December, 1974

Already a regular reader of JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA (whenever I could find copies–this was only the third issue I’d ever read), this wonderful 100-Page Super-Spectacular introduced me to their predecessors, the Justice Society of America. I’d already encountered the notion of Earth-2 in the pages of FLASH, but this was the first time I’d ever seen the JSA in action.

“Crisis on Earth-3” remains, to my mind, the very best of the annual JLA/JSA crossovers, with the two groups thrown into conflict with their villainous counterparts from Earth-3, the Crime Syndicate of America. Only the second meeting between the teams, Gardner Fox and Mike Sekowsky topped the previous year’s initial offering, and produced an exciting, memorable story. 

I also liked the Len Wein/Dick Dillin lead JLA story, but considered the “Just A Story” reprint a waste of my time. Which is unfortunate, since it’s a wonderful little saga reminiscent of many of the old Warner Brothers B-movies of the 30s and 40s.

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