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Commander Benson

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Subj: You Can't Fire Us--We Quit!
Posted: Mon Apr 13, 2009 at 09:42:49 am EDT (Viewed 245 times)
Reply Subj: need some JSA info
Posted: Mon Apr 13, 2009 at 02:14:21 am EDT (Viewed 263 times)

    Well ok, I know that after a while the original JSA comics were canceld after WWII because they wernt selling, and then after a while, the new jla was introduced, blah blah. The reason in the comics that the JSA retired was they were forced to reveal their identites? Werent they forced into retirement? Were their any issues that talk about this more, and explain what hapend?

I CAN ONLY speak to this pre-Crisis, of course, but the key issue from that era that would explicate it all to you is Adventure Comics # 466 (Nov.-Dec., 1979), with the story "The Defeat of the Justice Society".

The short form: In 1951, the Justice Society (its then-current line-up of the Atom, the Black Canary, Doctor Mid-Nite, the Flash, the Green Lantern, and Wonder Woman) defeated "Eliminations, Inc.", a group bent on the heroes' destruction. The leader of Eliminations, Inc. was an agent of a foreign power (i.e., a dirty Commie).

Because of this tenuous connexion, the JSA was subpœnaed to appear before the Joint Congressional Un-American Activities Committee, chaired by Senator O'Fallon. O'Fallon told the JSA members that, if they wanted to prove that they were Americans in good standing, they would not hide behind their secret identities and unmask. Otherwise, they would be suspected of being complicit with the foreign power that sponsored Eliminations, Inc.

Rather than submit to the committee's demand, the JSAers left the chamber and disbanded. Most of them also abandoned their super-hero identities. They came out of retirement, both individually and as a team, in the early '60's, after a shift to a more favourable political climate.

Hope this helps.

Commander Benson

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