Hereâ€™s another album to go with the Superman and Batman ones I talked about earlier. Although they arenâ€™t credited, these songs are most likely performed by the Merriettes again. This album features the entire Justice League. Unlike the Superman and Batman albums, this actually has songs and stories on it, but since weâ€™re all about the music here, letâ€™s take a listen to the songs.
Weâ€™ll start things off with the Justice Leagueâ€™s song. The line-up here is Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Aquaman, Metamorpho, and Plastic Man. Correct me if Iâ€™m wrong, but Iâ€™m pretty sure that this particular incarnation of the Justice League never existed. In fact, I donâ€™t think Plastic Man was ever in the League until a few years ago. I really like this songâ€™s swinging organ accompaniment. Listen for the Justice League roll call: Wonder Woman sounds like a guy speaking in falsetto and Batman sounds like an old Jewish man!
This album also features a song about each of the individual heroes (except for Batman and Superman who, as you know, had their own records). Hereâ€™s the song about the Flash. Many of these songs seemed to work from a checklist: give the heroâ€™s true identity, explain his power, and mention something special about him. The first verse is about how fast the Flash is; the second verse covers his real name (Barry Allen), that he works for the police, and that he keeps his Flash costume in a ring on his finger. What else do you need to know?
The next song is about the â€œKing of the Sea,â€ Aquaman. Unfortunately, the info on him is sketchier. He can swim fast, he lives under the sea, and his queen is named Mera. Even back then he didnâ€™t have a good publicist!
Plastic Manâ€™s song does a better job of talking about him, even mentioning his goggles, his red suit, and his belt â€œthatâ€™s a beautâ€! I like this quickie retelling of his origin: â€œHe was a crook, but he reformed and then he reformed and reformed and reformed again!â€ However, despite what the song says, he canâ€™t â€œbounce the moon like a basketball.â€ A quick note about Plastic Man: If youâ€™re like me (and who isnâ€™t?) you might have wondered how he got the name Plastic Man instead of something more like Elastic Man or even Rubberband Man. The reason is because when Plastic Man was created plastic was seen in America as a miracle material that could be made into just about anything. Likewise, even though Plastic Man could stretch his body, he often used his power to form himself into many different objects (albeit bright red ones with a yellow and black striped belt).
Metamorpho the Element Man isnâ€™t as well known as the rest of these guys, so his song goes into his origin in detail. Soldier of fortune Rex Mason finds a glowing meteorite in an Egyptian pyramid. The meteorite zaps him with cosmic rays and then, as the song says, â€œThere Yeah! There Yeah! There Yeah yeah yeah! Thereâ€¦ stood the Element Man!â€ The song also sensitively portrays Metamorpho as being â€œstrong as iron, homely as sinâ€™. I guess itâ€™s all right though when you find out the songâ€™s big surprise ending.
I donâ€™t know what to say about Wonder Womanâ€™s song. Everybody else gets these bouncy, exciting songs while sheâ€™s stuck with this â€œTown without Pityâ€ reject. â€œWonder Woman, Wonder Woman, how I wonder â€˜bout the wonder (The wonder, the wonder, the wonder) of you,â€ the lovestruck singer states. Thereâ€™s not much in the song about her, other than sheâ€™s magic and sheâ€™s beautiful. You could have pretty much sung the same song about Samantha on Bewitched.
If youâ€™d also like to hear stories featuring these heroes, you can get the entire album here. This album was reissued a few years later and, as a bonus, hereâ€™s the cover as drawn by comics great Neal Adams.