The Most Dangerous Dreams of All!

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Features a television writer from Ohio named “Harlequin Ellis,” who falls in love with Black Canary and after being rebuffed by Green Arrow has a series of dreams in which he takes revenge; dreams which become real.

Date Of First Appearance
May 1971

In an afterword Mike Friedrich discusses the story and the nature of an author placing himself into the mind of his characters. It ends with the paragraph:

“Many are the things a writer is forced to do by the crash-pounding of his creative soul. This story was one of them; for there is no escape from the soul-shatter of the nova-awareness that I, in so many ways, am… Harlequin Ellis!”

This is followed by a small box reading:

“To H.E., that you might understand, brother… Mike Friedrich”

The letter’s page has this answer to a letter praising Friedrich’s previous issues:

“‘New type of stories…new villains…new situations…on the way in JLA’? Not on the way, but here…now – in this ish’s ‘Most Dangerous Dreams of All’! As a by-the-by, when the REAL Harlequin Ellis read the script of this story, he long-distanced us from California to enthusiastically suggest that we use Harlan Ellison as the lead-character’s name. But we decided to let Mike Friedrich’s ‘pun name’ stand.”

Reprinted in:

  • Justice League of America Archives Vol. 10 (DC Comics, April 2012) Collects JLA #81-93. $59.99 ISBN: 978-1-4012-3412-6
  • Showcase Presents: Justice League of America Vol. 5 (DC Comics, April 2011) Collects JLA #84-106 in black-&-white. $19.99 ISBN: 978-1-4012-3025-8
  • Justice League of America: The Bronze Age Omnibus Vol. 1 (DC Comics, May 2017) Collects JLA #77-113. $99.99 ISBN: 978-1-4012-6806-0
  • Justice League of America: The Last Survivors Of Earth! (DC Comics, August 2019) Collects JLA #77-84, 86-92, 94, & 95. $34.99. ISBN:  978-1-4012-8920-1
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