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[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/the-justice-society__6930.jpg]] [[caption-width-right:350:Ain't no school like the [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks old school.]]]] -->''"During the days of WorldWarII, a group of costumed mystery men gathered together to form the first and greatest super-team of all time."'' %% %% One quote at a time is the norm -- ideally a short and snappy one. %% Once upon a time, comics had no such thing as continuity. Yes, read that sentence again. All those comics on the stands? They didn't intersect with one another. They were being read by [[TheGreatDepression Depression-era]] kids, who weren't going to write to the editor and complain about how the current issue of the {{Flash}} was at odds with a story written three years before. '''There were no message boards.''' And then something wonderful happened. 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 {{Flash}} and 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 comic was canceled with issue #57 (February-March, 1951) at the end of TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks, with ''All-Star Western'' continuing the numbering. Over a decade later, superheroes were on the rise again and TheFlash (the [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] Flash, a totally different guy than the one in WorldWarII) discovered another world inhabited by the older [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] characters. Continuity had been invented by this point, so the explanation was, "All those JSA stories took place on [[AlternateUniverse Earth-2]], which has its own version of Superman, and everything from, uh, [[TheInterregnum circa-1955]] on is from Earth-1, which has the JusticeLeagueOfAmerica. Superman versus aliens? That was Earth-1. Superman versus [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazis]]? Earth-2." Thus, every summer, the JLA and the JSA would [[{{Crossover}} team up]], in some of the few multi-part storylines of TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks. These were often titled "Crisis on Earth-Something", and involved the two teams responding to multidimensional disasters. The JSA's own series was briefly revived in the [[TheSeventies 1970s]], with ''All-Star Comics'' returning with issue #58 (February 1976). Earth-2 was treated as having existed in real time, and all the characters had aged. New characters ComicBook/{{Huntress}} and PowerGirl were introduced as younger superheroes, related to the early group. The series lasted to #74, and included the origin of the Justice Society (told in a special, not in the series itself). The comic was then canceled in the [[TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks "DC Implosion"]] of 1978, and its six remaining stories were published in ''Adventure Comics''; the last issue was #466 (December 1979). The next JSA-associated series was ''ComicBook/AllStarSquadron'', which started in 1981 and took place during the [[TheForties 1940s]] in the JSA's prime. It included all of DC's characters from that time period, focusing less on the Justice Society proper, and was followed by the post-Crisis ''Young All-Stars''. Meanwhile, "modern" Earth-Two stories featuring the children and friends of the JSA, called ''InfinityInc'', came into being, and lasted till the early [[TheNineties 1990s]]. The 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 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. The CrisisCrossover ''Zero Hour'' [[RocksFallEveryoneDies brutally killed off]] members Doctor Fate, Doctor Mid-Nite, Hourman, and the Atom (an act meant to both [[ExecutiveMeddling get rid of "embarrassing" older heroes and create some epic deaths for the big story]]), and wrote out Carter and Shiera Hall, the Golden Age Hawkman and Hawkgirl by merging them with the Silver Age Hawkman, Katar Hol. The second revival, simply entitled "JSA", brought the team back together with numerous new members, [[BackFromTheDead resurrected]] Hourman (who retired and entrusted the mantle to his son) and the Carter Hall version of Hawkman, and eventually fizzled after 87 issues and yet another CrisisCrossover. It was initially written by James Robinson (and included his ComicBook/{{Starman}} in the lineup) and David Goyer. Robinson was later replaced by GeoffJohns, whose run on the book is generally considered the teams peak and is regarded as one of his best works to this day. The last series before the 2011 reboot, once again titled "Justice Society of America", [[AdaptationDistillation attempted to take the best of all previous incarnations]] with the young-meets-old theme, [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazi supervillans]], and a return to [[TheMultiverse universe-hopping adventure]]. There was even a second ongoing, ''JSA Classified'', which turns the CharacterFocus to individual members on their team. The JSA, therefore, has basically become a team of veterans and mentors for other heroes, as well as the starting point for many heroes in training. This gives the team excellent dynamics: young vs. old, cynical vs. idealist, etc. While its heroes are not as popular as those who form the Justice League, they are respected and admired by all proper heroes in TheDCU as [[UrExample pioneers of the principles they stand for]]. After adding LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters in the form of other [[LegacyHero Legacy Heroes]], Johns finalized his decade-long run on the book. Following his departure, the writing chores were taken over by ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}'' scribes Bill Willingham and Matt Sturges, who split the massive roster in two. ''JSA All-Stars'' featured Sturges' team, led by Power Girl and [[ComicBook/KingdomCome Magog]], while the original title held all of the important Golden Age characters. Sales suffered an expected drop-off with Johns leaving, but the book remained a major part of the DC Universe. James Robinson wrote several issues during a crossover with the Justice League, and then Mark Guggenheim became the regular writer. Fan reaction to his take on the characters was mixed, to say the least. His run ended when the {{New 52}} relaunch took place and the title was cancelled. In the {{New 52}}, Robinson is back writing the team, with the second-wave title simply called ComicBook/{{Earth 2}}. The Justice Society again originates and operates in the titular corner of TheMultiverse, however, the team is no longer tied to World War II, with the characters being reintroduced as younger versions from a modern background, and with updated abilities and looks. See CharactersJusticeSocietyOfAmerica ---- Tropes used by the team include: * AbortedArc: This is a bit subjective, but Johns and Goyer were clearly planning a major dust-up between the [[TheMenInBlack Department of Extranormal Affairs]] and the JSA. The Black Reign arc probably overtook it. Also, there's the business with the Council, which again was overtaken by Black Reign [[spoiler:when Black Adam slaughtered them off-panel to court the support of Nemesis]]. * AnimalThemedSuperbeing: Wildcat and the Golden Age HawkMan specifically. * AnthologyComic: All-Star Comics began as an anthology book. Even when the JSA was introduced with issue 3, the book remained essentially an anthology consisting of the framing story in the opening and closing chapters, with the middle chapters linked to that story but drawn by different artists and featuring different characters. Later on the series would move to some longer stories that broke from the anthology format. * ApronMatron: Red Tornado. * TheAtoner: Black Adam, a former super-villain. Later [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor reverted to form]]. Currently Atom-Smasher, who followed Adam in his descent back into villainy, is filling this role. * AuthorFilibuster: In issue 50 of the current series, Jay Garrick is being interviewed prior to being sworn in as mayor. One of the questions involves the way in which the JSA has abandoned the whole "legacy" concept, where the younger generation is trained by the older generation, despite the fact that this is not something that's really happened yet in the actual storylines. Jay's response of "I see no reason that JSA membership should be restricted to a certain pedigree" could easily be read as author Marc Guggenheim responding to reader complaints. It certainly breaks the fourth wall. * BadassNormal: Since they started out when LegoGenetics was in the future, and even comic-book science was still in the LightningCanDoAnything stages, most of the members had some variant of a CharlesAtlasSuperpower. ** The original roster was was {{Flash}}, GreenLantern, Hourman (I'm Batman [[SuperSerum on drugs]]!), Sandman (I'm Batman with precognition!), Hawkman (I'm Batman with wings!), Atom (I'm Midget Batman!), the Spectre (I'm Dead RealityWarper Batman!) and Doctor Fate (I'm a Wizard, [[strike:'arry]]!). ** Currently, this role is filled by Mister Terrific, the third-smartest man in the world (and therefore smart enough to know that "Working Out = Good"), Hawkman (who graduated to ConanTheBarbarian with wings), and Wildcat, advertised as the man who [[BadAss taught self-defense classes to the JLA]]. * BadFuture: Involving ThoseWackyNazis of course. * BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: The Thy Kingdom Come storyline had [[spoiler: Doctor Mid-Nite regain his eyesight at the cost of being able to diagnosis medical conditions at a glance, ComicBook/{{Starman}} regained his sanity when [[InsanityImmunity he needed to be crazy]], PowerGirl learned the hard way that the InfiniteCrisis had [[YouCantGoHomeAgain caused her to be replaced with a double on Earth 2]], and Damage's face was fixed and he became increasingly vain.]] Luckily because StatusQuoIsGod most of those issues were resolved. * BigBad: [[EvilOverlord Mordru]] in the first half of the JSA series, and Black Adam in the second. * BigScrewedUpFamily: Most of the inner turmoil in the JSA was caused by the original Atom, Al Pratt's kids. Atom-Smasher was Pratt's godchild, and more recently, Pratt's son Damage (it's a [[ItMakesSenseInContext complicated story]]) betrayed the team by siding with Gog. * BlindJustice: Dr. Mid-Nite, whose DisabilitySuperpower is that he is blind, but can still see in total darkness. Hence his "blackout bombs" that blind the bad guys, but allow him to function normally. * ButterFace: Way back in the early days of the JSA, Johnny Thunder was thrown back in time and was betrothed to a princess who always wore a veil... * ClothingDamage: Power Girl frequently suffers this, being MsFanservice. Atom Smasher's mask is also unusually fragile, often tearing from a flung bottle or somesuch object. * ComedicHero: Johnny Thunder and the Red Tornado in the original WWII comics. * ComicBookTime: The JSA characters have an odd relationship with this trope. The original 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. * CoolOldGuy: What, you can't see it? The original members ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome pantsed Hitler]]'', for crying out loud. The whole flying, bend-steel-with-their-bare-hands thing is a bonus. * CoolShip: Following the return of their [[InformedAbility ace pilot]] Atom Smasher, the All-Stars gained one in the form of the appropriately named Star Eagle. * DarkerAndEdgier: Mark Guggenheim's run had all the hallmarks of this, with plenty of violence, destruction, and the normally polite and in-control Jay Garrick referring to the villain as a "bastard". * DemotedToExtra: Reading this series can be a bit jarring if you're a fan of ''SandmanMysteryTheatre''. After the Golden Age Sandman spent years as the hero of his own cult classic series, he's reduced to a mere scene-filler here. * DeadpanSnarker: Johnny Thunder's genie, the Thunderbolt, as well as Power Girl on occasion. * DependingOnTheArtist: Cyclone's costume is pretty hard to draw, so various artists raise or lower the slit on the side (or remove it entirely), alter the amount of strips on the leggings, change the size or colour of her emblem, and change how baggy or large the overhanging pouch is. Even her hair is subject to this, either having long bangs, or none at all. ** Quite common for some other members of the team. Power Girl's costume is explained in-universe as having multiple variations after years of varying Boob-Window-sizes, and Stargirl is often shown looking more or less young and busty. * DivergentCharacterEvolution: Even though the Justice Society came first and the JusticeLeagueOfAmerica was just a [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] update of the Justice Society, because the Justice League was more popular, it was decided that the Justice Society needed to find a new core concept to differentiate it from the Justice League. Several different ideas were tried such as being an AlternateUniverse equivalent to the Justice League, being a group of middle-aged superheroes, being a group of senior citizen superheroes, until finally, they found a concept that worked sales-wise: a multigenerational family of superheroes training the next generation. ** This concept behind the team was explicitly abandoned by Marc Guggenheim. * DontYouDarePityMe Damage is quite belligerent about his scarred face. * {{Elseworld}}: There have been two notable JSA stories published under the Elseworlds imprint... ** In ''TheGoldenAge'', America's mystery men, including the JSA, return home after WorldWarTwo and find themselves obsolete, unable to go back to catching bank robbers after spending years fighting ThoseWackyNazis. Unfortunately for everyone, though, the Nazi menace isn't quite finished... ** In ''The Liberty Files'', the Golden Age superheroes are reinvented as super-spies who fight arms dealers, Nazis, and aliens in the '30s through the '50s. * EnergyBeing: Although he was unaware of this at first, Alan Scott's body is now composed entirely of the green energy he's channeled through his ring for 70 years. * EvilCannotComprehendGood: The Wizard's first appearance. He'd been out of touch for years learning his magical powers. When he returned to civilization, he learned of the JSA. He could not conceive of intelligent super-powered people using their powers for good for altruistic reasons, and assumed the heroes were actually [[VillainWithGoodPublicity running an enormous scam]], and he demanded to be cut in. * EvilSorcerer: The Wizard (one of the JSA's longest-running villains), and others. * {{Expy}}: When the teen supervillain Kid Karnevil attempted to infiltrate the Justice Society Of America, he did so by posing as a patriotic superhero named the All-American Kid. All-American Kid's costume and backstory were extremely similar to those of Bucky, the sidekick of CaptainAmerica. ** Magog is one of Cable. * FaceHeelTurn and HeelFaceTurn: Atom Smasher does ''both'' over the course of the series, quitting the team for glad-handling super-villains and going easy on them (he'd murdered a villain to save his mother's life), then asking to rejoin them after realizing the life of a killer wasn't for him. ** Black Adam is caught in a [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor tailspin]]. * 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). * {{Flanderization}}: Hourman was initially an action-loving hero with many aspects, who took major issue with Atom Smasher's betrayal, and had feelings for Jesse Chambers. Fast-forward one year, and now his entire personality seems based around fawning over his wife Jesse, or screaming at Atom Smasher for betraying the team. Thanks to LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, his few appearances in the book can only consist of just that. * TheFool: Johnny Thunder. * ForcedPrizeFight: Roulette's arena. * ForgotAboutHisPowers: More than once in All-Star Comics, chapters featuring Dr. Fate or Starman or Dr. Mid-Nite show those characters using nothing more than their fists to take on the villain, as opposed to the super-powers which should make such conflicts easy to win. * GenkiGirl: Cyclone, possibly the only example in DC comics. Generally just a hyperactive, over-talkative motor-mouth who ends up with her mouth finally covered by another character at least twice. * GirlsNightOutEpisode * TheGambler: Roulette * HandwrapsOfAwesome: Hawkgirl, except in her case they go halfway up her arms to hide the cuts on her wrists. * HeroesUnlimited: ''ComicBook/AllStarSquadron'' was basically this for the team, set in the 1940s. ** The final pre-{{New 52}} ''JSA'' run went this route, adding in a ton of new heroes in addition to bringing back all of the teen JSA members who had left to join the ill-fated All-Stars title. * HeroicSacrifice: This one doesn't get used as often, but we've seen a few. The best example is Wesley Dodds, the Golden Age Sandman, who threw himself off a mountain [[ThanatosGambit just so the JSA would attend his funeral]] and fight some new villain. ** He was actually committing suicide because his long-time girlfriend had died the year before, and because he knew that with the knowledge he had obtained, he was as good as dead anyway. Worse than dead, if Mordru's threats to him carried any weight. The warning to his former teammates was an act of friendship, not necessarily a plan to get them to reform the team. ** And Mister America, after his entire family was murdered. He beats up the killer, stakes out the [[TheChessmaster mastermind]], loses (hard), and then runs from the [[HollywoodNewEngland Boston dockyards]] to [[BigApplesauce Battery Park]] with an arrow in his lungs, jumps through a skylight and lands back first on the JSA's round table. His final words? "[[DeTerminator I can't let justice die.]]" * HolierThanThou and HollywoodAtheist: ''Both'' averted with Doctor Mid-Nite, a devout Catholic, and Mister Terrific, a staunch atheist, who are both heroically upstanding ''and'' [=BFFs=]. Score one for tolerance! * HumanoidAbomination: Johnny Sorrow and the King of Tears (which would make a great name for a rock duo, but I digress). * IdiotHero: Johnny Thunder, a [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] [[TheFool doofus]] who had a genie that ''had'' to make his statements come true after he said "cei-u"--and he often prefaced his suggestions to others with "say, you...!" HilarityEnsues. * IWillWaitForYou: Stargirl promises this to Atom Smasher during an interview with a reporter, as he goes away to prison for his war crimes. "No matter how long it takes". * JekyllAndHyde: In All-Star #20, the JSA are helping industrialist Jason L. Rogers track down a criminal known as "The Monster", a hideous-looking man who follows Rogers around and has cost him his family and his business. It turns out that the Rogers himself turns into "The Monster" and never knew it. * JerkAss: Hawkman turned to this after a while, being grouchy and yelling at the younger members, then demanding leadership of the team during "Black Reign". Magog completely took this role later, suddenly developing an asshole streak a mile wide. He's an order-barking, gruff, grim, "killing the bad guys is OK" type who disrespects the entire team in his own inner monologues. * JokerJury: ''All Star Comics'' #37. * JumpedAtTheCall: Jay Garrick, particularly during the Golden Age. This guy loves using his super-speed abilities. * LegacyCharacter: The raison d'etre for the modern team. * LegionOfDoom: The Injustice Society of the World was the very second example in comics, consisting of many of the JSA's greatest enemies, including the Wizard, Vandal Savage, Solomon Grundy, and Per Degaton. * LethallyExpensive: In ''DC Special'' #29, the origin of the JusticeSocietyOfAmerica, a British agent tells [[UsefulNotes/FranklinDRoosevelt the President]]: "We have received information--very ''reliable information'', obtained at the cost of many lives--and it is now ''clear'' that [[AdolfHitler Hitler]] plans to ''invade England''--within weeks!" * LetsGetDangerous: When your team is composed of [[RetiredBadass 90-year-old superheroes]], backed up by the teen heroes too lippy for the ComicBook/TeenTitans, you're going to use this trope a lot. ** An example: In the first issue of the current series, we are introduced to Mister America, a legacy hero whose gear consists of nothing but a DominoMask, a cape, and a silly little whip (and clothing!). A Golden Age villain tries to destroy his legacy by killing his family. When he finds out, he strangles the assassin with the silly little whip... which suddenly no longer looks silly. ** An even better example: The JSA got side-swiped by an evil wizard, who [[PowersAsPrograms stole two characters' superpowers]], brainwashed a third guy, and put two superheroes in the hospital. Thus, the team that eventually took him down consisted of an octogenarian [[SuperSpeed super-speedster]], three people with the power of flight (not fast or high, either--''just'' flight), a gang of college students taking orders from a recruitment poster, a guy whose powers were related to drug abuse, two superpowered teenage girls, a boy recovering from major surgery, a boxer in a catsuit, a mechanic in homemade PoweredArmor, and a ''cowboy on a motorcycle''. *** OK, and [[{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] helped some too. *** And don't forget that two of the team's strongest members (Black Adam and Atom Smasher) had just undergone {{Face Heel Turn}}s and left the moment before the wizard arrived. * LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Membership includes all the Golden Age heroes, and all their descendants, and all their {{Sidekick}}s, and all their ''sidekicks''' descendants... and that's not even getting into all the ''reserve'' members. ** This got more and more derided by fans, who were practically ''begging'' the new writing team to drop the roster by several characters by the time Johns left the book. Of course, the new writers promised to not only keep most of the team around, but ''add'' one new character each. *** The team split with ''JSA All-Stars'' sought to avert this, but each team still had one new character on it, with a standard plus-size team roster still fighting for space. Once ''All-Stars'' was cancelled, the cast of that series (minus Damage, who was killed during ''BlackestNight'', and PowerGirl, who left to join the new [[JusticeLeagueInternational JLI]]) rejoined the JSA proper. * [[LockingMacGyverInTheStoreCupboard Locking Mordru in the Rock of Eternity]] * MamaBear: Power Girl starts to become this to Stargirl sometimes, once absolutely ''snapping'' at Captain Marvel for butting-in on their conversation about Atom Smasher's potential defection, coldly telling him "Whatever it is, Big Red. I think you better save it." * MagicalSeventhSon:Johnny Thunder got his powers from being the seventh son of a seventh son, born on the seventh hour of the seventh day of the seventh month of 1917. * MarriedInTheFuture: In the final issue of the Extant saga, the narration is provided by a future Stargirl who implies she is married to Atom Smasher. * MoreHeroThanThou: The Hourmen fought over who got to die to produce a StableTimeLoop. * NeverFoundTheBody: Alan Scott in the final issue of Guggenheim's run. A funeral was held and Jay seemed to think he was dead, but since the issue even states outright that no body was found, is anyone buying it? Thanks to the new 52 rebooting everything, that story effectively served as the final one for the original Justice Society of America. * TheNightThatNeverEnds: Obsidian and Ian Karkull attempted to do this to the Earth in one arc. * NotThatKindOfDoctor: Doctor Fate. Averted by both the first and third Doctor Mid-Nites, who actually ''are'' medical doctors, to the surprise of other heroes. ** The original Doctor Fate, Kent Nelson, was actually a medical doctor for awhile, before giving up that career to become an archaeologist. * 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. * OutOfFocus: Happens a ''lot'' considering there's so many members of the team. Dr. Fate and Jakeem Thunder would be gone for arcs at a time in the previous run, and the current one features about 20-odd characters, about 10 of whom get to say something once an issue, and even fewer who get major parts. This led to some bizarre situations where characters were ''introduced'' and then put Out of Focus, not saying or doing anything for another few issues! ** With the team split, Atom Smasher disappeared for over six months real-time, and Jakeem has been mentioned as not being on either team. * OverprotectiveDad: Jay Garrick tends to be this around Stargirl--he confronts the "is sixteen, but in an adult's body" Captain Marvel about his relationship with her, and suggests that a firefighter talking her up in another issue consider the age difference. The whole elder trio later forces Atom Smasher to let Stargirl down once and for all. Courtney does not appreciate any of these moments. ** Justified in-story: Jay's only (adopted) child died very young, and so he sees all of the young heroes on the team as his children, with Courtney as the youngest. * PassingTheTorch: Hourman * ThePowerOfLove: What Johnny Sorrow was using Stargirl and Atom Smasher's love for- a magic spell to free him from the King of Tears. * PowerTrio ** Superego: Green Lantern--TheCape, functionally immortal. ** Ego: Flash--CoolOldGuy, has been the "uncle" to younger heroes for something like a generation. ** Id: Wildcat or Hawkman--both BadassNormal, one a BoisterousBruiser and the other a BloodKnight, both prone to charging in. * PutOnABus: Doctor Fate in the previous run would vanish constantly searching for his wife, both to reduce the ponderous roster and to bring a major powerhouse out of the fight. Hawkman, Hawkgirl, Amazing Man, Magog and others have all done the same over time. Amazing Man has now finally been fully put there to clear out the roster a bit. ** The team was PutOnABus following the CrisisOnInfiniteEarths, when they decided to disband after the merging of the Earths but were called to alter the outcome of the Norse gods' Ragnarok in order to prevent Adolf Hitler from retroactively destroying the universe in 1945, which caused the team to remain trapped in a never-ending fight cycle [[TheBusCameBack until several years later]] in ''Armageddon: Inferno''. *** The team was PutOnABus again when the DC universe rebooted in August 2011, before reappearing in Earth-2 as part of the second wave of new titles. Of course the new JSA seen in that title starts from the beginning and portrays the founders as young men and women, meaning most of the younger legacy heroes (especially those who joined recently) are likely out of luck. Want to see Cyclone, Jade, Obsidian, Atom-Smasher, Damage, Liberty Belle or Hourman III? Too bad, none of them exist any more in the New 52. Stargirl is still around, but has been reinvented entirely since she's no longer tied to any legacies. * RedemptionEqualsDeath: Atom Smasher, to make good for all the people he'd killed and the dark path his life had taken, offers his own life to the Spectre so that he'll leave a city full of people alone. He dies of a heart attack, but is brought back thanks to magic lightning by his older-brother-figure, Black Adam. * RetiredBadass: All of them. ** Special honors must go to retired non-powered superheroine Abigail "Ma" "The Red Tornado" Hunkel, who despite being in her '80s and considerably