Reading Justice League of America – Pt. I

Last year I set myself the goal of reading all issues of the first volume of Justice League of America. This is the first series that ran from 1960 to late 1980s. I made a list of 235 issues, starting with Brave and the Bold #28 (March 1960) and ending with an issue that I identified as being the last appearance of the original Pre-Crisis team, issue #232 (November 1984). There was a total of 265 issues, with the last being issue #261 (April 1987); however, I am interested only in the series as it was in the Pre-Crisis era before it became Justice League Detroit.

Brave & the Bold (Mar 1960)
Cover by Mike Sekowsky, Murphy Anderson, & Jack Adler 

I started out reading the six-volume collection titled “Crisis on Multiple Earths” which I purchased from Comixology. These books collect the “crisis” story-arcs that featured in the JLA series from 1963 to 1984. These books feature the classic tales of interaction between the heroes of Earth-One and Earth-Two. Existing in two different realities, the heroes of the Justice League teamed up with their predecessors the Justice Society of America every summer for 20 years to save both their worlds.

Crisis on Multiple Earths Vol 2 Cover by 
Jerry Ordway

After finishing the collection and after reading the twelve-issue “Crisis on Infinite Earth”, I then started in on the first three volumes that collect the series starting in volume one with Brave and the Bold issues #28, #29, and #30 and continuing from the first issue of Justice League of America. I bought the three volumes from Comixology and then when the 4th volume came out at the beginning of the summer I was able to use my library card to read it for free at Hoopla. Each volume contains about 12-issues and to date there four volumes.

Justice League of America: The Silver Age Collections

VolDescriptionYearsPub.
1Collects the fame super-team’s exploits from JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #9-19 and includes the classic tales “The Origin of the Justice League!,”Riddle of the Robot Justice League!” and “The Super-Exiles of Earth!”
March 1960 to January, 1962
2016
2Collects the fame super-team’s exploits from JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #9-19 and includes the classic tales “The Origin of the Justice League!,”Riddle of the Robot Justice League!” and “The Super-Exiles of Earth!”February 1962 to May 19632017
3Collects the famed super-team’s exploits from JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #20-30 and includes the classic tales “Crisis on Earth-One!” “Crisis on Earth-Two!” and “The Most Dangerous Earth of All!”June 1963 to September 19642017
4Collects the famed super-team’s exploits from Justice League of America #31-41, and includes the classic tales “Riddle of the Runaway Room”, “Earth Without a Justice League” and “Crisis on Earth-A.”November 1964 to December 19652018

Even though I read many Justice League of America issues when I was a kid, I started with the first three volumes that collect the series and finished reading the 4th volume when it came out this past summer. This brought me up to JLA #41 (December 1965).

The other day I found that through my subscription to DC Universe, I have access to “Justice League of America” issues #1 – 76, and twelve others in the series. This will help to fill in the blanks. Including the collections listed above, I have bought and read in digital format from Comixology a long run from #100 (August 1972) to #117 (April 1975).

Justice League of America #72
(June 1969)
Cover by Joe Kubert

Then there are several milestones issues that were must reads for me. For example, there is milestone issue #77 (December 1969). This the issue where Snapper Carr, the long-time mascot of the JLA, betrays the team and causes the security of the secret sanctuary hidden inside Mount Justice. These events caused the Justice League to abandon the secret sanctuary and relocate to the a satellite located 22,300 miles above the equator. To some, this issue marks the end of the Silver Age. At this point, I figure that I am about a third of the way through the list.

Justice League of America #77
(December 1969)
Cover by Murphy Anderson