Great Moments in Comics History: Justice League of America #123

Justice League #123


This is still not as weird as writing yourself into your own book so you can marry one of the female characters and have a baby with her.

(Thanks to JeffR for the submission!)


  1. Did somebody do that?

  2. Conor, did a creator actually do that?

    It’s a great (albeit deranged) idea – especially if its balls to the walls deliberate (i.e. creator uses his/her real name for the character) and is not a creator owned property.


  3. Little known secret about the Bronze Age – writers were required to coordinate their shirts and gloves when working on a plot.

  4. If memory serves, it was a Marv Wolfman/Donna Troy thing.

  5. This just doesnt make sense

  6. I love that mustache.  It is mustachtic.

  7. You’d think an adventure writer, even "plain old, dull Cary Bates", would monologue in complete sentences.

  8. Wait WHAAAA’?

  9. @stuclach I like his extremely geeky glasses. Those frames. Oh, those frames. I think my dad sported a pair of those well into the mid-80s. 

  10. Did Bates really sport the Oliver Queen look in real life?

  11. Cary Bates ™ and ® DC Comics. All rights reserved.

  12. Cary Bates looks like Jack Earle Haley from Human Target!

  13. @JeffR – I sported a pair of those in the mid- and late-80’s (and early 90’s).  That’s why I didn’t single them out for mockery. #SecretShame

  14. @JeffR & stuclack- I also rocked those glasses in the 80’s and 90’s. Can you imagine wearing them as a 6 yr. old? I can…because I did. #SecretShame

  15. Looks it’s Captain Morgan before he was cool.

  16. @drakedangerz – I got mine in Kindergarten (1984ish).

  17. Kindergarten seems to be the time when our parents decided we should look like dorks. I got mine in 89.

  18. From Wiki:

    Bates began submitting ideas for comic book covers to DC Comics at the age of 13, and a number of them were bought and published, the first as the cover to Superman #167 (February 1964). Bates began to sell stories to DC when he was 17.[2]

    Bates is best known for his work for DC Comics on such titles as Action Comics, Captain Atom, The Flash, Legion of Super-Heroes and Superman. He began working for the publisher in 1963 and continued to do so up until the early 1990s. His other work includes the comic strips The Lone Ranger (1980-1983), Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1981-1983), and Disney’s Gargoyles during the 1990s. In 2008 he returned after a more than 15 year absence to write True Believers, a limited series for Marvel Comics, about a team trying to get to the bottom of secrets and rumours in the Marvel Universe.[3]

    Bates appeared in his own comics several times, along side superheroes like the Silver Age version of The Flash and the Justice League of America.

    He also was head scriptwriter on the 1980s-1990s live action Superboy television series, and co-wrote (with Mario Puzo and John Briley) the 1992 film Christopher Columbus: The Discovery, produced by Superman: The Movie producers Alexander and Ilya Salkind.


  19. @stuclach & drake – But at least you (and I, as I had thick plastic frames) had bad glasses because we were kids and couldn’t fight our parents on design choices. Cary Bates and my father should have known better.

  20. "Somebody once told me that I should read over my work to make sure my sentences make sense…must’ve been right!"

  21. I’m sorry that brilliant mustache made me forgot what he said.

  22. @JeffR – haha, true. So very true.

  23. @stuclach I can’t even begin to top "mustachtic" so i won’t try.

  24. Yea, I stopped reading after "mustachtic" too.