DC Comics Presents: Justice League of America (Oct. 2004) Cover art by  Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez

DC Comics, October 2004 ($2.50)

“Secret Behind The Stolen Super-Weapons”

story, Harlan Ellison; adaptation, Peter David;
art, Joe Giella; color, Steve Buccellato; letters, Rob Leigh; cover, José Luis Garcia-Lopez;
editor, Matt Idelson; associate editor, Nachie Castro


Part of series of one shots celebrating the legacy of editor Julius Schwartz, created after Schwartz’s 2004 death. Each issue took a classic Schwartz “concept cover” and used it to inspire a new story. This issue used as its basis the cover to Justice League #53 by Mike Sekowsky and Murphy Anderson. José Luis Garcia-Lopez then created a new cover based on the original and Harlan Ellison wrote a new story inspired by it.

The comic also featured a second story inspired by the cover, “Mayhem Of The Mysterious Marauders!” by Marv Wolfman and Dustin Nguyen and reprinted a memorial text piece written by Alan Moore, “For Julie Schwartz.”

The other books in this series include DC Comics Presents: Batman, DC Comics Presents: Flash, DC Comics Presents: Green Lantern, DC Comics Presents: Hawkman, DC Comics Presents: Mystery In Space, DC Comics Presents: Superman, and DC Comics Presents: The Atom. Half of the books include the memorial text piece by Alan Moore. The other half include a memorial piece by Harlan Ellison, “Softly: A Living Legend Passes.”