Television viewers were introduced to characters from the Justice Society of America in last week’s "Smallville” episode "Absolute Justice.” The two-hour event was written by Geoff Johns, who wrote the "Justice Society of America” comic book for DC Comics. According to Entertainment Weekly, "Absolute Justice” drew "Smallville’s” highest ratings of the season, about 2.8 million viewers.
The Justice Society originally was introduced in the 1940s in the pages of All-Star Comics. It was the first team of superheroes and inspired the Justice League in the 1960s. "Absolute Justice” primarily featured Hawkman (Michael Shanks), Doctor Fate and Stargirl. Sandman and Star-Spangled Kid appeared in both modern-day and flashback scenes, and much of the rest of the Justice Society appeared in flashback.
Writers James Robinson ("Starman”) and David Goyer ("Batman Begins”) revived the Justice Society of America in a series called "JSA,” which came to rival "Justice League of America” as a top seller for DC Comics. The first collected volume of these stories, "Justice Be Done,” featured the formation of a new Justice Society team, including Doctor Fate and Stargirl, as many of the original Justice Society heroes gathered for the funeral of the original Sandman, Wesley Dodds.
To catch up on Justice Society characters, check out the following DC Comics, available in trade paperback:
"JSA: The Return of Hawkman” by Goyer and Johns brings the winged wonder back into DC Comics as the Justice Society faces off with the Injustice Society. Johns’ first volume of Hawkman stories, "Endless Flight,” co-written with James Robinson and featuring artist Rags Morales, is unfortunately out of print, but volumes 2-4 are available.