By Keith Giffen, J.M. Dematteis and Kevin MaGuire
Recommended Listening: Ramones-Ramones (1981)
Out of all the teams that populate DC the Justice League has always been the headlining act. The Justice Society, Doom Patrol, Teen Titans, Young Justice, Legion of Superheroes, Green Lantern Corps, Seven Soldiers of Victory, Outsiders, Metal Men, or even Space Canine Patrol Agents (Why is this not a current series?!!) would never try to hit the stage following the rock star gods taking their bows after a third encore. The League are embodied descendents of the Greek/Roman deities. It’s not like any of those other teams have a Zoroastrian lineup or Genesha in their corner. Actually they might, but those aren’t as popular sadly in comics. The roll call in JLI clearly reflects the Pantheon with Batman as Hades, my favorite Martian J’onn J’onzz as Mars, Booster Gold as Dionysus, Blue Beetle as Dionysus, and Guy Gardner as… Does Nick Bottom count?
The boys from Queens were learning to play their out of tune instruments on the fly. Whether you love, hate, or could care less there can be no denying that the Ramones brought along more than enough attitude to a gig. They had plenty when they broke out with “Judy is a Punk” for the first time at CBGBs, and the equivalent being “One Punch”!
|Holy Bat Punch!|
From then now the gods became human in the best sense. During a time when deconstructing superheroes was in vogue to the extent of being completely joyless Travis Bickles and Dirty Harry bastards, the JLI heroes opted for a different kind of radicalization. They got a sense of humor. A lot of comedy gold came out of characters arguing in their off hours or even when faced with end of the world scenarios. The goofiness is obvious if you can picture Christian Bale Batman partnered with Tim Allen Booster Gold and Tom Hanks Blue Beetle, but there’s more to this unique team than a sitcom laugh track. During early years of their run, writers Giffen and Demattis were smart enough to balance the wise cracks, slapstick, and pranks with great action scenes and character drama, and Oreos.
|The horror... the horror|
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