Justice League of America Issue 2 Secrets of the Sinister Sorcerers (1961) – Review
By Ricardo ‘Rease’ Butler
This issue is from the Justice League of America: Silver Age Vol. 1 series.
Some of the things that I wanted to point on in my review of this read was that though this was an old school comic book, it had that old school feel. It was a fun story to read. It kind of had that feel of an Archie comic book and not the Justice League that we know today.
So what happens in the story is that the famous wizard Merlin in his dimension has these three sorcerers who have instead of using their magic powers learned how to cross into the dimension of the JLA to learn about science. So they created a magic spell to switch Magic Land to a land of science and the world where the JLA are to become a land of Magic.
So Merlin’s magic doesn’t work in Magic Land and the Justice League’s power’s don’t work in their world. The three evil sorcerers, who happen to be Simon Magus the Evil Magician, Saturna the Lord of the Misrule, and the Troll King have stolen a car to ride around in Magic Land with to face off with Merlin. But again, Merlin can’t use his powers to banish the evil trio away because of their evil spell.
On the other end the Justice League has figured out that only magic will work in their world so Wonder Woman hits the library with Snapper Carr to compose their own magic spell to create a blue sapphire stone to summon Merlin to their dimension for help. Merlin’s magic works in their dimension so he sends Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Flash, Green Lantern (Hal Jordan), and Martian Manhunter to Magic Land as they divide up into groups of threes to capture the evil trio.
In Magic Land the Justice League powers work their with the exception of Superman being slightly weakened by the dimension because the Magic realm and powers of Simon. They fight off beasts, giants, and the evil tricks and schemes of the evil trio.
They finally capture the evil trio to go back through the golden door that leads from Magic Land to their earth and a monster comes out on the other end. That big blue monster happens to be Snapper Car who said he was fooling around with Merlin’s magic wands and turned himself into the big blue creature. Finally, Merlin puts things back to its proper place.
Again, this was a truly fun issue for me to read as it brought me back to my kiddie days of reading Archie or watching the old school Batman ’66 TV show with Adam West. I recommend you get you a copy of this book series. I’ve provided a link below that you click to buy your copy today.