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| Day = 7
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| Pubyear = 1977
 
| Month = July
 
| Month = July
 
| Year = 1977
 
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| StoryTitle1 = The Origin of the Justice League - Minus One!
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| StoryTitle1 = The Origin of the Justice League Minus One!
| Synopsis1 = While he is looking through the [[Justice League of America (New Earth)|JLA]] casebook, [[Green Arrow (Oliver Queen)|Green Arrow]] discovers discrepancies in the established "origin" of the team, and asks for the true story, which [[Kal-El (Earth-One)|Superman]] and [[Green Lantern (Hal Jordan)|Green Lantern]] relate with the aid of a videotape account narrated by [[J'onn J'onzz (New Earth)|J'onn J'onzz]].
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| Synopsis1 = While he is looking through the [[Justice League of America (New Earth)|JLA]] casebook, [[Oliver Queen (New Earth)|Green Arrow]] discovers discrepancies in the established "origin" of the team, and asks for the true story, which [[Kal-El (Earth-One)|Superman]] and [[Hal Jordan (New Earth)|Green Lantern]] relate with the aid of a videotape account narrated by [[J'onn J'onzz (New Earth)|J'onn J'onzz]].
   
In February, 1959, a panic is generated by the revelation of the presence of [[Martians]] (specifically from J'onzz and his enemy [[Benn Blanx (Earth-One)|Commander Blanx]] and his followers) on Earth. Unable to cope with the situation alone, the [[Flash (Barry Allen)|Flash]], then a mere fledgling as a super-hero, summons the more experienced Superman, [[Bruce Wayne (Earth-One)|Batman]], and [[Richard Grayson (Earth-One)|Robin]] to help out.
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In February, 1959, a panic is generated by the revelation of the presence of [[Martians]] (specifically from J'onzz and his enemy [[Benn Blanx (Earth-One)|Commander Blanx]] and his followers) on Earth. Unable to cope with the situation alone, the [[Barry Allen (New Earth)|Flash]], then a mere fledgling as a super-hero, summons the more experienced Superman, [[Bruce Wayne (Earth-One)|Batman]], and [[Richard Grayson (Earth-One)|Robin]] to help out.
   
 
When [[Roy Raymond, Sr. (New Earth)|Roy Raymond]], telejournalist and host of the "Impossible But True" program, learns of the situation, his public disclosure of the problem instigates a gathering of heroes, including the [[Blackhawk Squadron|Blackhawks]], the [[Challengers of the Unknown (New Earth)|Challengers of the Unknown]], [[Patrick O'Brian (New Earth)|Plastic Man]], the [[Gregory Sanders (Earth-One)|Vigilante]], [[Robert Crane (New Earth)|Robotman]], [[William Glenmorgan (New Earth)|Congo Bill]] and Congorilla, [[Rex, the Wonder Dog (New Earth)|Rex the Wonder Dog]], [[Orin (New Earth)|Aquaman]], [[Diana of Paradise Island (Earth-One)|Wonder Woman]], [[Lois Lane (Earth-One)|Lois Lane]], and [[James Olsen (Earth-One)|Jimmy Olsen]]. The only prominent hero missing is Green Arrow, who is involved in a case that takes him and his sidekick [[Roy Harper (New Earth)|Speedy]] back to the [[Starfish Island|island of his origin]] <ref>{{c|Adventure Comics #256}}</ref>.
 
When [[Roy Raymond, Sr. (New Earth)|Roy Raymond]], telejournalist and host of the "Impossible But True" program, learns of the situation, his public disclosure of the problem instigates a gathering of heroes, including the [[Blackhawk Squadron|Blackhawks]], the [[Challengers of the Unknown (New Earth)|Challengers of the Unknown]], [[Patrick O'Brian (New Earth)|Plastic Man]], the [[Gregory Sanders (Earth-One)|Vigilante]], [[Robert Crane (New Earth)|Robotman]], [[William Glenmorgan (New Earth)|Congo Bill]] and Congorilla, [[Rex, the Wonder Dog (New Earth)|Rex the Wonder Dog]], [[Orin (New Earth)|Aquaman]], [[Diana of Paradise Island (Earth-One)|Wonder Woman]], [[Lois Lane (Earth-One)|Lois Lane]], and [[James Olsen (Earth-One)|Jimmy Olsen]]. The only prominent hero missing is Green Arrow, who is involved in a case that takes him and his sidekick [[Roy Harper (New Earth)|Speedy]] back to the [[Starfish Island|island of his origin]] <ref>{{c|Adventure Comics #256}}</ref>.
 
