Superheroes raise Alaska flag on comic cover

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Benny Benson would be proud. A new comic book series from DC Comics, “Justice League of America,” will debut on Feb. 20 with Alaska’s flag on the cover of issue #1. Benson was a school kid in Seward when he designed what is now the state’s official banner of eight stars of gold on a field of blue.

The art by David Finch shows a quartet of superheroes including Green Lantern, Green Arrow and Catwoman with the flag in an angled pose similar to the famous photo of soldiers raising the American flag on Iwo Jima. Hawkman, Martian Manhunter and other members of the League look on. 

The Justice League has been around for ages, sort of a United Nations of the costumed warrior crowd, with less talk, more derring-do and much buffer physiques. The upcoming series launches a parallel league, with “America” in the title. 

A press release says the series will be used as a vehicle for characters that haven’t had as much ink as DC’s marquis names (Superman, Superboy, Supergirl, Flash.) Those include some ability-enhanced folk who appeared long after my years as a comic reader: Ktana, Simon Baz, Stargirl, Vibe. 

“They’re underdogs who have everything to prove and something to lose,” said author Goeff Johns in the press release. 

The new Justice League of America, so goes the story line, has been organized by the military “to take on a mission so menacing that not even the Justice League can handle it alone.”

We’re told that the plot doesn’t have anything to do with Alaska per se. There’ll be a different cover for each of the 50 states but the same contents inside each copy.


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