Tuesday, October 20, 2009

"Smallville" Showcasing "Justice Society" Superheroes...

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Warners continues to showcase their DC comic book characters on the Vancouver-lensed "Superman" TV series "Smallville".

'Speedy', the former 'junkie' sidekick of 'emerald archer' "Green Arrow" will debut in the show this month, alongside female super-villain 'Roulette' (Steph Song).

DC Comics' "Justice Society Of America" members set to appear in a January 2010, 2-part episode include "Hawkman" (played by BC-based actor Michael "Stargate: Atlantis" Shanks), 'Atom', 'Spectre', 'Stargirl' and 'Doctor Fate'.

Created by writer Gardner Fox and artist Dennis Neville, the original Hawkman first appeared in Flash Comics #1, published by All-American Publications in 1940. Several incarnations of Hawkman have appeared in DC Comics, all of them characterized by the use of archaic weaponry and large, artificial wings, attached to a harness made from the special 'Nth metal' that allows flight.

'Spectre' first appeared in 1940, created by Jerry "Superman" Siegel and Bernard Baily. Noted as one of the most powerful beings in the DC Universe, his supernatural powers afford him the ability to become 'intangible', alter his size, become telepathic (creating elaborate illusions and displaying a 'fearsome aura'), flight, the ability to give life to inanimate objects and to transmute organic/inorganic matter into any form he chooses.

The Atom introduced during the Silver Age of comic books in Showcase #34 (1961) is physicist, university professor 'Ray Palmer'. Using a mass of white dwarf star matter, he fashioned a lens which allowed him to shrink down to subatomic size.

"Stargirl" can shoot stars from her 'Cosmic Converter Belt', via a 'cosmic staff'.

'Doctor Fate' is an accomplished sorceror, possessing a variety of mystical powers by wearing the 'Helmet of Nabu', giving him the ability to fly, a resistance to injury and super-human strength...