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Happy President’s Day! 
The scene above is from DC Special #29 written by Paul Levitz, with art by Joe Staton, Bob Layton, and Anthony Tollin.

Happy President’s Day! 

The scene above is from DC Special #29 written by Paul Levitz, with art by Joe Staton, Bob Layton, and Anthony Tollin.

In prep for the upcoming launch of Justice League of America #1 Geoff Johns went on a interview rampage. I’ve picked out some of the parts where he spoke about JSA related characters. But all the interviews are great I’d suggest reading them all.
During his interview with Newsarama he had this to say about Stargirl and Hawkman.

Nrama: You had mentioned that Stargirl had played a role as a public face of the JLA? She’s a celebrity?
Johns: She is. Stargirl is a celebrity. They picked her partly because of research. She’s tested really well with audiences. And she’s a perfect spokesman for the Justice League of America. So they bring her in under the guise that she’s a hero that has this potential and is a part of this big team, but she soon finds out that they really just want her to be a figurehead, a symbol of the team in the public’s eye, and someone who will justify the team to any naysayers out there.
Nrama: I bet she’ll prove she’s a little bit more than that.
Johns: Well, when they first tell her… they go off on a mission and someone tells her, “hey, no, no, no, little girl you’re not going anywhere.” And she says, “What are you talking about?” And they say, “you’re just here for the cameras. So smile!” That drives her crazy. But we’ll also see another side to Stargirl we’ve never seen before. There’s more to her than what Amanda Waller believes.
Nrama: We’ve seen you write Hawkman before. How different will this take on him be, or is it informed quite a bit by your time on that comic?
Johns: This Hawkman… you’ll know clearly where Hawkman’s coming from — why he’s here, what he’s doing, and a bit of a mystery about him in issue #1.
Then in issue #2, you’ll see him interact with the team in a way that isextremely different than how we’ve ever seen Hawkman interact with a team before.
This Hawkman’s a different Hawkman than the one I wrote in Justice Society of America, who was a little more regal, as the reincarnated warrior. But this is an extra-terrestrial from Thanagar, who’s on Earth, and we’ll learn why. He’s an incredible, brutal character, but an incredibly complex character. To say he’s a barbarian with wings is oversimplifying, but that’s what many see him as. He’s got a bit of a haunted past, and the people he ends up connecting the most with in the JLA will surprise even him.

He said pretty much the same thing while talking to IGN.
When talking to MTV Geek about the choices he made for members in the Justice League of America he had this to say:

Batman’s great, Superman’s great, but there is something that I’ve always really enjoyed about getting into characters that you might not have looked twice at. Green Lantern, before we relaunched it with our rebirth, I think we obviously expanded the fan base of the character. Working on Justice League of America I like delving into characters like Mr. Terrific and Doctor Midnight that people might not know very well, they might have heard of, but their judgment is a little quick. 

He talked about the legacy aspect of Stargirl with CBR. He now refers to the Starman character he did before as the Starman-type character. I still think it is Sylvester Pemberton (here is my reasoning). I’m guessing he went from being Starman to Starman-type because James Robinson mentioned he is creating a Starman for Earth2 in the most recent Comic Vine Podcast he was on and DC doesn’t want duplicate characters past Flash, Green Lantern, and Atom.

Stargirl is a character that has a special place for you as you created her and you’ve written her for so long. I assume the New 52 has to change part of that, because without the JSA, the legacy aspect of that character will be somewhat different. How are you approaching her this time around?
Stargirl is the eternal optimist. She was always the shining star of the Justice Society; she was always somebody who believed in what she was doing, who wasn’t cynical and didn’t want to believe that what she’d be confronted with would make her cynical. She’s definitely coming in here with as much enthusiasm and hope as anyone, and she brings that to a team that desperately needs it. What you learn about her background is that she’s had to fight to hold on to this optimism and hope because of things that she’s confronted in the past.
We will see aspects of that legacy built into her. You’ll learn about her connection with a Starman-type character, and her stepfather, Pat Dugan, will be a part of her story. A lot of the things that were there [before the New 52] are still there, and there are also some new facets to what she does. Her role on the team at first glance is something that she thinks is wonderful, but she quickly realizes that she’s got to do more than what they want her to do.

Comic Vine asked Geoff about Courtney’s relationship with other members of the Justice League of America.