[[Image:Justice_League_of_America_Vol_1_144 002.png|left|thumb|The Heroes Assemble]]
 
   
 
The assembled champions divide up into groups to search out further Martian activity: Plastic Man, Jimmy Olsen, and the Blackhawks accidentally run afoul of [[Ripley Hunter (Earth-One)|Rip Hunter]]'s newly invented [[Time Sphere]]. Vigilante, Robotman, Congo Bill, Congorilla, Lois Lane, and the Challengers have a near-encounter with [[Adam Strange (Earth-One)|Adam Strange]] and the [[Zeta-Beam]]
 
The assembled champions divide up into groups to search out further Martian activity: Plastic Man, Jimmy Olsen, and the Blackhawks accidentally run afoul of [[Ripley Hunter (Earth-One)|Rip Hunter]]'s newly invented [[Time Sphere]]. Vigilante, Robotman, Congo Bill, Congorilla, Lois Lane, and the Challengers have a near-encounter with [[Adam Strange (Earth-One)|Adam Strange]] and the [[Zeta-Beam]]
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| Appearing1 =
 
'''Featured Characters:'''
 
'''Featured Characters:'''
* {{apn|[[Oliver Queen (New Earth)|Green Arrow (Oliver Queen)]]|Green Lantern Vol 2 95|Brave and the Bold #136}}
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* {{a|[[Justice League of America (New Earth)|Justice League of America]]}} {{Origin|Justice League}}
* {{a|[[Justice League of America (New Earth)|Justice League of America]]}}
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** {{a|[[Orin (New Earth)|Aquaman]]}} {{Flashback}}
:* {{a|[[Orin (New Earth)|Orin (New Earth)]]}} {{Flashback}}
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** {{a|[[Bruce Wayne (Earth-One)|Batman]]}} {{Flashback}}
:* {{a|[[Bruce Wayne (Earth-One)|Batman (Bruce Wayne)]]}} {{Flashback}}
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** {{a|[[Barry Allen (New Earth)|The Flash]]}} {{Flashback}}
:* {{a|[[Bartholomew Allen (New Earth)|Flash (Barry Allen)]]}} {{Flashback}}
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** {{apn|[[Oliver Queen (New Earth)|Green Arrow]]|Green Lantern Vol 2 95|The Brave and the Bold #136}}
:* {{apn|[[Hal Jordan (New Earth)|Green Lantern]]|Green Lantern Vol 2 95|Action Comics #473}} {{Flashalso}}
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** {{apn|[[Hal Jordan (New Earth)|Green Lantern]]|Green Lantern Vol 2 95|Action Comics #473}} {{Flashalso}}
:* {{a|[[J'onn J'onzz (New Earth)|J'onn J'onzz]]}} {{Flashback}}
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** {{a|[[J'onn J'onzz (Earth-One)|Martian Manhunter]]}} {{Flashback}} {{Origin}}
:* {{apn|[[Kal-El (Earth-One)|Superman (Kal-El/Clark Kent)]]|World's Finest #245|Action Comics #471}} {{Flashalso}}
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** {{apn|[[Kal-El (Earth-One)|Superman]]|World's Finest #245|Action Comics #471}} {{Flashalso}}
:* {{a|[[Diana of Paradise Island (Earth-One)|Wonder Woman (Diana Prince)]]}} {{Flashback}}
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** {{a|[[Diana of Paradise Island (Earth-One)|Wonder Woman]]}} {{Flashback}}
 
'''Supporting Characters:'''
 
