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Justice League of America #9
Script: Gardner Fox
Pencils: Mike Sekowsky
Story Inks: Bernard Sachs
Cover Inks: Murphy Anderson

National Periodical Publications, Inc., 1962


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Snap Judgment
by Ed Natcher
[Print-ready Version]

FROM THE DIARY OF HAL JORDAN
10 March
20:00

Another uneventful meeting of the Justice League this morning on our third anniversary. We passed the time by telling Snapper about our first case together. Thank God the weekend is finally here! Thomas and I are going off world where we don’t have to hide our relationship. Something has been bothering Carol. I wonder if she suspects?

FROM THE JOURNAL OF BARRY ALLEN
March 10, 1962

JLA meeting today. Told Snapper about first meeting. Going camping with Wally again tomorrow. Think Iris is getting suspicious.

FROM THE DIARY OF ARTHUR CURRY
U. S. A. Surface date 3/10/62

How great it is to get out of those clothes that I must wear when I’m with the air breathers. Ah, the wonderful rush of water against my naked skin! Vulco has arranged another “pleasure cruise” for tonight. I hope I’ll run into that sexy little guy who calls me his “bucking sea horse”! J’onn was looking at me oddly during the JLA meeting today. Could it be that he‘s guessed the truth, despite all my precautions?

FROM THE DIARY OF JOHN JONES
March 10

Oooh, all those hunky M-E-N! I just get so hot and bothered when the League convenes! I couldn‘t keep my eyes off of Aqua-Stud this morning! How I’d love to fan his fire! There’s one “fish dinner” I’d like to cover with some “tartar sauce”! Tee hee! Oh well. He’s so uptight I doubt that he has even the slightest suspicion about li’l ol’ me. But then, I’ve gotten soooo good at pretending to be all serious and “manly”. Now, I’m off to weekend at the Fortress with Supes and Jimmy. Fabulous! A place where a girl can really let her hair down!

FROM THE SUPER-COMPUTER LOG OF KAL-EL
Earth date 3-10-1962

The Justice League of America met again today. For once, there were no emergencies that required our help. Hard to believe that we’ve been doing this for three years. Snapper was quite attentive as we recounted the stirring story of how we came to form our evil battling alliance. Only one thing spoiled the mood for me, which I plan to take up with the Manhunter privately. J’onn needs to be more careful. During the meeting, he actually used the wrong pronoun when referring to me! Batman naturally picked up on it, but I don’t think the others noticed. It wouldn’t do to have them suspecting our shared secret!

FROM THE DIARY OF BRUCE WAYNE
March 10, 1962

Dick had a good laugh when I told him about the Martian’s slip up at the JLA meeting. “Let Superman light the candles. She’s so much better at flaming than I am.” Poor Clark. He turned as red as Krypton’s sun. Thank goodness Snapper didn‘t catch it. Despite all his “hip” bravado, he’s really very innocent and naïve. It’s refreshing to be around someone so unspoiled and unsuspicious.

FROM THE DIARY OF OLIVER QUEEN
March 10

Informative Justice League meeting this morning. They’d never before bothered to tell me how they formed the group. But then, this isn’t the first time they’ve made me feel like a “fifth wheel”. I’m more than “Batman with a bow”, damn it! And, I can’t help it that Star City doesn’t get the kind of attention from alien menaces and first rank super villains that their home towns attract! Sometimes I just want to chuck it all and head out on the open road, bumming from town to town. Then, I remember my commitment to Roy. I love him so much. At least the true nature of our partnership is one secret that the “upright” minds of the JLA haven’t figured out. I can just imagine how they’d treat me if they knew!

FROM THE JOURNAL OF LUCAS CARR
3/10/62

If only every day could be this marvelous! My stalwart companions in the League regaled me with the engrossing yarn of their first group adventure. Ah, to be able to spend all of my time in the company of such mature, educated, confident people who have none of my insecurities and secrets. Of course, even around them I still maintain the fake persona that I have created to face the shallow, juvenile world in which I must live. If the other young men of my acquaintance were ever to suspect the depth of my love for classical music, literature, theater, fashion and the other arts, they would make my life a veritable living hell! So, I will continue to spout that ridiculous hipster argot and distract them from the panic in my eyes with my obsessive finger snapping. If only I could be completely open and honest with my colorfully garbed heroes in the League. But, I fear they might scorn my lack of self esteem in hiding who I really am. Or, worse yet, pity me for my cowardly concealment of my true self. How I long for their sage advice and good counsel. Why do I find their muscular bodies so fascinating in their tight costumes? What causes my heart to beat faster at the mere sound of their voices? And what of the strangely disturbing dreams I have been having of late involving the high school wrestling team? Oh, to be able to query my surrogate “fathers” about the confusion in my mind! Or, perhaps I should open up to the serenely wise Wonder Woman? I hold her in the highest regard of all. The other boys I know talk endlessly about wanting to “make it” with her. I would never even think of such a thing! Yes, perhaps she is the one in whom I should confide. At times, when I see her smiling quietly to herself at one of the JLA assemblages, I wonder what is in her innermost thoughts.

FROM THE DIARY OF DIANA PRINCE
Man’s World date 10 March, 1962

What a bunch of closet cases!


As a youth, Ed Natcher dreamed of being the JLA’s “mascot”. He hadn’t yet heard the term “houseboy”.

Article copyright of Ed Natcher. Characters and images copyright National Periodical Publications, Inc.

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