Nerys Myk wrote:
My comment was directed at the statement "You got to admit the concept of the justice league is fairly juvenile."
Oh. I didn't notice that. Perhaps because it doesn't make any sense. It's a fantasy concept, but that doesn't make it intrinsically juvenile. Mars
was completely off base with that statement.
Besides, the JL was the descendant of the Justice Society from the '40s, and in those days, while comics were certainly written to be accessible for children, they were by no means exclusively for children. They didn't really have the same sense of narrowcasting we have today, that notion that something made with children in mind is somehow excluding adults. Things like comics and theatrical cartoon shorts were made with both children and adults in mind, and were highly popular among both. It's true that Wertham's Seduction of the Innocent
led to self-imposed industry censorship that stripped comics of much of their adult appeal in the '50s and '60s, but I don't think it's fair to say that the concept of the JSA or JLA was intrinsically aimed at children. Heck, the concept of legendary superhuman heroes banding together in a common cause goes back to the ancient myth of Jason and the Argonauts, or to Gilgamesh teaming up with Enkidu.
I think comics in the 40s, 50s and 60s were written with the idea children would be reading them. And to the public's mind they were thought of as Juvenile fiction. Just as Harry Potter is Juvenile fiction, though I read them as a man in his 40s. That juvenile appeal is why "Think about the Children!" type campaigns against comics in the 50s and Potter in the last decade have made the news. Many libraries still file all comics under Young Adult fiction. Is Watchmen
really a YA title?
The JLA and the JSA were super heroes, which is a fairly juvenile wish fulfillment fantasy concept. Some of the people creating comic were barley out of their teens. Some like Joe Kubert were teenagers. Yes super heroes are inspired by myth and legend, including the Argonaunts, the Round Table and the Merry Men but they were still written with a young audience in mind.