DC Special Blue Ribbon Digest – 5


DC Special Blue Ribbon Digest – 5

General Info

Issue No:
5
On Sale Date:
August 1979
Cover Date:
November - December 1980
Era:
Bronze Age
Story Title:
The Origin of the Justice League

Creative Team

Cover Artist:
Ross Andru, Dick Giordano
Writer:
Gardner Fox
Penciller:
Mike Sekowsky
Inker:
Bernard Sachs
Letterer:
Gaspar Saladino
Colourist:
N/A
Editor:
E. Nelson Bridwell

Characters

Main:
Justice League: Wonder Woman (Diana Prince/Princess Diana), Batman (Bruce Wayne), Superman (Clark Kent/Kal El), Aquaman (Orin), Flash (Barry Allen), Green Arrow (Oliver Queen), Green Lantern (Hal Jordan), Martian Manhunter (J'onn J'onzz)
Heroes:
N/A
Villains:
Appellaxian invaders
Olympians:
N/A
Amazons:
N/A
Other:
Snapper Carr
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DC Special Blue Ribbon Digest was a series of 100-page colour mini-comics reprinting classic DC story lines. This issue is also known as “Secret Origin of Super-Heroes” and Wonder Woman is featured in the second story, which is a reprint from Justice League of America #9.

Synopsis

Gathered together to celebrate the third anniversary of the formation of the Justice League, the founding members tell Snapper Carr and Green Arrow the story of how the team first got together.

At the time aliens from the planet Appellax had come to Earth following the death of their ruler in order for a representative of each race to vie for leadership over the planet but combating on Earth. The one who is able to win becomes the planets leader. Going to Earth with special meteors that cause those near by to change into a similar form as the attacker, the aliens arrival on Earth gains the attention of each of the founding members of the Justice League.

Martian Manhunter would fight a stone being and destroy a meteorite that is changing people into stone, he would then go to the next meteor and get stuck because getting close to it turns him into a tree. The same would happen to the others, they’d fight the nearest opponent and destroy the meteor then travel to the next one and become trapped like the Manhunter. Eventually Aquaman, Green Lantern, Flash and Wonder Woman would all become trapped and slowly be transformed into trees. However, they would work together combining their powers and abilities to free themselves, stop the tree-like alien, and restore themselves to normal. Travelling to the north, they would team up with Batman and Superman who were already facing the final invader, who’s meteor’s Kryptonite composition was weakening the Man of Steel.

Defeating this final foe and saving Superman, the assembled group of heroes then decide to work again in the future, and thus the Justice League of America was born.