History ComicBook / JusticeSocietyOfAmerica

10th May '18 4:00:59 PM ablackraptor
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* ADayInTheLimelight: One story arc in ''All-Stars'' has Cyclone, after being injured in the last arc, deal with a group of clones and someone stealing her powers at her school, while the rest of the team are away on a mission in space. The story focuses on Maxine just happily dealing with the situation on her own, while the rest of the team's epic space adventure is limited to several random snippets of different stages.



* ComicBookTime: The JSA characters have an odd relationship with this trope. The surviving Golden Age characters generally avert it, having aged in real time despite being well-preserved for their age. The younger members of the modern day team firmly adhere to ComicBookTime, meaning aging characters exist right alongside unaging characters. The book avoided the problems this caused by generally ignoring it.
* CoolBigSis: Kendra to Courtney.

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* ComicBookTime: The JSA characters have an odd relationship with this trope. The surviving Golden Age characters generally avert it, having aged in real time despite being well-preserved for their age. The younger members of the modern day team firmly mostly adhere to ComicBookTime, ComicBookTime (though quite a few of them ''do'' age, just far slower than in real life), meaning aging characters exist right alongside unaging characters. The book avoided the problems this caused by generally ignoring it.
* CoolBigSis: Kendra to Courtney. Courtney herself is described as this to most of the younger generation who joined after her, despite being ''younger'' than most of them.



* IAmNotPretty: Damage, to the point that he ''never'' takes his mask off, and initially is ''very'' bitter about the scars Zoom left on him (its implied that the burns aren't as bad as he ''thinks'' they are, but he's so self-conscious about it he refuses to even hear that he's not as ugly as he believes he is). He gets better thanks to his romance with Judomaster.



* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: King Chimera. He's an InsufferableGenius who clashes with everyone, but mellows out [[LoveRedeems thanks to his crush on]] Cyclone. He's still abrasive, but he's very protective of others, ''especially'' Maxine, and has a lot of PetTheDog moments where he demonstrates surprising insight into others' problems and feelings.



* OutdatedOutfit: An accusation sometimes leveled at the Golden Age heroes who still wear costumes designed in the 1940s, particularly Alan Scott. A lot of fans consider the dated outfits part of the charm of these characters.

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* OppositesAttract: Cyclone and King Chimera. They're both geniuses with NoSocialSkills, but Cyclone is a HumbleHero GenkiGirl and King is an InsufferableGenius JerkWithAHeartOfGold.
* OutdatedOutfit: An accusation sometimes leveled at the Golden Age heroes who still wear costumes designed in the 1940s, particularly Alan Scott. A lot of fans consider the dated outfits part of the charm of these characters. It helps that many of them employ CivvieSpandex (with Jay seemingly wearing a sweater and jeans), which in recent years became quite popular despite that.
6th Mar '18 8:06:00 PM foxley
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* HistorysCrimeWave: The Trope Namer is in All-Star Comics #38 where the Justice Society of America investigate Gotham City murders claimed to be performed by historical villains. Though they turn out to be the disguises of an insane wax museum guard, he succeeds in killing every member in the issue except Wonder Woman, who has to use the purple ray to bring them back to life. The villains are Nero, Goliath, Captain Kidd, Caesare Borgia, Genghis Khan and Attila the Hun.

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* HistorysCrimeWave: The Trope Namer is in All-Star Comics ''All-Star Comics'' #38 where the Justice Society of America investigate Gotham City murders claimed to be performed by historical villains. Though they turn out to be the disguises of an insane wax museum guard, he succeeds in killing every member in the issue except Wonder Woman, who has to use the purple ray to bring them back to life. The villains are Nero, Goliath, Captain Kidd, Caesare Borgia, Genghis Khan and Attila the Hun.


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* TheManBehindTheCurtain: In ''All-Star Comics'' #5, the JSA spends the entire story hunting for a mysterious crime lord known as 'Mr. X', whose underlings are terrified of him. At the end of the story, Mr. X shows up and politely turns himself in, as the JSA have now smashed his network. He is a completely innocuous milquetoast.
8th Oct '17 1:58:14 PM DaibhidC
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The ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths left the JSA relatively untouched, but [[ExecutiveMeddling DC Editorial wanted]] to get rid of the JSA. So, in the best tradition of the AssPull: "Suddenly, the JSA were attacked by a spell [[StupidJetpackHitler cast by Hitler]] in the last days of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, which summoned the [[TheLegionsOfHell demons of Ragnarok]] to [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt destroy the world]]. The JSA had no choice but to create a [[TimeyWimeyBall hole in time and space]], and all go [[PutOnABus through the hole]] to fight demons." The JSA were caught up in a time loop fighting demons from 1986 to 1992, when they were released during the ''Armageddon: Inferno'' crossover. They had a flashback miniseries in 1991 and a short series in 1992 that was cancelled even before its first issue by more ExecutiveMeddling.

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The ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths left the JSA relatively untouched, untouched (except that there was now only one Earth, where all the heroes lived), but [[ExecutiveMeddling DC Editorial wanted]] to get rid of the JSA. So, in the best tradition of the AssPull: "Suddenly, the JSA were attacked by a spell [[StupidJetpackHitler cast by Hitler]] in the last days of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, which summoned the [[TheLegionsOfHell demons of Ragnarok]] to [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt destroy the world]]. The JSA had no choice but to create a [[TimeyWimeyBall hole in time and space]], and all go [[PutOnABus through the hole]] to fight demons." The JSA were caught up in a time loop fighting demons from 1986 to 1992, when they were released during the ''Armageddon: Inferno'' crossover. They had a flashback miniseries in 1991 and a short series in 1992 that was cancelled even before its first issue by more ExecutiveMeddling.
8th Oct '17 1:12:43 PM DaibhidC
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In the ComicBook/{{New 52}}, many of the major Golden Age characters were rebooted and re-imagined, with most once again operating on Earth-2, as they did pre-Crisis, and some operating on Earth-0, the DCU's current main Earth. However, there was no official team operating under the JSA title until Geoff Johns' ''[[ComicBook/DCRebirth DC Universe: Rebirth]]'' revealed there had once been a Justice Society on Earth-0, a covert team of mystery men who helped win World War II, but they'd been forgotten by history, lost to time, and needed to be brought back.

