> > the identity of the Man Who Deafeated the JSA was left unresolved...does anyone know who this might be?? I was thinking it could have been Per Degeton but hey thats a wild guess.
> IIRC this was resolved in the America vs. the Justice Society
Cool cool I will have to check that out. Anyone have a synopsis of said issues? I knew about the commitee on Unamerican activities but never knew the specifics.
What you have there is actually the first telling of the story of the disbanding of the JSA and why it happened. It is the final issue of an arc of stories that began in Adventure 461 which picked up after All Star Comics was cancelled with issue 74. These are all actually some pretty good stories which have only recently been collected in trade as Justice Society of America vol. 1 & 2. Long story short, the disbanding of the JSA was brought about because the HUAC decided that they could not be trusted if they would not remove their masks and expose their identities to the American people. This is the implication of the man who defeated the JSA. He was just a man on the committee rather than a villain or someone they lost a great battle to. It was their choice in order to protest the distrust the administration and the HUAC and to protect their families.
This is mentioned in America vs the Justice Society but the difference is that in that particular mini-series, the team was being accused of being traitors during WWII by a journal written by Batman which was found after his death. This story took place during the current timeline which would have been the early 80s rather than 1951 when the team was brought before HUAC. The nature of the mini-series was kind of a recap of all of the exploits of the JSA while the mystery of why Batman would have written all of these lies about them was taking place. It was actually a pretty good story but unfortunately it has been considered to be Out of Continuity since Crisis so pretty much the whole thing never happened. Of course now that Infinite Crisis has brought Earth 2 back to the playing field and we have seen the ghost of the E2 Batman in JSA I guess anything is possible.