CV: Will anyone be taking Stargirl under their wing since she’s young and on a team with some members with questionable pasts?
GJ: She’s a character that really stands on her own but yes, you will see someone gravitate towards Stargirl to try to help her out.

In prep for the upcoming launch of Justice League of America #1 Geoff Johns went on a interview rampage. I’ve picked out some of the parts where he spoke about JSA related characters. But all the interviews are great I’d suggest reading them all.

During his interview with Newsarama he had this to say about Stargirl and Hawkman.

Nrama: You had mentioned that Stargirl had played a role as a public face of the JLA? She’s a celebrity?

Johns: She is. Stargirl is a celebrity. They picked her partly because of research. She’s tested really well with audiences. And she’s a perfect spokesman for the Justice League of America. So they bring her in under the guise that she’s a hero that has this potential and is a part of this big team, but she soon finds out that they really just want her to be a figurehead, a symbol of the team in the public’s eye, and someone who will justify the team to any naysayers out there.

Nrama: I bet she’ll prove she’s a little bit more than that.

Johns: Well, when they first tell her… they go off on a mission and someone tells her, “hey, no, no, no, little girl you’re not going anywhere.” And she says, “What are you talking about?” And they say, “you’re just here for the cameras. So smile!” That drives her crazy. But we’ll also see another side to Stargirl we’ve never seen before. There’s more to her than what Amanda Waller believes.

Nrama: We’ve seen you write Hawkman before. How different will this take on him be, or is it informed quite a bit by your time on that comic?

Johns: This Hawkman… you’ll know clearly where Hawkman’s coming from — why he’s here, what he’s doing, and a bit of a mystery about him in issue #1.

Then in issue #2, you’ll see him interact with the team in a way that isextremely different than how we’ve ever seen Hawkman interact with a team before.

This Hawkman’s a different Hawkman than the one I wrote in Justice Society of America, who was a little more regal, as the reincarnated warrior. But this is an extra-terrestrial from Thanagar, who’s on Earth, and we’ll learn why. He’s an incredible, brutal character, but an incredibly complex character. To say he’s a barbarian with wings is oversimplifying, but that’s what many see him as. He’s got a bit of a haunted past, and the people he ends up connecting the most with in the JLA will surprise even him.

He said pretty much the same thing while talking to IGN.

When talking to MTV Geek about the choices he made for members in the Justice League of America he had this to say:

Batman’s great, Superman’s great, but there is something that I’ve always really enjoyed about getting into characters that you might not have looked twice at. Green Lantern, before we relaunched it with our rebirth, I think we obviously expanded the fan base of the character. Working on Justice League of America I like delving into characters like Mr. Terrific and Doctor Midnight that people might not know very well, they might have heard of, but their judgment is a little quick. 

He talked about the legacy aspect of Stargirl with CBR. He now refers to the Starman character he did before as the Starman-type character. I still think it is Sylvester Pemberton (here is my reasoning). I’m guessing he went from being Starman to Starman-type because James Robinson mentioned he is creating a Starman for Earth2 in the most recent Comic Vine Podcast he was on and DC doesn’t want duplicate characters past Flash, Green Lantern, and Atom.

Stargirl is a character that has a special place for you as you created her and you’ve written her for so long. I assume the New 52 has to change part of that, because without the JSA, the legacy aspect of that character will be somewhat different. How are you approaching her this time around?

Stargirl is the eternal optimist. She was always the shining star of the Justice Society; she was always somebody who believed in what she was doing, who wasn’t cynical and didn’t want to believe that what she’d be confronted with would make her cynical. She’s definitely coming in here with as much enthusiasm and hope as anyone, and she brings that to a team that desperately needs it. What you learn about her background is that she’s had to fight to hold on to this optimism and hope because of things that she’s confronted in the past.

We will see aspects of that legacy built into her. You’ll learn about her connection with a Starman-type character, and her stepfather, Pat Dugan, will be a part of her story. A lot of the things that were there [before the New 52] are still there, and there are also some new facets to what she does. Her role on the team at first glance is something that she thinks is wonderful, but she quickly realizes that she’s got to do more than what they want her to do.

Comic Vine asked Geoff about Courtney’s relationship with other members of the Justice League of America.

CV: Will anyone be taking Stargirl under their wing since she’s young and on a team with some members with questionable pasts?

