|| THE DAILY PLANET
50 cents January 8, 1998
NO CLUES IN "NEW J.L.E." DEATHS
| PARIS - A month has
passed since the tragedy which robbed France of its greatest
hero. A museum explosion revealed the deaths of Le Renard
Rousse, known in the USA as Crimson Fox, as well as several
security guards and two other ex-Justice League members, Blue
Devil and Amazing Man. The fire and debris have made analysis
of the scene difficult, but it is now widely believed that
most of the museum occupants had been murdered before the
explosion. Authorities are still trying to piece together
the series of events leading to their murders and the destruction
of the Paris landmark.
Interpol officials, operating within strict guidelines
for the retrieval of superhero corpses, have made several
determinations in the investigation. Lead investigator Camus
has issued a statement that Crimson Fox died from a slit
throat, although this has been met with skepticism from
several channels. It is not believed possible that a superhero
known most for her reflexes could be killed in such a mundane
Blue Devil's corpse was almost skeletal. Fire officials
at first stated that this was due to the heavy fires in
that section of the museum. However, the American hero Firestorm
was at the scene and claims that Blue Devil was already
in this state seconds before the explosion.
Amazing Man's body was the hardest to retrieve; coroners
spent several days assembling the pieces of the corpse.
His torso was found in hundreds of tiny pieces, although
his upper and lower body was relatively intact. It is not
known how a human body could be killed in such manner.
Oddly, no supervillain has come forward to lay claim to
at least, none who can be believed. Several
inhabitants at Gotham City's Arkham Asylum have claimed
responsibility, including Harvey "Two-Face" Dent, but all
have witnesses who say that they were in their cells on
the other side of the Atlantic Ocean at the time. Nevertheless,
some Interpol officials are beginning to wonder if some
| incarcerated might not have
engineered the scheme. Several incidents involving Hector
Hammond lay credence to this theory.
Interpol came under fire early in the investigation when
the Scandinavian superhero Ice Maiden, a former member of
the Global Guardians and Justice League America, was sought
for questioning. The American press had a field day, as
Ice Maiden had gained notoriety for a recent guest appearance
on ABC's Ellen. Ice Maiden was able to find many
witnesses who claimed that she was with them, despite Firestorm's
public insistence that she was indeed a member of the "new
Justice League Europe" guarding the Comtelle diamonds at
the museum the day of the murders.
Two weeks ago, the Justice League of America (representing
surviving relatives) filed legal claims to the remains of
Crimson Fox, Blue Devil and Amazing Man. J'onn J'onzz, known
as the Martian Manhunter, insisted that the identities of
the fallen heroes remain secret unless revealed by any next
Shortly after its founding, the JLA organization petitioned
the United States Congress (and later, the United Nations)
to enact bills protecting the privacy rights of any hospitalized
or deceased superheroes. Those laws have been invoked many
times, including during the Alliance Invasion when the world's
metahumans fell ill and more recently following the retrieval
of the Shadow Fighters' corpses from a deadly confrontation
with Eclipso in Parador.
The French populace have been respectful of Crimson Fox's
privacy; even the notorious European paparazzi have made
only a few dozen attempts to photograph her mutilated corpse.
French President Jacques Chirac has personally asked Superman
for permission to build a public tomb for her if no family
members lay claim to the body. The French government has
made plans for a memorial service.
Crimson Fox had been called "the
European Batman", both for her battle ferocity and her
gymnastic ability. Shortly after her first appearance over
three years ago, the French press made her a national celebrity
and she quickly rivaled Elongated Man as the French people's
favorite superhero. Crimson Fox joined the European branch
of Justice League International and stayed with that team
until its dissolution. According to Firestorm, it was Crimson
Fox who led the drive to create a new "Justice League
Europe" and she was unanimously chosen as team leader.
Blue Devil, whose identity as stuntman
Dan Patrick Cassidy has always been public, rose to fame five
years ago when a magical spell welded him into a movie-monster
exoskeleton. Since then he'd approached numerous scientists,
magicians and superhumans in an effort to remove the costume.
Cassidy had been described by friends as a "weirdness
magnet" for his consistent ability to attract supervillains,
monsters and aliens. He'd since joined the JLA and somehow
gained a new costume. Friends say that Dan, although well-known
for his sense of humor, had grown increasingly depressed following
the death of his close friend, noted Verner Brothers movie
producer Marla Bloom.
Not much is known of Amazing Man, although
he is thought to be a descendent of the Amazing Man of the
1940s who gained much acclaim as the first African-American
"mystery man." Although the current Amazing Man
had not garnered national attention, many superheroes have
credited him with saving the entire planet from the Overmaster.
He joined a splinter group of the Justice League lead by Captain
Atom, but almost nothing is known of their activities.
Mr. Mxyzptlk seen getting pancaked by Doomsday.
IMP SHRIMP WIMP LIMPS!
by Clark Kent
METROPOLIS --Mr. Myxzptlk, the fifth-dimensional
menace who has turned Metropolis topsy-turvy with his antics
over the last several years, was believed to have been fatally
wounded while recreating Superman's fight to the death with
Doomsday. However, it turned out that the imp had only been
suffering from a large buildup of intestinal gas. Sources
close to Mr. Mxyzptlk wish that they hadn't been quite so
NEW YORK - A gala gathering at Warriors
was marred by a drunken intrusion, but it couldn't ruin the
Giffen Tribute that attracted dozens of unappreciated superheroes.
The center of the party was a man known only as "Giffen";
metahumans on the scene were tight-lipped as to his identity;
however, heroes present such as Blue Beetle, Heckler, Stealth
and Strata credited Giffen with shaping them into who they
are today. It's suspected that Giffen is either a martial
arts instructor or a sitcom writer.
MINOR DISRUPTION BY LOBO & FATE
Metamenaces Lobo and Fate crashed the party. Fate was quickly
bounced, although the unconscious Lobo was left sleeping
in a booth. Producer David Geffen was also thrown out, having
misunderstood the nature of the night's celebrations.
Aztek tends bar at Warrior's