Justice League of America #190 (May 1981) FN $4.80
This is one of my favorite Justice League of America volume 1 covers. Although Hawkgirl does not appear on the cover, I like this cover because it is both terrifying and silly at the same time.
It is frightening to think of a giant starfish enslaving all humanity and yet at the same time it is silly to think that after previous attempts, would the starfish-like super-villain, Starro the Conqueror, finally succeed in defeating the Justice League of America.
At first glance, one might think that this is yet another example of a cover where Hawkgirl should have been among her fellow team members; however, Hawkgirl was among a number of other JLA members who did not succumb to the parasitical Starro-replicants.
In fact, in the story, only six JLA-ers were face-palmed by a Starro-replicant or Spores, as they are called. One JLA victims was Red Tornado. Yet, being an android, he was not susceptible to Starro’s mind control capabilities which was an advantage in the fight against the intergalactic conqueror. That left only five who were incapacitated: Superman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Black Canary, and Firestorm.
One other hero who stands out in the story is Hawkgirl. After all, it was she that talked the United States Navy out of attempting to use nuclear weapons against this Galactic super villain who happened to look like a giant starfish.
Like the way that he was defeated in his first appearance in Brave and the Bold #28 in 1960 (he was paralyzed by garden lime), this time around he was encased in ice and frozen solid. It is unclear from the closing panels what was the ultimate outcome for Starro. Wonder Woman asks if he is alive. Superman replies, “Alive? Yes, but helpless.” Then Batman says: “This time let us make certain he stays that way.”
Yet, just when you thought it was safe to go out in the water, look who is on the cover of the latest issue of the current run of Justice League?