The Justice Society of America is getting a bigger boost than ever thanks to the team appearing on the big screen in the new film. black adam. The team has a long history in the DC Universe dating back to the Golden Age, and since then they have largely been used to represent that two-fisted era of justice and innocence. Despite that, they did once appear in a story more indicative of a much darker era of comics.
Said Dark Ages brought with it a time of cynicism and moral ambiguity within superhero stories, all sparked by titles like the Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons classic. vigilantes. DC’s 1993 four-issue limited series the golden age took over the Justice Society and placed the once-joyful heroes in a story devoid of hope and filled with shades of gray. Here’s how the co-stars of the latest DC Extended Universe movie participated in the age of deconstruction.
the golden age It was the darkest history of the Justice Society
Created by James Robinson and Paul Smith, the golden age (also know as JSA: The Golden Age) told a story that was eerily reminiscent of actual comic book history. Following the end of World War II, the Justice Society was disbanded and former members of the team renounced their costumed identities for different reasons. The growing fear of communism has stripped them of their heroic aura, and only adds to their list of growing personal problems. Addiction, mental illness, divorce and the question of how they should use their powers is still on the minds of many of the former superheroes. Amidst these self-doubts and increasing isolation, an unlikely “hero” emerges who intends to give America a fighting chance against its enemies with his own atomic “superman.”
This spiral into obscurity and public disinterest reflects the true publishing history of the Justice Society of America. After the end of World War II and the publication of seduction of the innocent, the appetite for the group of superheroes in comics was no longer there. Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman were the only DC characters to survive publication’s sacrifice, and the JSA and other Golden Age heroes were wiped out and forgotten. The dark nature of these mystery men made them perfect for a story like the golden age, which features twists and turns between a cast that includes the likes of Mr. America, Dan the Dyna-Mite, and the original version of The Atom. It also tied into a similar story told in an even more iconic DC comic.
The Justice Society Golden age share the same themes vigilantes
The similarities between vigilantes Y the golden age there are many, and this latest one even has a cover that resembles notable images from the classic series by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. Both involve the innocent appearance of superheroes stripping down, exposing the dark truths that lie beneath. Similarly, seemingly ordinary cardboard cut-out heroes are revealed to be too human, suffering from illnesses such as addiction, broken relationships, and the loss of their own humanity. Johnny Quick and Liberty Belle are no longer married in the later series, with Liberty Belle settling down with another man named John, no less. Robotman quickly loses his human conscience and his morality, violently handling common criminals in a manner similar to the cold and calculating Dr. Manhattan.
Also, Dan the Dyna-Mite’s transformation into an experimental American metahuman is a lot like Dr. Manhattan becoming an atomic attack dog for the US military. Even the Ozymandias from Watchmen is honored through from Mr. America, showing how the least likely superhero could be the most dangerous. All of this is happening in worlds where the government and anti-communist hysteria have cracked down on the actions of superheroes, and only those sanctioned by the government are treated with any semblance of dignity.
although it is planned Silver age tracking never happened, the golden age It is still considered one of the best Justice Society stories. In fact, James Robinson would even canonize elements of the book in his career on star man. Since then, it has come full circle through the importance of the Justice Society in the vigilantes continuation Doomsday Clock. This shows how important the JSA is to DC’s history, i.e. single-handedly keeping their Golden Age alive.