The Justice Guild of America is a superhero team featured in the Justice League animated series two-part episode "Legends", a homage to the Golden Age Justice Society of America, and to a degree the Silver Age Justice League of America.
At the climax of a fight between the Justice League and a giant robot remote-controlled by Lex Luthor, it falls over, threatening to crush Flash, Green Lantern, Hawkgirl, and J'onn J'onzz. The Flash tries to stop the damaged robot falling onto the other Leaguers by running so fast that he creates a tornado-like vortex just as the robot's energy core explodes. This causes them to accidentally end up on a parallel Earth existing in a different vibrational frequency from the Justice League's own. They end up in Seaboard City, an idyllic 1950s locale that evokes the traits of Pleasantville or other such havens. It also bears more than a passing resemblance to The Village of The Prisoner and features an ice cream van which plays "Pop Goes the Weasel", a tune regularly employed on that show.
There they meet the Justice Guild of America members - Tom Turbine, The Streak, the Green Guardsman (not to be confused with Green Guardsman of Amalgam Comics), Black Siren, Catman, and their sidekick / mascot Ray Thompson. They first fight when Green Lantern and Flash stop a robbery by Justice Guild enemy Music Master and the Guild mistakes them for the thieves. However, after the Streak sees Flash save Ray from pieces of a falling building, he realizes the League aren't criminals and stops the fight. The Justice Guild were comic book characters on the Justice League's Earth about whom Green Lantern read as a child. He claims without the comics, he may not have the ring today, as the comics taught him to be a hero. J'onn J'onzz hypothesizes that the JGA writers were psychically tuned in to their Earth during flashes of "inspiration"; this is a nod to the explanation Gardner Fox provided for the JSA/JLA link in his September 1961 story Flash of Two Worlds in which the Barry Allen Flash of Earth-One encounters Jay Garrick, his Earth-Two counterpart. They help the JGA fight a group of their enemies called the Injustice Guild of America, who are based on Golden Age DC supervillains, which consists of Music Master, Sportsman, Sir Swami, and Dr. Blizzard. The IGA engage in a scheme to pull off a series of crimes based on the four elements of earth, air, water, and fire as part of a contest to see who can pull off the best crime related to those elements. Dr. Blizzard won when he took Flash and Black Siren as hostages where he led the IGA in their next criminal activity: robbing the Seaboard City Mint and escaping by blimp. The IGA are defeated by the JL and the JGA and are handed over to the police.
Probing deeper into inconsistencies found in the "perfect" Seaboard City, such as an ice cream truck that never stops, dangers that just happen to spring up out of nowhere, and graves of the Guild which Hawkgirl finds (Flash even questions at one point why there are only two police officers in the entire city), Hawkgirl and Lantern find an old newspaper (dated on the same day as the final Justice Guild comic) in a battle-scarred subway underneath a library that contains books with blank pages. The newspaper reveals that the JGA world's version of the Cuban Missile Crisis escalated into World War III, and the heroes perished in the resultant U.S.-Soviet nuclear exchange, and Seaboard City was destroyed in the ensuing nuclear holocaust, thus resulting in the Justice Guild comic book being cancelled in the Justice League’s world. The JL question the ice cream man to which he can only tell them that "he'll hear them" before driving off.
The JL confront the JGA with this knowledge; shocked, the JGA deny that their existence is a mere illusion. J'onn suspects that Ray Thompson is the key to the bizarre state of this reality. Ray denies knowing anything, but J'onn makes a telepathic link with him, causing him to reveal his true form: a disfigured mutant with the ability to warp reality and create psychic illusions. Ray's abilities were activated by the holocaust, and he created the false time warp as a consequence of their manifestation. With a distorted and nostalgic view of the past, he recreated the world of his childhood and resurrected the heroes he worshipped as a child. Angrily, Ray goes on a rampage and tries to kill the JL, while distracting the JGA with a giant red robot. The Guild heroes are initially unsure of what to do because they know that if they defeat Ray, it will undo the illusion and everything in it, including themselves, but eventually decide that they can forfeit their false lives to save the JL, reasoning that if they could sacrifice themselves to save their world once, they can do so again. They all attack Ray, overwhelming his mind and shattering the illusion. Lantern then watches in dismay as the JGA fade away with smiles on their faces.
The inhabitants are freed from the illusion, and begin to rebuild their shattered world starting with Seaboard City, thanking the League for giving them a future. The Justice League members return to their own Earth using a space-time machine Tom Turbine was working on before his death, powered by Green Lantern's ring.
On his own Earth, John Stewart ponders on how much the JGA comics meant to him when he was young and the impact the comics' cancellation in 1962 (the year the actual Guild died) had on him. He remarks to Hawkgirl that the JGA taught him the meaning of the word hero, a commentary on the bright, optimistic Golden and Silver Age's contrast to the Modern Age's grittiness and angst.
