Friday, June 13, 2008

Justice League of America #64

Justice League of America #64 (On Sale: June 13, 1968) has a cover by new JLA penciler Dick Dillin who moved over from Blackhawk. Previous penciler Mike Sekowsky is about to take over pencilling duties on The New Wonder Woman. the cover is inked by Jack Abel and gives us our first look at the new Red Tornado.

"The Stormy Return of the Red Tornado" is by Gardner Fox, Dick Dillin and Sid Greene. A meeting of the Justice Society is interrupted by the appearance of a faceless super-hero with whirlwind powers calling himself the Red Tornado, who claims to be a former JSA member. Presented with evidence that the true Red Tornado was a housewife named Ma Hunkel, the intruder begins to doubt his own identity, but is determined to prove himself as a super-hero.

He accompanies Flash, Hourman, Dr. Fate, Black Canary, and Starman to the scene of a museum robbery being staged by criminals who, like himself, have no facial features, but only succeeds in ensuring his fellow heroes' defeat, and the apparent deaths of all but Dr. Fate. Frantic to redeem himself, he tracks down the mastermind behind the robbery – T.O. Morrow, a scientific villain who once fought Green Lantern and Flash of Earth-1.

Overcoming Red Tornado, Morrow is forced to revive him when his computer-forecaster informs him that his next crime will succeed only if the android is present to try to prevent it.Reprinted in Justice League of America Archives Vol. 8 HC and Crisis on Multiple Earths Vol. 2 TPB.

Edited by Julius Schwartz.

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