justice league america JLI vol 1 no 43 DC comics playing cards gambling poker

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1990 DC comics justice league america JLI vol 1 no 43 if you play your cards right. gambling scene with poker playing cards. i bought these new when they first came out been stored ever since in mint shape. my scanner is old and has some scratches and smudges on it. they not on the comic

Cover Description: Wally Tortolini holds a royal flush in a poker game against the criminals, from left to right, Black Mass, Sonar, Quakemaster, Crowbar, Brainstorm, and Blackrock. In the background a waitress dressed as Wonder Woman stands before the silhouette of the cyborg Briareos Hectonchires, a character from Masamune Shirow's manga comic book Appleseed, whose English publishing rights were at the time owned by Eclipse comics. The character has never appeared in the DC Universe. Booster Gold and Blue Beetle appear only in the price box.

Brief Synopsis: Investigative reporter Wally Tortolini aids Sonar escape a bank robbery and is introduced to several of his criminal friends.

Costume Worn: MARK I power-suit

Issue Notes: Booster Gold does not appear anywhere within this issue. His image appears on the cover as a promotional ploy, which is especially odd as he has not been in the active roster of the Justice League for several issues, since quitting the team in Justice League America #37. This is the second time that Booster has appeared on the cover of a book without being involved in the story within.

The 1986 company wide crossover Legends concluded with the formation of a new Justice League. The new team was dubbed Justice League then Justice League International JLI and was given a mandate with less of an American focus. The new series, written by Keith Giffen and J. M. DeMatteis with art by Kevin Maguire and later Adam Hughes, added quirky humor to the team's stories. In this incarnation, the membership consisted partly of heroes from Earths that, prior to their merging in the Crisis on Infinite Earths, were separate. The initial team included Batman, Black Canary, Blue Beetle, Captain Marvel, Doctor Light a new Japanese female character, emerging from the Crisis of Infinite Earths, not the supervillain who had appeared previously, Doctor Fate, Martian Manhunter, Mister Miracle, and Guy Gardner and soon after inception, adds Booster Gold, Captain Atom, Fire then known as the Global Guardians' Green Flame, Ice then known as the Global Guardians' Ice maiden, and two Rocket Reds one was a Manhunter spy, and one was Dimitri Pushkin. The Giffen and DeMatteis team worked on Justice League for five years and closed out their run with the Breakdowns storyline in 1991 and 1992. The series' humorous tone and high level of characterization proved very popular.

After Giffen and DeMatteis' departure. DC created numerous spin off titles. In 1996, the series was canceled, along with spinoffs Justice League Europe, Extreme Justice, and Justice League Task Force.

Justice League America Vol 1 no 43





Appearing in "If You Play Your Cards Right..."

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:


Other Characters:

  • Ira (Owner of Dark Side Bar) (First appearance)



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