overweight, ably fights off supervillains with a ''frying pan''. * {{Retcon}}: the team's various changes inflicted on it after CrisisOnInfiniteEarths forced the removal of the Earth-2 Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman from the roster retroactively, among other changes. ** There was an instance where Jakeem Thunder, trapped in the spirit world, wished for help and his genie summoned the ghosts of dead JSA members. Amongst them was the Earth-Two Batman, who was a member of the original JSA. It has been established that the [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] JSA was still formed in the original Earth-Two. Not to mention [[InfiniteCrisis Golden Age Wonder Woman and Kal-L]]... *** The JSA has now been completely removed from the history of DC's main Earth, with it being established that Superman was the first superhero to appear. * ReTool: The series went from a pretty standard superhero series with a "Golden Age heroes and legacy characters" theme into a massive line-up of ''dozens'' of legacy characters, with the ''entire'' point now being to teach the new generation, rather than that being a side goal. * RoguesGallery: The Injustice Society of the World, as well as a few other recurring foes like Roulette. * RuleOfFunny: Everything that Roxy says or does seems to be based on what would be funniest and/or most socially inappropriate at the time. * ScrewedByTheNetwork: The early-'90s series, because DC editorial believed that no one wanted to read about senior citizen superheroes. David Goyer and Geoff Johns later proved them wrong. * SdrawkcabAlias: It once took the JSA an entire issue of ''All-Star Comics'' to realise that evil Professor Elba and kindly Professor Able were one and the same. Not exactly their finest moment. * ShoutOut: When the [=JSA=] All-Stars were looking for a team name, Judomaster suggested ''[[Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman Kagaku Ninja Tai Gatchaman]]'', to which one of her teammates even mention ''G-Force'' (Americanized version of the anime). ** In the first storyline for ''JSA'', the team goes up against Mordru and begin shifting into different realities. One of them is a anthropomorphic animal world home to the "Justice Critters". Starman in this world is a fox, making him "VideoGame/StarFox". * ShipSinking: Stargirl & Billy Batson (thanks to different editors) and Stargirl & Atom Smasher (thanks to a plot twist that toyed with Stargirl's emotions, and later a RomanticFalseLead in Anna Fortune). * SickeninglySweethearts: Hourman and Liberty Belle. * TheSmurfettePrinciple: The 1940s JSA started out with no women on their roster, until Wonder Woman joined. This was later averted when Black Canary became a member of the team, changing to the status quo to TwoGirlsToATeam. * StalkingIsLove: In the first issue of ''JSA All-Stars'', Johnny Sorrow seemed to have this for Stargirl. Eventually, it turned out to be B.S., and he was using her for a magic spell. * StepIntoTheBlindingFight: Dr. Mid-Nite used blackout bombs to get a drop on fighting his foes. * {{Stripperific}}: Played straight with Power Girl, but utterly averted by the rest of the female cast. In fact, the JSA may be the ''least'' Stripperific team around (the worst you get is Cyclone's long socks- and possible lack of underwear- and Stargirl's bare midriff). * SuddenlySexuality: Mocked like all hell. When writer Bill Willingham took over the JSA title, there was a great amount of concern among fans about how this would affect Todd (as Willingham is a Republican). Some fans even feared that Willingham would "cure" Todd's sexuality. In Justice Society of America (Vol. 3)#40, Willingham attempted to address this concern in a humorous way by having the newly restored Obsidian announce that his homosexuality has been cured, only for him to quickly renounce this claim, telling the readers, while breaking the fourth wall for a brief moment, that he was only joking and that he was still gay. * SuperFamilyTeam: Various with the many founding members' families. * SuperHumanTrafficking: By Roulette. * SweetPollyOliver: The original Red Tornado, Abigail "Ma" Hunkel, was a hefty housewife with a mean uppercut who dressed up as a male superhero to clean up her neighborhood and keep her kids safe. She's still around as the JSA's museum curator, though she doesn't do the crossdressing bit any longer (except when she [[MallSanta plays Santa]]). * TakeUpMySword: Mr. America. * ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman: It sure is a good thing that Dr. Mid-Nite, a licensed physician, is on the team, because they seem to be the only team in comics that regularly has somebody suffer a near-fatal injury in every event. Averted with the ReTool with LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters later. * TrueCompanions: Due to blood ties, legacies, life-long friendships, and the various generation gaps, the JSA is one big family. * WillTheyOrWontThey: Atom Smasher and Stargirl appeared to be LikeBrotherAndSister at first, with him playing the older hero she looked up to. Other stories have shown them as married in the future, and she showed tremendous amounts of grief towards his betrayal and temporary death. Recent comics flat-out state that they're in love with each other, but the elders forced them to call it off. Then they announced their love, but need time apart after a mess with Johnny Sorrow. Just call them "Colossus and Kitty, Version 2.0". * TheWorfEffect: Green Lantern Alan Scott is becoming a regular victim of this. Happened at least once in JLA's run when Blackbriar Thorn stabbed him through the heart and almost killed him. Happened again in ''two consecutive storylines'' when the Nazis killed him (sending Jay Garrick into a rage) and again in Marc Guggenheim's first issue as writer when the unknown super-terrorist broke Alan's neck in five seconds flat (sending Jay Garrick into a rage). * YoungerAndHipper: In the {{New 52}}, where they are once again the Earth-2 counterpart of the [[JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Justice League]] and their members are the same age as the League's members. * ZettaiRyouiki: Cyclone's costume features a Grade A variety (high socks, short skirt), but features a slitted skirt/dress that's actually quite long, instead of a regular short skirt. ----
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[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/the-justice-society__6930.jpg]] [[caption-width-right:350:Ain't no school like the [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks old school.]]]] -->''"During the days of WorldWarII, a group of costumed mystery men gathered together to form the first and greatest super-team of all time."'' %% %% One quote at a time is the norm -- ideally a short and snappy one. %% Once upon a time, comics had no such thing as continuity. Yes, read that sentence again. All those comics on the stands? They didn't intersect with one another. They were being read by [[TheGreatDepression Depression-era]] kids, who weren't going to write to the editor and complain about how the current issue of the {{Flash}} was at odds with a story written three years before. '''There were no message boards.''' And then something wonderful happened. 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 {{Flash}} and 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 comic was canceled with issue #57 (February-March, 1951) at the end of TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks, with ''All-Star Western'' continuing the numbering. Over a decade later, superheroes were on the rise again and TheFlash (the [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] Flash, a totally different guy than the one in WorldWarII) discovered another world inhabited by the older [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] characters. Continuity had been invented by this point, so the explanation was, "All those JSA stories took place on [[AlternateUniverse Earth-2]], which has its own version of Superman, and everything from, uh, [[TheInterregnum circa-1955]] on is from Earth-1, which has the JusticeLeagueOfAmerica. Superman versus aliens? That was Earth-1. Superman versus [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazis]]? Earth-2." Thus, every summer, the JLA and the JSA would [[{{Crossover}} team up]], in some of the few multi-part storylines of TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks. These were often titled "Crisis on Earth-Something", and involved the two teams responding to multidimensional disasters. The JSA's own series was briefly revived in the [[TheSeventies 1970s]], with ''All-Star Comics'' returning with issue #58 (February 1976). Earth-2 was treated as having existed in real time, and all the characters had aged. New characters ComicBook/{{Huntress}} and PowerGirl were introduced as younger superheroes, related to the early group. The series lasted to #74, and included the origin of the Justice Society (told in a special, not in the series itself). The comic was then canceled in the [[TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks "DC Implosion"]] of 1978, and