The mighty Justice League made their first appearance in The Brave and The Bold #28. Under the pen of creator Gardner Fox, seven heroes of the DC Comics’ universe united to tackle evil. The original lineup had Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Aquaman, and Martian Manhunter. The heroes had to work together in order to stop villainous threats. Their first villain being…a gigantic starfish from outer space! The Silver Age was cheesy and that’s why I love it.
The story happens to be one of my favorite Silver Age tales. Aquaman kicks off the story by communicating with a puffer fish. I’ve seen Aquaman interact with several animals from the ocean. This is the first time I’ve seen this in comics. The puffer fish tells Aquaman about a huge starfish that came down from the night sky into the ocean. The puffer fish overhears the big starfish talking about dominating the world. The fish also sees the starfish turn 3 other starfish into bigger sizes similar to its own. Aquaman gets out of the ocean, then calls for a Justice League meeting via his belt.
I must admit that so far the script is crazy. It is a great story of science fiction. I mean imagine having to fight a starfish that’s freaking huge. Heck, I remember dissecting them in high school. So all of the League meet up to discuss what to do except for Superman and Batman. Superman has a good excuse for not showing up as he’s literally saving the world from enormous meteorites that are hurtling towards the earth. Batman…not so much. He’s too selfish as he wants to save his city (Gotham) instead of the world. The Flash calls out the commands for the other members as it’s revealed that Flash is the chairman. It’s cool to see the laid back Barry Allen taking charge in League affairs. Flash tells Aquaman to patrol the oceans to watch out for more starfish. Flash tells Green Lantern to take one of the three starfish. Flash will take on one while Manhunter and Wonder Woman get the last.
I’ll continue this soon with part two where I’ll speak about Green Lantern taking on one of the starfishes.