The Injustice Society of the World


First Appearance (Golden Age): All-Star Comics #36 (November 1947) 
First Appearance (Post-Golden Age): Justice League of America #123 (July 1975)
Pre-Crisis Fate: Active in various iterations
Post-Crisis Fate: Active under new leadership, many original members deceased

History

    The exact circumstances under which the Injustice Society of America was formed have never been revealed. The group first came to public light in 1947 led by the Wizard. Along with the Thinker, Vandal Savage, the Gambler, the Brain Wave and newcomer Per Degaton,  the Wizard planned to launch a 3 pronged assault on the Justice Society.  The first part of their plan was to generate an army of criminals by liberating American penitentiaries. The second required disruption of the government and legal system through conquest and replacement of key figures with ISW-controlled androids. The final part was to capture and place on trial their collective enemy, the Justice Society of America.

    Fragmenting into individual efforts, the ISW launched strikes are government facilities around the nation, each with his own private army of convicts. In additional to furthering their primary aims, the villains were each assigned to capture a member of the JSA in anticipated resistance. To ensure that the JSA showed up, the villains notified the heroes of their plans. In due course, Hawkman was captured by Vandal Savage and Dr. Mid-Nite was apprehended by Degaton. The Flash fell victim to his long-time foe, the Thinker and the Atom was snared by the Gambler. After an encounter at a government nuclear facility, the Brain Wave left the Green Lantern for dead at the bottom of a ravine. Hearing of Degaton's capture of Dr. Mid-Nite in Washington, Wonder Woman and Johnny Thunder left the JSA HQ to intervene, only to be captured themselves.

    Bringing the JSA to trial before Judge Thinker, the heroes are quickly convicted for plots against evil and sentenced to death. The villains are thwarted however, when the the Thinker is revealed to be the Green Lantern, not quite so dead as assumed by the over-confident Brain Wave. Quickly liberating his colleagues, the JSA turns the tide against the villains. All are handily captured save the Wizard, who flees into the street only to be captured by a group of children who idolize the Justice Society. (All-Star Comics #37).

    Not satisfied with this outcome, the Wizard abandoned his fellow members in prison and  re-organized the Injustice Society a few months later with new, less megalomanical members including the Fiddler, the Icicle, the Sportsmaster, the Huntress and the Harlequin. After recruiting the Harlequin, the Injustice Society learned that Green Lantern's "enemy" had no intention of joining the group. Instead, they learned from a diary she dropped, she intended to betray them. Followed covertly by the Sportsmaster, the Harlequin alerted the JSA to the villains' plan only to be felled with the heroes when the Sportsmaster launched a grenade in the form of a lacrosse ball.

    The Harlequin was thrown under a table by the blast and went undetected as the Sportsmaster lugged the JSA members out to captivity. When the Black Canary arrived later for membership induction, she found the ersatz villainess and together, the two were ambushed by the Icicle. Taken back to the Injustice Society headquarters, the two found the JSA brainwashed and working as slaves for the villains. Before they could join their comrades in slavery, the Black Canary revived the JSA and each member set off in pursuit of the individual ISW members, each of whom had targeted a national monument to steal. Unfortunately, the heroes had been subject to a post-hypnotic suggestion that would return them to a mindless state when they heard the snap of fingers. As each intercepted their target, the villains handily re-captured them and carted the heroes and the monuments back to their lair.

    To determine who had committed the best theft, the villains planned to ask a large crowd of captured Americans to judge them. To make sure the JSA was no longer a threat, they were dropped in their automaton state into a deep mine shaft along with the recaptured Harlequin and Black Canary. Trapped in the bowels of the earth, the heroines worked feverishly to convince the JSA of their true identities. With constant urging, the two convinced Green Lantern to employ his ring, freeing the JSA from their stupor. The team then rocketed up the shaft and confronted the ISW, who had reached a murderous level of frustration with their captive judges. Suprising the villains, the heroes quickly rounded up the team. The ISW was deposited in jail and Black Canary was then inducted into the Justice Society (All-Star Comics #41)
 
Membership of the Injustice Society
The Wizard
The Thinker
The Gambler
Per Degaton
Vandal Savage
Brain Wave
The Icicle
The Fiddler
The Sportsmaster
The Huntress
The Harlequin
The Shade
Solomon Grundy
 The activities of the formal organization of the Injustice Society after 1948 are unknown for many years. Many Societymembers were active up until the 1950's, when many either retired or were captured. When heroes re-emerged in the so-called "Silver Age of heroes", many villains became active again, though often in splinter groups such as the Crime Champions.
     In the 1970's, several recorded cases of the Injustice Society were recorded. When an other-dimension comic book writer found himself thrust in the Injustice Society's world, he contacted several members of the Injustice Society 
and attacked the Justice Society (Justice League of America  #123-124). Another case involved a direct battle with the Justice Society initiated by invading the JSA HQ. The villains managed to critically injure Hourman before being captured again (All-Star Comics #63-66). Late in the decade, three members of the Injustice Society were intercepted on a case by the spirit of Darkseid, Lord of Apokolips. The villains were taken to Apokolips to serve as Darkseid's strike force against the combined might of the Justice League, the Justice Society and the heroes of New Genesis known as the New Gods. Although the villain succeeded in resurrecting Darkseid, the dark lord turned on them and imprisoned them in a holding pit until they were liberated by the heroes and joined the fight to repel Darkseid (Justice League of America #183-185).

    By the time of the so-called Crisis on Infinite Earths, the Injustice Society had largely disbanded. Many of the members were deceased or retired due to advancing old age. Splinter groups of former ISW members including Injustice Unlimited or the new Secret Society of Super-Villains formed but the Injustice Society itself was defunct.  However, in late 1999, a new form of the Injustice Society was formed around an elder foe of Starman, Johnny Sorrow, to counter the most recent incarnation (Secret Origins of Super-Villains 80-Page Giant #1). The plans of the new Injustice Society remain to be seen.
 

Golden Age Appearances

All-Star Comics #37
All-Star Comics #41

Post Golden Age Appearances

All-Star Comics #63-66
Justice League of America #113  - reprints All-Star Comics #41
Justice League of America #123-124
Justice League of America #183-185
Justice League of America 100 Page Spectacular #1  - reprints All-Star Comics #41
JSA #10
Secret Origins of Super-Villains 80-Page Giant #1

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