its six remaining stories were published in ''Adventure Comics''; the last issue was #466 (December 1979). The next JSA-associated series was ''ComicBook/AllStarSquadron'', which started in 1981 and took place during the [[TheForties 1940s]] in the JSA's prime. It included all of DC's characters from that time period, focusing less on the Justice Society proper, and was followed by the post-Crisis ''Young All-Stars''. Meanwhile, "modern" Earth-Two stories featuring the children and friends of the JSA, called ''InfinityInc'', came into being, and lasted till the early [[TheNineties 1990s]]. The 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 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. The CrisisCrossover ''Zero Hour'' [[RocksFallEveryoneDies brutally killed off]] members Doctor Fate, Doctor Mid-Nite, Hourman, and the Atom (an act meant to both [[ExecutiveMeddling get rid of "embarrassing" older heroes and create some epic deaths for the big story]]), and wrote out Carter and Shiera Hall, the Golden Age Hawkman and Hawkgirl by merging them with the Silver Age Hawkman, Katar Hol. The second revival, simply entitled "JSA", brought the team back together with numerous new members, [[BackFromTheDead resurrected]] Hourman (who retired and entrusted the mantle to his son) and the Carter Hall version of Hawkman, and eventually fizzled after 87 issues and yet another CrisisCrossover. It was initially written by James Robinson (and included his ComicBook/{{Starman}} in the lineup) and David Goyer. Robinson was later replaced by GeoffJohns, whose run on the book is generally considered the teams peak and is regarded as one of his best works to this day. The last series before the 2011 reboot, once again titled "Justice Society of America", [[AdaptationDistillation attempted to take the best of all previous incarnations]] with the young-meets-old theme, [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazi supervillans]], and a return to [[TheMultiverse universe-hopping adventure]]. There was even a second ongoing, ''JSA Classified'', which turns the CharacterFocus to individual members on their team. The JSA, therefore, has basically become a team of veterans and mentors for other heroes, as well as the starting point for many heroes in training. This gives the team excellent dynamics: young vs. old, cynical vs. idealist, etc. While its heroes are not as popular as those who form the Justice League, they are respected and admired by all proper heroes in TheDCU as [[UrExample pioneers of the principles they stand for]]. After adding LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters in the form of other [[LegacyHero Legacy Heroes]], Johns finalized his decade-long run on the book. Following his departure, the writing chores were taken over by ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}'' scribes Bill Willingham and Matt Sturges, who split the massive roster in two. ''JSA All-Stars'' featured Sturges' team, led by Power Girl and [[ComicBook/KingdomCome Magog]], while the original title held all of the important Golden Age characters. Sales suffered an expected drop-off with Johns leaving, but the book remained a major part of the DC Universe. James Robinson wrote several issues during a crossover with the Justice League, and then Mark Guggenheim became the regular writer. Fan reaction to his take on the characters was mixed, to say the least. His run ended when the {{New 52}} relaunch took place and the title was cancelled. In the {{New 52}}, Robinson is back writing the team, with the second-wave title simply called ComicBook/{{Earth 2}}. The Justice Society again originates and operates in the titular corner of TheMultiverse, however, the team is no longer tied to World War II, with the characters being reintroduced as younger versions from a modern background, and with updated abilities and looks. See CharactersJusticeSocietyOfAmerica ---- Tropes used by the team include: * AbortedArc: This is a bit subjective, but Johns and Goyer were clearly planning a major dust-up between the [[TheMenInBlack Department of Extranormal Affairs]] and the JSA. The Black Reign arc probably overtook it. Also, there's the business with the Council, which again was overtaken by Black Reign [[spoiler:when Black Adam slaughtered them off-panel to court the support of Nemesis]]. * AnimalThemedSuperbeing: Wildcat and the Golden Age HawkMan specifically. * AnthologyComic: All-Star Comics began as an anthology book. Even when the JSA was introduced with issue 3, the book remained essentially an anthology consisting of the framing story in the opening and closing chapters, with the middle chapters linked to that story but drawn by different artists and featuring different characters. Later on the series would move to some longer stories that broke from the anthology format. * ApronMatron: Red Tornado. * TheAtoner: Black Adam, a former super-villain. Later [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor reverted to form]]. Currently Atom-Smasher, who followed Adam in his descent back into villainy, is filling this role. * AuthorFilibuster: In issue 50 of the current series, Jay Garrick is being interviewed prior to being sworn in as mayor. One of the questions involves the way in which the JSA has abandoned the whole "legacy" concept, where the younger generation is trained by the older generation, despite the fact that this is not something that's really happened yet in the actual storylines. Jay's response of "I see no reason that JSA membership should be restricted to a certain pedigree" could easily be read as author Marc Guggenheim responding to reader complaints. It certainly breaks the fourth wall. * BadassNormal: Since they started out when LegoGenetics was in the future, and even comic-book science was still in the LightningCanDoAnything stages, most of the members had some variant of a CharlesAtlasSuperpower. ** The original roster was was {{Flash}}, GreenLantern, Hourman (I'm Batman [[SuperSerum on drugs]]!), Sandman (I'm Batman with precognition!), Hawkman (I'm Batman with wings!), Atom (I'm Midget Batman!), the Spectre (I'm Dead RealityWarper Batman!) and Doctor Fate (I'm a Wizard, [[strike:'arry]]!). ** Currently, this role is filled by Mister Terrific, the third-smartest man in the world (and therefore smart enough to know that "Working Out = Good"), Hawkman (who graduated to ConanTheBarbarian with wings), and Wildcat, advertised as the man who [[BadAss taught self-defense classes to the JLA]]. * BadFuture: Involving ThoseWackyNazis of course. * BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: The Thy Kingdom Come storyline had [[spoiler: Doctor Mid-Nite regain his eyesight at the cost of being able to diagnosis medical conditions at a glance, ComicBook/{{Starman}} regained his sanity when [[InsanityImmunity he needed to be crazy]], PowerGirl learned the hard way that the InfiniteCrisis had [[YouCantGoHomeAgain caused her to be replaced with a double on Earth 2]], and Damage's face was fixed and he became increasingly vain.]] Luckily because StatusQuoIsGod most of those issues were resolved. * BigBad: [[EvilOverlord Mordru]] in the first half of the JSA series, and Black Adam in the second. * BigScrewedUpFamily: Most of the inner turmoil in the JSA was caused by the original Atom, Al Pratt's kids. Atom-Smasher was Pratt's godchild, and more recently, Pratt's son Damage (it's a [[ItMakesSenseInContext complicated story]]) betrayed the team by siding with Gog. * BlindJustice: Dr. Mid-Nite, whose DisabilitySuperpower is that he is blind, but can still see in total darkness. Hence his "blackout bombs" that blind the bad guys, but allow him to function normally. * ButterFace: Way back in the early days of the JSA, Johnny Thunder was thrown back in time and was betrothed to a princess who always wore a veil... * ClothingDamage: Power Girl frequently suffers this, being MsFanservice. Atom Smasher's mask is also unusually fragile, often tearing from a flung bottle or somesuch object. * ComedicHero: Johnny Thunder and the Red Tornado in the original WWII comics. * ComicBookTime: The JSA characters have an odd relationship with this trope. The original 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. * CoolOldGuy: What, you can't see it? The original members ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome pantsed Hitler]]'', for crying out loud. The whole flying, bend-steel-with-their-bare-hands thing is a bonus. * CoolShip: Following the return of their [[InformedAbility ace pilot]] Atom Smasher, the All-Stars gained one in the form of the appropriately named Star Eagle. * DarkerAndEdgier: Mark Guggenheim's run had all the hallmarks of this, with plenty of violence, destruction, and the normally polite and in-control Jay Garrick referring to the villain as a "bastard". * DemotedToExtra: Reading this series can be a bit jarring if you're a fan of ''SandmanMysteryTheatre''. After the Golden Age Sandman spent years as the hero of his own cult classic series, he's reduced to a mere scene-filler here. * DeadpanSnarker: Johnny Thunder's genie, the Thunderbolt, as well as Power Girl on occasion. * DependingOnTheArtist: Cyclone's