In an email sent some months ago to a few of my friends, I described the lunacy of "The Negative-Crisis on Earths One-Two!" from JLA #56, September, 1967. Now, thanks to the wonders of the blogosphere, here's an updated missive, with illustrations!
A "Negative Crisis" has infected several superheroes - some from Earth-1, some from Earth-2 - with "negative radiation," causing them to run berzerk. The solution to such an unusual crisis?
Pages of senseless violence, of course.
Here, the Earth-2 Hawkman and the Earth-1 Green Arrow are in a battle with a mind-controlled Earth-1 Flash.
How chu doin', mang?
The mighty Flash, brought down with nothing more than an explosi-arrow (?!) and a few flower petals. And yet, this weakness isn't listed on his DC Heroes RPG character sheet.
Later, Mr. Terrific and Wildcat, both of Earth-2, must battle the possessed Green Lantern of Earth-1. The following exchange occurs just as Green Lantern whaps Wildcat and Mr. Terrific around with some giant tables (!) constructed with his power ring, a super-weapon that creates whatever Green Lantern can imagine out of thin air:
Mr. Terrific's abdominal plate is yellow. Why not use it as a sheild?
Sergio Leone's "A Fistful of Flowers," coming to a theatre near you.
Sour apples indeed
Parents, tired of your kids? Send them to Camp Green Lantern for the summer!
Almost as bad as Batman incapacitating himself by stepping on a pebble, but not quite.
Oh, the humanity. Beating an unconscious man with sticks. Comic books - they're not just for kids!
Livin' in a BOX...livin' in a wooden box...
This is how super-heroes treat their friends - by mercilessly beating them with sticks. Now, imagine how they treat their foes, and you can see why, in the real world, the ACLU would probably disapprove of costumed vigilantes.