Tuesday, April 3, 2012

JUSTICE INC "Monster Bug" Part 1

Last week, we thought The Shadow had finished General Sodom...
...but, that proved to be inaccurate, as the now-Colonel Sodom returned with another plan to spread terror and horror...
Is this...The End of The Avenger?
Be back next week for the astounding conclusion!
Since Sodom was a freelancer, why did he give himself a reduction in rank from General to Colonel?
(The same writer, Denny O'Neil, created Sodom and penned both stories, so it's not like a scripter unfamiliar with the character made a boo-boo!)
You may be asking, why is the comic called Justice, Inc. instead of The Avenger, especially since the then-current paperback reprints...
1970s paperback reprint
...of the original pulp series (which was called The Avenger) were also titled The Avenger?
1940s pulp magazine
Because of trademark law!
Marvel Comics had been publishing a comic book called The Avengers (note the "s") since 1963.
Since two comics called "The Avenger" and "The Avengers" could be confusing to consumers, DC decided to retitle their comic based on the pulp/paperback Avenger character "Justice, Inc.", after Benson's crime-fighting organization.
When Gold Key Comics did an adaptation of The Avengers tv series starring Patrick MacNee and Diana Rigg, it was titled "John Steed and Emma Peel".
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