Part 6: Silver Age (1961–82)

The Modern Age of Heroes
12 Years Ago
Superman makes his public debut. His appearance is followed closely by the debuts of Batman, Flash II (Barry Allen), Green Lantern II (Hal Jordan), Aquaman, Black Canary II (Dinah Lance), and Green Arrow (Oliver Queen). Inspired by the other heroes, the Martian Manhunter publicly reveals his existence. DCU 2000 Secret Files (Mar. 2000)
Angered by the death of his wife, Morgan Wilde becomes the U.L.T.R.A. Humanite and sabotages Lexcorp by possessing key employees. NOTES: This story features a modern-day Delores Winters, an actress/girlfriend of Luthor. No other connection is made in this story with the original Ultra-Humanite. Legends of the DCU #1-3 (Feb.–Mar. 1998)
Earth-1's Aquaman, Batman, Black Canary II (Dinah Laurel Lance, making her public debut), Flash II, Green Lantern II, the Martian Manhunter, Superman, and Wonder Woman form the Justice League of America. Shortly after the JLA's first mission, Dinah Drake Lance (Black Canary I) mentions that the JSA has been happily retired for some time. NOTES: The JLA's origin was first told in Justice League of America #9, updated in Secret Origins #32 and expanded in JLA: Year One #1-2. The JLA's first appearance was Brave and the Bold #28 (Feb. 1960). Justice League of America #9 (Feb. 1962), Secret Origins #32 (Dec. 1988), JLA: Year One #1-2 (Jan.–Feb. 1998)
Alan Scott and Ted Grant watch approvingly as the JLA defeats Clayface II, Eclipso, Solomon Grundy, and the Thorn. NOTE: In this story, Vandal Savage claims responsibility for the JSA's retirement in 1951. It is unclear whether this is true or just braggadocio on Savage's part. JLA: Year One #2 (Feb. 1998)
Flash II asks Black Canary if she knows what became of the original Flash. She replies, "That one's a mystery." JLA: Year One #3 (Mar. 1998)
Dinah Drake Lance holds a birthday party for Wesley Dodds, attended by Dian Belmont, Ted Grant, Carter and Shiera Hall, Ted Knight, Charles McNider, Al Pratt, and Alan Scott. Ted Knight mentions that his son David is considering becoming the new Starman. Dinah confesses her affair with Ted Knight to her daughter. NOTES: This story suggests that Dinah has separated or divorced from Larry Lance. JLA: Year One #4 (Apr. 1998)
Alan Scott emerges from retirement as Green Lantern and meets Batman. Gotham Knights #10 (Dec. 2000)
Apellaxian invaders capture most of Earth's heroes, including the JSA, Blackhawks, and Freedom Fighters, and place them in concentration camps before being defeated by the JLA. Hawkman I tells the JLA members that the Justice Society considers them worthy successors. NOTES: The appearances in this story of the Seven Soldiers of Victory (not freed for two more years according to JLA Secret Files #1), and Uncle Sam (who vanished shortly after World War 2 for reasons explained in Spectre v3 #38) probably should be considered apocryphal. JLA: Year One #11-12 (Nov.–Dec. 1998)
John Constantine is defeated in Newcastle, by the evil Black Nergal (a Doctor Fate foe from More Fun Comics #67) - a demon from the underworld of Hell who sends ghosts to haunt mortals. NOTES: Neither Fate nor the Spectre took part. Editors at the time forbade the use of any costumed characters. Placed roughly; when told, this happened in 1978—10 years earlier. Hellblazer #11 (Nov. 1988)
11 Years Ago
PRE-CRISIS ONLY: Flash II accidentally transports himself to Earth-2 and meets Flash I; together, they defeat the Fiddler, the Shade, and the Thinker. NOTES: 1st Silver Age app. of Flash I, Fiddler, Shade, and the Thinker, and the 1st textual reference to Earth-1 and Earth-2. Flash Comics #123 (Sept. 1961)
Flash II accidentally pierces the barrier separating Keystone City from the outside world. He and Flash I defeat the three villains and restore Keystone City to the real world. Upon meeting Barry Allen, Jay Garrick's powers kick into high gear. NOTES: The post-Crisis version was told in Secret Origins #50. The date was established by Flash Secret Files #1 (1997). Flash #123 is also reprinted as a Millennium Edition. Garrick's power boost mentioned in Flash: Rebirth #1 (June 2009). Secret Origins #50 (Aug. 1990)