'''Supporting Characters:'''
* {{a|[[Blackhawk Squadron (New Earth)|Blackhawk Quadron]]}} {{Flashback}}
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* {{a|[[Blackhawk Squadron (Earth-One)|Blackhawk Squadron]]}} {{Flashback}}
:* {{a|[[Bartholomew Hawk (Earth-One)|Bart Hawk (aka Blackhawk)]]}} {{Flashback}}
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** {{a|[[Andre (Earth-One)|Andre]]}} {{Flashback}}
:* {{a|[[Andre (Earth-One)|Andre]]}} {{Flashback}}
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** {{a|[[Bartholomew Hawk (Earth-One)|Blackhawk]]}} {{Flashback}}
:* {{a|[[Wu Cheng (Earth-One)|Chop-Chop]]}} {{Flashback}}
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** {{a|[[Wu Cheng (Earth-One)|Chop-Chop]]}} {{Flashback}}
:* {{a|[[Stanislaus Drozdowski (Earth-One)|Stanislaus]]}} {{Flashback}}
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** {{a|[[Charles Wilson (Earth-One)|Chuck Wilson]]}} {{Flashback}}
:* {{a|[[Olaf Bjornson (Earth-One)|Olaf Bjornson]]}} {{Flashback}}
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** {{a|[[Hans Hendrickson (Earth-One)|Hans Hendrickson]]}} {{Flashback}}
:* {{a|[[Hans Hendrickson (Earth-One)|Hans Hendrickson]]}} {{Flashback}}
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** {{a|[[Olaf Bjornson (Earth-One)|Olaf Bjornson]]}} {{Flashback}}
:* {{a|[[Charles Wilson (Earth-One)|Chuck Wilson]]}} {{Flashback}}
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** {{a|[[Stanislaus (Earth-One)|Stanislaus]]}} {{Flashback}}
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* {{a|[[Captain Harding (New Earth)|Captain Harding]]}} {{Flashback}}
 
* {{a|[[Challengers of the Unknown (New Earth)|Challengers of the Unknown]]}} {{Flashback}}
 
* {{a|[[Challengers of the Unknown (New Earth)|Challengers of the Unknown]]}} {{Flashback}}
:* {{a|[[Walter Haley (New Earth)|Professor Walter Haley]]}} {{Flashback}}
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** {{a|[[Kyle Morgan (New Earth)|Ace Morgan]]}} {{Flashback}}
:* {{a|[[Lester Davis (New Earth)|Rocky Davis]]}} {{Flashback}}
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** {{a|[[Walter Haley (New Earth)|Prof Haley]]}} {{Flashback}}
:* {{a|[[Kyle Morgan (New Earth)|Ace Morgan]]}} {{Flashback}}
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** {{a|[[Matthew Ryan (New Earth)|Red Ryan]]}} {{Flashback}}
:* {{a|[[Matthew Ryan (New Earth)|Red Ryan]]}} {{Flashback}}
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** {{a|[[Lester Davis (New Earth)|Rocky Davis]]}} {{Flashback}}
 
* {{a|[[William Glenmorgan (New Earth)|Congo Bill]]}} {{Flashback}}
 
* {{a|[[William Glenmorgan (New Earth)|Congo Bill]]}} {{Flashback}}
 
* {{a|[[Congorilla (New Earth)|Congorilla]]}} {{Flashback}}
 
* {{a|[[Congorilla (New Earth)|Congorilla]]}} {{Flashback}}
* {{a|[[Ripley Hunter (Earth-One)|Rip Hunter]]}} {{Flashback}}
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* {{a|[[James Olsen (Earth-One)|Jimmy Olsen]]}} {{Flashback}}
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* {{a|[[Karen Duncan (New Earth)|Karen Duncan]]}} {{Flashback}}
 
