The Justice league is a team full of fictional characters and superheroes. The Justice League was conceived by writer Gardner Fox, and first appeared in The Brave and the Bold #28. The team is an assemblage of superheroes who join together as the Justice League. The seven original members were Aquaman, Batman, the Flash, Green Lantern, the Martian Manhunter, Superman, and Wonder Woman and the team roster has rotated throughout the years, consisting of many superheroes from the DC Universe.
The Justice League operated from a secret cave outside of the small town of Happy Harbor, Rhode Island. This secret cave is used by the Teen Titans in the animated show called Young Justice. They also operate in a space station floating around Earth, called the watch tower. It was paid for by Batman, a.k.a Bruce Wayne. In the Final Crisis graphic novel, these two and many others around the world have watchtowers, with one even being in a castle. These watch towers in the graphic novel are all being attacked simultaneously.
The character J’onn J’onzz AKA Martian Manhunter was actually introduced back in 1955 but despite being a vital character of the group, he never received a solo monthly ongoing series until 1998 and the series was written by writer John Ostrander and illustrated by artist Tom Mandrake. Wonder woman was sculpted out of clay and created by hades in the comic books. Superman, other than kryptonite, Superman can be defeated by magic.
The very first enemy they faced was shown on the cover of Brave and the Bold #28: Starro, a giant alien starfish. The Justice League often unite to face supervillains who pose catastrophic threats. These enemies vary from Earth-based supervillains such as Lex Luthor or the Joker, to intergalactic supervillains such as Darkseid and Brainiac. Lex Luthor started a group to kill the Justice League. He hired Cheetah, The Shade, Solomon Grundy, Star Sapphire, Copperhead, and Ultra-Humanite. Then, the Joker volunteered to help Lex capture Batman.
In 2003–2004, George Pérez and Kurt Busiek produced a JLA/Avengers crossover, an idea that had been delayed for 20 years for various reasons. In this limited series, the Justice League and Marvel Comics’ superhero team the Avengers were forced to find key artifacts in one another’s universe, as well as deal with the threats of villains Krona and the Grandmaster.
From the start, the Justice League was a huge sales winner for DC as fans loved seeing so many heroes gathered together. The success of that book would lead them to create Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and others and soon enough heroes to forge the Avengers. Thus, the JLA basically helped create their own competition although it wouldn’t be until 2003 that the two teams finally met in an epic crossover event that fans adored.
The immense popularity of the team earned it an animated television series adaptation that has ran from 2001 to 2004 on Cartoon Network (one of the best animated TV shows). Also it is my most favorite. The animation, the story, the continuation, character development and (almost) anything you can name of. God I miss that show! Even greater fact was they has changed the show name to Justice League Unlimited with a faster story-telling, bold take on the issues and adding a whole lot of fan-fav characters. But it was first an animated series made in 1973, called the superfreinds.
- 1961 Alley Awards for “Best Adventure-Hero Group”
- 1963 Alley Awards for “Favorite Novel” (“Crisis on Earth-One/Crisis on Earth-Two” in Justice League of America #21–22 by Gardner Fox and Mike Sekowsky)
- 1963 Alley Awards for “Strip that Should Be Improved”
- 1963 Alley Awards for “Artist Preferred on Justice League of America” (Murphy Anderson)
- 1973 Shazam Awards for “Best Inker (Dramatic Division)” (Dick Giordano)
In February 2016, DC announced a “Rebirth” event similar to the New 52. The following March, they announced a new line of books, including a Justice League series written by Bryan Hitch and drawn by Tony Daniel and Fernando Pasarin, set to debut in June. The team will consist of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman, Cyborg, and two new Green Lanterns replacing Hal Jordan, Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz.
The Justice league has existed for over 50 years. Thousands of different variations and types of the Justice league are out there with original and interesting storys. There epicness is worth taking a look at your nearest comic book store. The comics are more dark and interesting then the movies excluding the Christopher Nolan series. I hope the upcoming Justice League movie is not a let down, like Superman vs Batman by Zack snyder.