Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Justice League of America #68

Justice League of America #68 (On Sale: October 22, 1968) has one of the more unfortunate covers by Dick Dillin and Sid Greene that I have ever seen. Man is this thing a mess!

"Neverwas... the Chaos-Maker" is by Denny O'Neil, Dick Dillin and Sid Greene. A mutated amoeba-like creature from Earth's pre-history, Neverwas accidentally transports himself to the present, where he wreaks unintentional havoc. After a disastrous encounter with the creature, Hawkman alerts the JLA.

Superman is put out of action when Neverwas lures him through a time-gate to the distant past, trapping him in an era when Earth's sun was red, rendering him powerless. Aquaman, Batman, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, and Hawkman are on the verge of defeat, when Superman manages to return through the time-gate through which Neverwas is about to hurl the entire United States.

Deducing that the creature possesses the mind of a child, Superman creates a giant toy for it, then hurls the toy and creature back into his own world, after which Green Lantern seals the time-gate. It has been reprinted in Justice League of America Archives Vol. 8 HC.

Edited by Julius Schwartz.

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