GJ: She’s a character that really stands on her own but yes, you will see someone gravitate towards Stargirl to try to help her out.

incognitomoustache:

Interesting coincidence:
Hawkman was created during the Golden Age of comics (1939~1950).
Also active during this time was the first Atom, Al Pratt. But the extent of the two characters’ relationship was that they both were members of the Justice Society of America.
During the Silver Age of comics (1956~1970), Hawkman and the new Atom (Ray Palmer) would become best buds. Ray also happens to be a physicist.
So here we have a scan from the Golden Age, years before Ray was first introduced, where Hawkman encounters a physicist named Pratt Palmer.

Huh, that is really interesting.

incognitomoustache:

Interesting coincidence:

Hawkman was created during the Golden Age of comics (1939~1950).

Also active during this time was the first Atom, Al Pratt. But the extent of the two characters’ relationship was that they both were members of the Justice Society of America.

During the Silver Age of comics (1956~1970), Hawkman and the new Atom (Ray Palmer) would become best buds. Ray also happens to be a physicist.

So here we have a scan from the Golden Age, years before Ray was first introduced, where Hawkman encounters a physicist named Pratt Palmer.

Huh, that is really interesting.

Preview: The Savage Hawkman #0

iFanboy has a preview of The Savage Hawkman #0.

If you didn’t like what Rob Liefeld was doing on The Savage Hawkman, rest assured he will not be return to the book anytime soon after this weekend’s Twitter frenzy. Bleeding Cool has documented the whole public display. 
An interesting bit came about when Rob was talking about his editorial problems on The Savage Hawkman.

Ann Nocenti, God bless her, read my Hawkman #0 and suggested that it be a dream, uncertain, something we could drag out… I said NO, the readers deserve clarity and certainty, a reward for their investment of the last 6 months. My editor entertained her notion..
So I left. Then they said they would remove him. He was gone and 3 months of trying to undue what I’d started with previous editor was gone  By July, I had a new editor, my 3rd on Hawkman in 6 months. My concern is it will be all Batman comics in 2 years as the Batman brand holds strong across the board. Batfamily accounts for 16 books.
Hawkman came together really well for all involved. I wrote 3 parts of WANTED, be interesting if those make it through. The synergy in trying to fuse the comics with the larger entertainment component can be very exciting. And rewarding. Last thing, there was one editor that had like 5 books canceled and was given a promotion? I was like huh?

This is all out of context but I hope issue #0 is not a dream. The one thing Hawkman doesn’t need to be again is complicated or confusing. Making somethings dreams sounds like a confusing. I could be wrong but you never know. I also wonder what will happen with the “WANTED” story line. 

If you didn’t like what Rob Liefeld was doing on The Savage Hawkman, rest assured he will not be return to the book anytime soon after this weekend’s Twitter frenzy. Bleeding Cool has documented the whole public display

An interesting bit came about when Rob was talking about his editorial problems on The Savage Hawkman.

Ann Nocenti, God bless her, read my Hawkman #0 and suggested that it be a dream, uncertain, something we could drag out… I said NO, the readers deserve clarity and certainty, a reward for their investment of the last 6 months. My editor entertained her notion..

So I left. Then they said they would remove him. He was gone and 3 months of trying to undue what I’d started with previous editor was gone  By July, I had a new editor, my 3rd on Hawkman in 6 months. My concern is it will be all Batman comics in 2 years as the Batman brand holds strong across the board. Batfamily accounts for 16 books.

Hawkman came together really well for all involved. I wrote 3 parts of WANTED, be interesting if those make it through. The synergy in trying to fuse the comics with the larger entertainment component can be very exciting. And rewarding. Last thing, there was one editor that had like 5 books canceled and was given a promotion? I was like huh?

This is all out of context but I hope issue #0 is not a dream. The one thing Hawkman doesn’t need to be again is complicated or confusing. Making somethings dreams sounds like a confusing. I could be wrong but you never know. I also wonder what will happen with the “WANTED” story line. 

It was announced at FanExpo Canada that Geoff Johns and David Finch will be launching a new Jutice League of America title. Team members include Stargirl, Hawkman, Martian Manhunter, Steve Trevor, Katana, Catwoman, Green Arrow, Vibe, and the newest Green Lantern, Baz. In an interview with MTV Geek Geoff Johns discussed his reasoning for this teams line up.

GJ: We talked about characters that were League members, like Green Arrow and Hawkman that felt like they belonged… Characters that were unexpected, like Vibe and Catwoman. Obviously, Martian Manhunter is a big piece of it, and we hinted about this team back in Justice League #8, both with Green Arrow, Martian Manhunter, and Steve Trevor. And Katana was a new character. Stargirl is coming back, obviously a character that I have a huge affinity for. And then the new Green Lantern.

