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"The Graveyard Gambit": On individual cases, the Justice League members mysteriously encounter both humans and inanimate objects which take on the appearance of gigantic chess pieces. Whale-hunting sailors become pawns before Aquaman's eyes; Atom rounds up kidnappers, who transform into a bishop

Justice League of America #177 is an issue of the series Justice League of America (Volume 1) with a cover date of April, 1980.

Appearing in "The Graveyard Gambit"

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  • Despero
  • Russians
  • Nazi motorcycle gangsters

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  • Dr. Margavy

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Synopsis for "The Graveyard Gambit"

On individual cases, the Justice League members mysteriously encounter both humans and inanimate objects which take on the appearance of gigantic chess pieces. Whale-hunting sailors become pawns before Aquaman's eyes; Atom rounds up kidnappers, who transform into a bishop and more pawns: a renegade biker gang leader becomes a knight while fighting Green Arrow and Black Canary; and missile-firing rooks attack Superman and Batman. Zatanna, onboard the JLA satellite, calls a meeting to investigate the obviously related cases, but unknown to all, the bizarre happenings are the result of a life-and-death chess match between Despero and J'onn J'onzz, the Martian Manhunter.



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