Do you belong in the Justice League Elite or Justice League Antarctica? Let’s find out.
1. True/False: The Justice League of America was the first superhero team in comic books
False. The original super team was the Justice Society of America, formed in 1940 and featuring all the big stars of the Golden Age. If you weren’t Superman, Batman or Wonder Woman you fell out of favor in the 1950s.
In the 1960s, DC revamped several of those lesser characters with new identities, costumes and origin stories. These new versions teamed up with the Trinity in 1960 as the Justice League of America.
It was later determined that the originals existed on Earth 2 while the modern versions lived on Earth 1. Yes, it sounds backwards to everyone. In later years they did away with the multiple Earths idea, but it may be back. I’m not sure.
2. Which of the following has not been a Justice League headquarters: (a) A cave (b) a space satellite (c) a watchtower on the moon (d) an underwater facility outside Atlantis
(d) To the best of my knowledge, the JLA has never set up shop under the sea.
3. True/False: The Justice League is partially responsible for the creation of the Marvel Universe
True. According to industry legend, Marvel/Timely publisher Martin Goodman was playing golf with an executive from DC/National and the DC guy was bragging about how well Justice League was selling, so Martin went back to the office and told Stan Lee to create a superhero team comic. Lee and Jack Kirby came back with The Fantastic Four and the rest is history. (The golf game part of the story is probably fiction. As Stan tells the story in “Origins of Marvel Comics,” Martin simply noticed that JLA was selling well and told Stan to come up with something similar.)
4. In the 1980s Aquaman disbands the JLA and creates a new team filled with newbies and second-stringers like Vibe, Gypsy, Vixen and the Elongated Man. This often-maligned group is known as the Justice League: (a) Boston (b) Chicago (c) Detroit (d) Pittsburgh
(c) Detroit. And Aquaman was never allowed to make decisions for the team ever again.
5. Which of the following was not a member of the Super Friends: (a) Apache Chief (b) Black Lightning (c) El Dorado (d) Silver Samurai
(d) While there was a member of the Super Friends named Samurai, the Silver Samurai is a Marvel villain who once fought Jim Belushi.
6. True/False: Catwoman has been a member of the Justice League
True. It was a recent version of the JLA. It was not put together by Batman.
7. The Justice League made its debut in: (a) Action Comics (b) The Brave and the Bold (c) Justice League of America (d) Tales to Astonish
(b) Brave and the Bold No. 28, published in 1960, to be exact.
8. True/False: Batman made up files on how to take out each member of the Justice League
Of course he did. He’s Batman.
9. Which of the following has not been a version of the Justice League: (a) Justice League Antarctica (b) Justice League Dark (c) Justice League Elite (d) Justice League Europe (e) Justice League International (f) Justice League Russia (g) Justice League Task Force
(f) There has never been a Justice League operating out of Moscow
10. Which animal did not hang out with the Super Friends: (a) Gleek (b) Krypto (c) Wonder Dog
(b) Krypto. Ace, the Bat Hound, didn’t have time for the Super Friends, either.
11. Before joining the big leagues, Cyborg was a longstanding member of this super team: (a) Challengers of the Unknown (b) Doom Patrol (c) Justice Society (d) Teen Titans
(d) Cyborg made his debut in the wildly popular 1980s revival of the Teen Titans. He’s still a Titan on Cartoon Network.
12. Who was the teenage mascot of the JLA: (a) Archie Andrews (b) Rick Jones (c) Ron Wilson (d) Snapper Carr
(d) Snapper Carr (he had an annoying habit of snapping his fingers, hence the name). Rick Jones was the Avengers’ teen mascot. I have no idea why super teams had teen mascots in the 1960s.
13. Blue Beetle and Booster Gold started a casino and resort, called Club JLI, on this South Pacific island: (a) Bali Ha’i (b) Krakoa (c) Kooey Kooey Kooey (d) Muir Island
(c) I will be disappointed in you if you didn’t at least guess Kooey Kooey Kooey.
14. True/False: Wonder Woman served as the Justice League’s secretary
False. What? What an incredibly sexist thing to think! Of course Wonder Woman did not serve as secretary to the Justice League! She did serve as secretary to the Justice Society. But then, that was the 1940s.
15. What is the Martian Manhunter’s favorite snack food: (a) Chocos (b) Mars bars (c) Pringles (d) Reeses Pieces
(a) Chocos, which appear to be the DC equivalent of Oreos.
16. The Vision is to the the Avengers what ________________________ is to the Justice League. (a) Cyborg (b) L-Ron (c) Red Tornado (d) Robotman
(c) Red Tornado is the JLA’s resident android with a heart.
17. The Justice League first met in their headquarters outside: (a) Gotham City (b) Happy Harbor (c) Metropolis (d) Star City
(b) Happy Harbor, Rhode Island
18. True/False: Hawkeye has been a member of the Justice League
Of course. Who wouldn’t want Hawkeye on their team? Despite belonging to a different company, Hawkeye joined the JLA for a page or two in the JLA/Avengers crossover miniseries of 2003-04. He immediately hooked up with Green Arrow’s girlfriend, Black Canary.
19. Which Justice Leaguer did Green Arrow have a long-running feud with: (a) Flash (b) Firestorm (c) Hawkman (d) Superman
(c) Hawkman. There didn’t appear to be any reason for it, other than DC wanting to break away from the “super friends” image that was associated with the league.
20. This dog-like member of the Green Lantern Corps managed to get into the Justice League despite being the Jar Jar Binks of the franchise. (a) Ch’p (d) G’Nort (c) Guy Gardner (d) Kilowog
(d) G’Nort. He had an influential family member get him in the corps. He was shipped off to Justice League Antarctica to get him out of the way.
0-5 G’Nort Could Have Done Better
6-10 Bwah-Ha-Ha, you’re still a loser
11-15 You deserve a box of Chocos
16-20 Like Marvin, Wendy, Zan and Jayna, you are an honorary Super Friend