Among the members of the Justice Guild are:
A group of super-villains whose goal is to eliminate the Justice Guild and rule the world. They make their headquarters in a cave somewhere outside of Seaboard City. Among its members are:
Elements of this concept are seen within the Arrowverse:
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Black Siren may refer to:
Black Siren, a member of the Justice Guild of America
Black Siren, the alias of Earth-2's Laurel Lance on ArrowCatman (DC Comics)
Catman is a fictional character in comic books published by DC Comics who was initially one of the more colourful and camp supervillains to join Batman’s growing roster of enemies in the mid-1960s.
For decades, the character rarely appeared in comic books, as Batman stories returned to darker themes. A modern revival of the character in the pages of Green Arrow many years later depicted a Catman down on his luck, clinging to past glories, overweight, and pathetic. In 2006 however, the character was rehabilitated by writer Gail Simone, depicting Blake as having picked himself up from the gutter, restoring his physical fitness and gaining a new sense of purpose and dignity while living with lions in Africa. Stories since then have depicted him as an attractive and capable antihero, and the highly capable leader of the mercenary team Secret Six.DC animated universe (comics)
While Batman and Superman had their own animated series and comic book follow-ups, the rest of the characters in the DC Comics Universe would appear in the following comics often.Flash of Two Worlds
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JGA may refer to:
The JGA Group
Japan Golf Association
John G. Althouse Middle School
Justice Guild of America
Nihon Ki-in (Japan Go Association)JL8
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Justice, in comics, may refer to:
Justice (DC Comics), a DC Comics limited series by Alex Ross and Jim Krueger
Justice (New Universe), a Marvel Comics character and star of his own eponymous series in the New Universe imprint
Justice, an alias used by the Marvel Comics character Vance Astrovik
Justice, an Image Comics character, who is the son of SuperPatriot and, with his sister, one half of Liberty & Justice
Kris Justice, a comics artistIt may also refer to:
Justice, Inc., two DC Comics series based on the character The Avenger
Justice League, a DC Comics superhero team who had a number of spin-offs:
Justice League International
Justice League Europe
Justice League Elite
Justice League Task Force (comics)
Justice League Quarterly
Justice Guild of America, a superhero team featured in the Justice League animated series two-part episode Legends
Justice Lords, an antihero superhero team featured in the two-part Justice League episode, "A Better World"
Justice Machine, a superhero team who were published through the 1980s and 1990s by a number of companies
Justice Riders, a DC Comics comic book placing the Justice League in the Old West as part of the Elseworlds imprint
Justice Society of America, a DC Comics superhero team
Lady Justice (comics), a title created by Neil Gaiman
Sentinels of Justice, an Americomics (AC Comics) superhero team
Squadron of Justice, two Fawcett Comics (later DC Comics) superhero teamsJustice League/Power Rangers
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The Music Meister is a fictional character created by Mike Jelenic and James Tucker, appearing in "Mayhem of the Music Meister!", an episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold, voiced by Neil Patrick Harris. The character later appeared in the comic book sequel to the series of the same name, published by DC Comics.
The first live-action version of the character appeared in an episode of the third season of The Flash and an episode of the second season of Supergirl played by Darren Criss on The CW.Ray Thompson
Ray Thompson may refer to:
Ray Thompson (rugby league) (born 1990), Australian rugby league player
Ray Thompson (politician), former North Dakota state treasurer, see Political party strength in North Dakota
Raymond Thompson (born 1949), screenwriter and composer
Raymond Thompson (swimmer) (1911–1999), American freestyle swimmer
Ray Thompson, sidekick to the Justice Guild of America
Raymond Thompson (priest) (born 1942), Dean of Clogher, 2005–2009
Raymond H. Thompson, professor and Arthurian scholar
Raymond Thompson (luger) (born 1989), British lugerSuper Jrs.
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Characters include "Jr." versions of Superman (Super-Kid, Casey), Batman (Bat-Guy, Carlos) and Robin (Kid-Robin, the Shrimp), Wonder Woman (Wonder Tot, Deedee), Flash (Flash-Kid, Rembrandt), Green Arrow, Green Lantern, Hawkman, Aquaman and, later, Supergirl. In the Holiday Special, they are orphan youngsters from the Miss Piffle's Nursery School, transformed by the fairy spirit of Christmas into superheroes to stop the evil Wallace van Whealthy III, the Weather Wizard, a school bully super villain and rescue Santa Claus.Superman (Earth-Two)
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Modern depictions of Wildcat show him to be a rowdy, tough guy with a streak of male chauvinism, leading to frequent clashes with the relatively progressive Power Girl, as well as exploring some of the character's insecurities. Meanwhile, a magical "nine lives" spell has explained his vitality at an old age. Like many older JSA members, he has been a mentor to younger heroes, particularly the second Black Canary.
Other characters have taken Grant's name and identity, including his goddaughter Yolanda Montez, who served as a temporary replacement for him, and his son Thomas "Tom" Bronson, a metahuman werecat who is tutored by him as a second Wildcat and a JSA member in late-2000s stories.
Ted Grant briefly appeared in an episode of Smallville played by Roger Hasket. Grant’s Wildcat was also a recurring character on the third season of Arrow played by J.R. Ramirez. He was a retired vigilante who was training Laurel Lance to become one. Wildcat will also appear on the DC Universe streaming service show Stargirl played by Brian Stapf.
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