Ray Palmer becomes Atom II. NOTE: This issue featured a text piece on the Justice Society, which may be considered their first Silver Age appearance (albeit not in an actual story). Showcase #34 (Oct. 1961)
Flash I and Flash II join forces to battle Captain Cold and the Trickster. NOTE: The JSA (the Atom, Black Canary, Doctor Mid-Nite, Green Lantern, and Hawkman) are seen in flashback, their first appearance in a Silver Age story. Flash Comics #129 (June 1962)
The Justice League meets the Tornado Champion, the benevolent counterpart of Adam Strange's nemesis, the Tornado Tyrant. Both these entities eventually come to reside in the android body of Red Tornado II. Justice League of America #17 (Feb. 1963)
"Vengeance of the Immortal Villain": The two Flashes join forces to rescue the Atom I, Doctor Mid-Nite, Green Lantern I, Hawkman I and Johnny Thunder from Vandal Savage. The JSA comes out of retirement. NOTE: 1st Silver Age app. of Vandal Savage, Johnny Thunder and the Earth-2 Wonder Woman; 1st actual Silver Age app. of the JSA. Reprinted in the JSA 100-Page Super Spectacular. Flash Comics #137 (June 1963)
JLA/JSA 1: "Crisis On Earth-One"/"Crisis On Earth-Two": The JSA and JLA team up to battle the Crime Champions: Chronos, Doctor Alchemy, Felix Faust, the Fiddler, the Icicle, and the Wizard. NOTE: 1st Silver Age appearances (in print) of Black Canary, Doctor Fate, Hourman, Icicle, and the Wizard. Justice League of America #21-22 (Aug.–Sept. 1963)
JLA/JSA "1.5": Wotan manipulates the JLA and JSA into fighting against each other. In the wake of the battle, Hawkman and Hawkgirl (Carter and Shiera Hall) join the JLA as liaisons to the Justice Society. NOTES: The Golden Age Hawks' membership in the JLA was revealed in Hawkworld Annual #1; the circumstances were revealed in JLA: Incarnations #1. The latter issue incorrectly refers to Doctor Fate's amulet as the Amulet of Ra, rather than the Amulet of Anubis. The JSA Sourcebook claims this is their first team-up, but a letter column in Incarnations later states that this tale was not necessarily meant to be their first encounter. Hawkworld Annual #1 (1991), JLA: Incarnations #1 (June 2001)
Flash I and Flash II team up to battle the Shade. Flash Comics #151 (Mar. 1965)
PRE-CRISIS ONLY: JLA/JSA 3: "Earth Without a Justice League"/"Crisis on Earth-A": The JSA battles the evil Earth-One Johnny Thunder II and his Lawless League. NOTES: 1st Silver Age app. of Mister Terrific and Johnny's Thunderbolt. "Earth-A" was an alternate timeline of Earth-One; it was not a separate parallel world. Starring: Hawkman, Green Lantern, Flash, Atom, Doctor Fate, Mister Terrific, Johnny Thunder. Justice League of America #37-38 (Aug.–Sept. 1965)
Green Lantern I and Green Lantern II join forces to stop the renegade Oan Krona from recreating his forbidden experiment: witnessing the birth of the universe. NOTE: This story was the first explanation of the origins of the Guardians of the Universe and the Green Lantern Corps, and the 1st event later used as a cornerstone to the Crisis series. Green Lantern vol. 2 #40 (Oct. 1965)
Doiby Dickles, former sidekick of Green Lantern, leaves the Earth to marry an alien princess from the planet Myrg. Green Lantern vol. 2 #45 (June 1966)
The Golden and Silver Age Flashes and Green Lanterns take an intergalactic camping trip. NOTE: This story portrays the two Lanterns as not yet having formed any kind of friendship. Flash/Green Lantern: Brave & Bold #1 (June 1966)
JLA/JSA 4: The JLA, JSA, and the Spectre battle the Anti-Matter Man. NOTE: 1st Silver Age app. of Sandman I, who returns to his original costume. Starring: Sandman, Doctor Fate, Doctor Mid-Nite, Wildcat, Spectre, Black Canary. Justice League of America #46-47 (Aug.–Sept. 1966)
