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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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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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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