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Super Buddies was a Justice League-related duology by Keith Giffen, JM De Matteis, and Kevin Maguire, spinning off from Justice League International. The first series was the Formerly Known as Justice League miniseries in 2004, followed by the "I Can't Believe It's Not Justice League" arc in JLA Classified.

In Formerly Known as the Justice League, Maxwell Lord, in a desperate bid to remain relevant, gathers up former members of the Justice League International and sets up shop in Queens, New York. Unfortunately for him, the locals are not too thrilled at the prospect of having a bunch of C-list superheroes in their neighborhood, and the heroes themselves are ambivalent about working together again. And then aliens invade Queens, seeking the return of Lord's assistant L-Ron.

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In "I Can't Believe It's Not the Justice League", the team is accidentally sent to Hell thanks to Booster Gold's stupidity, and their attempts to escape cause them to end up in an alternate dimension with evil versions of themselves.


This series contains examples of:

  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Blue Beetle and Booster Gold. It's even lampshaded when Blue Beetle accuses Booster of acting like a jilted lover, and Booster agrees that that is exactly what he feels like.
  • Large Ham: Manga Khan is so prone to overwrought soliloquy that his assistant J-Lo has to stop him or else he'll just go on and on.
  • More Than Mind Control: During their imprisonment by Roulette, the Super Buddies are all placed under hypnotic suggestion so that they don't even consider escaping. Unfortunately for Roulette, the suggestions are in English, and thus Fire manages to break free and release the others.
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  • My God, What Have I Done?: Under the influence of Roulette's mind control, Mary Marvel beats the crap out of Captain Atom, nearly killing him. When she comes back to herself, she's horrified that she was capable of such violence.
  • Odd Friendship: Over the course of the two series, sweet and innocent Mary Marvel becomes friends with dirty-minded Fire, even moving in with her in the second series.
  • Token Wholesome: Mary Marvel is so sweet and innocent that she barely comprehends it when her teammates make fun of her.
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