as Ugly Reads: In Defense of E-Readers

The author and his e-reader.
Me, not getting prettier by the minute.

The tweet hit like a swat to the cheek.

“Reading books instead of Kindles can improve your memory, concentration, and good looks.”

And the source of this stunning wisdom?

GoodReads.

You know, the social media site for book lovers, the one that bills itself as “the largest site for readers and book recommendations.”

My first reaction: Who now what now when now?

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Adventures in Cosmic Babysitting: That Time the JLA & JSA Reunited A Boy & His Pup

This is what happens when you cross a cosmic Chihuahua.
This is what happens when you cross a cosmic Chihuahua.

While all the annual Justice League/Justice Society team-ups were all events, not all were epics.

One went even to the dogs – well, a dog.

But the 1971 team-up, while fun and light, had unexpected consequences for this reader.

First the crisis, then a confession:

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Crisis in Infinite Weirdness: When the JLA & the JSA battled – their creators?!!

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The greatest villain to threaten the JLA and the JSA – writer Cary Bates?

When you think about the annual Justice League/Justice Society team-ups, you think about the greatest cosmic threats to menace two worlds – alien invaders or a quest to find time-tossed Golden Age heroes or a rebellion on a Nazi world.

You probably don’t think about the teams suffering through a pissing contest between their writers.

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