costume is pretty hard to draw, so various artists raise or lower the slit on the side (or remove it entirely), alter the amount of strips on the leggings, change the size or colour of her emblem, and change how baggy or large the overhanging pouch is. Even her hair is subject to this, either having long bangs, or none at all. ** Quite common for some other members of the team. Power Girl's costume is explained in-universe as having multiple variations after years of varying Boob-Window-sizes, and Stargirl is often shown looking more or less young and busty. * DivergentCharacterEvolution: Even though the Justice Society came first and the JusticeLeagueOfAmerica was just a [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] update of the Justice Society, because the Justice League was more popular, it was decided that the Justice Society needed to find a new core concept to differentiate it from the Justice League. Several different ideas were tried such as being an AlternateUniverse equivalent to the Justice League, being a group of middle-aged superheroes, being a group of senior citizen superheroes, until finally, they found a concept that worked sales-wise: a multigenerational family of superheroes training the next generation. ** This concept behind the team was explicitly abandoned by Marc Guggenheim. * DontYouDarePityMe Damage is quite belligerent about his scarred face. * {{Elseworld}}: There have been two notable JSA stories published under the Elseworlds imprint... ** In ''TheGoldenAge'', America's mystery men, including the JSA, return home after WorldWarTwo and find themselves obsolete, unable to go back to catching bank robbers after spending years fighting ThoseWackyNazis. Unfortunately for everyone, though, the Nazi menace isn't quite finished... ** In ''The Liberty Files'', the Golden Age superheroes are reinvented as super-spies who fight arms dealers, Nazis, and aliens in the '30s through the '50s. * EnergyBeing: Although he was unaware of this at first, Alan Scott's body is now composed entirely of the green energy he's channeled through his ring for 70 years. * EvilCannotComprehendGood: The Wizard's first appearance. He'd been out of touch for years learning his magical powers. When he returned to civilization, he learned of the JSA. He could not conceive of intelligent super-powered people using their powers for good for altruistic reasons, and assumed the heroes were actually [[VillainWithGoodPublicity running an enormous scam]], and he demanded to be cut in. * EvilSorcerer: The Wizard (one of the JSA's longest-running villains), and others. * {{Expy}}: When the teen supervillain Kid Karnevil attempted to infiltrate the Justice Society Of America, he did so by posing as a patriotic superhero named the All-American Kid. All-American Kid's costume and backstory were extremely similar to those of Bucky, the sidekick of CaptainAmerica. ** Magog is one of Cable. * FaceHeelTurn and HeelFaceTurn: Atom Smasher does ''both'' over the course of the series, quitting the team for glad-handling super-villains and going easy on them (he'd murdered a villain to save his mother's life), then asking to rejoin them after realizing the life of a killer wasn't for him. ** Black Adam is caught in a [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor tailspin]]. * 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). * {{Flanderization}}: Hourman was initially an action-loving hero with many aspects, who took major issue with Atom Smasher's betrayal, and had feelings for Jesse Chambers. Fast-forward one year, and now his entire personality seems based around fawning over his wife Jesse, or screaming at Atom Smasher for betraying the team. Thanks to LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, his few appearances in the book can only consist of just that. * TheFool: Johnny Thunder. * ForcedPrizeFight: Roulette's arena. * ForgotAboutHisPowers: More than once in All-Star Comics, chapters featuring Dr. Fate or Starman or Dr. Mid-Nite show those characters using nothing more than their fists to take on the villain, as opposed to the super-powers which should make such conflicts easy to win. * GenkiGirl: Cyclone, possibly the only example in DC comics. Generally just a hyperactive, over-talkative motor-mouth who ends up with her mouth finally covered by another character at least twice. * GirlsNightOutEpisode * TheGambler: Roulette * HandwrapsOfAwesome: Hawkgirl, except in her case they go halfway up her arms to hide the cuts on her wrists. * HeroesUnlimited: ''ComicBook/AllStarSquadron'' was basically this for the team, set in the 1940s. ** The final pre-{{New 52}} ''JSA'' run went this route, adding in a ton of new heroes in addition to bringing back all of the teen JSA members who had left to join the ill-fated All-Stars title. * HeroicSacrifice: This one doesn't get used as often, but we've seen a few. The best example is Wesley Dodds, the Golden Age Sandman, who threw himself off a mountain [[ThanatosGambit just so the JSA would attend his funeral]] and fight some new villain. ** He was actually committing suicide because his long-time girlfriend had died the year before, and because he knew that with the knowledge he had obtained, he was as good as dead anyway. Worse than dead, if Mordru's threats to him carried any weight. The warning to his former teammates was an act of friendship, not necessarily a plan to get them to reform the team. ** And Mister America, after his entire family was murdered. He beats up the killer, stakes out the [[TheChessmaster mastermind]], loses (hard), and then runs from the [[HollywoodNewEngland Boston dockyards]] to [[BigApplesauce Battery Park]] with an arrow in his lungs, jumps through a skylight and lands back first on the JSA's round table. His final words? "[[DeTerminator I can't let justice die.]]" * HolierThanThou and HollywoodAtheist: ''Both'' averted with Doctor Mid-Nite, a devout Catholic, and Mister Terrific, a staunch atheist, who are both heroically upstanding ''and'' [=BFFs=]. Score one for tolerance! * HumanoidAbomination: Johnny Sorrow and the King of Tears (which would make a great name for a rock duo, but I digress). * IdiotHero: Johnny Thunder, a [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] [[TheFool doofus]] who had a genie that ''had'' to make his statements come true after he said "cei-u"--and he often prefaced his suggestions to others with "say, you...!" HilarityEnsues. * IWillWaitForYou: Stargirl promises this to Atom Smasher during an interview with a reporter, as he goes away to prison for his war crimes. "No matter how long it takes". * JekyllAndHyde: In All-Star #20, the JSA are helping industrialist Jason L. Rogers track down a criminal known as "The Monster", a hideous-looking man who follows Rogers around and has cost him his family and his business. It turns out that the Rogers himself turns into "The Monster" and never knew it. * JerkAss: Hawkman turned to this after a while, being grouchy and yelling at the younger members, then demanding leadership of the team during "Black Reign". Magog completely took this role later, suddenly developing an asshole streak a mile wide. He's an order-barking, gruff, grim, "killing the bad guys is OK" type who disrespects the entire team in his own inner monologues. * JokerJury: ''All Star Comics'' #37. * JumpedAtTheCall: Jay Garrick, particularly during the Golden Age. This guy loves using his super-speed abilities. * LegacyCharacter: The raison d'etre for the modern team. * LegionOfDoom: The Injustice Society of the World was the very second example in comics, consisting of many of the JSA's greatest enemies, including the Wizard, Vandal Savage, Solomon Grundy, and Per Degaton. * LethallyExpensive: In ''DC Special'' #29, the origin of the JusticeSocietyOfAmerica, a British agent tells [[UsefulNotes/FranklinDRoosevelt the President]]: "We have received information--very ''reliable information'', obtained at the cost of many lives--and it is now ''clear'' that [[AdolfHitler Hitler]] plans to ''invade England''--within weeks!" * LetsGetDangerous: When your team is composed of [[RetiredBadass 90-year-old superheroes]], backed up by the teen heroes too lippy for the ComicBook/TeenTitans, you're going to use this trope a lot. ** An example: In the first issue of the current series, we are introduced to Mister America, a legacy hero whose gear consists of nothing but a DominoMask, a cape, and a silly little whip (and clothing!). A Golden Age villain tries to destroy his legacy by killing his family. When he finds out, he strangles the assassin with the silly little whip... which suddenly no longer looks silly. ** An even better example: The JSA got side-swiped by an evil wizard, who [[PowersAsPrograms stole two characters' superpowers]], brainwashed a third guy, and put two superheroes in the hospital. Thus, the team that eventually took him down consisted of an octogenarian [[SuperSpeed super-speedster]], three people with the power of flight (not fast or high, either--''just'' flight), a gang of college students taking orders from a recruitment poster, a guy whose powers were related to drug abuse, two superpowered teenage girls, a boy