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.
The League was founded in order to accomplish this goal:
|“||To fight injustice, to right that which is wrong, and to serve all mankind.||”|
— SuperFriends, Narrator
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.
After a year of being a team (1969), 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 Justice League Member.
Formation of the SuperFriends
In late 1971, shortly after the Martian Manhunter had left Earth, a group of the Leaguers gathered together and decide to call themselves Superfriends. Because 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 founding members of the Justice League's Superfriends organization consisted of Aquaman, Batman, Robin, Superman, Wonder Woman, Hawkman, the Flash, Green Lantern, Black Vulcan and Samurai. This is another significant departure from the parallel universe of Earth-One.
The name stuck for years, and over time, the name Superfriends was used to describe all members of the Justice League of America. It was not long before their volunteer organization expanded and they added Marvin White and Wendy Harris, to the Junior SuperFriends.
Known SuperFriends Members
|Apache Chief||Aquaman||Atom||Batman||Black Canary||Black Vulcan||El Dorado|
|Elongated Man||Flash||Green Arrow||Green Lantern||Hawkgirl||Hawkman||Martian Manhunter|
|Plastic Man||Red Tornado||Rima||Samurai||Superman||Wonder Woman|
Junior SuperFriends MembersThe 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 equipped with an advanced communications network and "Trouble Alert" system. They maintained a relationship with important government officials such as Colonel Wilcox, who often alerted the Super Friends to various global threats, including alien invasions. At first, the Hall was not their primary headquarters, and it only served as a place to train young men and women learning to be superheroes. And 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.
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