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Jazz Age Justice League by genesischant Jazz Age Justice League by genesischant
Yes, this one is a bit different.

DC's Justice League of America as a 1920's crime-busting team.

You'll notice that I chose to use the Animated Universe version of the team-- I did it because I love the series, and because in my opinion they do a great job of making a well-balanced ensemble out of what in the comics is a difficult to manage rotating roster.

The J.L.A. is a borderline legal bounty-hunter/vigilante group with limited governmental sanction ("Department of Justice Licensed Agency"). Made up of individuals from various walks of life, all are committed to the take-down of the rising criminal empires that threaten America.

Shayera "Hawk" Hol
Former nightclub singer, onetime Gun moll for the infamous Hawk Gang, run by the ruthless immigrant-turned-gangster Katar Hol. Now she lends her vocal talent, crime world contacts, and mean lever-action shotgun to the fight. No dumb Dora, this bearcat is tops.

Jon "Manhunter" Jones
Gumshoe extraordinaire, master of a hundred disguises. A real palooka in the flesh, he's an outsider by nature. This hard-boiled P.I. is the real McCoy.

Bruce "the Bat" Wayne
Parents murdered by criminals, he's devoted his life and considerable fortune to their eradication. A wet blanket at times, but the Darb has the dough!

Clark "Boyscout" Kent
Kansas farmboy moves to the big city, becomes investigative reporter. The ostensible leader of the crew, his aw-shucks charm belies a powerful mind and body. This big six is real keen.

Diana "Princess" Prince
Sent to an upscale all-girl boarding school for most of her childhood, now she's a budding starlet on the silver screen. A jane with a strong sense of justice and the star power to make things happen. This Hollywood It-girl is no push-over.

Wally "Flash" West
A sheik for the shebas, he lives to go fast. A somewhat-ex-bootlegger and the team driver, he gets them going when they need to get. A drugstore cowboy but in a jalopy he's just ducky.

John "the Green" Stewart
Former soldier with the 369th Harlem Hellfighters in the War, and a talented jazz musician. After being framed for murder by some rough characters, he joined on with the J.L.A. to give organized crime the bum's rush out of his city. This swell fella has got the goods.
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26qq308 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This here's the bees knees!
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Neville6000 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Love it-all I can imagine is a ragtime piano version of the Justice League Unlimited to accompany these guys and gals. Great work.
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stabkamay Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015
the green lantern looks like sammy davis
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ReptileGirl06 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014
This was a great concept! I also love the little mini backstories you gave!
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katrover Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow!  Someone make an Elseworlds series about this!
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L1701E Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
Cool take on the Big Seven! I'd love to see a "Second Wave" of Leaguers, like Green Arrow, Firestorm, Zatanna, and the Atom.
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Golarge75 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
and allll that JaaZZ. that jazz.
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M0nkey5 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
Cool art.
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:iconcomickook:
Comickook Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
VERY good fanart and info.
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ShellH Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My bff sent this to me and I love it. I would pick one thing but it's all awesome. Though I am trying to picture Bart Allen in this world. Especially as Impulse. :D

Have you thought of submitting it to the #Superhero-club group here on DA?

[link]

They accept all things superhero. :D
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nemryn Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
It's interesting how Wayne's backstory is still pretty much the same here. (Kent's too, if you ignore the whole 'last son of Krypton' thing.)

Do they still have powers and such, or is this a mundane version?
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genesischant Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
One of the great joys in doing these is seeing the universality of certain themes, and their re-contextualization.

No powers. The idea was to only embellish reality as much as you could in the pastiche genre. This is a Jazz Age crimebuster team, so no superpowers, just fancy driving, quick shooting, and fast talking.
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Bakelite-Alchemist Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
Speaking as someone who's been a Justice League fan since The Brave and the Bold days, I applaud your awesome homage. I've read all the Elseworlds JLA books and this is one era they missed, as far as I know.

Now I want to run a jazz-age Call of Chtulhu game and run these guys as the investigators.
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abelundercity Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's the cat's pajamas, Jackson! This caper's the bee's knees, and how!
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LadyBlue-Art Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Student General Artist
Batman with a gun? Absolutely not.

But I like the others.
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Sekele Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
it was a different time
the whole "no guns" thing didn't start until the 50s
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MyrkSuki Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
Still a pretty key aspect of Batman. Would be an n interesting aspect to design around.
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Sekele Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
having a character who refuses to use guns in a gangster story would be interesting

but also rather difficult to pull off
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MyrkSuki Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
And that's the point.

Though vanilla batman got around this with tech and boomerangs. Of which neither truly exist in the 20's. Depends on how far you stretch that imagination.

But still the point.
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Kerevon Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
Actually, no. Vanilla Batman HAD a gun. [link]

People tend to forget that, but the original Batman had a gun, occasionally killed criminals, and was mostly an eccentric detective with a dark past. To say that Batman cannot and will not kill is to misunderstand his origins. It would be more accurate to say Batman cannot and will not go against Justice... though what form of justice is up to him.
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MyrkSuki Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
TIL
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blueflamebluerose Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
love wonder woman's flapper dress
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HeroXero Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love what you did with John "The Green" Stewart.
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GnarlyRockerchick Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha this is so awesome.
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ZoeiiHannah Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
That was not what I expected to come up when I typed in '1920s war' but that really awesome man!! :D
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genesischant Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I had fun putting it together.
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ZoeiiHannah Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
I love the way you called it 'Jazz age' as well BTW :)
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StaticBat83 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool. Have you done one of the Marvel Universe?
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genesischant Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I've done a bunch of Occult Hero Marvel characters from the Turn of the Century, but not any Jazz Age characters.
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StaticBat83 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool. I would like to see Marvel Characters like the Avengers or Fantastic Four or X-MEN or even Spider-Man and Spider-Girl (the Mayday version)
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XenoMorpher Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
sorry no matter what era Batman and guns are a big NoNo thats what makes it a timeless classic
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nightstalker3258 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
Really cool both the picture and the char notes in the description.
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warman546 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
nice
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warman546 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
awesome
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TanithLipsky Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
cool
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2138 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011
This is one of the best reinterpretations of the Justice League I've ever seen. I especially like this version of the Flash--I can easily see him fitting into the "Four Wheels, No Brakes" crowds of the 1920s. Bonus points for the savvy lingo, too. :D
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captainslapahoe Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011
bruce looks like his dad in this. could see this as story about gothams past
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felinelisa14 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011
JLA Noir. Perfect!
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slastbeast Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Agree
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genesischant Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Clever turn of phrase!
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PoeticPerfection Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011
this is awesome!
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genesischant Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! You are very kind.
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PoeticPerfection Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011
That's alright, gotta love Shayera xD

Nice personalities btw :)
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furbelows Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011
This is very cool. Fave.
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genesischant Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot!
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nailsin Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Clever.
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genesischant Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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nailsin Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome.
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Ellocobruja Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011
HARLEM HELLFIGHTERS!
Love this!
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genesischant Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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