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ISSUE NO. 851
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In JLA #198, DC's westerns heroes met the DC superheroes! To name names -- Bat Lash, Cinamon, Johan Hex and Scalphunter -- met Flash, Zatanna, Green Lantern and the Elongated Man. These two disparate sets of do-gooders had never met before, due to the fact that the western heroes lived and operated in the 1800s, while the JLAers were modern-day people. So how did these two groups finally get together?

Well, when the villain of the piece is the Lord of Time, a bad guy with the ability to time travel, it's atually not all that difficult to understand. But before we get started, I should warn you that this was not a George Perez story.

The story, "Once Upon A Time in the Wild West..." was written by Gerry Conway, a so-called writer who, to my mind, has never in his life written anything worth reading, and it was pencilled by Don Heck, of whom I am also not a fan. In fact, I hate nearly everything the guy ever drew, with the exception of his white-pantsuit Wonder Woman issues. Maybe we'll do an issue on those some day. But not today. Today, it's time for east to meet west!

It begins with Hal Jordan aka Green Lantern appearing quite unexpectedly to a certain bounty hunter...
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Next, Zatanna rescues Cinamon from some bad guys... first the pencilled page, then the printed page...
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Time for the Elongated Man to ride into town, once again -- the original art , then the printed page....
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Stretchable Sleuth, meet the west's weirdest hero...
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A single issue was not enough to contain the awfulness of this story, so it continued into Justice League #199. Well, at least that meant we got a nice-ish George Perez cover out of the deal...
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The Lord of Time is nice enough to provide
a recap of the previous isue's non-events...
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Then GL and Jonah battle a robot...
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Above and below, original art and the printed page.
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IT seems that all along, The Lord of Time's
big secret master plan was to get himself a full page!
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Some group shots...
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Stupid stories generally have stupid endings.
In this one, Superman saves everyone. The end.
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Brian Bolland Blow-out!
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BELOW: The original ad used to make the mash-up above!

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