Appearing in "Neverwas...the Chaos-Maker!"
- Neverwas (Single appearance)
Synopsis for "Neverwas...the Chaos-Maker!"
In the ancient past there was once an gigantic amoeba type creature named Neverwas, and all it ever wanted was to live in peace and have fun. Being constantly chased and hunted by various prehistoric creatures, Neverwas would seek refuge by using a previously-unknown ability to travel forward in time. The creature would materialize on modern day Earth.
It's appearance terrorizing people, Neverwas would be spotted by Hawkman who would attack the creature and find himself easily defeated before the creature can escape. Realizing the threat is too much for even himself, Hawkman would travel to JLA headquarters where he would find Superman, Batman, Green Lantern and Green Arrow and they would all agree to go after Neverwas. Superman finds the creature first as it is transporting an entire hotel into a time portal. Chasing after it, Superman finds himself in the distant past during a time when Earth's sun was red instead of yellow making him powerless and trapping him and the people in the hotel in the past.
The creature would then travel into the ocean where it would be attacked by Aquaman who was warned of it's threat. During the fight the creature splits into two different beings that bury the undersea monarch in the rocks, Aquaman then calls out to his undersea friends to free him. The JLA then reunite near the ocean to fight one of the Neverwas-Two, the original has returned to the city where it's opened another time portal.
As the JLA fight Neverwas-Two in the ocean, it tires to turn the tide of battle by splitting into multiple forms and opens a rife in time and space. Meanwhile, in the distant past Superman sees the time portal open and uses it to travel back to the present. With his powers restored, Superman gathers up all the components of Neverwas and tosses it back into the portal. Green Lantern then uses his power ring to bring the hotel back to Earth. Superman realizes that the creature is child like and builds it a giant toy and tosses it through the time portal so that it would have something to play with in it's own time. The portal then closes sealing Neverwas back in the past.
- This issue is reprinted in Justice League of America Archives Volume 8.
- This is the first issue drawn by artist Dick Dillin, taking over pencilling from Mike Sekowsky. Dillin would continue to the draw the series until his death at age 50.
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