As Superman was already in with Firestorm, I decided to team Aquaman with Red Tornado against a Firestorm villain named Typhoon. A comment made by Rob Kelly and Shag Matthews on their Fire and Water podcast about this team fighting this villain made me decide to actually do it. Oh, and give their podcast a listen. It's awesome fun.
The Green Lantern & Martian Manhunter story started because I tried to think of a different way for these two characters to meet....not accidentally (Superman-Firestorm, Ralph-Batgirl) and not one calling the other (Red Tornado & Aquaman). How about if they were actually hanging out together? That made me think about what they might be doing. And in my real life I was crazy about ice hockey. That would be it! This story happened because I couldn't imagine an alien from the fire planet ever having gone to see a hockey game. My cyber-buddy and previous collaborator Andy Kappellusch offered to ink over my pencils, I think mostly for a chance to draw Bizarro.
And lastly, I picked the Elongated Man and Batgirl to team-up because they were both created slashed designed by the wonderful Carmine Infantino. I was recently reading classic Sixties adventures of these two great characters when Mr. Infantino died. It hit me that they had never really worked together. (I think they met in the pages of Batman Family in the mid Seventies.) As soon as I decided to pair them, I immediately decided to use Killer Moth....NOT one of Gardner Fox's better creations. And as soon as I told Andy that I had written this, he grabbed it. He seems to be an even bigger Ralph Dibny and Batgirl fan than I am! In fact, he was so enthusiastic about this story that he did it as soon as I sent it to him, so it has been finished for more than a year! Thank you for your patience, Andy! (Coincidentally, Mr. Infantino died nearly two years ago, on April 4, 2013.)
Hope you enjoy them!