I felt like writing a quiz. But I had a fair number of questions I liked, so it'll have three parts.

Only stories set in the old DCU and dating from the Silver or Bronze Ages are eligible. Justice League of America #261, the final issue of the original volume, is the cut-off point.

For the purposes of this quiz a JLA opponent is any character who was at some point the main opponent in a JLA story or member of a villain team in a JLA story. Member’s feature=current or future member’s feature.

First, some easy ones:

1.Who defeated the JLA and JSA in a fight at Valley Forge?

2.What JLA opponent could release his astral body, like Dr Strange?

3.What JLA opponent cured the JLA of a disease with which they'd been infected by an infected alien?

4.What recurring JLA opponents debuted in the same issue without meeting?

5.What boy arranged for the JLA to be attacked by aliens because of a grudge?

6.What JLA’s opponent’s motivation was a desire to join the team?

7.What JLA opponent stole the powers of the JLA, and most of them never noticed?

8.What JLA opponent killed a troupe of actors playing the JLA?

9.What JLA opponent enslaved the Atom?

10.What JLA opponent removed the JLA from existence? Other than Aquaman.

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I think I know the answer to number 7.

Yes, only the answer to number 7.

Okay, so these are the easy ones?

I have answers that I'm sure are correct for 5 and (like Richard) 7.

I have answers that might be correct for 3 and 6.

For 10, I can think of a foe who removed the JLA from existence.  I don't think that Aquaman was specifically spared in that story, though he (together with some other JLA members) wasn't actually shown being erased.

No idea about  1, 2, 4, 8 and 9.

I'll post what answers I have once I've had a bit longer to think about them

I fear the Aquaman bit is a misfired joke. It's a reference to Justice League Annual #2, where Aquaman disbanded the original League.

Aha! I get it now! - You mean Aquaman is not the answer despite what he did in that Annual. I see. 

Still got nothing but #7.

Luke Blanchard said:

I fear the Aquaman bit is a misfired joke. It's a reference to Justice League Annual #2, where Aquaman disbanded the original League.

Right, with that clarification about question 10, I've got the following answers.

3. What JLA opponent cured the JLA of a disease with which they'd been infected by an infected alien?

I think this refers to JLA #27, The "I" Who Defeated the Justice League, where the JLA were infected by a "defeat factor", then cured when they were temporarily defeated by Amazo.

4. What recurring JLA opponents debuted in the same issue without meeting?

The Lord of Time and Felix Faust both debuted but did not meet in JLA #10, The Fantastic Fingers of Felix Faust.  The Demons Three (Abnegazar, Ghast and Rath) also debuted there, but I think they met Faust.

5. What boy arranged for the JLA to be attacked by aliens because of a grudge?

The Mind-Grabber Kid (ugh!) in JLA #70, Versus The Creeper.

6. What JLA’s opponent’s motivation was a desire to join the team?

I'm not at all sure about this, but does this question refer to The Tornado Tyrant/Champion?  In JLA #192 and JLA #193 (Quest for Genesis and Secret of Genesis), he/they were revealed to be the animating force behind The Red Tornado.

7. What JLA opponent stole the powers of the JLA, and most of them never noticed?

Professor Ivo, in Flash #158, The One-Man Justice League.

10. What JLA opponent removed the JLA from existence?

Johnny Thunder of Earth-1 in JLA #37, Earth--Without a Justice League.  He gained control of the Thunderbolt of Earth-2, and used his magic to change the past so that none of the JLA ever became a super-hero.

No ideas about questions 1, 2, 8 or 9.

Here are the answers! Parts two and three remain open. I'll post the answers to part two in two days.

1.Who defeated the JLA and JSA in a fight at Valley Forge?

 

The heroes from yesterday, at the climax of "Crisis from Yesterday" from Justice League of America #159.

 

The location isn't important to the plot exactly, but the closing captions get thematic value out of it, asking if the superheroes, despite their defeat, have been affected by the spirit of the men of the Continental Army, and declaring that they have. It's a case where the captions disagree with the art, as they appear pretty despondent.

 

The heroes from yesterday were Jonah Hex, the Viking Prince, Miss Liberty, the Black Pirate, and Enemy Ace. They don't have a group-name in-story. They were powered-up and sent by the Lord of Time to defeat the superheroes as part of a scheme to get the superheroes to destroy his unstoppable computer before it stopped time.

 

2.What JLA opponent could release his astral body, like Dr Strange?

 

Andrew Helm does this in "Indestructible Creatures of Nightmare Island" from Justice League of America #40.

 

Helm activates a machine he's created to make everyone on Earth behave morally and travels the world in spirit form to see how it's working. But when he gets back to his body he finds it died while he was away.

 

3.What JLA opponent cured the JLA of a disease with which they'd been infected by an infected alien?

 

The Equilizer, in "I Have no Wings and I Must Fly" from Justice League of America #117.

 

The Equilizer, a powerful being who for unexplained reasons equalizes or balances things, has infected Thanagar with the equilizing plague. The infected Hawkman, wearing space-traveller mufti, infects a group of Leaguers to get the power he needs to combat him to stop him infecting Earth. They wind up taking him on together, and chase him off - conclusion spoiler - by ginning up all the hatred for him they can. He compensates for their hatred by departing and by curing them as he leaves.

