Justice League America

Volume 1, Issue 70
Cover Date: January 1993
Release Date: November 17, 1992

Cover Price: $1.25
Guide Price: $4.00 (as of 2011)

"Grieving"

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Justice League America, Vol. 1, #70. Image © DC Comics

 

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ARTISTS

Writer: Dan Jurgens
Penciller: Dan Jurgens
Inker: Rick Burchett
Colorist: Gene D'Angelo
Letterer: Willie Schubert
Editor: Brian Augustyn
Cover Artists: Rick Burchett, Dan Jurgens

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CHARACTERS & SETTINGS

Heroes: Aquaman, Batman, Black Canary II, Blue Beetle II, Booster Gold, Elongated Man, Flash I, Flash III, Green Arrow I, Green Lantern I, Green Lantern II, Guy Gardner, Hawkman III, Maxima, Nightwing II, Power Girl, Robin III, Starfire III, Wonder Woman
Supporting: Maxwell Lord, Oberon

Setting: 20th-century New York, NY, USA

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ISSUE SUMMARY

Cover Description: Ice kneels, cradling Superman's cape. Behind her stand, from left to right, Booster Gold holding an unconscious Blue Beetle, Guy Gardner, Maxima, and Bloodwynd II. This cover has a paper overlay advertising the "Death of Superman" aftermath that obscures Booster Gold and Blue Beetle.

Brief Synopsis: The Justice League past and present come to terms with the death of Superman.

Booster Gold's role in this story:
Featured (Booster Gold plays a prominent role)

Costume Worn: MARK I power-suit

Issue Notes: This issue falls under the "Funeral for a Friend" storyline running throughout the comic book titles featuring Superman. The story details the events immediately following Superman's death.

This story has been reprinted in the following:
Superman and the Justice League of America (2016)

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ISSUE ANNOTATIONS

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Page 6, panel 3
Booster Gold and Maxima receive the news that Superman has died fighting Doomsday, as shown in Superman, Vol. 2, #75. The two Justice Leaguers are in an Ohio hospital, seeing to the emergency medical needs of Blue Beetle II, who was also felled by Doomsday in Justice League America #69. Booster Gold wears the tattered remains of his original Mark I powersuit, destroyed in his fight with Doomsday in Superman, Vol. 2, #74.

Page 7, panel 4
Booster breaks up a fight between Guy Gardner and Maxima. The fight was started when Guy was typically callous about Superman's demise.

Page 8, panel 3
Blue Beetle II lies in a hospital bed. Booster Gold, Oberon, and Maxwell Lord listen as the attending physician delivers the bad news that Beetle may never recover from his wounds. Based on the vertical stripe on the red can that Booster is holding, he appears to be drinking a Soder-Cola, the number one soft drink in the DC Universe.

Page 9, panel 1
As Lord runs through a roll call of the current Leaguers and their injuries, Booster recycles his aluminum can. Despite despairing that his days as a superhero may be over, he still has the moral fortitude to recycle. He's a true hero.

Page 12, panel 6
Flash III finds Booster on a patio of the Justice League Headquarters beside New York's East River. Booster expresses his feelings of inadequacy and helplessness after the battle with Doomsday.

Page 13, panel 5
Aquaman arrives, attempting to provide Booster with some perspective and solace. Aquaman himself has lost family (notably his young son) in the fight for truth and justice.

Page 14, panel 4
Batman and Robin III swing down to join Aquaman, Booster, and Flash. Batman tries to soothe Booster's guilt in his inability to assist Superman by pointing out that "Doomsday had already vanquished you." He's friendly, that Batman.

Page 15, panel 4
Green Lantern II flies down to a rooftop overlooking Booster and company where he meets Hawkman III. Hawkman III laments that he was never a member of the Justice League. In fact, the original Hawkman was a member of the League, and Hawkman II was a member for a brief time while he posed as the original Hawkman. (All this discounts, of course, the fact that there was a different Hawkman in the 1940s and 50s whose activities were removed from continuity during the Crisis on Infinite Earths miniseries.)

Page 16, panel 2
As Green Lantern and Hawkman talk, Booster's group is joined by Starfire and Nightwing. Unlike every other hero present, these members of the Teen Titans were never members of the Justice League in any incarnation up to this point. (Although Superman once used the name Nightwing as a pseudonym while adventuring in the Kryptonian bottle-city of Kandor.)

Page 16, panel 3
The next to arrive at the impromptu Justice League wake for Superman are an aged Green Lantern I (Alan Scott), Power Girl, Flash I (Jay Garrick), and Elongated Man. In modern DC continuity, both the Flash I and Green Lantern I were chronological precursors to Superman. However in pre-Crisis continuity, both appeared several years after the Man of Steel. Booster is off-panel, and it is unclear if he meets with either venerable hero.

Page 17, panel 2
SPOILER WARNING!: Reveal

Page 22, panel 4
At some point during the gathering, Booster has snuck away from the crowd to continue his vigil over the comatose Blue Beetle.

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ISSUE REVIEW

Boosterrific Review: While the previous issue was all action, this issue is all emotion. Rather than being a detriment, this change of pace is the issue's strongest asset. This issue is remarkable for its sincerity. It would be all too easy to hit a sour note in a wake for super heroes, the emotions and dialogue expressed all seem genuine, and this reinforces the verisimilitude for the reader. This comic is as satisfying as it is tragic.

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