Monday, July 8, 2013

Happy Birthday to FRIENDS of JUSTICE!

I started writing this blog on July 8, 2011. I'm not sure WHY I started it on that date...probably I was in the middle of my Fourth of July summer shut-down and had time to spare?
But here is my very first post:

Hajimemashite (Nice To Meet You!) 

Well, I'm gonna do it! I am starting this blog in order to make myself scan and organize all of my bilingual JUSTICE LEAGUE comic-books. I wrote and drew 31 issues between 1990 and 2001. For the past few years they have not been available ANYWHERE so I finally decided to jump in the ocean and start saving them here. 

So now here I am two years to the day later starting to post my last issue (#31). Funny how time flies.

I guess this is a good time to announce officially that I have started working on NEW Justice League stories! I've had so much fun re-reading these old stories, and remembering some of the possible stories I wanted to do with these characters, that I finally decided I would commit to creating some more!

The other reason I want to do this has something to do with the original reason I had for doing this in the first place: at the time I started this series, there was no place to read new adventures of the JUSTICE LEAGUE I grew up reading and enjoying. So I wrote my own!  Since then, of course, there have been many wonderful JLA stories, but....recently, I think we are kind of back where we started, and not in a good way. The darkness of DARK KNIGHT and MAN of STEEL and The New 52 makes me sad. These characters are HEROES that we should look up to, not f'ed up psychotics we should be afraid of. So "my" universe, while serious, will never be DARK. Think Curt Swan and Fred Hembeck, not Peter David and Judd Winick.

Now my return won't be immediate....not only do I want to "take a break" to represent and respect the 12 years that have elapsed since the series ended, I also want to get a large chunk of stories done or near done before I start uploading them. On the other hand, when the series does come back it will be basically the week or month after the end of *this* issue (#31). These characters are timeless, after all, so that shouldn't be a problem.

I'll still be doing the other FRIENDS of JUSTICE posts: Music Mondays, TV Tuesday, Wednesday Comics, and Film Fridays. And I will try to write more essays and columns as I can find the time to string words and ideas together in to semi-coherent thoughts.

In the meantime, I leave you with this teaser image....


  1. Congrats on having your blog rollin' for two years, Russell! I'm lookin' forward to (many) MORE adventures of the Satellite Era Justice League Of America (my favorite League, too)! :)

    Enjoy your rest! :)

    1. Thanks, Gernot! I appreciate the comments and support! :-)