 

Hawkman wasn’t a Leaguer at the time because he resigned when he returned to Thanagar in Justice League of America #109. He rejoins at the end of #117. Mike’s Amazing World tells me his feature resumed appearing irregularly in the back of Detective Comics later that month with #446, so I suppose that’s why he was brought back.

 

I won’t allow your answer, Peter. The “I” story comes oddly close to fitting, but “I”’s affliction isn’t what he afflicts the JLA with.

 

4.What recurring JLA opponents debuted in the same issue without meeting?

 

Peter got this one: Felix Faust and the Lord of Time, in “The Fantastic Fingers of Felix Faust” from Justice League of America #10. As Peter notes, the Demons Three also debuted in the tale. That didn’t occur to me!

 

In the story Faust communicates with the Demons Three and casts a spell at their direction to make the JLA his pawns so he can use the Leaguers to retrieve the artefacts he needs to release them. The spell captures the Leaguers while they're working on a case, fighting the Lord of Time.

The storyline was continued by #11, where the Demons Three move to the forefront.

 

5.What boy arranged for the JLA to be attacked by aliens because of a grudge?

Peter got this one too: the Mind-Grabber Kid, in “Versus the Creeper” from Justice League of America #70.

 

The Mind-Grabber Kid loses a chance to make his debut as a superhero when some Leaguers beat him to the punch. So when aliens seeking to communicate with Earthmen make contact with him he manipulates them into attacking the JLA. The Creeper’s name is in the title because he gets involved.

The final caption floats the idea of the Mind-Grabber Kid becoming a recurring character and asks for readers’ feedback. You’ll note it didn’t happen.

 

6.What JLA’s opponent’s motivation was a desire to join the team?

 

The Unimaginable, in “Metamorpho says - no” from Justice League of America #42.

 

The Unimaginable was a powerful strange life form, so alien to us he couldn’t be perceived by humans. When the JLA invited Metamorpho to join he attacked him out of jealousy, and from there things escalated.

He returned in “The Plague That Struck the Justice League” in #44, where he was more after revenge, but still wanted to join.

Peter, I'm disallowing your answer to this question too. In Justice League of America #17 the zombie Tornado Tyrant doesn't fight the League because he wants to join them, and the released Tornado Tyrant doesn't fight them for that reason in #193 either.

7.What JLA opponent stole the powers of the JLA, and most of them never noticed?

 

Peter got this one too, and I assume Richard also. Professor Ivo, in “The One-Man Justice League” from The Flash #158.

 

Professor Ivo has developed a way to steal the Leaguers’ powers from a distance and transfer them to himself. But as he dons the Leaguers’ costumes and takes their powers Flash’s aura causes him to receive them too. The title refers to the Flash, who finds himself taking on the appearance and powers of a succession of other Leaguers as he pursues some crooks.

 

Conclusion spoiler warning - the machine blows up when Ivo tries to steal Superman’s powers. The Flash never learns what was behind his transformations, and none of the robbed Leaguers noticed their powers were gone as they were busy with their civilian lives.

 

Amazo doesn’t appear. The android had already made his second appearance, in Justice League of America #27.

 

8.What JLA opponent killed a troupe of actors playing the JLA?

 

Despero, in “Missing - One Man of Steel” from Justice League of America #133.

In the tale Despero is menacing an alien world. The locals have drawn Superman to their world from Earth. But he was on a mission with the JLA when they grabbed him - fighting the crisis caused by the Queen Bee in #131-#132 - and they don’t want him concerned about that, so they send him into battle with actors disguised as the other Leaguers so he’ll think they’re fighting Despero too. Conclusion spoiler warning - the actors are all killed in the fighting, and Despero defeats the demoralised Superman. The storyline concluded in #134.

 

9.What JLA opponent enslaved the Atom?

 

I meant this as a question about the four-parter in Justice League of America #213-#216, in which the Atom spends a century on a microworld where he’s enslaved by a local dictator, Goltha. At the climax he’s controlled by Goltha’s daughter, Kiss’Andre.

 

But the Atom was also one of those, and the first, enslaved by the Queen Bee in “Winged Warrors from the Immortal Queen” from Justice League of America #60, so it’s a question with at least two answers.

 

10.What JLA opponent removed the JLA from existence? Other than Aquaman.

 

Peter got this one as well: the Johnny Thunder of Earth One, in the two-part JLA-JSA crossover in Justice League of America #37-#38.

 

The two teams never meet, but the evil Johnny has the Thunderbolt transform his gang into versions of the Leaguers, and the JSA fight them (the “Lawless League”). Since the real Leaguers appear very little, the tale is effectively a two-part JSA adventure.

 

My thanks to the participants.

I should have got the answer to Q6 - I remember "Metamorpho says no" quite well, but it didn't occur to me.  For most of the others, the answers sound kind of familiar now that you've given them, Luke, but I couldn't remember them without the prompt.  I'm a Brit, so Valley Forge doesn't have the resonance for me that it presumably does for Americans, making it particularly unlikely that I'd remember the answer to Q1.

A fun quiz - thanks!

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