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Convergence: Justice League of America #2. Art by ChrisCross + Snakebite

This issue was perfect and let me tell you, it made it really hard to even want my Tangent babies to win. (Even if I knew they wouldn’t.) The only thing I knew of the much-maligned JLDetroit–besides its members–was that many people thought they, well, sucked.

Yet this issue proved that in the hands of a capable writer, Fabian Nicieza, you could make a supposed “lame” team work. This was my first taste of the JL Detroit and I absolutely adored them! (Vibe and I share a common heritage so seeing him in action just made me laugh in a good way.) I wanted them to succeed too, alongside the Tangent characters.

But I digress, because that really wasn’t the point of this.

My original point was that, the Tangent Secret Six are usually considered close-knit. In Tangent Superman’s Reign, it’s revealed that even when they were hiding from Superman, they kept close. Watched out for another. The Spectre, Taylor Pike, even held on to the Joker’s clothes in hopes she’d return to become said hero again.

Now, in this Convergence mini, everyone from Tangent had been very professional, using code names and such. It’s only until Plastic Man–Gunther Ganz– is beaten into pieces by Vibe that the Atom breaks from the strong, serious character he was holding onto and calls him out by his name.

To me, it meant so much because Nicieza, whether he realized it or not, just showed that these characters care for each other so much. (I mean, I might be stretching a lot it in this short issue but when you’ve read Tangent back to back, it says more to you, I suppose.) To go from professional to normal caring human in the span of two pages–ugh, my heart broke. I literally gasped when Gunth broke too, since I wasn’t expecting that panel.

Just. This entire mini was great and the best in-character writing for everyone involved. And the art too, A++++

Today in History

Ralph Dibny was born (according to some sources). Deducing that the soft drink “Gingold” was the source of man contortionists’ abilities, Dibny went to the Yucatan in search of the gingo plant that provided the beverage’s main ingredient. Isolating a previously unknown compound from the juice, he used the extract to make a super-stretching formula. Dibny became a celebrity and amateur sleuth called under the stage name Elongated Man.

(panels from Detective Comics #350 written by Gardner Fox and drawn by Carmine Infantino)

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New video: The Justice League of America from the Detroit Era must hold off the vastly more powerful Tangent Secret Six as three of their most powerful members are out of action!

May 23

When first introduced in the Adventures of Rex the Wonder Dog #4 (May 23, 1952), the Detective Chimp was a simple, although intelligent, trained chimpanzee, who acted as a “helping mascot” for the local sheriff, after helping him to solve the murder of his chimpanzee trainer, Fred Thorpe. He could not speak, but could understand humans and make himself understood. The Chimp’s origin has been revamped and elaborated on since his initial appearance. In the Day of Vengeance six part limited series Bobo was captured in Equatorial Africa in 1953 by Fred Thorpe, who sought to train him for his carnival act: “Bobo the Detective Chimp”. For the act, the Detective Chimp was trained to answer some detective-related questions using a combination of signals and rewards, giving the illusion that he could “discover the deepest secrets of the public”. Bobo formed a strong bond with Thorpe because Thorpe took care of him, and gave him a simpler life than in the jungle. The success of the act lasted until a trip to Florida, at which time Rex, the Wonder Dog, took him to the Fountain of Youth, where he gained the ability to speak to all living creatures, even humans, in their own language, as well as eternal youth. The intelligence Bobo gained put a damper on the success of the sideshow act, and in at least one instance, he decided that a woman had in fact murdered her sister, and shared his insights with the local police. At some point after this, Bobo was employed by the Bureau of Amplified Animals. It is not known how he left, or if the Bureau still exists. After the death of Fred Thorpe, he began to work by himself. Initially he did quite well, as a chimp detective was seen as a novelty. However, as an ape, without civil rights and being unable to stand as a juridical person, he couldn’t enforce unpaid bills. When the public began to forget him, he became an alcoholic. Bobo, a smoker, is a member of Mensa, and had a long-standing partnership with four other detectives as the Croatoan Society. One of the other former members of the Society was the detective/superhero Ralph Dibny.