Geoff went on to talk about this revamped Stargirl, Pat Dugan and a Starman.

Geek: Let’s talk about the characters a bit… I think I was the most excited to see Stargirl coming back, and you writing her again. What’s the take on her? Is this the same Courtney Whitmore we know and love?
GJ: Yeah, it is! She’s slightly different… She is the opposite of Lindsay Lohan and Amanda Bynes. She is this real, All-American, wholesome superhero from Hollywood that is a phenomenon out in Los Angeles. She got her start on Hollywood Boulevard, she is incredibly altruistic, and idealistic. She is probably the one hero that goes against everything that the Paris Hilton generation is. That’s where she comes from, so she brings a different voice, a different perspective to the team.
She’s younger, probably seventeen or eighteen years old. She’s very exuberant, positive, optimistic… You’ll learn a little bit more about her background and why she became Stargirl, and how she’s connected to another superhero named Starman… Pat Duggan will be in there. It’s very true to the original origins of Stargirl, but I think she’s even more relevant now. And I love that if she has an article on TMZ? It’s only positive.
Geek: On the other end of the spectrum, the character I was most surprised to see in there was Catwoman. How does she end up in the mix?
GJ: Catwoman is a very different perspective, and is brought in for a very different reason. She stays because they have something that she wants… And it’s not at all what you’d expect. It’s not a big diamond, it’s not a get out of jail free card, it’s something she’s been searching for that’s going to lead to a whole exploration of a side of Selina Kyle we haven’t yet seen.
But she is going to have a lot of fun on the team, she is going to be the Veronica to Stargirl’s Betty, if you will, and she has a new dynamic because we haven’t really seen her interact much with all these characters. Some of them not at all, like Vibe, and Stargirl… There’s not a lot of interaction between her and Martian Manhunter, and I don’t think she’s ever interacted with Steve Trevor that I can remember. Catwoman has a very different reason for being on the team.

I really wonder if this is a new Starman or if he is referring to Mikaal Thomas that was seen in The Shade #1. Getting back into the nature of the team Geoff compared it to writing the JSA.

GJ: It’s funny, the book feels very much like JSA, because there’s a lot of character interaction, a lot of characters that aren’t necessarily the A-List, which is always really fun to work with… I love working with non A-List characters. And having David draw those, they become A-List. So if you look at David’s art, and this has influenced the book tremendously, he has this great power to his figures, this very great superhero art…
But if you look at The Dark Knight, he also has these fantastic emotions, and getting emotion out of the characters, really seeing these characters on a journey together; the book is going to have a tone that is JSA, the original Ostrander Suicide Squad, which was very character driven, and again utilized characters we don’t necessarily see together a lot. Those are the two biggest influences on where the book is going.

He also said a bit about Hawkman:

Seeing the new Green Lantern with Green Arrow, and revisiting that relationship with Green Arrow and Hawkman, because we think we know it, we think they’re always at odds… And we want to turn it on its head a little bit, and delve into it more, and see what makes those two characters tick, to find out there’s something in common they both have despite their differences.

Well this sounds like a book that any fan of Stargirl, Hawkman, or Geoff’s run on JSA would enjoy. 
How do you feel about Stargirl being on the main earth and not Earth 2? Do you think we’ll see a new Starman or will it be Mikaal?

It was announced at FanExpo Canada that Geoff Johns and David Finch will be launching a new Jutice League of America title. Team members include Stargirl, Hawkman, Martian Manhunter, Steve Trevor, Katana, Catwoman, Green Arrow, Vibe, and the newest Green Lantern, Baz. In an interview with MTV Geek Geoff Johns discussed his reasoning for this teams line up.

GJ: We talked about characters that were League members, like Green Arrow and Hawkman that felt like they belonged… Characters that were unexpected, like Vibe and Catwoman. Obviously, Martian Manhunter is a big piece of it, and we hinted about this team back in Justice League #8, both with Green Arrow, Martian Manhunter, and Steve Trevor. And Katana was a new character. Stargirl is coming back, obviously a character that I have a huge affinity for. And then the new Green Lantern.

Geoff went on to talk about this revamped Stargirl, Pat Dugan and a Starman.

