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Black Canary Burns Her Bridges With the Justice League

This is a feature called "Beg Steal or Borrow," which is about when comic book characters are abruptly pulled from one book to another. I'm not talking about when comic book characters simply migrate from one title to another (I spotlight examples of that in my feature, "Looks Like I'm Moving"). I mean examples where a writer has a character taken out of the book against their wishes. It almost always happens in team books, but sometimes it occurs in solo titles, as well.

Today, we look at how Black Canary's time as a 1980s superhero team player was lost in an attempt to return her to her roots.

One of the biggest changes to the continuity of the DC Universe with Crisis on Infinite Earths was the fact that Wonder Woman was now JUST coming to "Man's World" and had not been here for years. This put her way out of step with the rest of her superhero peers like Superman and Batman, who had been established as being around for years by the time she got to America. Obviously, then, she could no longer be a founding member of the Justice League.

Her replacement, then, was Black Canary, who was now retconned to being the daughter of the original Black Canary (who was now, as part of the Justice Society of America, predecessor hero to her daughter and the other heroes in the Justice League, rather than the Justice Society being from an alternate Earth) and a new founding member of the League, as officially revealed in Secret Origins #32...

Before that retcon had been established, Black Canary had debuted a brand-new SUPER 1980s costume in Detective Comics #554 (it was her attempt to differentiate herself from her mother by getting her own modern costume)....

After Crisis ended, Black Canary kept the costume. She was then a founding member of the newly reformed Justice League following Legends...

Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis, Kevin Maguire and Al Gordon were the creative team on the series...

She served with the team for the next year. She was one of the main members of the team.

She was a part of one of the most classic parts of this era, when she missed Batman punching Guy Gardner out in one punch...

During this same period, though, Mike Grell did a revamp of Green Arrow with the prestige format miniseries, The Longbow Hunters (which he wrote and drew). In the series, Black Canary is brutalized, with Green Arrow killing the men who were torturing her. Grell didn't make it explicit at the time, but the implication was that the attack got rid of Black Canary's super powers (Grell was not a fan of the more standard superhero tropes, like Green Arrow is not actually called Green Arrow in the series)...

Oddly enough, she continued to serve in the Justice League during this period.

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