* {{a|[[Lois Lane (Earth-One)|Lois Lane]]}} {{Flashback}}
 
* {{a|[[Lois Lane (Earth-One)|Lois Lane]]}} {{Flashback}}
* {{a|[[James Olsen (Earth-One)|Jimmy Olsen]]}} {{Flashback}}
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* {{a|[[Eel O'Brian (Earth-One)|Plastic Man]]}} {{Flashback}}
* {{a|[[Patrick O'Brian (New Earth)|Plastic Man (Eel O'Brian)]]}} {{Flashback}}
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* {{a|[[Mark Erdel (Earth-One)|Professor Erdel]]}} {{Flashback Dies}}
* {{a|[[Roy Raymond, Sr. (New Earth)|Roy Raymond]]}} {{Flashback}}
 
 
* {{a|[[Rex, the Wonder Dog (New Earth)|Rex, the Wonder Dog]]}} {{Flashback}}
 
* {{a|[[Rex, the Wonder Dog (New Earth)|Rex, the Wonder Dog]]}} {{Flashback}}
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* {{a|[[Richard Grayson (Earth-One)|Robin]]}} {{Flashback}}
 
* {{a|[[Robert Crane (New Earth)|Robotman (Robert Crane)]]}} {{Flashback}}
 
* {{a|[[Robert Crane (New Earth)|Robotman (Robert Crane)]]}} {{Flashback}}
* {{a|[[Richard Grayson (Earth-One)|Robin (Dick Grayson)]]}} {{Flashback}}
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* {{a|[[Roy Raymond, Sr. (New Earth)|Roy Raymond]]}} {{Flashback}}
* {{a|[[Adam Strange (Earth-One)|Adam Strange]]}} {{Flashback}}
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* {{a|[[Gregory Sanders (Earth-One)|Vigilante]]}} {{Flashback}}
* {{a|[[Gregory Sanders (Earth-One)|Vigilante (Greg Sanders)]]}} {{Flashback}}
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'''Antagonists:'''
'''Villains:'''
 
 
* {{a|[[White Martians]]}} {{Flashback}}
 
* {{a|[[White Martians]]}} {{Flashback}}
 
**{{a|[[Benn Blanx (Earth-One)|Commander Blanx]]}} {{Flashback}}
 
**{{a|[[Benn Blanx (Earth-One)|Commander Blanx]]}} {{Flashback}}
 
'''Other Characters:'''
 
'''Other Characters:'''
* <br/>
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* {{a|[[Adam Strange (Earth-One)|Adam Strange]]}} {{Flashback}}
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* {{a|[[Alanna (Earth-One)|Alanna]]}} {{Flashback}}
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* [[Carl Ferris (New Earth)|Carl Ferris]] {{Mentioned}}
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* {{a|[[Jeffrey Smith (Earth-One)|Jeff Smith]]}} {{Flashback}}
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* [[Alexis Luthor (Earth-One)|Lex Luthor]] {{Mentioned}}
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* {{a|[[Ripley Hunter (Earth-One)|Rip Hunter]]}} {{Flashback}}
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* [[Roy Harper (New Earth)|Speedy]] {{Mentioned}}
 
'''Locations:'''
 
'''Locations:'''
* {{a|[[Earth-One]]}}
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* {{a|[[Earth]]}}
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** {{a|[[Central City]]}} {{Flashback}}
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** {{a|[[Metropolis]]}} {{Flashback}}
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** {{a|[[Middleton]]}} {{Flashback}}
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** [[Starfish Island]] {{Mentioned}}
 
* {{a|[[Justice League Satellite I|JLA Satellite]]}}
 
* {{a|[[Justice League Satellite I|JLA Satellite]]}}
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* [[Mars (Planet)|Mars]] {{Mentioned}}
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* {{a|[[Rann]]}} {{Flashback}}
 
'''Items:'''
 
'''Items:'''
* {{a|[[Utility Belt|Batman's Utility Belt]]}}
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* {{a|[[Utility Belt|Batman's Utility Belt]]}} {{Flashback}}
* {{a|[[Bracelets of Submission|Amazon Bracelets]]}}
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* {{a|[[Bracelets of Submission|Amazon Bracelets]]}} {{Flashback}}
* {{a|[[Lasso of Truth|Golden Lasso]]}}
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* {{a|[[Kawolo's Magic Ring]]}} {{Flashback}}
* {{a|[[Wonder Woman's Tiara]]}}
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* {{a|[[Lasso of Truth|Golden Lasso]]}} {{Flashback}}
* {{a|[[Zeta-Beam]]}}
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* {{a|[[Wonder Woman's Tiara]]}} {{Flashback}}
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* {{a|[[Zeta-Beam]]}} {{Flashback}}
 
