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The Rev

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Subj: History lessons
Posted: Tue Jan 30, 2007 at 09:17:02 am EST (Viewed 2 times)
Reply Subj: great knowledge here, well done all!
Posted: Tue Jan 30, 2007 at 09:04:05 am EST (Viewed 2 times)

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> A SPOT-ON ACCOUNT of the "last case of the Justice Society", Rev--except for one small detail.
> Actually, it's a detail that I found rather amazing that Paul Levitz was aware enough to insert.
> As you related, the thrust of "The Defeat of the Justice Society" (which is the actual title of the story), from Adventure Comics # 466 (Dec., 1979), is that the JSA was brought down, not by super-villains, but by a mechanism of America's own government. And Levitz inserted--but did not name--a look-alike of real-life Senator Joseph McCarthy into the story.
> The detail which I found it impressive that Levitz caught is, if he wanted to use McCarthy or a McCarthy-like character, in his story, then he could not use the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC). This was because, in the real world, as a senator, Joseph McCarthy never sat--and could never sit--on HUAC, a House of Representatives committee.
> This is a fact that eludes almost everyone. (Senator McCarthy actually sat on the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.) But Levitz was savvy enough to know that, so in "The Defeat of the Justice Society", the committee before which the JSA appeared was the Combined Congressional Un-American Activities Committee, a joint House-Senate committee. Thus, Levitz could insert his Senator McCarthy character and still conform to Congressional parlamentary procedure.
> This was continued in the "America Versus the Justice Society" mini-series (Jan. through Apr., 1985), written by Roy Thomas, in which the committee was called alternately "the Combined Congressional Un-American Activities Committee" or "the Joint Congressional Un-Activities Committee".
> Thomas did undo one aspect of Levitz' story, though. Where Levitz included a Joseph McCarthy character on the committee in his story, America Versus the Justice Society did not. Thomas' tale insisted that Senator McCarthy had been killed in an automobile accident prior to the hearing at which the JSA disbanded, and a senator named O'Fallon took his place.
> I often--justafibly--berate DC's writers for their sloppiness in getting facts right, but in this case, Paul Levitz showed exceptional attention to detail.
> Commander Benson

Great knowledge here! Well done all! I am going to my local comics store and try to get the Thomas JSA America vs the Justice Society. I bearly remember those issues coming out at the time but then again the first time I even knew comic book stores even exsisted was 1984. (before then it was buying them at the local 7-11 or occasional bookstore if you were lucky.) I am continued to be impressed with JSA and its nice to pick up a little history lesson thrown in some entertainment. Also as a side note I am up to the issue in 52 where it looks like the JSA is going to disband??! It looks promising so far and I like the concept of 52 alot, the whole filling in the missing year of continuity is very impressive from a writing point of view and I can't think of anything that was like that before...as always good reading to you all.

I am continued to be impressed with JSA and its nice to pick up a little history lesson thrown in some entertainment.

I'm like you, I love this kind of thing too. That being said, you will love America vs. the JSA because on the inside front and back covers are text histories of the JSA and a lot of the events going on during the time that most of the stories referred to in the mini-series take place. There are also pretty complete lists of actual issues and numbers in which the flashbacks and events took place going all the way back to All Star Comics #3. Thomas was always good at doing this kind of thing and it is actually one of the things that I have enjoyed about picking up the All Star Archives that he prefaced. I hope you enjoy the mini.

The Rev

BTW - Thanks for the correction Commander Benson, I never knew that.

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