When the announcement was made that DC Rebirth would return the original WW II era Justice Society to continuity, I was delighted.  But then, I realized the underlying problem: They keep being removed from continuity precisely because they’re tied to that 1940s era.  In the late 1980s, it was considered unrealistic that the JSA could continue being heroes, with their 90s return involving a lot of sudden rejuvenations, liberal application of mystical mumbo-jumbo and, in one case, the sudden reveal of previously unheard of superpowers.  With modern comic books enforcing the sliding timescale, each decade makes it harder to justify heroes born in 1920, leading to a generation gap, which leads DC to keep trying to mothball them, and leading to today’s octogenarian query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) reminds Faithful Spoilerites that the first attempt to explain the longevity of the characters was nearly 40 years ago, asking: Does the Justice Society being tied to the 1940s era cause a Generation Gap that limits their usefulness as characters?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.

1 Comment

  1. Not at all, its the opposite to me. JSA is my favorite DC team and its because they are still the same guys who were heroes in the 40’s. I like the idea of older mentors passing the torch to younger generation, that ties the whole DC Universe together.

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