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I run a Justice League Detroit blog, so I'm well versed in the pleasure/pain that comes with reading their short run. Pretty much everything south of #246 is lousy with ethnic/cultural stereotypes and bad-bad/so-bad-it's-good junk, until the pleasantly mundane stuff/subplots kick in. The Junior story was resolved in the following issue, with an epilogue that led into a self-contained four part epic nightmare involving a reality warping alien infesting Gotham City with demonic manifestations. The subplots return in #255, in a freaky weird hot mess of teenage runaways, techno-molestation, mystical cults, and trippy metaphysics that bows out in #257. The final four issues are the best of the lot, with the group struggling through existential angst and a disfigured psycho killer picking the team off one by one.

I have this issue, and remember it fondly. I have to say, I found this review more interesting than the reviews you do of modern stuff. The current books are aimed at adults, and there should (emphasis: should) be something out there that an adult can enjoy. But countless comic fans still read and love these old books, which truly were aimed at children. I am interested what a smart, uninvested adult like you finds/thinks while taking a look at these old books. Can you find anything that justifies the fondness comic fans have for these artifacts? I like the idea of you finding out.

As an adult (intelligence debatable) I still like these old books (even if I rarely revisit them), and I LOVE the old newsprint, but how much of that is just base nostalgia? I'll leave it to you to let me know.

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