Tuesday, 3 January 2012
One of the issues that was reprinted in Volume Two was Justice League of America #103, where the Stranger meets up with the Justice League at the Rutland Halloween festival. Having read the issue before (and blogged about it ages ago) I really only skimmed through it, eager to get to stories that I didn't know.
As I flipped through it, though, something about a handful of the panels caught my eye. In the story, the League battle Rutlandites under the control of Felix Faust. They come up against people in fancy dress some of whom wear costumes of heroes that were published by DC's marvellous rivals, making it the first (if unofficial) crossover between DC and Marvel.
In the Showcase Presents reprints though, some of the costumes look more than a little tweaked:
Look at that - the A on *ahem* Commando America's helmet as well as the star on his chest has vanished. That's obviously not as a result of the lack of colouring as Supergirl's S symbol is clearly visible.
Similarly the cross hatching on the "bargain basement web-slinger"'s gloves, arms, boots and head is missing.
And the "poor man's version of the Norse thundergod" suffers as well with those distinctive circles disappearing from his tunic.
There seems no real reason from an art point of view why those changes were made; were DC just worried that Marvel might sue them even after all this time?