100 Issues Ago April 2011

I came across this “100 Issues Ago” panel in an old JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA and thought I’d tidy it up and re-purpose it. If one month = one issue, what was I reading 100 Issues Ago?


Having recently watch the entire series of The Boys on Amazon, I figured now was as good a time as any to highlight the original series.

The issue above was focused on Wee Hughie’s conversation with Greg Mallory, the founder of The Boys, specifically his first encounter with the Vought American heroes during World War II. This issue isn’t the grand exploits of the Justice Society during the war; the heroes featured here barely have a moment to blink before inadvertently bringing down a German attack on Mallory’s outfit that wipes out everyone – supes included – with the exception of Mallory himself.

THE BOYS is a tough series that pulls no punches and delights in ripping to shreds the superhero archetypes and this issue’s no different, easily puncturing the whole Captain America/Justice Society World War stories while celebrating the efforts of the real men who fought there.

100 Issues Ago March 2011

I came across this “100 Issues Ago” panel in an old JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA and thought I’d tidy it up and re-purpose it. If one month = one issue, what was I reading 100 Issues Ago?


The Matthew Sturges written JSA ALL-STARS was a good fun read for the year and a half that it lasted; the younger members of the JSA split to form their own team with Power Girl as the lead and while it never seemed to set the world on fire, it was a good, solid, fun read.

It’s cancellation in the run-up to FLASHPOINT and the New 52 (and we’re getting ever closer to that with these posts, aren’t we?) meant we never got to know the origin of Anna Fortune, an original character who joined the team early on and was a neat addition to the ranks – a strange pseudo-steampunk magic user who relied on spells hidden in her gloves.

Fun while it lasted, though.

100 Issues Ago February 2011

I came across this “100 Issues Ago” panel in an old JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA and thought I’d tidy it up and re-purpose it. If one month = one issue, what was I reading 100 Issues Ago?


The Keith Giffen DOOM PATROL never really seemed to take off with most comics fans – the weirdness (of which there was plenty) didn’t seem to be weird enough for fans of the Grant Morrison run, and the humour (again, there was plenty) didn’t seem to impress them either.

For me, it was a delight – I’m a fan of Giffen’s work and will give most of his stuff a try, and I happen to think Ambush Bug is a perfect fit for the team.

I think this issue was the start of the end, though, as it was cancelled at #22, though that might have been partly down to the sales, and partly down to the impending New 52.

100 Issues Ago January 2011

I came across this “100 Issues Ago” panel in an old JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA and thought I’d tidy it up and re-purpose it. If one month = one issue, what was I reading 100 Issues Ago?


I featured DC UNIVERSE: LEGACIES in a 100 Issues Ago post a couple of months back – it was a good series, basically running through some of the big events of DC’s history in order, showing them from the point of view of a Metropolis policeman and his family. This issue focused on the fall of Batman when Bane broke his back, as well as the death of Superman who was killed by Doomsday.

This series is bittersweet in hindsight as it finishes with #10 and, just a couple of months later, everything it described is wiped away with the arrival of the New 52.