More than 36 movies have been created in the DC Animated Universe (DCAU). These have focused on current heroes and teams like Superman, Batman, the Justice League, and the Teen Titans. However, all that will change in April 2021 when Justice Society: World War II releases.
The film will focus on Barry Allen in his early days as the Flash. Realizing that it can travel back in time, the Scarlet Speedster ends up in WWII Europe, face to face with the founding members of the Justice Society of America. For those unfamiliar with the Justice Society, you need to read a little before viewing Second World War.
10 All-Star Comics # 3 (1941)
Written by Jerry Siegel & Gardner Fox with art by Sheldon Moldoff and others, All-star # 3 was the first appearance of the Justice Society of America. It would remain their home during WWII. Initially, the team was a boys’ club that featured heavy hitters like the original Flash, Green Lantern, Hourman, and Dr. Fate. Eventually, Black Canary and Wonder Woman would team up.
The first story doesn’t actually read like a team book. While the Justice Society meeting is presented as bookends, the rest of the quarter is filled with individual stories of the main characters. The first full JSA adventure takes place in the next issue.
9 All-Star Squad (1981)
Created by writer Roy Thomas, All-Star Squad added a retroactive layer of power to the Justice Society. It came at an infamous moment in history. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, FDR attempts to contact the JSA to help combat the Axis powers. However, its main members are nowhere to be found.
It is up to Dr. Mid-Nite, the original Atom, and Hawkman to create a new team to help. Initially, they end up recruiting the heroes Robotman, Johnny Quick, Liberty Belle, and Plastic Man as an All-Star Squad reporting directly to the president. As the series continued, more heroes would join. The group would eventually join the JSA proper.
8 All-Star Comics # 37 (1946)
The post-WWII era was an interesting time for the JSA. No longer in a constant battle against the Axis forces, the team needed a new domestic threat to face. Thanks to writer Bob Kanigher and artists Irwin Hasen, Carmine Infantino, Joe Kubert, and Alex Toth, the Justice Society took on a group of supervillains known as the Injustice Society of the World.
They featured most of the baddies the JSA had fought in the past. This included Per Degaton, The Wizard, and Brain Wave. Typically as a team, the members of the Injustice Society split up to handle individual heroes. All-star The number 37 is a good example of the Justice Society in action.
7 The Golden Age (1993)
Initially an Elseworlds story, some of the events of The golden age it eventually became canon within the history of the Justice Society. The story, written by James Robinson and illustrated by Paul Smith, takes place in a postwar world where the JSA no longer exists. Instead, many of them have left their roles as Mystery Men and Women to take on other duties.
This leaves open space for Tex Thompson, the Americommando, to take center stage. As time progresses in the story, readers learn that there is more to Tex, now a promising politician and the hero he is mentoring, Dynaman. They also learn the fate of the JSA members. Needless to say, not everyone is golden in this age.
6 Adventure Comics # 466 (1979)
A new fear engulfed the United States after World War II when the threat of communism replaced fascism. It got so bad that, in the world of the Justice Society, the federal government asked heroes to unmask themselves and prove their loyalty to America. This is recounted in Adventure comics # 466.
Written by Paul Levitz and drawn by Joe Staton, the story revolves around the latest JSA case before they are summoned to appear before the Combined Congressional Committee on Un-American Activities. There, team members are reprimanded by government officials and asked to clear their names. Hawkman, the current president, refuses and the JSA disappears from the room and the world.
5 Flash # 123 (1961)
A member of the Justice Society makes an appearance in Flash # 123 by writer Gardner Fox and illustrator Carmine Infantino. In the iconic story “Flash of Two Worlds”, Barry Allen ends up in a world known as Earth-2. It is here that he meets Jay Garrick, the original Flash. Known only to him from comics, Barry is in awe that a parallel world exists.
Regardless of their surprise, Silver Age Flash defeats three members of Golden Age Flash’s rogues gallery: The Thinker, The Fiddler, and The Shade. From there, a bond is created that lasts for generations.
4 Justice League of America # 21 (1963)
Not long after the Flash team, Gardner Fox and artist Mike Sekowsky decided to bring the entire Justice Society back. Justice League of America # 21. In doing so, they launched a regular reunion between the Earth-1 and Earth-2 heroes. These memorable pairings lasted until Crisis on Infinite Earths erased the Multiverse.
In this two-part story, the initial meeting of these two teams is interrupted by the appearance of the Crime Champions, a group made up of arch-enemies from both groups. It takes the combined efforts of both superhero organizations to defeat the sextet of villains through inter-group matchmaking.
3 All-Star Comics # 58 (1976)
More than a quarter of a century later All-Star Comics and the JSA disappeared from the shelves, the series and the team returned in 1976. Instead of introducing the original team in older stories, it focused on the current lineup. On their initial comeback, written by Gerry Conway and drawn by Ric Estrada, three new members were brought in in the form of the Super Squad.
This trio consisted of Superman’s cousin, Power Girl, and an adult Robin. He was also part of the Star-Spangled Kid team, a former member of the Seven Soldiers of Victory who was lost in time after World War II. The JSA stories continued in All-star for two more years.
2 JSA (1999)
In Crisis on Infinite Earths, the JSA was removed from Earth-2. When all was said and done, they were part of the new Earth-Prime story. However, instead of continuing their adventures in this new world, DC decided to put them to graze for a bit by having them fight an endless battle with the Norse gods. They returned in the early 1990s, where DC struck them another blow in the Zero hour series when they were considerably older.
Fortunately, the effects of that event did not hinder the team. They reformed in 1999 with a line-up that included original members and those like Stargirl, who now possessed the power belt of the Star-Spangled Kid, Starman’s son and Sandy, the former Sandman partner. the JSA The comic ran for seven years and introduced readers to Geoff Johns’ writing talent.
one Justice Society of America (2007)
Infinite Crisis changed things for the DC universe. On the one hand, it reintroduced the concept of the Multiverse. On the other, it helped introduce a new Justice Society of America Johns and Dale Eaglesham series. For the first 26 issues, the original covers were drawn by Alex Ross. Where JSA slowly introduced the next generation heroes of the original members, Justice Society of America focused on a team where the older members trained the new ones.
Although Wildcat, Green Lantern and the original Flash were at its core, most of the group was made up of children, grandchildren, and heirs of Golden Age characters. This included a new Wildcat who was the son of Ted Grant, Cyclone, granddaughter. from the original Red Tornado and Jesse Quick / Liberty Belle.
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