Barbara Gordon attempts to contact Black Canary by using her father's security clearance to JSA headquarters. (#1) She encounters Wildcat and Doctor Fate instead, who inform her that Canary doesn't take apprentices. (#2) She soon decides to go solo as Batgirl. NOTE: Batgirl first appeared in Detective Comics #359 (Jan. 1967) She erroneously references the JLA satellite, which is years from being built. The series also erroneously states that Larry Lance is dead. Batgirl: Year One #1-2 (Feb.–Mar. 2003)
The Atom and Atom II defeat the Thinker. NOTE: This story reveals that Al Pratt is now a physics lecturer at Calvin College. Atom #29 (Mar. 1967)
Alan Scott and Hal Jordan deliver Doiby Dickles' old cab, Goitrude, to him on Myrg. Green Lantern vol. 2 #52 (Apr. 1967)
Doctor Fate, Doctor Mid-Nite and Flash I help Flash II defeat Abra Kadabra. Flash Comics #170 (May 1967)
JLA/JSA 5: The JLA and JSA battle four ordinary people possessed by the evil Black Spheres. NOTE: 1st Silver Age app. Of Earth-2 Robin. Earth-2's Batman is said to be in semi-retirement. In the original tale, the Earth-2 Robin joined the JSA. Starring: Hawkman, Robin, Hourman, Wildcat, Mister Terrific, Johnny Thunder. Justice League of America #55-56 (Aug.–Sept. 1967)
JLA/JSA 6: Red Tornado II helps the JLA and JSA battle T.O. Morrow and joins the JSA. NOTE: Justice League of America #64 states that Red Tornado I was a member of the JSA. Although she made a brief cameo in All-Star Comics #3, the original Red Tornado was not depicted as a JSA member in any Golden Age story. Starring: Hawkman, Green Lantern, Flash, Hourman, Starman, Sandman, Atom, Doctor Fate, Doctor Mid-Nite, Mister Terrific, Black Canary, Red Tornado II. Justice League of America #64-65 (Aug.–Sept. 1968)
JLA/JSA 7: The JLA and JSA battle Aquarius, a malevolent living star. Both Black Canary I and Black Canary II participate in this adventure. Larry Lance is killed and Black Canary I is irradiated by Aquarius, which later causes her to develop cancer. NOTES: Starring: Green Lantern, Doctor Fate, Doctor Mid-Nite, Black Canary, Red Tornado II, Starman. 1st Silver Age app. of the Earth-2 Superman. Justice League of America #73-74 (Aug.–Sept. 1969), Secret Origins #50 (Aug. 1990)
10 Years Ago
JLA/JSA 8: The JLA and JSA battle Creator2. The Spectre defeats Creator2, but is apparently destroyed in the process. NOTE: First actual modern appearance of the Earth-2 Batman; he previously appeared in an imaginary story in Detective Comics #347 (1966). Starring: Flash, Doctor Fate, Doctor Mid-Nite, Hourman, Starman, Spectre, Johnny Thunder, Green Lantern, Sandman, Red Tornado II, Atom, Mister Terrific, Wildcat. Justice League of America #82-83 (Aug.–Sept. 1970)
JLA/JSA 9: The JLA, JSA, and Robin battle a group of stranded alien children allied with Solomon Grundy. NOTES: 1st meeting of the Earth-1 and Earth-2 Robins. The Earth-1 Robin gets a new costume that is adopted by his Earth-2 counterpart in All-Star Comics #58 (1976). Starring: Flash, Green Lantern, Hawkman, Atom. Justice League of America #91-92 (Aug.–Sept. 1971)
JLA/JSA 10: The JLA and JSA rescue the Seven Soldiers of Victory, scattered throughout time after a battle with the Nebula Man that cost the life of Wing. The Red Tornado sacrifices himself to destroy the Iron Hand. NOTES: First modern appearances of the Seven Soldiers (Crimson Avenger, Green Arrow I, Shining Knight, Speedy I, Star-Spangled Kid, Stripsey, Vigilante I, and Wing). Their last Golden Age appearance was in Leading Comics #14 (1945). The post-Crisis Soldiers substitute the Spider for Green Lantern and Billy Gunn for Speedy. The Iron Hand first appeared (as the Hand) in Leading Comics #1 (1941). Stars & STRIPE #9 reveals that the Vigilante spent 20 years in the Old West before his return to the modern era, explaining his advanced age in other modern appearances. Starring: Doctor Fate, Doctor Mid-Nite, Hourman, Starman, Sandman, Red Tornado II, Johnny Thunder, Wildcat, Green Lantern, Mister Terrific. Justice League of America #100-102 (Aug.–Oct. 1972), Stars & S.T.R.I.P.E. #9 (Apr. 2000)
Red Tornado II reappears, now possessing more human-like features. He joins the JLA. Justice League of America #106 (July 1973)