Geek: Let’s talk about the characters a bit… I think I was the most excited to see Stargirl coming back, and you writing her again. What’s the take on her? Is this the same Courtney Whitmore we know and love?

GJ: Yeah, it is! She’s slightly different… She is the opposite of Lindsay Lohan and Amanda Bynes. She is this real, All-American, wholesome superhero from Hollywood that is a phenomenon out in Los Angeles. She got her start on Hollywood Boulevard, she is incredibly altruistic, and idealistic. She is probably the one hero that goes against everything that the Paris Hilton generation is. That’s where she comes from, so she brings a different voice, a different perspective to the team.

She’s younger, probably seventeen or eighteen years old. She’s very exuberant, positive, optimistic… You’ll learn a little bit more about her background and why she became Stargirl, and how she’s connected to another superhero named Starman… Pat Duggan will be in there. It’s very true to the original origins of Stargirl, but I think she’s even more relevant now. And I love that if she has an article on TMZ? It’s only positive.

Geek: On the other end of the spectrum, the character I was most surprised to see in there was Catwoman. How does she end up in the mix?

GJ: Catwoman is a very different perspective, and is brought in for a very different reason. She stays because they have something that she wants… And it’s not at all what you’d expect. It’s not a big diamond, it’s not a get out of jail free card, it’s something she’s been searching for that’s going to lead to a whole exploration of a side of Selina Kyle we haven’t yet seen.

But she is going to have a lot of fun on the team, she is going to be the Veronica to Stargirl’s Betty, if you will, and she has a new dynamic because we haven’t really seen her interact much with all these characters. Some of them not at all, like Vibe, and Stargirl… There’s not a lot of interaction between her and Martian Manhunter, and I don’t think she’s ever interacted with Steve Trevor that I can remember. Catwoman has a very different reason for being on the team.

I really wonder if this is a new Starman or if he is referring to Mikaal Thomas that was seen in The Shade #1. Getting back into the nature of the team Geoff compared it to writing the JSA.

GJ: It’s funny, the book feels very much like JSA, because there’s a lot of character interaction, a lot of characters that aren’t necessarily the A-List, which is always really fun to work with… I love working with non A-List characters. And having David draw those, they become A-List. So if you look at David’s art, and this has influenced the book tremendously, he has this great power to his figures, this very great superhero art…

But if you look at The Dark Knight, he also has these fantastic emotions, and getting emotion out of the characters, really seeing these characters on a journey together; the book is going to have a tone that is JSA, the original Ostrander Suicide Squad, which was very character driven, and again utilized characters we don’t necessarily see together a lot. Those are the two biggest influences on where the book is going.

He also said a bit about Hawkman:

Seeing the new Green Lantern with Green Arrow, and revisiting that relationship with Green Arrow and Hawkman, because we think we know it, we think they’re always at odds… And we want to turn it on its head a little bit, and delve into it more, and see what makes those two characters tick, to find out there’s something in common they both have despite their differences.

Well this sounds like a book that any fan of Stargirl, Hawkman, or Geoff’s run on JSA would enjoy. 

How do you feel about Stargirl being on the main earth and not Earth 2? Do you think we’ll see a new Starman or will it be Mikaal?

Rob Liefeld Leaves The Savage Hawkman

According to Rob Liefleld’s twitter the #0 issues will be his last work for DC. It seems it comes down to last minute rewrites from editors that changed the story(s) significantly. Newsarama has compiled a bunch of the tweets. This means he will be off The Savage Hawkman, Grifter, and Deathstroke. I wonder how this will change the "Hawkman: Wanted" crossover

Preview: The Savage Hawkman #12

Comic Vine has a preview of The Savage Hawkman #12

Here is the trailer for the Robot Chicken DC Comics Special. Though the preview mostly highlights Justice League and Legion of Doom characters,it looks like the special will jump all over the DC Universe. Solomon Grundy, Hawkman, Red Tornado, and Icicle are Earth 2 related characters that show up in the preview. I expect there will be more. 

Robot Chicken DC Comics Special Sunday, Sept. 9 at midnight ET/PT on Adult Swim.

Rob Liefeld shared a spread from next week’s The Savage Hawkman #12 on his Facebook page by by Joe Bennett and Art Thibert and colors by Guy Major.

Rob Liefeld shared a spread from next week’s The Savage Hawkman #12 on his Facebook page by by Joe Bennett and Art Thibert and colors by Guy Major.