JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #89

Justice League of America #89 (1971) Cover art by Neal Adams.Vol. 1, Issue 89, May 1971, DC Comics ($0.15)

“The Most Dangerous Dreams of All”

writer, Mike Friedrich; art, Dick Dillon & Joe Giella;
editor, Julie Schwartz; cover, Neal Adams

Features a television writer from Ohio named “Harlequin Ellis,” who falls in love with Black Canary and after being rebuffed by Green Arrow has a series of dreams in which he takes revenge; dreams which become real.

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Features a television writer from Ohio named “Harlequin Ellis,” who falls in love with Black Canary and after being rebuffed by Green Arrow has a series of dreams in which he takes revenge; dreams which become real.

In an afterword Mike Friedrich discusses the story and the nature of an author placing himself into the mind of his characters. It ends with the paragraph:

“Many are the things a writer is forced to do by the crash-pounding of his creative soul. This story was one of them; for there is no escape from the soul-shatter of the nova-awareness that I, in so many ways, am… Harlequin Ellis!”

This is followed by a small box reading:

“To H.E., that you might understand, brother… Mike Friedrich”

The letter’s page has this answer to a letter praising Friedrich’s previous issues:

“‘New type of stories…new villains…new situations…on the way in JLA’? Not on the way, but here…now – in this ish’s ‘Most Dangerous Dreams of All’! As a by-the-by, when the REAL Harlequin Ellis read the script of this story, he long-distanced us from California to enthusiastically suggest that we use Harlan Ellison as the lead-character’s name. But we decided to let Mike Friedrich’s ‘pun name’ stand.”

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