Paul Kirk (Manhunter II) is resurrected by the Council, now possessing bio-engineered regeneration powers. He is retrained to serve as the head of the Council's "special branch." NOTES: The revived Manhunter first appeared in Detective Comics #437 (Oct./Nov. 1973); his resurrection was explained in flashback in #439. Detective Comics #439 (Feb./Mar. 1974)
PRE-CRISIS: JLA/JSA 11: "Crisis on Earth-X: The JLA and JSA are drawn to Earth-X, where they help the Freedom Fighters (Uncle Sam, Black Condor, Doll Man, the Human Bomb, Phantom Lady, and the Ray) defeat the Nazis, who on Earth-X won World War 2. NOTES: 1st reference to Earth-X and 1st modern and DC Comics apps. of these Quality Comics characters. The Freedom Fighters originally were from Earth-2. Their last chronological appearance was in All-Star Squadron #50 (1985). The heroes in this story are the only survivors of the original group. In post-Infinite Crisis continuity, Uncle Sam remembers traveling to Earth-X, but its current parallel, Earth-10 is still under Nazi control. Starring: Superman, Flash, Doctor Fate, Hourman, Sandman, Red Tornado II. Justice League of America #107-108 (Sept.–Dec. 1973)
The Spectre reappears and is once again bound to Jim Corrigan. Adventure Comics #431 (Feb. 1974)
NOTES: This issue reprints All-Star Comics #40 and contains a centerfold JSA pinup by Murphy Anderson. Justice League of America #110 (Apr. 1974)
JLA/JSA 12: "The Creature in the Velvet Cage": The JLA and JSA fight a mysterious sand monster who is revealed to be Sandy the Golden Boy, transformed into a monster in 1947. The Sandman vows to find a way to restore Sandy to human form. NOTES: First modern appearance of Sandy, whose next appearance is in DC Comics Presents #47. According to his profile in JSA Secret Files #1 (1999), despite regaining human-like form, Sandy is no longer human. Starring: Flash, Hourman, Sandman. Also contains a reprint of a Golden Age tale from All-Star Comics #41. Justice League of America #113 (Sept./Oct. 1974)
Wracked with guilt at his failure to restore Sandy Hawkins to normal, Wesley Dodds seeks psychiatric help from Doctor Raymond Baxter, who hypnotizes him and causes him to forget his role as Sandman. DC Comics Presents #42 (Feb. 1982)
After realizing that the Council is not as benevolent as it claimed, Manhunter II (Paul Kirk) turns against the organization, vowing to destroy it and wipe out all of his clones. Detective Comics #440 (Apr./May 1974)
Aided by a small group of allies including Batman, Manhunter II (Paul Kirk) invades the sanctuary of the Council and ultimately sacrifices his life to wipe out its leaders, including Doctor Mykros. Detective Comics #443 (Oct./Nov. 1974)
PRE-CRISIS ONLY: JLA/JSA 13: The JLA and JSA battle Cary Bates of Earth-Prime. NOTES: 1st modern app. of the Gambler and Injustice Society. Starring: Wonder Woman, Robin, Hourman, Wildcat, Doctor Mid-Nite, Johnny Thunder, Spectre. Justice League of America #123-124 (Oct.–Nov. 1975)
9 Years Ago
"The All-Star Super Squad": The Star-Spangled Kid and Power Girl join the JSA, which battles the Brain Wave. The Star-Spangled Kid begins using Starman's cosmic rod. NOTES: This is the first modern appearance of the Brain Wave. The Earth-2 Robin adopts a new costume in this issue. All-Star Comics #58 (Jan./Feb. 1976)
Power Girl is introduced to the world as Superman's cousin. She later also meets the Kents. JSA: Classified #1 (Sept. 2005)
Per Degaton (1st modern app.) joins the Brain Wave to fight the JSA. NOTES: The new appearances of the Brain Wave and Per Degaton in this story later were revealed to be illusions. All-Star Comics #59 (Mar./Apr. 1976)
The JSA's Gotham City headquarters is badly damaged in a battle with Vulcan, a former NASA astronaut transformed by a solar flare. NOTE: JSA Secret Files #1 refers to an earlier battle with Vulcan in the 1950s, which is unlikely; there was no American space program at that time. All-Star Comics #60 (May/June 1976)
Doctor Fate is critically wounded in battle with Vulcan, who is thrust into limbo by the Star-Spangled Kid. Hawkman inadvertently revives Zanadu. All-Star Comics #61 (July/Aug. 1976)
