World War Two era science fiction show? Yes please!
The Justice Society of America discovers Hellboy on December 23rd, 1944. By Alberto. The picture is more than just a crossover, there’s an actual story involved:
in the future (well, more like present, 2000ish), anung-un-rama has risen and chosen to take his throne as the world’s destroyer. the world’s heroes scrambled to fight but to no avail. at the last minutes, dr. fate (the modern one) realized that this whole fiasco could have been avoided during the second world war.
with only stargirl and jay garrick left in the justice society of america, jay took stargirl to the flash museum and used the time machine (more like a treadmill, but still…). jay used the last of his powers to send the mortally injured stargirl to the past (1944). she spent her last breath warning the past jsa of the impending apocalypse.
the jsa set out to scotland ruins along with professor trevor bruttenholm and friends, defeated nazi soldiers, and met hellboy. raised like one of their own, hellboy grew up to be an outstanding justice society member, and later on: their best leader yet.
So, there you have it. In some universe out there Hellboy is a legacy character in DC. And so is the artist. He’s over in the upper right, next to Fate.
Introducing the Great Exception, LoEG: Century - 2009
I had a theory that the last part of Century was meant to be a reflection of the increased presence of female protagonists in popular culture compared to fiction in the past, hence why the main characters are Orlando in their female persona and Mina, with Alan Quatermain largely removed from the action.
This final part, in addition to the more recent Heart of Ice graphic novel do go some way to wash out the unpleasant misogynist aftertaste of the previous LoEG works. In their cases they kind of walk a thin line between trying to comment on the likes of Victorian fiction or James Bond being sexist, and being unpleasantly sexist in their own right.
It’s a balancing act, and one to easily be misconstrude as something else. The stereotypical depiction of Chinese people in the first League of Extraordinary Gentlemen storyline being a comment on the racist depiction of Chinese people in the 1800s… by showing them in an arguably racist light. Hrrm.
Anyways, god-like Mary Poppins is awesome, even if the wonky depiction of Harry Potter is kind of wonky (though he isn’t meant to be Harry as much as a failed attempt to manufacture someone to fill the same role).