Monday, June 28, 2010

Justice League of America #13-15 (11/07- 1/08)

Batman was left in a straight jacket by the Joker at the Hall of Doom. The Caped Crusader dislocated his shoulders to find release, but was swiftly recaptured by the Clown Prince, Lex Luthor, Cheetah, Gorilla Grodd and Dr. Light.

Vixen attended a meeting of the remaining Justice League members to plot their next course of action. Superman suggested she join Black Canary and himself in visiting the warehouse where Firestorm, Batman and Red Arrow had their recent battles. While Dinah was out of earshot, the Man of Steel confronted the Lady Fox about his deduction that Vixen could no longer access the morphogenetic field. Instead, she had somehow been siphoning the powers of her fellow heroes to compensate. Superman figured it was best Vixen stick by him, as he had power to spare. He also suggested Vixen should level with her teammates, and try to correct the problem with their help.

The trio were ambushed by Dr. Light, Gorilla Grodd and Cheetah. Canary launched into an overwhelming assault on the rapist of her friend Sue Dibny, until Grodd pulled her off Light. Vixen, with her Kryptonian powers, managed to knock out the Super-Gorilla with one punch. However, the Parasite had been in hiding, and seized Vixen. Through her bond with Superman, Parasite took out both heroes with his absorption powers. Black Lightning showed up to run Parasite off, but not before he teleported away with all the other heroes and villains save Superman.

Vixen was bound and tortured along with her teammates, as Lex Luthor played games with Superman and Black Lightning. Before long though, Firestorm made the scene to free Batman, and the Caped Crusader extended the courtesy to everyone else.

Vixen fought her way past a molten foe to restore Superman's powers with a kiss. It was all downhill from there for the villain's camp, and Vixen's old acquaintances Amanda Waller and Ben Turner (along with the current Suicide Squad) carted them all away.

Batman, believing Firestorm to power to be left to his own devices, drafted Firestorm into the League.

The Injustice League" was by Dwayne McDuffie, Joe Benitez, Ed Benes, Victor Llamas and Sandra Hope.

You can read this story from different perspectives at the following blogs:

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Justice League of America Wedding Special #1 (November, 2007)

Batman had the foresight to recognize that Ollie Queen would not want strippers at his bachelor party, and that paparazzi would inevitably swarm the Happy Harbor, Rhode Island hotel Hal Jordan had planned the event at. The Dark Knight advanced Jordan some cash to pay off the exotic dancers, and asked John Stewart to decorate the Hall of Justice in anticipation of the party's relocation.

The Martian Manhunter, still in his One Year Later "conehead" look, attended Oliver Queen's bachelor party at the Hall of Justice. He was seen relating a story to Beast Boy that excited the changeling so much he covered his mouth with both hands-- or something.

Aquaman, by whom I mean the young Joseph Arthur Curry that began appearing as the Sword of Atlantis in this period, walked a few feet past the pair. Later, Joesph was pestered by Guy Gardner. Tempest was also in attendance.

Firestorm was following a lead on a case when he ended up mauled by a new super-villain collective and left for dead. Some noteworthy parties affiliated with this army included Amazo, Despero, Black Manta, Felix Faust, and members of the Aryan Brigade, though none got play in the tale.

Batman received word that Firestorm had been admitted to St. Vincent's Hospital, and flew to the crime scene with Roy "Red Arrow" Harper in tow. The pair (well, mostly Batman) worked out the scenario Firestorm was faced with through clues. Eventually, the pair fell into an ambush of their own, taken by the Joker, Fatality, and Shadow Thief.

Vixen, Zatanna, Black Canary, Fire and more heroines got down at the bachelorette party held at a Happy Harbor male strip club called the Meat Locker. One of the dancers asked Wonder Woman and Hawkgirl to step outside, where he explained his sister, a nurse, had told him her hospital was treating the gravely injured Firestorm. The pair of heroines was soon after attacked, with the injured Hawkgirl making it to the bachelor party to warn other heroes. Dozens of super-villains were featured in background shots, promotional materials and so forth. Hopefully, dealing with them off panel explains why Martian Manhunter, Aquaman, Zatanna and too many others dropped out of the rest of the story.

