Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Justice League International

The Justice League International used to be the Justice League of America, which was sold as “all your favorite superheroes in one book.” In the 1980s, Jerry Conway placed the team in Detroit. It was called Justice League Detroit, and there were new characters with names like “Vibe” and “Commander Steel.”

DC decided to kill off all the characters and give it to the new creative team. The overhaul included a new name, and it was just called the Justice League at first. It was renamed Justice League International in the 7th issue. The JLI was full of B-team superheroes including Martian Manhunter, Black Canary, Mr. Miracle, Booster Gold, Blue Beetle (Ted Cord, who was the 2nd Blue Beetle), Captain Marvel, Guy Gardner, and Batman led the team. Later on, Martian Manhunter was later left in charge.

At first, JLI told stories of the heroes accomplishing things, but it eventually turned into a buddy comic with Booster Gold and Blue Beetle doing stupid stuff. Ash said they would laugh like, “Bwa ha ha,” and so it was known as the “Bwa ha ha” era. Blue Beetle would always make jokes in these stories. Ash liked it when the Blue Beetle called Batman Spock. Not to be outdone, Batman told his only joke later on in the issue. When they were flying around in the Beetle-mobile, Batman said, “Straight ahead, Mr. Sulu.” Apparently, it was awkward for everyone.

In another issue, Guy Gardner wanted to fight Batman for the command. He even took off his Green Lantern ring to make the fight fair. Batman knocked him on his ass in just one punch, and then Guy Gardner behaved.

Ash’s favorite part about the JLI is that it has embassies in other countries. When the team was getting ready to go to Moscow, Martian Manhunter sent a big crate. The movers opened the crate and discovered it was full of Oreo cookies. It turned out that since Captain Marvel was really just a kid in an adult body, he would like to snack on cookies, which he shared with Martian Manhunter. So now, Martian Manhunter has two weaknesses: fire and Oreos.


  1. I have to admit that you show an unusually powerful command of names, places and events of comic characters and canon with this post.

    Is someone becoming a fangirl I wonder...

  2. I took notes while my husband told me about it!