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"Secret Behind the Stolen Super-Weapons": From his office Schwartz talks to his wife, Jean, on the phone. Jean asks him to come home since his granddaughter is running a fever. Julie asks where Jeannie and Andy, the baby's parents, are and his wife replies that they are at an N.E.A. conference s


Quote1 And my other family, with red capes, and green lanterns and super-speed and magic lassos. Dear God, sometimes they seem more substantial than my real life. Quote2
-- Julius Schwartz



Appearing in "Secret Behind the Stolen Super-Weapons"

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Synopsis for "Secret Behind the Stolen Super-Weapons"

From his office Schwartz talks to his wife, Jean, on the phone. Jean asks him to come home since his granddaughter is running a fever. Julie asks where Jeannie and Andy, the baby's parents, are and his wife replies that they are at an N.E.A. conference somewhere. Despite the problems he is having with the comic book he is editing Julie relents and tells her he will be home soon.

After he hangs up the phone Julie begins to muse about the two families he has; one with his wife, children, in-laws and grandchildren and the other with red capes, super-speed and green lanterns. He thinks of how the second family are like demanding babies and that he would sometimes like to slap them down in an inkpot and stopper the bottle.

Suddenly the Justice League appears before him. The Leaguers admonish Julie for his feelings, but the cantankerous editor tells them to leave so he can get back to saving them from looking stupid in their next issue. Batman asks him what if they decide not to leave. Julie becomes angry and becomes a giant before their eyes, announcing that he is going to teach them a lesson. The Flash becomes bold and informs the now giant editor that he works for them. Julie responds by sending him flying out the window. The Flash bounces like a pinball around the city before Wonder Woman goes to help him. Julie manipulates her magic lasso and instead of helping the Flash he turns the Amazon into a human yo-yo. The Atom tries to save his teammate, but Julie uses the Atom's powers against him and sends the tiny hero to Omaha via the telephone. In his civilian clothes the Atom lands in a bath tub with a mother who was calling Julie to complain that his comics were ruining her kid.

Batman tells Julie to cut it out, but the editor uses Batman's own utility belt against him. Superman comes to the aid of his friend, but Julie retaliates by turning his blood into liquid Kryptonite. Green Lantern begins to give the Man of Steel a transfusion of sorts, but Julie turns the Lantern's clothes yellow, which negates his power. Green Arrow also comes under attack from his own rubber duckie arrow.

Green Lantern's costume tears away as the hero finds himself flying out the window. He lands on the streets below, where passersby gawk at his barely dressed form. As Green Lantern makes a run for it Batman manages to free himself and a comment he makes about being asleep at the switch, which reminds Julie how tired he really is. The heroes help their editor put on his coat and wish him well as he begins his journey home. As he walks down the stairs to the subway the League talk of what a great man Julie Schwartz is and how much they appreciate him giving them life.

Appearing in "Mayhem of the Mysterious Marauders!"

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In their secret mountain lair the Justice League prepares for an awards ceremony that Happy Harbor is throwing for the League in honor of their service to the city. Batman is curious why they have to wear tuxedos but the League's mascot, Snapper Carr, replies that it is good public relations. Meanwhile the Flash is having trouble tying his bow tie, but Wonder Woman's entrance stuns the group. As she helps Flash tie his tie the security alarm goes off. The team separates to investigate but one by one each member is taken down by their own weapon or ability. After each Leaguer is taken down their attackers reveal themselves as the future versions of the Justice League. The Flash, Wally West, is upset at having to fight his mentor, Barry Allen. The Batman understands this, but reminds them that they have a job to do. Superman agrees and tells them that they should just get their mission over with.

At the Awards Presentation the Mayor of Happy Harbor presents the future Superman with a diamond shaped award. Superman accepts the award, but Batman alerts the group that their reason for being in the past has arrived. The Time Lord and his cronies materialize from the 38th Century. The future League takes on the Time Lord's minions. The team banters back and forth before Superman tells them to stop since they still have the Time Lord to worry about. The Time Lord is surprised that they know of him since he decided to come back to a time when the League was young and before they had faced him for the first time. Batman rallies the team and with a coordinated attack they take the Time Lord down. The villain is surprised, but Superman informs him that it is never a good idea to take on the League in the past, present or the future.

After the Time Lord is returned to his century the heroes gather back at the Secret Sanctuary. The future Green Arrow is convinced that the past League could never have won, but Batman disagrees. Wonder Woman is confused at how they are meeting their younger selves, but Wally informs her that now that he has learned how to control the Speed Force, the source of his and Barry's amazing speed, all manners of time paradoxes are allowed. Before leaving Wally informs his unconscious mentor how much he appreciates and respects him.

Hours later the past League wakes up unaware of what happened. Superman points out that nothing is missing, but he still feels like something important happened. The Flash agrees and goes on to say that he feels good, like somebody gave them a blessing. He thanks them, wherever they are.

Notes

  • This book was first published on August 25, 2004.“Secret Behind the Stolen Super-Weapons” takes place in February, 1967 in the DC Comics Office on 575 Lexington Avenue.
  • DC Comics Presents (Volume 2) was an 8-issue miniseries paying tribute to the recently departed DC editor Julius Schwartz. A hallmark of Julius Schwartz' incredible editorial vision was his ability to conceive imaginative covers to serve as springboards for writers in need of story ideas. The one-shots in this series feature creators following the same guidelines with homages to old comics covers.

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Recommended Reading

Justice League of America #53


Links and References

Julie Schwartz Tribute
DC Comics Presents (Volume 2)
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DC Comics Presents (Volume 2) was an 8-issue miniseries paying tribute to the recently departed DC editor Julius Schwartz. A hallmark of Julius Schwartz' incredible editorial vision was his ability to conceive imaginative covers to serve as springboards for writers in need of story ideas. The one-shots in this series feature creators following the same guidelines with homages to old comics covers.

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