The new Justice Society, on CW's "Stargirl" (Photo: CW)

We Have a Justice Society TV Show. This Is Not a Drill.

Any casual visitor to this site might guess that I have a deep affection for DC’s Justice Society of America, the first and greatest superteam.

Maybe it is because I talked about how the 1970 Justice League/Justice Society team-up pretty much got me addicted to comic books.

Or how I finally tracked down the elusive issue long missing from my collection.

Or how the Justice Society just lent themselves to the best holiday stories.

But I never in my wildest dreams thought I’d live to see the Justice Society star in a  TV show.

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Brace Yourself for the Billion Dollar Debut of Bat-Girl!

The dazzling debut of Bat-Girl!, from "Batman" No. 139.
The dazzling debut of Bat-Girl!, from “Batman” No. 139.

It just had to happen.

Batman gained a female counterpart in 1956 in Batwoman, just in time to head off these freaky academics who were convinced Batman and Robin were P-Town buddies.

Readers had to wait five years for the next obvious addition to the Bat-Family.

In “Bat-Girl!” in “Batman” No. 139, cover date April 1961, written by Bill Finger and drawn by Sheldon Moldoff, the Bat-Family has been cornered by those dastardly fiends, the Cobra Gang.

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What You Might Not Know about ‘Flash of Two Worlds’

Flash No. 123DC released this week a facsimile edition of “The Flash” No. 123 featuring the Silver Age classic “Flash of Two Worlds.”

In this timeless tale, Barry Allen’s Flash travels to Earth 2 and meets his idol, the Golden Age Flash, Jay Garrick, making his first appearance in a decade.

You can make the case that this comic book from the fertile imagination of the legendary Gardner Fox is the single most significant comic book of the Silver Age, at least for DC Comics. It introduced into mainstream canon the notion of parallel worlds and the multiverse, igniting thousands of stories and what later came to be the hallmark and sometimes the curse of the DC Universe.

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Hell is Other Heroes: ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’ Part Three

The devil you say. (Photo: CW)
The devil you say. (Photo: CW).

We were not prepared for part three of “Crisis on Infinite Earths.”

This latest chapter, on CW’s “The Flash,” touched on elements of the now classic tale and then swerved off in directions unexpected, the shocks multiplied by appearances from several veterans of other DC shows.

Sure, we knew John Wesley Shipp would be reprising his role as the original Flash, but who expected the original Birds of Prey? And Lucifer! Freaking Lucifer, just as smarmy and seductive as can be.

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It’s Raining Supermen: ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’ Part Two

Kevin Conroy as Bruce Wayne. (Photo: CW)
Kevin Conroy as Bruce Wayne. (Photo: CW)

Give a man a book, he’ll go on a multiverse killing spree.

That’s the outcome of part two of “Crisis on Infinite Earths,” an hour brimming with some fantastic action, terrific fan-service and several scene-stealing performances. It’s almost as if it’s a different show, and it is, it’s “Batwoman.”

Don’t knock it ’til you watched it.

Lex Luthor is very much alive, with his own part to play, the Monitor assures the assembled heroes.

Lex immediately steals the magical Book of Destiny and sets out to destroy every Superman everywhere. The Monitor is surprisingly chill about his cosmic vendetta.

Now this is a problem because our heroes have been charged with rounding up the legendary heroes – paragons –  who can save the multiverse.

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