'''Vehicles:'''
 
'''Vehicles:'''
* {{a|[[Grumman XF5F Skyrocket|Blackhawk Plane]]}}
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* {{a|[[Grumman XF5F Skyrocket|Blackhawk Plane]]}} {{Flashback}}
* {{a|[[Vig-Cycle]]}}
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* {{a|[[Vig-Cycle]]}} {{Flashback}}
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| Notes =
 
| Notes =
* The flashback events from this issue take place before [[Justice League of America Vol 1 9|''Justice League of America'' #9]].
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* The flashback events from this issue take place before {{c|Justice League of America Vol 1 9}}.
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| Trivia = * Note the use of an actual date ([[1959]]) in the narrative. That would place the events 18 years in the past (from the publishing date). An editor's note this is comic book time and that characters have their own ways to stop the clock on aging.
| Trivia = Note the use of an actual date ([[1959]]) in the narrative. That would place the events 18 years in the past (from the publishing date). An editor's note this is comic book time and that characters have their own ways to stop the clock on aging.
 
 
| Recommended = {{JLA RR}}
 
| Recommended = {{JLA RR}}
| Links = {{JLA Links}}
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{{Justice League Origins}}

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"The Origin of the Justice League – Minus One!": While he is looking through the JLA casebook, Green Arrow discovers discrepancies in the established "origin" of the team, and asks for the true story, which [[Kal-El (Earth-On

Justice League of America #144 is an issue of the series Justice League of America (Volume 1) with a cover date of July, 1977. It was published on April 7, 1977.

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Synopsis for "The Origin of the Justice League – Minus One!"

While he is looking through the JLA casebook, Green Arrow discovers discrepancies in the established "origin" of the team, and asks for the true story, which Superman and Green Lantern relate with the aid of a videotape account narrated by J'onn J'onzz.

In February, 1959, a panic is generated by the revelation of the presence of Martians (specifically from J'onzz and his enemy Commander Blanx and his followers) on Earth. Unable to cope with the situation alone, the Flash, then a mere fledgling as a super-hero, summons the more experienced Superman, Batman, and Robin to help out.

When Roy Raymond, telejournalist and host of the "Impossible But True" program, learns of the situation, his public disclosure of the problem instigates a gathering of heroes, including the Blackhawks, the Challengers of the Unknown, Plastic Man, the Vigilante, Robotman, Congo Bill and Congorilla, Rex the Wonder Dog, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Lois Lane, and Jimmy Olsen. The only prominent hero missing is Green Arrow, who is involved in a case that takes him and his sidekick Speedy back to the island of his origin [1].

The assembled champions divide up into groups to search out further Martian activity: Plastic Man, Jimmy Olsen, and the Blackhawks accidentally run afoul of Rip Hunter's newly invented Time Sphere. Vigilante, Robotman, Congo Bill, Congorilla, Lois Lane, and the Challengers have a near-encounter with Adam Strange and the Zeta-Beam

Finally, the remaining heroes discover Blanx and his men, and rescue the captive J'onn J'onzz. The successful team, with the exceptions of Robin, Roy Raymond, and Rex, consists of the same heroes who will make an agreement to unite formally as the Justice League of America some months later; even the future Green Lantern is present, having encountered the Martians in his identity as test pilot Hal Jordan.



Notes

Trivia

  • Note the use of an actual date (1959) in the narrative. That would place the events 18 years in the past (from the publishing date). An editor's note this is comic book time and that characters have their own ways to stop the clock on aging.



See Also

Recommended Reading

Links and References

The Brave and the Bold 28
Justice League Origins
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Origin stories for how the Justice League of America came together have had multiple retellings over the years. Although numerous attempts have been made at writing a definitive origin story, the true history of the team has spanned many decades and many changes.

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