The Justice League Painting Explained

Yesterday on the Uncanny Facebook we had a classic painting reimagined starring DC superheroes. Today, we give you the solution. So check out all the heroes on one poster with all their names.

Before we get going, one little bit of trivia. The building in the back is the Hall of Justice, the Justice League’s hangout from waybackwhen. These days, the Justice League operates out of The Watchtower, a giant satellite orbiting Earth.

So here’s the picture.

Classic Painting featuring the Justice League

Classic Painting featuring the Justice League

And here’s the version you need to be able to know exactly who’s who.

The Numbers of the Justice League

The Numbers of the Justice League

  1. Grifter: Cole Cash is from the former Wildstorm Universe. He has the ability to see deception and is currently hunting people from an alternate dimension in the pages of Future’s End.
  2. Hawkman: Carter Hall is an alien from the planet Thanagar. He has wings made of the mysterious Nth Metal that allow him to fly. He’s a fierce warrior who is currently fighting off the end of the world in the pages of Future’s End.
  3. Superman: Kal-El of Krypton was put in a rocket as a baby as his home planet Krypton was about to explode. The last survivor of his race, Kal-El was taken in on Earth by Martha and Jonathan Kent who raised him as their son, calling him Clark Kent. He grew up to fight for Truth, Justice and the American Way
  4. Midnighter: Lucas Trent is a violent man who has been experimented on by aliens and now fights the criminal element worldwide as a member of Stormwatch. He is Apollo’s husband.
  5. Apollo: Powered by the sun’s energy, Apollo alias Andrew Pulaski has basically all the super powers you know from Superman but has found a husband in Midnighter and an adopted daughter in Jenny Quantum.
  6. Wonder Woman: Diana of Themyscyra left her island of Amazon Warriors to discover the world outside the place that her sisters have called a home for millennia. Just in time to try to foil a plot by the Greek Gods of myth.
  7. Deadman: Boston Brand was a circus artist until he met his untimely demise. Not quite revitalized but undead, the usually invisible Brand seeks to find rest for the dead by being able to possess any body he wants as a member of the Justice League Dark.
  8. Green Arrow: Hedonistic billionaire heir Oliver Queen got stranded on a lonely island where he had to fend for himself for five years. He returned to civilization as a man who cares deeply for the lives of those who might not be as fortunate as he was. As Green Arrow, he defends Star City against all those who wish to harm her people.
  9. Godiva: One of the more obscure heroes of the DC Universe, Godiva is England’s premiere superheroine. Her biggest weapon is her prehensile hair. She is a member of the Justice League International and has an intimate relationship with Booster Gold.
  10. Booster Gold: Michael Jon Carter hails from the future. Terribly vain but with a heart of gold, he also fights the enemy of time as a member of the Time Masters.
  11. Catwoman: Selina Kyle is a cat burglar. Armed with nothing but clawed gloves, sex appeal and a whip, she tries to amass all the riches she can to protect the stray cats of Gotham City, a city that occasionally needs her help in being saved.
  12. Robin: Damian Wayne is the son of a genetic experiment combining the DNA of Bruce Wayne aka. Batman and Talia Al-Ghul, daughter of the world’s greatest assassin. Cocky and arrogant, he aids his father in saving Gotham City from itself while hoping to grow into being a responsible and good man one day.
  13. The Red Hood: Former Robin Jason Todd hung up the mantle of Batman’s sidekick after he was murdered by The Joker and resurrected. Breaking with some of Batman’s ideals, he is a member of The Outlaws.
  14. Nightwing: As the first Robin, Dick Grayson helped Batman all throughout his teens. Having grown up, he found his own identiy as Nightwing.
  15. Batman: After going to see the movie Mask of Zorro as a child, Bruce Wayne‘s parents got murdered right before his eyes. Training for years in martial arts, deduction and self-discipline, he now fights crime on the streets of Gotham City as Batman.
  16. Batwoman: Army brat Kate Kane joined the Marines after her mother was murdered by terrorists. After leaving the military and being saved by Batman while getting mugged, Kate Kane decides to wear the Batsymbol as well, supporting Batman against the criminals of Batman while trying to find direction in her own life.
