Justice League of America Issue 6 The Wheel of Misfortune (1961) – Review
By Ricardo ‘Rease’ Butler
This issue is from the Justice League of America: Silver Age Vol. 1 series.
In this issue they JLA take on Professor Fortune. It looks as if Professor Amos Fortune has given bad luck to members of the JLA. Based upon the classic superstitions of today such as black cats walking across our paths to breaking a mirror has plague the Justice Leaguers with bad luck.
Joining the League members in this issue with Wonder Woman, the Flash, Green Lantern (Hal Jordan), Martian Manhunter, and Aquaman is new member Green Arrow. Superman and Batman are not in this issue.
In the book the Justice League meet together to discover that they all seemed to have bad luck within the last 30 days. What they don’t know is that Professor Fortune has caused the bad luck by creating accidents after the classic superstitions have happened to them. They basically have doubted their abilities because of what Professor Fortune has done to them.
They finally figure out that the bad luck is nothing more then coincidences caused by something or someone. Just then Snapper Carr comes in with the mail. He has two letters that the JLA read. Each letter turns out to be potential missions. So Green Arrow, Martian Manhunter, and Flash take the mission to seek some lost treasure. On team two, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and Green Lantern go off to find the invisible thief.
During each mission the story gets confusing and weird as in both cases they have nothing to do with Professor Fortune. He seems to kind of end up at the wrong place at the wrong time for the crimes others commit. So he decides to capture the Justice League members to determine why their luck doesn’t seem to get worse.
Martian Manhunter breaks free to stop Professor Fortune because he’s not human so the bad luck/good luck weapon called Stimoluck didn’t work on Martian physiology.
Martian Manhunter frees the other Justice League members; puts Professor Fortune in jail and Snapper Carr collect the Stimoluck weapon as a trophy.
My Thoughts on this Story
This is another old school fun mystery story, but it was still very confusing and didn’t make a lot of sense. I guess you can do that in old school comics. Wasn’t too much of a fan of this story because they over complicated the plot. Plus, they took out the best two characters: Superman and Batman! I guess they did that the level the playing field for Professor Fortune to take on the other JLA members.
Favorite Panel of the Issue
Wonder Woman has gotten favorite panel again. In this panel, according to the issue, the black cat is crossing Diana’s path, thus giving her bad luck before she performs an athletic aerial feat at some sort of event.
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Ricardo Butler aka Rease Val Zod (Black Superman from Earth 2)