Sinestro was born on the planet Korugar in space sector 1417. His dedication to preserving order originally manifested in his previous career, an anthropologist specializing in reconstructions of ruins of long-dead civilizations. One day while he was on one such site, a Green Lantern named Prohl Gosgotha crash-landed into the site, injured and apparently dying. He quickly gave his ring to Sinestro, just in time for Sinestro, who barely even understood what the ring could do, to defend himself from the Lantern’s pursuer: a Weaponer of Qward; however, Sinestro had to destroy the ruins he had spent time restoring in order to crush the Qwardian. Afterward, Gosgotha turned out to still be alive and asked for his ring back to keep him alive long enough to get help. Sinestro, knowing this would mean not being a Green Lantern himself, instead allowed him to die and took over his post. The Guardians were unaware of his actions. His desire for order did well by him in the Corps, and initially led him to be considered one of the greatest Green Lanterns. As the years passed, he became more and more fixated upon not simply protecting his sector, but on preserving order in the society of his home planet no matter the cost. Eventually, he concluded that the best way to accomplish this was to conquer Korugar and rule the planet as a dictator. When Hal Jordan joined the Green Lantern Corps, Sinestro was assigned to be his instructor. Jordan was horrified at his new mentor’s totalitarian methods, though Sinestro maintained that his iron-fisted rule was necessary to protect his people from alien forces. During his training, Jordan helped Sinestro repel an attempted invasion of Korugar by the alien warlords known as the Khunds. When Jordan called for help from the other Green Lanterns, Sinestro’s dictatorship was exposed and he was forced to appear before the Guardians for punishment. For using the power of the Green Lantern to instill fear rather than combat it, the Guardians banished Sinestro to the antimatter universe. Sinestro ended up on the Antimatter world of Qward, that universe’s counterpart of the Guardians’ homeworld Oa. It was ruled by a race of warriors and scientists known as the Weaponers of Qward, who bore a fierce hatred of the Guardians and all Green Lanterns. By exiling Sinestro to a world ruled by evil beings who specifically hated him as a Green Lantern, the Guardians hoped to humble him. Sinestro believed himself to have been wronged by his former masters and now hated them just as much as the Weaponers did. Through their mutual hatred of the Guardians, Sinestro and the Weaponers became allies, with the Weaponers offering to help Sinestro gain revenge on the Guardians and the Corps. Creating a yellow power ring for Sinestro to use, the Weaponers sent him back to the “positive matter” universe to seek his revenge. Sinestro quickly became the Green Lantern Corps’ most powerful nemesis, partially due to a weakness in their power rings that prevented them from directly affecting the color yellow. Sinestro first appeared in Green Lantern #7 (May 23, 1961)

Superheroes names in Spanish (are the best)

(Batman / Bruce Wayne: Bruno Díaz.
Robin / Dick Grayson: Ricardo Tapia.
Wonder Woman / Diana Prince: Mujer Maravilla (o Marvila) / Diana Pérez. Diana Príncipe.
Wonder Girl / Donna Troy: Chica Maravilla / Dina Rosas. Dona Troya
Elongated Man / Ralph Dibny: Hmbre Elástico / Rafael Rivas.
Green Lantern / Hal Jordan: Linterna Verde / Raúl Jordán. Hal (Haroldo) Jordán.
Flash / Barry Allen: Flash / Bruno Alba
Batgirl / Barbara Gordon: Batichica / Bárbara Fierro
Commissioner Gordon: Comisionado Fierro
Catwoman: Gatúbela
Joker: Guasón
Penguin: Pingüino
Mr. Freeze: Capitán Frio
The Riddler: El Acertijo
Gotham City: Ciudad Gótica
Poison Ivy: Hiedra Venenosa, or Hortiga
Two-Face: Dos Caras or Doble Cara
Spider-man / Peter Parker: El Hombre Araña / Pedro Marquez
Wolverine / Logan: Guepardo / Leonardo (keep in mind that “guepardo” is Spanish for Cheetah)
Charles Xavier: Carlos Xavier
Galactus: Alberto el Hambriento
Daredevil: Diabólico
Dr. Strange: Dr. Centella
Dr. Octopus: Dr. Pulpo
Green Goblin: E Duende Verde
Sandman: El Arenero