The JSA rescues Shiera Hall from Zanadu. Note: First modern appearance of the Golden Age Hawkgirl. All-Star Comics #62 (Sept./Oct. 1976)
Doctor Fate is resurrected by Zanadu, whom Fate promptly defeats. The JSA battles the Fiddler and Solomon Grundy. All-Star Comics #63 (Nov./Dec. 1976)
PRE-CRISIS ONLY: JLA/JSA 14: "Crisis on Earth-S": The JLA, JSA, and the heroes of Earth-S battle King Kull. NOTES: 1st modern app. of the Earth-2 Joker and the 1st modern and first DC appearances of the Fawcett Comics characters Bulletgirl, Bulletman, Ibis, King Kull, Mister Scarlet, Pinky, and Spy Smasher. As established in Power of Shazam, the Golden Age histories of these characters are part of post-Crisis history, although that of the Marvel Family is not. This was the only JLA/JSA team-up in which the Earth-2 Batman actively participated. Starring: Flash, Green Lantern, Batman, Robin, Wonder Woman, Johnny Thunder. Justice League of America #135-137 (10-12.76)
The JSA battles Vandal Savage in the time of King Arthur. The bank forecloses on Alan Scott's company, GBC. Star-Spangled Kid adapts the cosmic rod into a cosmic converter belt. All-Star Comics #64 (Jan./Feb. 1977)
In the past, the JSA rescues Power Girl from Vandal Savage. In the present, a distraught Green Lantern falls under the influence of Psycho-Pirate II. POST-CRISIS: No Earth-2 Superman. All-Star Comics #65 (Mar./Apr. 1977)
The JSA battles the Injustice Society. Wildcat suffers brain damage after he is mind controlled by the Icicle, causing his speech to deteriorate. All-Star Comics #66 (May/June 1977)
"The Attack of the Underlord": While the JSA battles the Underlord, Green Lantern, under the control of the Psycho-Pirate, begins a rampage in Gotham City. All-Star Comics #67 (July/Aug. 1977)
The JSA is forced to battle the Flash and Green Lantern as the involvement of the Psycho-Pirate is revealed. NOTE: I own a piece of original comic art from this issue. All-Star Comics #68 (Sept./Oct. 1977)
The JLA and JSA travel to the 30th Century, where they join the Legion of Super-Heroes to battle Mordru and the Demons Three. NOTES: This tale exists in current continuity, as verified by Batman in Action #864 (June 2008). Starring: Flash, Green Lantern, Hawkman, Doctor Fate, Power Girl; cameos by Wildcat and the Star-Spangled Kid. Justice League of America #147–148 (Oct./Nov. 1977)
Most of the JSA takes a well-earned rest. Jay Garrick gets Alan Scott a job as an engineer at Jay's company, Keystone Labs. The Star-Spangled Kid and Wildcat battle the Strike Force. All-Star Comics #70 (Jan./Feb. 1978)
PRE-CRISIS ONLY: Power Girl is forced to battle the intelligent "symbio-ship" that brought her to Earth. NOTE: This was the first account of Power Girl's origin. Showcase #97-98 (Feb./Mar. 1978)
In an interview in We magazine, the Flash reveals to the world that he is Jay Garrick. He and Flash II join forces against Gorilla Grodd. NOTE: First modern appearance of Johnny Quick. DC Special Series #11 (Flash Spectacular) (1978)
Having somehow survived his final battle with Manhunter II, Doctor Anatol Mykros, head of the Council, uses the Council's cloning technology to create a new body for himself. JSA3 Annual #1 (Oct. 2000)
With the help of reporter Andrew Vinson, Power Girl adopts the secret identity of Karen Starr. She rescues the Flash and Green Lantern from Brain Wave in Keystone City. Showcase #99 (Apr. 1978)
The Star-Spangled Kid and Wildcat defeat the Strike Force, whose leader is unmasked as the Star-Spangled Kid's nephew, Arthur Pemberton. All-Star Comics #71 (Mar./Apr. 1978)
Wildcat is badly injured in a battle with the Thorn, and the JSA discovers his earlier brain damage. Doctor Fate and Hawkman are kidnapped by the Master Summoner. NOTE: Hawkman adopts a new golden helmet in this issue. All-Star Comics #72 (May/June 1978)
While surgeons struggle to save Wildcat's life, the JSA battles Huntress I, the Sportsmaster, and the Thorn. All-Star Comics #73 (July/Aug. 1978)
