Special Christmas Edition!
Justice League of America #110, March, 1974
Cover: Nick Cardy
“The Man Who Murdered Santa Claus!”
Writer: Len Wein, Penciler: Dick Dillin
Inker: Dick Giordano, Editor: Julius Schwartz
From DC Wikia:
The Key returns and engineers the murder of the Santa Claus scheduled to appear at an orphans’ Christmas Party with Superman and Batman, thus issuing a challenge to the Justice League. John Stewart, Hal Jordan’s official substitute, stands in for a temporarily incapacitated Green Lantern, as the JLA heroes enter a death-trap, a dilapidated building in a St. Louis ghetto. One by one, the members sacrifice them-selves in a gauntlet of traps, so that the others can go on to defeat their foe, first Superman, then Black Canary, Batman, and Green Arrow. Red Tornado and John Stewart also seem to perish, but actually all the members are saved by the intervention of the Phantom Stranger. The Key, having learned that he has only a short time to live, and having vowed to destroy the JLA before he dies, now escapes, and the heroes must evacuate an entire city block, which the villain’s devices are set to destroy. The substitute Green Lantern immediately recreates the old ghetto buildings, repairing them in the process. Later, Red Tornado is presented with his Christmas gift — a new and more colorful costume.
Any JLA story that takes place in my hometown in a good one!
This 100-page giant also includes reprints from All-Star Comics #40 and Justice League of America #51.
The issue also includes a Justice League crossword puzzle and a superb Justice Society portrait by Murphy Anderson.
The letters page contains mostly praise for JLA #107: Crisis on Earth-X.
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