Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been listening to the JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL: BWAH-HA-HA PODCAST on the Fire and Water Network. The monthly BWAH-HA-HA podcast takes us back to the adventures of the Justice League International era written by Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis.
The podcast is hosted by The Irredeemable Shag and each episode features a special guest host. If you were a fan of the Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis Justice League books back in the day, I highly recommend listening to the BWAH-HA-HA podcast.
Anyways, I like the podcast for a number of reasons, but one of my favorite parts of each episode is when Shag asks the guest host how they discovered this Giffen/DeMatteis Justice League. For me, that’s an easy question to answer. My introduction to the JLI came in the summer of 1991 with Justice League Quarterly #3.
For those who don’t remember, Justice League Quarterly was an early 90s title released four times a year between 1990 and 1994. Each issue was different, and their quality varied. But issue #3 had everything I could ask for in a comic: a full story, great art, plenty of action, and it had me laughing that entire summer.
Justice League Quarterly #3 featured a story called “When You Wish…” it was co-written by Keith Giffen, with art by the highly underrated Mike McKone. In it, Mitch Wacky (a Walt Disney type character), travels back in time to his planet Angor, to save it from the nuclear holocaust unleashed by the Extremists.
Along for the ride is Mitch’s friend, and former Green Lantern, Kilowog. It’s good ol Kilowog who creates their time travel device. There’s only one problem with their adventure: when the two arrive on Angor, they’re the size of ants.
Mitch and Kilowog find a life-sized robot version of Mitch Wacky, and pilot him to Justifier headquarters to try to convince the superhero team to stop the nuclear test that would give the Extremists their powers. But it’s hard to convince anyone of anything when all the Mitch robot does is disco dance.
Meanwhile back in New York, members of Justice League America and Justice League Europe decide to send a team to Angor to stop Mitch from carrying out his plans. The squad sets off, not knowing if or how they will return home. When the League arrives on Angor, they too are the size of ants. I won’t tell you what happened from there, but I will tell you some of my favorite moments:
- Guy Gardner flies up a woman’s dress.
- Captain Atom gets winded carrying Power Girl.
- Aquaman needs a shower
- Gardner whacks Hal Jordan with a lantern.
- When cats attack
- And I can’t forget… Guy Gardner gets eaten by a dog.
This comic introduced me to a ton of character I didn’t know existed, and prompted me to start collection Justice League Europe from the store down the street. Sadly, the convenience store didn’t carry Justice League America. Justice League Quarterly #3 also got me to track down the earlier JLI issues by Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis.
Today you can probably find a copy of this comic in the quarter bins at many comic stores. I bought Justice League Quarterly #3 at a 7-11 in Nags Head North Carolina, and it was worth every penny.