recovering from major surgery, a boxer in a catsuit, a mechanic in homemade PoweredArmor, and a ''cowboy on a motorcycle''. *** OK, and [[{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] helped some too. *** And don't forget that two of the team's strongest members (Black Adam and Atom Smasher) had just undergone {{Face Heel Turn}}s and left the moment before the wizard arrived. * LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Membership includes all the Golden Age heroes, and all their descendants, and all their {{Sidekick}}s, and all their ''sidekicks''' descendants... and that's not even getting into all the ''reserve'' members. ** This got more and more derided by fans, who were practically ''begging'' the new writing team to drop the roster by several characters by the time Johns left the book. Of course, the new writers promised to not only keep most of the team around, but ''add'' one new character each. *** The team split with ''JSA All-Stars'' sought to avert this, but each team still had one new character on it, with a standard plus-size team roster still fighting for space. Once ''All-Stars'' was cancelled, the cast of that series (minus Damage, who was killed during ''BlackestNight'', and PowerGirl, who left to join the new [[JusticeLeagueInternational JLI]]) rejoined the JSA proper. * [[LockingMacGyverInTheStoreCupboard Locking Mordru in the Rock of Eternity]] * MamaBear: Power Girl starts to become this to Stargirl sometimes, once absolutely ''snapping'' at Captain Marvel for butting-in on their conversation about Atom Smasher's potential defection, coldly telling him "Whatever it is, Big Red. I think you better save it." * MagicalSeventhSon:Johnny Thunder got his powers from being the seventh son of a seventh son, born on the seventh hour of the seventh day of the seventh month of 1917. * MarriedInTheFuture: In the final issue of the Extant saga, the narration is provided by a future Stargirl who implies she is married to Atom Smasher. * MoreHeroThanThou: The Hourmen fought over who got to die to produce a StableTimeLoop. * NeverFoundTheBody: Alan Scott in the final issue of Guggenheim's run. A funeral was held and Jay seemed to think he was dead, but since the issue even states outright that no body was found, is anyone buying it? Thanks to the new 52 rebooting everything, that story effectively served as the final one for the original Justice Society of America. * TheNightThatNeverEnds: Obsidian and Ian Karkull attempted to do this to the Earth in one arc. * NotThatKindOfDoctor: Doctor Fate. Averted by both the first and third Doctor Mid-Nites, who actually ''are'' medical doctors, to the surprise of other heroes. ** The original Doctor Fate, Kent Nelson, was actually a medical doctor for awhile, before giving up that career to become an archaeologist. * 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. * OutOfFocus: Happens a ''lot'' considering there's so many members of the team. Dr. Fate and Jakeem Thunder would be gone for arcs at a time in the previous run, and the current one features about 20-odd characters, about 10 of whom get to say something once an issue, and even fewer who get major parts. This led to some bizarre situations where characters were ''introduced'' and then put Out of Focus, not saying or doing anything for another few issues! ** With the team split, Atom Smasher disappeared for over six months real-time, and Jakeem has been mentioned as not being on either team. * OverprotectiveDad: Jay Garrick tends to be this around Stargirl--he confronts the "is sixteen, but in an adult's body" Captain Marvel about his relationship with her, and suggests that a firefighter talking her up in another issue consider the age difference. The whole elder trio later forces Atom Smasher to let Stargirl down once and for all. Courtney does not appreciate any of these moments. ** Justified in-story: Jay's only (adopted) child died very young, and so he sees all of the young heroes on the team as his children, with Courtney as the youngest. * PassingTheTorch: Hourman * ThePowerOfLove: What Johnny Sorrow was using Stargirl and Atom Smasher's love for- a magic spell to free him from the King of Tears. * PowerTrio ** Superego: Green Lantern--TheCape, functionally immortal. ** Ego: Flash--CoolOldGuy, has been the "uncle" to younger heroes for something like a generation. ** Id: Wildcat or Hawkman--both BadassNormal, one a BoisterousBruiser and the other a BloodKnight, both prone to charging in. * PutOnABus: Doctor Fate in the previous run would vanish constantly searching for his wife, both to reduce the ponderous roster and to bring a major powerhouse out of the fight. Hawkman, Hawkgirl, Amazing Man, Magog and others have all done the same over time. Amazing Man has now finally been fully put there to clear out the roster a bit. ** The team was PutOnABus following the CrisisOnInfiniteEarths, when they decided to disband after the merging of the Earths but were called to alter the outcome of the Norse gods' Ragnarok in order to prevent Adolf Hitler from retroactively destroying the universe in 1945, which caused the team to remain trapped in a never-ending fight cycle [[TheBusCameBack until several years later]] in ''Armageddon: Inferno''. *** The team was PutOnABus again when the DC universe rebooted in August 2011, before reappearing in Earth-2 as part of the second wave of new titles. Of course the new JSA seen in that title starts from the beginning and portrays the founders as young men and women, meaning most of the younger legacy heroes (especially those who joined recently) are likely out of luck. Want to see Cyclone, Jade, Obsidian, Atom-Smasher, Damage, Liberty Belle or Hourman III? Too bad, none of them exist any more in the New 52. Stargirl is still around, but has been reinvented entirely since she's no longer tied to any legacies. * RedemptionEqualsDeath: Atom Smasher, to make good for all the people he'd killed and the dark path his life had taken, offers his own life to the Spectre so that he'll leave a city full of people alone. He dies of a heart attack, but is brought back thanks to magic lightning by his older-brother-figure, Black Adam. * RetiredBadass: All of them. ** Special honors must go to retired non-powered superheroine Abigail "Ma" "The Red Tornado" Hunkel, who despite being in her '80s and considerably overweight, ably fights off supervillains with a ''frying pan''. * {{Retcon}}: the team's various changes inflicted on it after CrisisOnInfiniteEarths forced the removal of the Earth-2 Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman from the roster retroactively, among other changes. ** There was an instance where Jakeem Thunder, trapped in the spirit world, wished for help and his genie summoned the ghosts of dead JSA members. Amongst them was the Earth-Two Batman, who was a member of the original JSA. It has been established that the [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] JSA was still formed in the original Earth-Two. Not to mention [[InfiniteCrisis Golden Age Wonder Woman and Kal-L]]... *** The JSA has now been completely removed from the history of DC's main Earth, with it being established that Superman was the first superhero to appear. * ReTool: The series went from a pretty standard superhero series with a "Golden Age heroes and legacy characters" theme into a massive line-up of ''dozens'' of legacy characters, with the ''entire'' point now being to teach the new generation, rather than that being a side goal. * RoguesGallery: The Injustice Society of the World, as well as a few other recurring foes like Roulette. * RuleOfFunny: Everything that Roxy says or does seems to be based on what would be funniest and/or most socially inappropriate at the time. * ScrewedByTheNetwork: The early-'90s series, because DC editorial believed that no one wanted to read about senior citizen superheroes. David Goyer and Geoff Johns later proved them wrong. * SdrawkcabAlias: It once took the JSA an entire issue of ''All-Star Comics'' to realise that evil Professor Elba and kindly Professor Able were one and the same. Not exactly their finest moment. * ShoutOut: When the [=JSA=] All-Stars were looking for a team name, Judomaster suggested ''[[Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman Kagaku Ninja Tai Gatchaman]]'', to which one of her teammates even mention ''G-Force'' (Americanized version of the anime). ** In the first storyline for ''JSA'', the team goes up against Mordru and begin shifting into different realities. One of them is a anthropomorphic animal world home to the "Justice Critters". Starman in this world is a fox, making him "VideoGame/StarFox". * ShipSinking: Stargirl & Billy Batson (thanks to different editors) and Stargirl & Atom Smasher (thanks to a plot twist that toyed with Stargirl's emotions, and later a RomanticFalseLead in Anna Fortune). * SickeninglySweethearts: Hourman and Liberty Belle. * TheSmurfettePrinciple: The 1940s JSA started out with no women on their roster, until Wonder Woman joined. This was later averted when Black Canary became a member of the team, changing to the status quo to TwoGirlsToATeam. * StalkingIsLove: In the first issue