Led by the Wizard, the Secret Society of Super-Villains attempts to defeat the JSA by attacking the members individually. NOTES: The conclusion of this story, originally intended for Secret Society of Super-Villains #16-17, was published only in Canceled Comics Cavalcade #2 (1978); it was retold in flashback in Justice League of America #166. Secret Society of Super-Villains #15 (June/July 1978), Justice League of America #166 (May 1979)
The Master Summoner nearly tricks the JSA into destroying the world. NOTE: This was the final issue of All-Star Comics. All-Star Comics #74 (Sept./Oct. 1978)
The original Firebrand, Rod Reilly, is killed by the Silver Ghost. NOTES: This story was meant to appear in Secret Society of Super-Villains #18, before the "DC Implosion" cancelled the title. It is uncertain if or how this tale plays out in post-Crisis continuity. The story was scripted, but not drawn. Cancelled Comics Cavalcade #2 (Fall 1978)
8 Years Ago
JLA/JSA 16: The Lord of Time forces members of the JLA and JSA to battle "History's Heroes": the Black Pirate, Enemy Ace, Jonah Hex, Miss Liberty, and the Viking Prince. NOTES: This was the Huntress's first JLA/JSA team-up. Starring: Doctor Mid-Nite, Star Spangled Kid. Justice League of America #159-160 (Oct./Nov. 1978)
Seeking the secret of teleportation technology hidden in the pages of a copy of Flash Comics #26, impostors of the Golden Age Green Lantern and Wildcat run up against Barry Allen. Flash vol. 2 #268 (Dec. 1978)
Green Lantern and Green Lantern II discover the origin of the Starheart, the source of Alan Scott's power ring and lantern. Green Lantern vol. 2 #111-112 (Dec. 1978-1.79)
Wildcat takes a leave of absence from the JSA to open a private gym in Gotham for underprivileged kids. First appearance of Charley Bullock (who goes on to become Blackwing). Adventure Comics #464 (July/Aug. 1979)
The JSA scours Gotham in a desperate search for a capsule of poison gas. Doctor Fate is interrupted from completing a spell intended to protect someone from imminent harm. Mister Terrific rejoins the Justice Society just in time for their meeting with the JLA. Adventure Comics #465 (Sept./Oct. 1979)
JLA/JSA 17: During a JLA/JSA meeting aboard the JLA satellite, Mister Terrific is slain by his old enemy the Spirit King, who has possessed the body of Jay Garrick (#171). NOTE: Also shown in JSA #61. Starring: Hawkman, Flash, Green Lantern, Doctor Fate, Mister Terrific, Power Girl. Justice League of America #171-172 (Oct.–Nov. 1979)
POST-CRISIS: With the aid of the Spectre and the ghost of Terry Sloane himself, the JSA tracks down the Spirit King and avenges Mister Terrific's death. NOTE: According to America vs. The Justice Society #4 (1985), in pre-Crisis continuity the JSA never found the Spirit King. The Spectre vol. 3 #54 (June 1997)
After Mister Terrific's funeral, the Huntress tells Power Girl about the JSA's last case in 1951. Adventure Comics #466 (Nov./Dec. 1979)
Hourman battles a group of terrorists at Tyler Chemicals. DC Comics Presents #25 (Sept. 1980)
JLA/JSA 18: Highfather draws the JLA and JSA to New Genesis to join the New Gods against Darkseid. NOTES: The post-Crisis account of this story was described by Power Girl in Action Comics #650. Starring: Doctor Fate, Power Girl. Justice League of America #183-185 (Oct.–Dec. 1980), Action #650 (Feb. 1990)
When his night vision begins to fail, Doctor Mid-Nite incorporates new technology into his goggles. DC Comics Presents #29 (Jan. 1981)
The Atom temporarily switches powers with Atom II (Ray Palmer). DC Comics Presents #30 (Feb. 1981)
Robotman trapped in collapsed mine awakens from decades of suspended animation when an automatic repair circuit is completed, at first he is unaware that decades have passed. Robotman frees himself from the mine and continues his pursuit of Carver City crime boss Alvyn Lashky. Not long after Lasky is captured Robotman's brain is transplanted into the body of his deceased friend, robotics expert Charles Grayson. Grayson had years before arranged for his body to be cryogenically frozen following his death as the result of a rare brain disease. NOTE: In pre-Crisis continuity, Grayson was related to the Earth-2 Dick Grayson, Robin. DC Comics Presents #31 (Mar. 1981)
