Justice League of America #208; November, 1982; DC; 60 cents.
Cover by George Perez.
The Bomb-Blast Heard 'Round the World, written by Gerry Conway, art by D. Heck and S. Trapani. 23 pages.
“Continuing a 5-part super team epic with...Justice League of America, Justice Society of America, and the All-Star Squadron.” Which part this is isn't identified.
The League has traveled to the Society's headquarters where they find, and fight, the Squadron. After they stop fighting, it is explained that the League is from 1982, they are in 1942, and that the league is from Earth-1, and the Society and the Squadron are from Earth-2. Each year, the League and the Society have a super-group team-up. This year, when the League tried to go to Earth-2, they ended up on Earth-3, where they were overcome by the Crime Syndicate, who eventually went to Earth-1. The League then finally gets to Earth-2, where they find that Per Degaton, the bad guy in this story, has caused a change in history in 1942 that dramatically altered the future of Earth-2.
Got all that? And that's all told in the first six pages of the story. (Is it any wonder older fans whine about decompression? There's enough story on those six pages to last a whole mini-series today.) Later in the story, we find the Society on Earth-Prime in 1982.
All this may seem pretty confusing today, but to readers who read DC comics before this comic came out, it was all part of the DC Universe, and was familiar to those readers. But you can see why DC eventually decided to have the original crisis to make life easier for newer readers. I'll not recap any more of this story because it is mostly set up for the next issue. It's pretty good stuff for those of us who were there at the time. I don't know if today's audience would like it. 8, but if you were a DC geek at the time, possibly 10.
Also of note is that there has been a conversation recently about typos in comics. In this issue, I saw “recieved”, and in a word balloon for Zatanna, in which she is invoking a spell -- meaning the words are spelled in reverse -- , I found erab (bare) instead of reab (bear). Typos are more common today because of the use of computer letting, but these were done by hand and should have been corrected.
Also in this comic is a 14-page preview of Masters of the Universe.
Fate Is the Killer. Written by Paul Kupperberg, art by the famed Superman artist Curt Swan, and inked by Dave Hunt.
Masters of the Universe was a massively successful toy line based on an animated series. He-Man battles Skeltor in the land of Eternia. Eternia is in another dimension. During this story, Superman makes an appearance. At the end of the story, Superman says, “...but will someone please explain what I'm doing here...?” Good question, but it's obvious that Superman is there solely to help boost sales of the upcoming mini-series.
I never watched the television show. I never had the toys. I was already a working man when MotU happened, so I can't say how accurately the comic portrays the characters. This was a fun read. 7, but possibly way higher if you were a kid at the time.
A page and a half letters page.
Half-page DC Coming Comics. On Sale August 12 are Batman #353, The Daring New Adventures of Supergirl #1, The Flash #315, G.I. Combat #247, Jonah Hex #66, Superman #377, The Saga of the Swamp Thing #7, The New Teen Titans #25. On sale for August 19 are The New Teen Titans Annual #, The Night Force #4, The Legion of Super-Heroes #293.
Overall grade is 8, but could go up to 10 if you absolutley loved this stuff at the time.
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I was perfectly content before I was born.