Justice League of America Poster # 2 Justice Society Crisis Mike Sekowsky


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Justice League of America Poster # 2 Justice Society Crisis JLA # 21 (1963) Mike Sekowsky! Did somebody say crisis? Two years after The Flash #123 established the ground rules for travel between Earth-One and Earth-Two, the two world collided again in the two-part epic “Crisis on Earths One and Two.” In what would be the start of an annual Justice League of America tradition, the members of the JLA teamed up with their GOlden Age counterparts in the Justice Society of America to foil the combined forces of the Wizard, the Icicle, the Fiddler, Felix Faust, Dr. Alchemy and Chronos. Seems Earth-Two Flash’s old nemesis the Fiddler had devised a “portable vibrator” that enabled the diverse group of baddies to whisk themselves back and forth between Earths to commit crimes, create mayhem and visit high-end casinos. Lacking such a device of their own, the JLA had to rely on the power of an old crystal ball to summon the JSA to Earth-One via seance. Hence Mike Sekowsky’s indescribably groovy cover. Stuffed to bursting with sixteen heroes and six villains, the “Crisis” storyline unfolded over two issues and set the stage for future crises- and future Earths- to come. “Sekowsky wasn’t quite as polished as Murphy Anderson and some others, but he knew hot to tell a story.”- writer Gardner Fox. The Justice League, also called the Justice League of America or JLA, is a fictional superhero team that appears in comic books published by DC Comics. First appearing in The Brave and the Bold #28 (February/March 1960), the Justice League originally featured Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash (Barry Allen), Green Lantern (Hal Jordan), Aquaman (Arthur Curry), and the Martian Manhunter. This issue features the first team-up between the Golden Age Justice Society of America and the Silver Age Justice League of America, both of which are the creations of writer Gardner Fox. This begins a series of annual team-ups between both groups which continues until Justice League of America #231. This story also expands upon the concept of the Multiverse – an ever-evolving plane of parallel dimensions where each reality contains a planet Earth, but with vast differences between them. The concept of the Multiverse was first introduced in Flash (Volume 1) #123 in a story called “The Flash of Two Worlds”. In that story, Barry Allen, the Flash of mainstream Silver Age continuity traveled to the dimensional home of Jay Garrick, the Flash of Golden Age continuity. It is not until this issue that the individual dimensions are provided with name designations. The reality corresponding to Jay Garrick and the rest of the Justice Society is established as Earth-Two, whereas the reality of the Justice League is known as Earth-One. Michael Sekowsky (November 19, 1923 – March 30, 1989) was an American comic book artist known as the penciler for DC Comics’ Justice League of America during most of the 1960s, and as the regular writer and artist on Wonder Woman during the late 1960s and early 1970s. In 1952, Sekowsky began working at DC Comics, where he drew romance comics and science fiction titles under the editorship of Julius Schwartz. Sekowsky drew the first appearance of Adam Strange in Showcase #17 (Nov. 1958). In 1960, Sekowsky and writer Gardner Fox co-created the Justice League of America in The Brave and the Bold #28 (March 1960). After two further appearances in that title, the team received its own series which Sekowsky drew for 63 issues. Fox and Sekowsky added to the membership of the Justice League by inducting new members Green Arrow, the Atom, and Hawkman. Justice League of America #21 and #22 (Sept. 1963) saw the first team-up of the Justice League and the Justice Society of America as well as the first use of the term “Crisis” in reference to a crossover between DC’s characters. The following year’s JLA team-up with the Justice Society introduced the threat of the Crime Syndicate of America of Earth-Three.