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In the ComicBook/{{New 52}}, many of the major Golden Age characters were rebooted and re-imagined, with most once again operating on Earth-2, as they did pre-Crisis, pre-Crisis (in ''Comicbook/Earth2''), and some operating on Earth-0, the DCU's current main Earth. However, there was no official team operating under the JSA title until Geoff Johns' ''[[ComicBook/DCRebirth DC Universe: Rebirth]]'' revealed there had once been a Justice Society on Earth-0, a covert team of mystery men who helped win World War II, but they'd been forgotten by history, lost to time, and needed to be brought back.



* TheLoad: The Golden Age ComicBook/RedTornado was part this, with a heaping dollop of comic relief. She was tough enough to at least hold her own in a fight against non-super-powered thugs, though.



* TheLoad: The Golden Age ComicBook/RedTornado was part this, with a heaping dollop of comic relief. She was tough enough to at least hold her own in a fight against non-super-powered thugs, though.
18th Sep '17 7:15:47 AM FuzzyBarbarian
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* FanService: Power Girl's huge bustline makes her a recurring subject of "focus on bustline while she's flying towards us" angled shots, and she often suffers ClothingDamage. Unusually, however, the entire rest of the female cast tends to be either modestly-endowed (the three teenage characters) and/or full-clothed without even the form-fitting wardrobe normal for comics (Cyclone and Liberty Belle).

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* FanService: Power Girl's huge bustline makes her a recurring subject of "focus on bustline while she's flying towards us" angled shots, and she often suffers ClothingDamage. Kendra tends to get lots of ass shots and rocks a BareYourMidriff outfit and pants with a plunging waistline. Unusually, however, the entire rest of the female cast tends to be either modestly-endowed (the three teenage characters) and/or full-clothed without even the form-fitting wardrobe normal for comics (Cyclone and Liberty Belle).


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* SequelSeries: ''Justice Society of America'' is basically just an excuse for Johns to give a time skip and bring some new blood to the team. You can basically read it as part of ''JSA'' if you wanted to, given how ''JSA'' ended.
31st May '17 1:00:21 AM rafi
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* StalkerWithACrush: In one issue of ''JSA'', Power Girl beats the stuffing out of a super-powered stalker named "D-Bomb".
29th May '17 10:25:47 AM AnotherGuy
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The comic book ''All-Star Comics'', in 1940, was introduced as a standard anthology title featuring characters from other anthologies. However in the third issue (Winter, 1940), writer Gardner Fox introduced the Justice Society of America, teaming up the characters. Because it was mostly for less-used characters, any character who got his own series would have minimal appearances, so [[Franchise/TheFlash Flash]] and Franchise/GreenLantern left when they got solo comics, Franchise/{{Superman}} and Franchise/{{Batman}} rarely appeared, and Franchise/WonderWoman was the JSA's [[StayInTheKitchen secretary]] and didn't go on missions until late in the Golden Age ''All-Star'' run. The team had a roster that changed from time to time, with characters leaving the team and others replacing them, until finally the lineup stabilized for the last two years of the book's run. The comic was canceled with issue #57 (February-March, 1951) at the end of UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks, with ''All-Star Western'' continuing the numbering.

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The comic book ''All-Star Comics'', in 1940, was introduced as a standard anthology title featuring characters from other anthologies. However in the third issue (Winter, 1940), writer Gardner Fox introduced the Justice Society of America, teaming up the characters. Because it was mostly for less-used characters, any character who got his own series would have minimal appearances, so [[Franchise/TheFlash Flash]] and Franchise/GreenLantern left when they got solo comics, Franchise/{{Superman}} and Franchise/{{Batman}} rarely appeared, appeared[[note]]They had their own books, and the publisher believed that including them would cannibalize sales[[/note]], and Franchise/WonderWoman was the JSA's [[StayInTheKitchen secretary]] and didn't go on missions until late in the Golden Age ''All-Star'' run. The team had a roster that changed from time to time, with characters leaving the team and others replacing them, until finally the lineup stabilized for the last two years of the book's run. The comic was canceled with issue #57 (February-March, 1951) at the end of UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks, with ''All-Star Western'' continuing the numbering.
5th Mar '17 11:57:28 AM Scorntex
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: During a time-travel jaunt, Power Girl runs afoul of an anomaly in time, one Rip Hunter hadn't seen coming. One centred on [[ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths Nineteen Eighty-Five]]. In the following storyline, Kara's true Kryptonian nature starts violently reasserting itself, leading to her own identity crisis at the beginning of ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis''.


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* OffWithHisHead: How Gog is defeated, with the extra measure of flying his head all the way to the Source Wall.


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* PoliticallyCorrectHistory: Averted in a storyline where the JSA go back to the fifties. Michael Holt, a black man, runs into serious issues just for being black, and that's before he runs into some of the KKK by accident.
20th Jan '17 2:05:59 PM rafi
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20th Jan '17 9:54:01 AM OmarKarindu
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** It also happens to the villains: Brain Wave never uses his image-projecting power after his first appearance and later has to use SuperScience to achieve the same things, and the Wizard's magic is nowhere in evidence in his two subsequent appearances leading the Injustice Society.
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