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The Justice League of America

Justice League of America

First Appearance
The Brave and the Bold #28 (February/March, 1960)
Creators
Gardner Fox
HQ
Justice League Watchtower, Justice League Satellite, The Hall of Justice, The Secret Sanctuary
Members
Superman (Leader), Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman, Green Arrow, The Martian Manhunter, Zatanna, Red Tornado, Cyborg, Vixen, countless others
Rallying Cry
None

The Justice League of America (sometimes simply called the Justice League or the JLA) is a superhero team in the DC universe composed of its most powerful heroes.

The Justice League regularly appears in several monthly comics and in TV, video games, direct to video films and other forms of media.

OriginEdit

When the world was threaten by a malevolent alien force, the world's greatest heroes banded together to defeat it and became the world's most powerful superhero team: the Justice League.

HistoryEdit

The Silver AgeEdit

The Justice League first formed when a group of disparate heroes (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, the Flash, Aquaman, and The Martian Manhunter) found themselves facing the same enemy; an alien invaders named the Appelliax. When they found themselves unable to defeat the threat on their own, they found the strength to defeat them once they joined forces and seeing the good they could do as a team, decided to remain together. They created their own HQ in a cave called the Secret Sanctuary, located in Happy Harbour, Rhode Island. Later on, the team battled the alien menace known as Starro, only to gain assistance from a young teen named Snapper Carr who had discovered the alien's weakness and became an honorary member of the League and one of their biggest civilian supporters.

Though Superman and Batman had more diminished roles on the team (not even participating in the Starro adventure), the League was still strong, defeating such menaces as Xotar, Amazo, Despero, Simon Magus, and Kanjar Ro. During a mission, the team was trapped by the alien Carthan and were rescued by the Green Arrow, who helped them defeat the alien menace and was granted membership. With Arrow in tow, the Justice League battled other new threats such as Felix Faust, Amos Fortune, The Demons Three, The Lord of Time, Dr. Light, and Zed Brann, among other villains, making their legend grow.

Eventually, The Atom is voted into the League and joins while helping them deal with Amos Fortune, who has given all of the members amnesia while using their greatest enemies (and a completely amnesiac Batman) to try to defeat them. The League would go onto battle stone giants from space and villains such as the Maestro, and The Tornado Tyrant (their encounter would later cause the Tyrant to become a hero). During an adventure where they where framed by the villain Dr. Destiny, the League members all revealed their alter-egos to each other so that they could clear their names using their civilian identities. This brought the League's members closer together and allowed them to communicate with each other outside of their superhero identities.

The Justice League would go onto discover the existence of a parallel reality they referred to as Earth Two. On Earth Two, they would discover the superhero team the Justice Society of America. The two end up teaming up to defeat the villains from both of their universes and when they succeed, they return to their respective home dimensions.

Following this, the League would face many new villains, such as Queen Bee and Headmaster Mind, as well as old foes like Kanjar Ro and Despero. They would also be turned evil for a time by the villain known as Antithesis. However, they were eventually stopped and returned to normal by many of the heroes young sidekicks, who formed their own superhero team, calling themselves the Teen Titans, who would remain one of the world's greatest superhero teams.

The Justice Society and the Justice League would be forced to team up once more to face the Crime Syndicate of America. The Crime Syndicate was a supervillain team that originated from the alternate universe of Earth-Three, where they had used their vast power to conquer the Earth. Out of boredom, they decided to battle the Justice League and quickly defeated them with the magic word "Volthoom". However, when the CSA attacked the Justice Society on Earth-Two, the League arrived to defeat them in the rematch, forcing them to return home.

Hawkman was next to be recruited into the Justice League, at the recommendation of the Atom.  In his first mission he helps the Justice League defeat Joe Parry (a small time crook who acquired an alien device) and the team would go on to fight villains such as Brain Storm and Alien-Ator, as well as facing off against old foes like Dr. Destiny and the Demons Three.

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