Saturday, 7 December 2013
Transient And Lasting Fiction
Similarly, Neil Gaiman's Sandman, having become a permanently in print work of literature, preserves one stage in the development of a monthly comic book. The Hecateae refer Morpheus to the "...League of Justice..." (Preludes & Nocturnes, New York, 1995, p. 75). The Justice League of America had ceased to exist but had been replaced by a new Justice League, soon to be relaunched as the Justice League International, with both the US and the USSR ensuring that they controlled at least one of its members. (Of course, there have been major changes on Earth Real as well as on Earth DC since then.)
Morpheus visits one of the newly established JLI embassies. Searching their records unearths references to the satellite, the Detroit fortress and the secret sanctuary, thus summarizing the history to a certain extent. I remember when the JLA met in the sanctuary in the early 1960's although I had yet to learn of the earlier JSA. Since Morpheus' visit to the JLI, the restored original JLA has had a base on the Moon with teleportation links to Earth and I do not know the current situation. Thus, superhero comics have undergone endless changes in search of sales. Because Sandman began when it did, it has preserved one stage of the JL evolution although Gaiman soon learned not to have his characters interacting with theirs.