Firestorm learns that the Red Tornado is actually the sentient (albeit amnesiac) Tornado Champion, inhabiting the android body built by T.O. Morrow. NOTE: Justice League of America #193 contains the 16-page preview of All-Star Squadron. Justice League of America #192-193 (July–Aug. 1981)
After learning that he is dying of an incurable disease, the Crimson Avenger goes into action a final time, saving the life of a young Latino boy and then heroically steering a burning chemical tanker away from New York harbor, saving countless lives at the cost of his own. DC Comics Presents #38 (Oct. 1981)
JLA/JSA 19: The JLA and JSA battle the Ultra-Humanite, now in the body of a giant white ape, and a new Secret Society of Super-Villains: Brain Wave, Cheetah II, the Floronic Man, Killer Frost, the Mist, the Monocle, Psycho-Pirate II, Rag Doll & Signalman. NOTES: In post-Crisis continuity, this would have to have been with the Golden Age Cheetah, as the post-Crisis Cheetah doesn't debut until later. First modern appearance of the Monocle, who first appeared in Flash Comics #64 (1945). Justice League of America #195 contains a to-die-for pinup of both teams by George Pérez. Starring: Hawkman, Flash, Hourman, Johnny Thunder. Justice League of America #195-197 (Oct.–Dec. 1981)
7 Years Ago
Flash II and Doctor Fate help the Flash rescue his wife, Joan Garrick, from the Lord of Limbo. The Flash #305 (Jan. 1982)
Doctor Fate battles the Lord of Chaos, Malferrazae, who has taken the guise of the Aztec deity Totec and is attempting to bring about the apocalyptic end of the Fifth Sun (era) of mankind, aided by a monstrous creature formed from the jealousy of Inza Nelson. NOTES: Totec's name in Nahuatl is typically transliterated as "Xipe Tótec." This was the first storyline in the short-lived Dr. Fate backup strip in The Flash. The first installment reveals that Inza is attempting unsuccessfully to write a book about her life with Fate. The Flash #306–309 (Feb.–May 1982)
A mysterious power draws Dr. Fate to an Iowa cornfield, where he battles Vandaemeon, a Lord of Chaos in league with Ynar, a renegade Lord of Order. Meanwhile, Inza flirts with Vernon Copeland, director of the Boston Museum of Natural History. NOTES:Vern Copeland first appeared in The Flash #309 (May 1982). This storyline reveals that Inza Nelson has a Ph.D. from Columbia University. The Flash #310–312 (June–Aug. 1982)
To defeat the alliance of the renegade Lords of Chaos and Order Vandaemeon and Ynar, Dr. Fate forces Inza Nelson to merge with him, creating a more powerful version of Fate comprised of Kent, Inza, and Nabu. NOTES: This story was the basis for the post-Crisis revelation that Kent and Inza were supposed to merge to form Dr. Fate, but that Nabu had preferred to used Kent Nelson as a host body instead. This was the final installment of the Dr. Fate backup feature in The Flash. All seven installments were later reprinted in The Immortal Dr. Fate #2–3 in 1985. The Flash #313 (Sept. 1982)
Wesley Dodds is lured into a trap by the Sandman's one-time enemy "Snooze" Simpson, who has discovered that Dodds was the Sandman. As a result of his ordeal, Wes recovers his memory of his Sandman career and reclaims his costumed identity. He renews his vow to restore Sandy Hawkins to human form. DC Comics Presents #42 (Feb. 1982)
Sandy, still trapped in silicoid form, is kidnapped by The Shatterer, who tries to use him as a weapon. Sandy is rescued by the Sandman, who finally succeeds in restoring him to human form. They learn that Sandy has not physically aged since his original transformation. NOTES: According to his entry in JSA Secret Files #1 (1999), despite regaining human-like form, Sand is still a silicon-based being and not truly human. DC Comics Presents #47 (July 1982)
The Spectre ends his mission on Earth to become the guardian of Heaven and Hell. Swamp Thing Annual #2 (1985)

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