  17. Beppo the Super-Monkey: Beppo almost looks like a monkey from Earth, but is really a native of Krypton. He stowed away on the rocket that brought Kal-El to Earth but ran off before the Kents discovered him. Being a super-powered monkey, he joined the Legion of Super-Pets alongside Streaky, the Supercat, Krypto, the Superdog and Comet, the Super-Horse.
  18. Dex-Starr: Dexter was a stray kitten who found a loving home until a burglar broke into the flat and killed his owner. Consumed by rage, he was sought out by the Red Ring of Rage and became a member of the Red Lantern Corps, meting out a rather brutal brand of justice all across the universe.
  19. Krypto, the Superdog: Before Superman’s birthparents sent Kal-El out into space, they sent a test rocket with a live subject. That subject was the Kryptonian dog who would be later known as Krypto, the Superdog.
  20. The Flash: Doused in chemicals and struck by lightning, Barry Allen‘s life was forever changed. Gaining the ability to move at incredible speeds, Barry Allen protects Central City as The Flash, the Fastest Man alive.
  21. Martian Manhunter: J’onn J’onzz is the last surviving member of the race known as the Green Martians. On Earth, he seeks to prevent the planet from being run over by both criminals and the evil White Martians.
  22. Green Lantern: After crashing an airplane, test pilot Hal Jordan finds the wreck of a spaceship and witnesses the last minutes of Green Lantern Abin Sur whose power ring chose Hal as his successor. Thus, Hal Jordan got drafted into the Green Lantern Corps and protects space sector 2814 against all those who threaten the lives of sentient beings.
  23. Captain Atom: Air Force pilot Nathaniel Adam was chosen as a test subject that should give him super powers. But the experiment went wrong and he got seemingly destroyed. However, his energy remained and was contained in silver suit. As Captain Atom he can absorb and transmute all kinds of energy.
  24. Firestorm, The Nuclear Man: Caught in the blast of a terrible science accident, Ronnie Raymond and Martin Stein fused to become the being known as Firestorm. He now protects New York City with his abilty to transmute matter at will as long as he knows the chemical composition of it.
  25. Mera: Born and raised in Dimension Aqua – also known as Xebel – Mera fled to Earth where she met Aquaman in whom she found a husband. She has control over water, acid blood and limited telepathy. Alongside her husband, she keeps the seven seas of Earth safe from threats from both the surface world and the depths below.
  26. Aquaman: Arthur Curry is the illegitimate son of a lighthouse keeper and the queen of Atlantis. Raised on the surface, he reclaimed his throne and defends the oceans as well as Atlantis from all threats.
  27. Batgirl: Barbara Gordon, daughter of Commissioner James Gordon, idolized Batman from an early age on and decided to follow in his footsteps. However, she was paralyzed from the waist down by The Joker but was eventually healed. After moving to college, Barbara Gordon seeks justice as Batgirl in a neighbourhood known as Burnside.
  28. Poison Ivy: Botanist Pamela Isley was betrayed by her boss and doused in chemicals. She gained the ability to make plants grow and to mutate them at her will. As Poison Ivy, Isley has nothing but the good of nature on her mind, frequently crossing the boundaries of the law to protect plants in Gotham City.
  29. Fire: Beatriz Bonilla da Costa was a showgirl, model and secret agent before Brazilian mysticism gave her the ability to transform into green fire.
  30. Ice: Tora Olafsdotter is the princess of a tribe of mages in Norway. Fighting enemies of the planet as a member of the Justice League International, Ice can control ice and has an array of other powers. She has an on-again, off-again relationship with Red Lantern Guy Gardner

Further trivia about the image. The original image is called A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat. It took the artist two years to complete it as it is made up of thousands of tiny little dots that give the illusion of many colours on a canvas where there are only a few.

A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat

A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat

About Dom

Possessing nigh-encyclopaedic knowledge when it comes to comic books and movies, Dom is one of the co-founders of the Uncanny Book-Club. He also enjoys movies, and going to the cinema.

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