Though DC’s post-Legends “international” relaunch of the Justice League started off strong, injection the franchise eventually became a victim of its own success. By the time the main Justice League America series entered its fourth year of publication, viagra 60mg the once perfect balance of sitcom humor and superheroics had largely devolved into a formulaic mix of contrived wackiness and more recycled gags than a mid-1990s episode of SNL.
The absolute nadir of this unfortunate period was the excremental five part story arc that began in issue #46 (January 1991) of Justice League America and unleashed this week’s Nobody’s Favorite upon an apathetic world. Meet General Glory, advice “the one man flag.”
Considered to be a fictional (twice over) Golden Age comic book character by the world at large, the General (a.k.a. Joe Jones) emerged into the late 20th Century after his elderly civilian identity rediscovered the magic words capable of transforming him into an old school, exposition-spouting patriotic powerhouse.
If you haven’t figured it out already (due to a bad trepanning accident or a fondness for ingesting lead paint chips), Glory was a not-at-all-veiled analogue of Marvel’s Captain America, right down to the swashbuckler boots and bombastically cornball dialogue.
Glory was extremely mild as far as satire went, and occupied the mushy middle ground between sneering parody and reverent homage. It would have been thin enough gruel for sustaining a single-issue story, much less a five part arc involving the trite and true “comic-within-a-comic” gimmick, secret government conspiracies, and recurring gags about a hidden South American nursing home for incontinent elderly Nazis (a concept that loses much of its high-concept zaniness after comtemplating realities such as this).
Even worse, the writers of the series decided to keep Glory around when the overlong arc finally ended…just in case the readers needed some more tired gags about a pompous, anachronistic windbag on top of the hundreds they’d already been carpetbombed with over the previous five months.
Glory was shuffled out of the League after a creative change-up that jettisoned much of the comedic content in favor of a more traditional (and even less inspired) approach to the ailing franchise. A dying Jones later passed on his heroic mantle to a paraplegic former police officer…who was killed off-panel in an early issue of the current JSA title to no fan outrage whatsoever.
The only thing worse than a bad joke is a bad joke that vastly overstays whatever meager welcome it might have had, which is why General Glory landed the privilege of being this week’s Nobody’s Favorite.