Here’s some more kid-friendly holiday season content! It’s another look at the very first superhero team in history, DC Comics’ Justice Society of America. FOR PART ONE CLICK HERE
I will review the original issue and then detail how I would “script-doctor” the story for modern audiences.
ALL STAR COMICS #11 (June 1942)
Title: THE JUSTICE SOCIETY JOINS THE WAR ON JAPAN
Heroes: WONDER WOMAN (Original), THE SPECTRE, HAWKMAN (Original), DOCTOR FATE, THE ATOM (Original), STARMAN, DOCTOR MIDNITE, SANDMAN, JOHNNY THUNDER
Villains: JAPANESE IMPERIAL ARMED FORCES
Synopsis: With World War Two raging, Hawkman’s girlfriend Shiera Sanders (aka JSA Reserve Member Hawkgirl) has enlisted as a nurse in the U.S. Army. Shiera meets Diana Prince, who is secretly Wonder Woman. The ladies share their secrets and through Shiera, Wonder Woman meets the Justice Society of America. Doctor Fate recommends Wonder Woman for JSA membership.
The U.S. government grants the Justice Society full status as a military unit and the heroes spring into action once again against Axis forces.
They defeat Imperial Japanese attacks on American bases, destroy enemy aircraft carriers, assist Allied paratroops and prevent the destruction of a West Coast hospital.
How I Would Revise It:
A. As in all the previous stories I would have used the original female Red Tornado instead of the annoying Johnny “Jar Jar” Thunder and I would have had the JSA members working as a team, NOT just sent on individual missions.
B. Rather than have the heroes scattered around the Pacific Theater and America’s West Coast I would have had them all stay together to drive off a fictional Imperial Japanese amphibious invasion of California, Alaska’s Aleutian Islands and Hawaii.
C. PART ONE – In California, which is being invaded by the Japanese via land and sea, Shiera Sanders is working at a military hospital alongside Dr Charles MacNider (Dr Midnite’s secret identity) and also meets Diana Prince. Wonder Woman meets the JSA through Shiera like in the original story. The Justice Society assembles and drives off the Japanese invasion of California.
D. PART TWO – The Justice Society spearheads the retaking of Aleutian Islands that have fallen to the Japanese.
E. PART THREE – The JSA liberates the American Territory of Hawaii, which in this fictional context was invaded and occupied even before the Japanese invaded California and Alaska’s Aleutian Islands.
I WILL REVIEW THE NEXT JSA STORY SOON. KEEP CHECKING BACK FOR UPDATES.
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