The Justice Society of America, also known as the JSA, were a group of superheroes that were defeated and killed by the Injustice Society of America. Ten years after its disbandment, Stargirl revived the team with successors to the original group.
The Justice Society of America were a renowned group of superheroes comprised of Hawkman, Hawkgirl, Hourman, Flash, Doctor Mid-Nite, Wildcat, Green Lantern, Doctor Fate, Johnny Thunder, Sandman. Two members of the Seven Soldiers of Victory, Star-Spangled Kid, now Starman, and his sidekick Stripesy, later joined the team, the latter of which remained an ally behind-the-scenes. The team's main enemies were the Injustice Society of America and both teams often fought.
Death of the JSA
The Justice Society of America was disbanded around 2010 when they fought for the last time against the Injustice Society. They were all killed, save for Hourman (though he was later killed for trying to track the villainous team down) and their ally Stripesy. However, one thing the Injustice Society couldn't get their hands on was Starman's Cosmic Staff, which was salvaged by Stripesy and eventually passed down to Stargirl.
The Justice Society of America would return a decade later after Stargirl acquired the Cosmic Staff. Discovering the truth behind the Golden Age team, their death and existence of the Injustice Society in Blue Valley, Stargirl began recruiting new members from Blue Valley High School after taking the abandoned equipment of the JSA. Her first choice was Yolanda Montez as the new Wildcat, believing that her boxing skills could live up to the original Wildcat. The two researched Ted Grant and experimented with his suit. Together, the duo slipped into Blue Valley Medical Center to see who had visited the comatose Brainwave in an attempt to glean more information on the Injustice Society. They were spotted by one of their classmates, Beth Chapel, whilst leaving the building in their suits.
The next two members of Stargirl's new JSA would be recruited, Beth Chapel and Rick Tyler. The former joined the team, initially against their wishes and began using Doctor Mid-Nite's goggles, discovering valuable information about the ISA. Rick Tyler refused to join despite being given his father's hourglass and informed about his connection to the original Hourman. However, after Beth showed him a re-enactment of his parents' deaths, revealing the ISA's involvement, Rick joined in order to get revenge.
The four heroes went on to investigate the ISA and their first mission had them cross paths with Gambler. Gambler sent two of his allies, duo Sportsmaster and Tigress to take care of them. Stargirl and the others were easily outmatched due to the duo's perfect teamwork, nearly being defeated until the timely arrival of Pat Dugan in his S.T.R.I.P.E. Armor. Following this, the group began practicing on their teamwork with the help of Pat.
The JSA would suffer a dangerous blow when Stargirl infiltrated the ISA's headquarters and came face-to-face with her own classmate, Cindy Burman. She was beaten badly but was luckily saved by an unknown figure and later awoke in hospital thanks to Pat. With Stargirl out of commission, Beth, Rick and Yolanda decided to break into the Burman home to figure out which ISA member is related to Cindy. Cindy herself met Courtney under the guise of checking up on her and revealed that she was aware of her Stargirl identity before leaving. Panicking, Courtney texted her friends as they procured evidence on who Cindy's father may be, a Dr. Ito. The group then hastily left before Cindy could discover them.
With the new JSA now in full flux, Stargirl announced her resolve to recruit one additional member, Henry King, Jr.. This announcement garner much controversy amongst the group, who insisted that Henry wasn't a good person. Yolanda especially, due to her past relationship with him, threatened to leave the team and denounced her decision. However, Courtney doubled down on her choice and met Henry to try and reason with him. Instead though, Courtney discovered that Henry had inherited his father's telekinetic abilities and had convinced himself that all people were evil at heart. Defeated, Courtney decided to leave Henry alone. Yolanda later confronted Henry, threatening to kill him if he goes near Courtney, as Rick and Beth do more digging on the origins of Blue Valley, questioning why the ISA chose the town for their nefarious plans.
- This version of the team is exclusive to the continuity of the television series Stargirl and is an adaptation of the Justice Society of America. The original team was created by Sheldon Mayer and Gardner Fox and first appeared in All-Star Comics #3.
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