In the Earth-1A universe, a similar universe to Earth-One, there is a team of the greatest superhero's located on Earth called the Justice League (JL or JLA). Together they protect the Interplanetary Federation as well as the entire universe.
Formation of the Justice League of America
Much of the back-story concerning the formation of the Justice League of America is the same as in the parallel universe of Earth-One; with the exception of the date of formation. Instead of the date being 1960, it was late 1968.
The initial Justice League lineup was also the same as the Earth-One universe. It included seven of the Leagues most prominent members: Aquaman, Flash, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, Wonder Woman, Superman and Batman.
Within a few years of being a team, the JLA entered a volunteering program to help train young people to become superheroes. Teenager Snapper Carr was the first teenage member or more specifically he was the first Junior SuperFriends Member.
Known Leaguers (Beyond the SuperFriends)
|Black Canary||Elongated Man||Green Arrow||Martian Manhunter||Plastic Man||Red Tornado|
The SuperFriends Expansion
The SUperFriends were founded in order to accomplish this goal:
|“||To fight injustice, to right that which is wrong, and to serve all mankind.||”|
In late 1971, shortly after the Martian Manhunter had left Earth, the Justice League, believing that (as Superman stated), "the best way for us to combat crime and be prepared for world-wide emergencies is to work together. From now on, we'll be the SuperFriends."
The heroes on hand during this agreement were Aquaman, Batman, Robin, Superman, Wonder Woman, Hawkman, the Flash, Green Lantern, Black Vulcan and Samurai. This arrangement also included the training of young people (or Junior Super Friends) for law enforcement at the Hall of Justice. Marvin White and Wendy Harris, and later Zan and Jayna of the Wonder Twins are the first of the trainees.
This is another significant departure from the parallel universe of Earth-One.
Known SuperFriends Members
|Apache Chief||Aquaman||Atom||Batman||Black Vulcan|
|El Dorado||Flash||Green Lantern||Hawkgirl||Hawkman|
Junior SuperFriends Members
The Junior SuperFriends were young heroes that the other older heroes that were considered full time members would train to be superheroes.
|Marvin White||Wendy Harris||Wonder Dog|
|Expanded Justice League Lineup. |
Picture is from the SF Comic Book
Limited Collectors' Edition #C-41 (Jan. 76').
|Artwork by Alex Toth: |
Hawkman, Robin, Atom, Batman,
Captain Marvel, Black Canary, Flash and Green Lantern.
Initially their headquarters was the Secret Sanctuary located in the caverns of Mount Justice in Happy Harbor, Rhode Island. Eventually, with the help of billionaire Bruce Wayne, they were able to establish a suitable headquarters.
The Justice League also made use of an earth-base, the Hall of Justice, located in Gotham City, but later relocated to Metropolis. The Hall was primarily the training academy for young people, but was also equipped with an advanced communications network and "Trouble Alert" system through which important government officials such as Colonel Wilcox, often alerted the Super Friends to various global threats, including alien invasions. The Justice League Satellite continued on as the League's official headquarters. Over time though, the Hall becomes their main headquarters.
|“||Gathered together from the cosmic reaches of the universe – here in this great Hall of Justice - are the most powerful forces of good ever assembled.||”|
— SuperFriends, Narrator
- Justice League Patrol Craft
- Delta Probes
- SuperFriends Space-Flight Vehicle
- Super Powers Team Space Shuttle
- Having successfully re-introduced a number of their Golden Age superhero characters (Flash, Green Lantern, etc.) during the late 1950s, DC Comics asked writer Gardner Fox to re-introduce the Justice Society of America. Fox, influenced by the popularity of the National Football League and Major League Baseball, decided to change the name of the team from Justice Society to Justice League.
- The Justice League of America first appeared in The Brave and the Bold vol. 1, #28 (1960)
- Sometime in the late 60s or early 70s, Gardner Fox wanted to showcase an even more child-friendly version of the Justice League, hence the SuperFriends were born. The reason that the show was called Superfriends, rather than the Justice League of America was due to the fact that the show was coming out during the Post-Vienam War and a name like Justice League of America seemed to patriotic. Nevertheless the team is still referred to as the JLA, even though it didn't make the title.[?]
- The SuperFriends turned out to be the longest-running version of the Justice League, which ran in various incarnations from 1973 to 1985.
Appearances in Other Media
- ↑ The purpose of the formation of the Justice League was told by Superman in History of Doom.
- ↑ As seen in a Super Powers commercial.
- ↑ Since E. Nelson Bridwell did his best to tie in the SuperFriends universe with Earth-One, it became necessary to find this continuity.
- ↑ As depicted in the Filmation series: The New Adventures of Superman (1966-1970)
- ↑ As depicted in the Filmation series: The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure (1967-1968)
- ↑ As depicted in the Filmation series: The Batman/Superman Hour (1968-1969)
- ↑ As seen in the Filmation series: The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure (1967-1968). For a complete list of original line-up, see roster of superheroes in the SuperFriends Comic Book, Limited Collectors' Edition #C-41 (January 1976).
- ↑ As quoted in the Season 3 episode: History of Doom.
- ↑ The formation of team and members depicted in History of Doom.
- ↑ In the first issue of the SuperFriends comic book, E. Nelson Bridwell makes it very clear that the SuperFriends are sort of a volunteer organization, under the umbrella of the Justice League of America
- ↑ As revealed in the Season 9 (1985) episode, The Seeds of Doom.
- ↑ Both he and Firestorm were considered Jr. Super heroes in The Case of the Shrinking Superfriends.
- ↑ Drawn by Alex Toth during the early production of the live action specials.
- ↑ As depicted in Justice League of America, Vol. 1 #78 (February, 1970) found at the DC Database and issue #3 of the Super Friends (comic book).
- ↑ As established in Super Friends # 1. The All-New Super Friends Hour episode The Brain Machine then establishes the location as being Metropolis, implying their was a move.
- ↑ This was stated in Super Friends # 1. Robin states that the Hall of Justice is not the headquarters of the Justice League, and the Justice League Satellite is. The Hall's purpose at this time is primarily for training purposes.
- ↑ This is established both in episodes of the animated series and later issues of the comic book. This may mean that the comics are supposed to be set between Season 1 and Season 2.
- ↑ Go to the DC Database for more on the Justice Society of America
- ↑ "League was a stronger word, one that the readers could identify with because of baseball leagues"
- ↑ Go to the DC Database for more on The Brave and the Bold vol. 1, #28 (March, 1960).