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Thursday, August 30, 2007 

Stop distorting history already

On Comicon's Pulse, they write a retrospective item about a Justice League of America story from 1983 that I read a bit of years ago, written shortly before Roy Thomas did the first revelation of how the Black Canary we know today is the daughter of the original, in which Ray Palmer became brainwashed into entering a microcosmic universe where he ended up a de-facto giant controlled by the sinister ruler of a kingdom. Unfortunately, it seems that the contributor can't seem to help but go by a very questionable perception of what history was like for Jean Loring. He says:
...Ray was to give a paper at the International Physical Year Symposium. He had hoped to be acknowledged by his peers and the paper was going to make his career. Before he was to speak, another attendee submitted a similar paper, and Ray left the symposium without having read his own paper. The physicist threw himself into his work, becoming obsessed, and suspicious of his own wife. Having suffered a nervous breakdown, Jean knew the symptoms, and tried to talk to Ray.
Cut. It. Out. She suffered nothing of the sort, let alone being obsessed with the job. She suffered brainwashing at the hands of a subatomic race, the Jimberen in late 1969 in The Atom and Hawkman #45, cured in Justice League of America #81 a few months afterwards. Unfortunately, as far as I can tell, the writer has failed to take that into account.

Why is it so hard for some of these would-be retrospectors to do a really in depth job? Are they telling it this way on purpose?

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