of ''JSA All-Stars'', Johnny Sorrow seemed to have this for Stargirl. Eventually, it turned out to be B.S., and he was using her for a magic spell. * StepIntoTheBlindingFight: Dr. Mid-Nite used blackout bombs to get a drop on fighting his foes. * {{Stripperific}}: Played straight with Power Girl, but utterly averted by the rest of the female cast. In fact, the JSA may be the ''least'' Stripperific team around (the worst you get is Cyclone's long socks- and possible lack of underwear- and Stargirl's bare midriff). * SuddenlySexuality: Mocked like all hell. When writer Bill Willingham took over the JSA title, there was a great amount of concern among fans about how this would affect Todd (as Willingham is a Republican). Some fans even feared that Willingham would "cure" Todd's sexuality. In Justice Society of America (Vol. 3)#40, Willingham attempted to address this concern in a humorous way by having the newly restored Obsidian announce that his homosexuality has been cured, only for him to quickly renounce this claim, telling the readers, while breaking the fourth wall for a brief moment, that he was only joking and that he was still gay. * SuperFamilyTeam: Various with the many founding members' families. * SuperHumanTrafficking: By Roulette. * SweetPollyOliver: The original Red Tornado, Abigail "Ma" Hunkel, was a hefty housewife with a mean uppercut who dressed up as a male superhero to clean up her neighborhood and keep her kids safe. She's still around as the JSA's museum curator, though she doesn't do the crossdressing bit any longer (except when she [[MallSanta plays Santa]]). * TakeUpMySword: Mr. America. * ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman: It sure is a good thing that Dr. Mid-Nite, a licensed physician, is on the team, because they seem to be the only team in comics that regularly has somebody suffer a near-fatal injury in every event. Averted with the ReTool with LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters later. * TrueCompanions: Due to blood ties, legacies, life-long friendships, and the various generation gaps, the JSA is one big family. * WillTheyOrWontThey: Atom Smasher and Stargirl appeared to be LikeBrotherAndSister at first, with him playing the older hero she looked up to. Other stories have shown them as married in the future, and she showed tremendous amounts of grief towards his betrayal and temporary death. Recent comics flat-out state that they're in love with each other, but the elders forced them to call it off. Then they announced their love, but need time apart after a mess with Johnny Sorrow. Just call them "Colossus and Kitty, Version 2.0". * TheWorfEffect: Green Lantern Alan Scott is becoming a regular victim of this. Happened at least once in JLA's run when Blackbriar Thorn stabbed him through the heart and almost killed him. Happened again in ''two consecutive storylines'' when the Nazis killed him (sending Jay Garrick into a rage) and again in Marc Guggenheim's first issue as writer when the unknown super-terrorist broke Alan's neck in five seconds flat (sending Jay Garrick into a rage). * YoungerAndHipper: In the {{New 52}}, where they are once again the Earth-2 counterpart of the [[JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Justice League]] and their members are the same age as the League's members. * ZettaiRyouiki: Cyclone's costume features a Grade A variety (high socks, short skirt), but features a slitted skirt/dress that's actually quite long, instead of a regular short skirt. ----[[redirect:ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica]]
31st Jan '14 12:04:39 PM EarlOfSandvich
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* FranklinDRoosevelt: In the '80s, it was {{retcon}}ned that the JSA was founded at FDR's behest. Today, his fictional great-grandson "Lance" Reid, who has the power to blast beams of energy out of his hand, is actually a member. His powers, however, seem to derive [[spoiler:from Gog]], and not from any inherited presidential ability. (Which is a mite disappointing!) ** FDR also had the distinction of directly founding the JSA's sister team (as revealed in an 80s {{Retcon}} and the 80s series of the same name), the ComicBook/AllStarSquadron, a team composed of most active US-based superheroes during the war.

* LethallyExpensive: In ''DC Special'' #29, the origin of the JusticeSocietyOfAmerica, a British agent tells [[FranklinRoosevelt the President]]: "We have received information--very ''reliable information'', obtained at the cost of many lives--and it is now ''clear'' that [[AdolfHitler Hitler]] plans to ''invade England''--within weeks!"
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* LethallyExpensive: In ''DC Special'' #29, the origin of the JusticeSocietyOfAmerica, a British agent tells [[FranklinRoosevelt [[UsefulNotes/FranklinDRoosevelt the President]]: "We have received information--very ''reliable information'', obtained at the cost of many lives--and it is now ''clear'' that [[AdolfHitler Hitler]] plans to ''invade England''--within weeks!"
30th Jan '14 7:55:38 AM andersonh1
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* ForgotAboutHisPowers: More than once in All-Star Comics, chapters featuring Dr. Fate or Starman or Dr. Mid-Nite show those characters using nothing more than their fists to take on the villain, as opposed to the super-powers which should make such conflicts easy to win.
29th Jan '14 11:46:22 AM andersonh1
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** The original Doctor Fate, Kent Nelson, was actually a medical doctor for awhile, before giving up that career to become an archaeologist.
23rd Jan '14 12:09:18 PM LadyMomus
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The JSA's own series was briefly revived in the [[TheSeventies 1970s]], with ''All-Star Comics'' returning with issue #58 (February 1976). Earth-2 was treated as having existed in real time, and all the characters had aged. New characters {{Huntress}} and PowerGirl were introduced as younger superheroes, related to the early group. The series lasted to #74, and included the origin of the Justice Society (told in a special, not in the series itself). The comic was then canceled in the [[TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks "DC Implosion"]] of 1978, and its six remaining stories were published in ''Adventure Comics''; the last issue was #466 (December 1979).
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The JSA's own series was briefly revived in the [[TheSeventies 1970s]], with ''All-Star Comics'' returning with issue #58 (February 1976). Earth-2 was treated as having existed in real time, and all the characters had aged. New characters {{Huntress}} ComicBook/{{Huntress}} and PowerGirl were introduced as younger superheroes, related to the early group. The series lasted to #74, and included the origin of the Justice Society (told in a special, not in the series itself). The comic was then canceled in the [[TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks "DC Implosion"]] of 1978, and its six remaining stories were published in ''Adventure Comics''; the last issue was #466 (December 1979).
22nd Jan '14 5:00:03 PM FirebirdMaximus
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** Magog is one of Cable.
22nd Jan '14 4:46:06 PM FirebirdMaximus
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* {{Expy}}: When the teen supervillain Kid Karnevil attempted to infiltrate the Justice Society Of America, he did so by posing as a patriotic superhero named the All-American Kid. All-American Kid's costume and backstory were extremely similar to those of Bucky, the sidekick of CaptainAmerica.
21st Jan '14 9:40:31 AM andersonh1
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* AnthologyComic: All-Star Comics began as an anthology book. Even when the JSA was introduced with issue 3, the book remained essentially an anthology consisting of the framing story in the opening and closing chapters, with the middle chapters linked to that story but drawn by different artists and featuring different characters. Later on the series would move to some longer stories that broke from the anthology format.
20th Jan '14 6:17:20 AM andersonh1
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* BlindJustice: Dr. Mid-Nite, whose DisabilitySuperpower is that he is blind, but can still see in total darkness. Hence his "blackout bombs" that blind the bad guys, but allow him to function normally.
14th Jan '14 5:36:49 PM FirebirdMaximus
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* DemotedToExtra: Sandy Hawkins/Sandman got this, after the [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] Sandman spent years as the star of SandmanMysteryTheatre.
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* DemotedToExtra: Sandy Hawkins/Sandman got this, after Reading this series can be a bit jarring if you're a fan of ''SandmanMysteryTheatre''. After the [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] Age Sandman spent years as the star hero of SandmanMysteryTheatre.his own cult classic series, he's reduced to a mere scene-filler here.
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