Appellaxians

Introduction

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While Starro was the first villain the Justice League confronted in the comic book issues in our world, within their own continuity, the foes that first brought the team together were the alien race of the Appellaxians. These seven obnoxious clowns decided to use Earth as a battleground to decide which of them would rule their home planet (Appellaxia, presumably).

Total dick move. Luckily, Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash, Martian Manhunter and Aquaman were around to sort the Appellaxians out and send them on their way. They then decided to form a club called the Justice League of America.

And now you know the rest of the story.

Appellaxians in the Comics

Justice League of America – Issue 9

The origin of the Justice League of America . Also, Arbor Day!
The origin of the Justice League of America . Also, Arbor Day!

In the ninth issue of the comic, somebody thought to ask the Justice League members how they first got together. “It wasn’t really that starfish dude, was it?” asked Snapper Carr.

And no, it wasn’t. Instead, the Justice League reminisce about the Appellaxians and their mental idea to use Earth to fight it out and determine who should lead their own planet.

“They turned us into trees!” says Aquaman. “Can you believe that?”

Availability: This story can be found in the Justice League Omnibus, Volume 1 from Amazon.com

Justice League of America – Issue 200

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the Appellaxians' water
Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the Appellaxians’ water

For the 200th issue of Justice League of America, the Appellaxians possessed the minds of the original seven league members who faced them and sent them off to fight the later members in a double-sized issue drawn by some of superhero comics’ greatest artists.

After the original Justice League fought the newer members, the Appellaxians returned to life and all the Justice League members teamed up to fight them.

Availability: This story can be found in Justice League of America by George Perez, Volume 2 from Amazon.com