In this feature, I spotlight five scenes/moments from within comic book stories that fit under a specific theme (basically, stuff that happens frequently in comics). Here is an archive of all the patterns we’ve spotlighted so far.
This week, based on a suggestion from reader Andy N., we take a look at the Justice League of America’s headquarters being destroyed!
In Justice League of America #229 (by Gerry Conway, Alan Kupperberg and Pablo Marcos), the Martians attack, knocking the Justice League of America’s satellite headquarters out of commission…
In fact, Justice League of America Annual #2 (by Gerry Conway, Chuck Patton and Dave Hunt) uses the destruction of the satellite as the impetus for the creation of a more dedicated Justice League of America team. This is now best known as the “Justice League Detroit” era, as that’s where the team was based after losing their satellite home.
The sattelite was re-used in Crisis on Infinite Earths, where it was destroyed again in Crisis on Infinite Earths #8 (by Marv Wolfman, George Perez and Jerry Ordway)…
Justice League of America Annual #3 shows another perspective on it…
(Oddly enough, it appeared as though the satellite wasn’t fully destroyed yet again – I think there was some miscommunication among DC people over whether the satellite was completely destroyed or not)
Years later, Justice League America got a new space headquarters when they took over the space station of the villain Overmaster, dubbing the place The Refuge. In JLA #1 (by Grant Morrison, Howard Porter and John Dell), this League is vacating the space station to make room for the new Justice League, when they are attacked by the Hyperclan, who destroy the space station…
The new JLA built a Watchtower on the moon.
Go to the next page to see how well this new base fared (hint…not very well).
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