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Subj: Re: Why Was The Spectre A Member Of The Justice Society Of America?
Posted: Sun Dec 31, 2017 at 12:33:11 am EST (Viewed 322 times)
Reply Subj: Why Was The Spectre A Member Of The Justice Society Of America?
Posted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 at 07:07:28 pm EST (Viewed 332 times)

    When you think about it (Kind of like Batman on The Justice League.), it doesn't really make sense for the Spectre to be with the Justice Society. The Spectre is a vengeful spirit, the wraith of GOD! He's not exactly a team player, and he doesn't seem to care about saving the world or anything other than punishing criminals in harsh ways. The Spetre is one of my favorite DC characters (I'm mostly a Marvel guy.), but was he less hardboiled back when he first started as a JSA member? Did he kill back then, or was he more of a superhero? Speaking of The Spectre, I'm still trying to get as much as I can of the John Ostrander run. Thanks.

He got in on a technicality.

The idea behind the JSA was to take two heroes from titles published by DC and it's sister company All-American Comics, and put them in a team. Flash and Hawkman came from Flash Comics, Green Lantern and the Atom from All-American Comics, Hourman and Sandman from Adventure Comics, and More Fun Comics gave the team the Spectre and Doctor Fate.

The Spectre started out in More Fun Comics #52 (Feb 1940) as a very grim character who often killed the criminals he encountered, but as the months progressed the original concept was watered down drastically. In More Fun #74 (Dec 1941) less than two years into his run, he's given a comedic sidekick Percival Popp, the Super Cop, and it's downhill al the way for the strip from that point.

The Spectre was cancelled with More Fun #101 (Jan 1945), and as a requirement of membership in the JSA was that a character had his own solo feature, he makes his last golden age appearance with the team in Al-Star Comics #23 (Winter 1945)

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