The Justice Society of America from "Smallville" (Photo: CW)

Stargirl: Must every Justice Society story be a tragedy?

“DC’s Stargirl” is taking flight with its story of a teenager coming into her own as a hero indebted to the past and looking to the future.

But there’s no denying the premiere episode hit like a punch to the solar plexus for those who love the first and greatest super-hero team, the Justice Society of America. In a harrowing sequence, “Stargirl” opened with the team assassinated by the Injustice Society of America.

As the Modern Age of Super-Heroes has soared in film, animated works and live-action TV, those who have followed the JSA for decades, hoping to see them take their place in the pantheon of champions, have been resoundingly disappointed.

In their scant few appearances, the Justice Society seems to have one power: dying.

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