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deke

In Reply To
Commander Benson

Subj: Hey Commander, aren't you tempted
Posted: Tue Aug 28, 2007 at 10:52:23 am EDT (Viewed 2 times)
Reply Subj: My Point, Exactly!
Posted: Tue Aug 28, 2007 at 06:57:47 am EDT (Viewed 5 times)

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"Sadly, it's limited to the Hawkmen patronizing their respective Robins (each appearing as Batman stand-ins). . . .

"The Robins are still bitching about the Hawks (get it?). Dick acts rashly in attacking Gumby (why? he's college age now and no tyro in this game), gets trashed and needs a new costume. So Robin-2 re-outfits him in a Neal Adams design . . . ."


THOUGH NOT A mistake proper, this mischaracterisation of the other JLA and JSA members (especially the Hawkmen) towards the Robins is all part of the large package which created my dissatisfaction with most of DC's titles after the Silver Age.

I can barely accept such an attitude toward the Robin of Earth-One, only because of his age. In terms of experience, the Earth-One Boy Wonder had been at the super-hero game longer than his Earth's Atom and Hawkman.

But such a dismissive attitude toward the Earth-Two Robin was completely unpalatable. He was a full-fledged Justice Society member in good standing, and in his adult debut, back in JLA # 55-6 (Aug. and Sep., 1967), he was completely accepted as a peer by the JSA members--including Hawkman. And, therefore, the adult Robin would have no reason to feel the disfranchisement and resentment that he displayed in that 1972 cross-over,

This is yet another instance of one of the "Young Turk" writers--in this case, Mike Friedrich--completely ignoring what had been established previously in order to put forth his Neat Idea.

It's no wonder that I consider JLA to have ended with the last Fox/Sekowsky issue back in 1968.


Commander Benson


> This is yet another instance of one of the "Young Turk" writers--in this case, Mike Friedrich--completely ignoring what had been established previously in order to put forth his Neat Idea.

I think Friedrich fell in love with "the Hawks" being bad guys, and the Robins (Doves) being good guys. You're right, it's a jerry-rigged conflict, all the more illogical because there's no other conflict between any other of the JLA/JSA. Friedrich simply followed the Denny O'Neill "characterization" dynamic: you're either a cop/ramrod/establishment stiff or a cool guy.

> It's no wonder that I consider JLA to have ended with the last Fox/Sekowsky issue back in 1968.

That said, aren't you tempted to peek at some post-1968 stuff? The O'Neill summer crossover of 1970 (#s 82-83) is, for all its flaws, great fun. And #94 is actually a good Friedrich story.


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