The Golden Age was a great story but, since it was clearly Elseworlds, writer should not be using it for information pretaining to the main DC universe. Wildcat's 9 lives was actually a perfect example of what a retcon SHOULD be. It fits completely seemlessly with his original appearances. Regardless of anyone's opinions of that attribute of the charatcer though, that JSA storyline was just sloppy writing. Maybe then can use other sloppy writing like the "Superboy Prime Punches" to nullify this sloppy writing. Two wrongs could potentially make a right.
| > > However, I'm pretty sure that in the "JSA: Golden Age" miniseries, they characterized the Spear of Destiny as doing its thing versus all supers. While I realize that "Golden Age" was an Elseworlds thing, perhaps that's the reference the writers used to define the scope of the spear's influence.|
> > Also, it's possible that some goober who is literally a walking lizard had access to some arcane powers that allowed him to expand its scope more than some Syphilitic Austrian with a goofy mustache and Napolean complex could manage.
> Didn't really care for the Dragon King to actually be reptillian in nature. Liked him better as a masked-world conqueror type, no different really than Fu Manchu, Per Degaton, Vandal Savage, etc.
> The Spear also affected more than just magical types, it went after those with magical vulnerabilities, such as Superman (apparently, the Earth-2 Superman was especially vulnerable to magic, not just as vulnerable as the next guy). Of course, that seems a bit contradictory. One would expect that magic types would have a stronger defense against magic, not less. If it affects Superman because he's MORE vulnerable, then the magic types should be LESS vulnerable to the Spear or vice versa.
> It's been awhile since I read it, somehow Hawkman was not affected even though he's a reincarnate, but his wings were a by-product of lost science and not magic. While Alan Scott was affected who was a completely ordinary man whose power existed solely in an artifact. Why it would turn his mind and not just make the ring unresponsive to his commands...?
> THE GOLDEN AGE however posits that the Spear wasn't that big of a deal really, that they could work around that as there were plenty of non-magic based heroes incredibly powerful in their own right: Hourman, Flash, Johnny Quick, the Ray, Human Bomb, etc. It was the German Parsifal whose power was that he nulled superpowers that kept the powered humans at bay out of fear what the loss of a mysteryman would do to morale and not the Spear (an early example of Robinson's penchant for retconning Roy Thomas retcons in favor of his own version). The story does kind of demand it, for THE GOLDEN AGE is written without there being a Superman or Wonder Woman. Likewise the JSA mystics are absent: Dr. Fate, the Spectre. I don't recall if Uncle Sam, Zatarra or Sargon appeared in the big battle or not, though the Gay Ghost was there. Meanwhile characters like Captain Triumph and Green Lantern have turned their backs on their magic while Johnny Thunder is played up as a complete dupe and moron. Magic is downplayed if not completely ignored without reference. Thus the necessity of the Spear is lessened, the biggest characters it would have worked against are absent, the only notable two with immense power are the idiot Johnny Thunder and Green Lantern.