The Shocking, Strange, Somewhat Skeevy Secret Origin of Black Canary!

When Thunderbolt attacks
When Thunderbolt attacks

She’s my daughter!

She’s my sister!

She’s my sister and my daughter!

– “Chinatown” (1974)

In 1983, it took three esteemed DC Comics writers to answer a question nobody was asking – and in doing so create perhaps the creepiest JLA/JSA team-up in history.

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R.I.P., Jackie Collins

jackie-collins
Author Jackie Collins

I was saddened to learn this morning of the death of novelist Jackie Collins.

I’ve never read a Jackie Collins book.

Her subject matter – the beautiful and the decadent, the rich and the decadent, the famous and the decadent – well, you get the idea – has no appeal for me.

But I’m not oblivious to her impact her books had on millions of readers – and one very special person in particular.

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Make Way for the Super Squad! Oh, and the Justice Society, too!

The return of All Star Comics - and the Justice Society!
The return of All Star Comics – and the Justice Society!

Super-hero team names are tough.

Have you ever tried coming up with one?

All the good ones are taken.

You have your Justice League, Avengers, Defenders, Teen Titans, Fantastic Four, Doom Patrol, X-Men, Inhumans, Secret Six, Mighty Crusaders, Legion of Super-Heroes, Legion of Substitute Heroes and Legion of Impossibly Silly Twits. (OK, I made that one up.)

And, of course, the first and greatest of them all, the Justice Society of America.

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