Felix Faust

Introduction

Cryptic Crossword Clue: The magician has a wild sexual tiff (5,5)

Felix Faust is a wizard and/or sorcerer and/or magic-user who gets his kicks by hanging out with demons and messing about with the Justice League. He’s the kind of person who likes to bargain his soul for things – rarely a good move.

Felix Faust in the Comics

Justice League of America – Issue 10

"Doctor, will I be able to play the piano after the operation?"
“Doctor, will I be able to play the piano after the operation?”

Faust first reared his damn fool magic head way back in issue ten of the original run. He tried to summon the power of infamous boy band, the Demons Three via three artefacts: the Green Bell of Uthool, the Silver Wheel of Nyorlath, and the Red Jar of Calythos.

Not at all surprising that one of those ancient artefacts sounds uncannily like ‘you tool’.

As a sign of how useless Faust is in general, he is defeated primarily by work from Aquaman and some of his pet fish. So, y’know, not the greatest of debuts for Faust.

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Justice League of America – Issues 21 and 22

In retrospect, calling the antics of Felix Faust and friends a 'crisis' was a bit panicky
In retrospect, calling the antics of Felix Faust and friends a ‘crisis’ was a bit panicky

Faust next appeared in the first ever crossover between the Justice League and Justice Society, as he teamed up with handful of other lame-ass villains (Chronos, Doctor Alchemy, The Fiddler, The Icicle and The Wizard) to form the, uh, ‘Crime Champions’.

The six of them caused some mischief for both the JLA and JSA for a bit, until the reality of taking on twice as many heroes as previously attempted (even with a sixfold increase in villainy) proved their eventual undoing.

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Justice League of America – Issue 49

"Which door would the other Faust say I should go through?"
“Which door would the other Faust say I should go through?”

Felix Faust returned in issue 49. Twice. Because in an outrageous act of carelessness, the buffoon villain creates a duplicate of himself. No problem, you might think, if you’ve seen Michael Keaton’s hilarious antics in the movie Multiplicity.

But uh-oh, according to Faust’s latest demonic adviser, if the fake Faust isn’t successfully identified, then when it disappears, it will destroy the universe in the process. Which is a tad churlish, to say the least. After a whole heap of fisticuffs and sorcerous nonsense, the entire mess is sorted out to everybody’s non-universal-destructive satisfaction.

Availability: This story can be found in the Justice League Omnibus, Volume 2 from Amazon.com

Justice League of America – Issue 103

As always, the presence of the Phantom Stranger compensates for any lame villain
As always, the presence of the Phantom Stranger compensates for any lame villain

At least the next time Faust returns, he doesn’t do so with a disappointing duplicate of himself. No, in issue 103 he brings along the Phantom Stranger – always an outstanding move.

Turns out Faust has cursed the town of Rutland, Vermont on Halloween. The nature of the curse? To be part of a secret inter-company crossover, along with Thor #207 and Amazing Adventures #16.

Also, something to do with demons. I mean, obviously.

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

Justice League of America – Issue 182

Later, Ollie
Later, Ollie

Felix Faust continues his path to redemption. Once again, he’s up to demonic no-goodness, of course, but this time his antics (something to do with witchcraft, journals and possession) end up convincing Green Arrow to quit the Justice League. Or, if not quit it (since he theoretically did so in the prior issue), then remain quit.

Great work, Faust. If you can’t get the kickass Phantom Stranger to join, then getting silly old GA to quit is the next best thing.

Availability: Not available in a collection.

Justice League of America – Issues 219 and 220

Crime Champions, Take Two
Crime Champions, Take Two

Another team-up with the Crime Champions. Another team-up of the JLA and the JSA to take them down.

Some folks never learn.

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Justice League of America – Issues 1 to 6

More random villains than you can shake a Red Tornado at
More random villains than you can shake a Red Tornado at

This storyline was primarily Amazo. And also Starro. But it contains Felix Faust too. Because writer Brad Meltzer doesn’t know when enough is enough.

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