"Unlimited, Chapter 1: Injustice League" was by Dwayne McDuffie, Mike McKone and Andy Lanning.

You can read this story from different perspectives at the following blogs:

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Zatanna Gallery by Mitchell Breitweiser

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It isn't easy finding art for Detroit Leaguers who lack the word "man" in their names, and even the A-listers usually only have a piece or two per artist. Alternately, it's rapidly becoming de rigueur to throw my hands up and do whole Zatanna galleries every few Saturdays, because a lot of artists are fixated on her, and they then proceed to draw her a lot. Now, I like Zee, but she's only about my fifth favorite of the Detroit bunch, so I wonder how much creepy fetishism comes into play here. I personally am fondest of her Scarlet Witch riffing blue & white costume, and she's had a few others besides, but 9.825 out of 10 sketches will involve the fishnet stockings. I can appreciate a bit of cheesecake, but I bypass about a fifth of those due to nudity/poor taste, so it's a relief to find a respectable artist like Mitchell "Mitch" Breitweiser. He's typically a Marvel guy, but he brings an old school '40s mood that recalls greats like Al Williamson and Reed Crandall. So basically, he's the antithesis of every other artist to work a Zatannaday so far, even if he also hews to the leggy top hat & tails look. I'm just happy her bum's covered...

Zatanna comission-Mitchell Breitweiser
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Zatanna by Mitchell Breitweiser
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Zatanna by Mitchell Breitweiser WW Chicago 07
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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Motor City Links

Icons: The DC Comics & Wildstorm Art of Jim Lee [Hardcover]
One of the most successful and popular artists to work in comics, Jim Lee is revered by fans worldwide thanks to his hyper-dynamic artwork and innovative character and costume design.

Now, his work on Batman and Superman — not to mention his legion of WildStorm heroes including WildC.A.T.s, Divine Right and Deathblow — is celebrated in this beautiful hardback, which includes an exclusive interview with Jim Lee, a tour of his studio and hundreds of full-colour illustrations and pencils spanning his entire career!

Plus an all-new cover by Lee and an exclusive, all-new eight-page comic strip, written by Paul Levitz (Legion of Super-Heroes) with art by Lee!
# Hardcover: 296 pages
# Publisher: Titan Books (August 17, 2010)
I'm not a big fan of Lee's Martian Manhunter.

DC Super Heroes Ultimate Pop Up Book Deluxe Limited Edition
W/A) Matthew Reinhart Critically acclaimed pop-up engineer Matthew Reinhart celebrates the history, heroes, and villains of the DC Universe in this ultimate 3-D masterpiece! Bursting with over 25 impressive pop-ups, this deluxe format features a variety of unique novelty elements-including a light-up Bat-Signal, a cosmic Justice League of America battle scene, a twirling Lasso of Truth, and a transparent Invisible Jet! Starring Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and many more favorite DC characters, this momentous pop-up exploration releases just in time for DC Comics' 75th Anniversary! Signed and numbered by Matthew, this stunning special edition also features a cloth slipcase and an exclusive extra pop-up, making it an absolute must-have for die-hard DC Super Hero fans of all ages! Limited to 250 copies worldwide!
MSRP: $250.00
Estimated to ship in Oct-2010

DC Comics: The 75th Anniversary Poster Book [Paperback]
Here are 100 of the most important, most incredible, and most bizarre comic-book covers from DC's incredible archives—all perforated and ready to display in your apartment, dorm room, or cubicle. From Action Comics #1 and Batman #1 to lesser-known heroes like Mister District Attorney, this oversized compilation features every major milestone in DC's extraordinary history: Wonder Woman, Swamp Thing, Watchmen, Fables, 100 Bullets, and much more.

On the reverse of each poster are images of related covers and entertaining commentary, often with remarks from the cover artists themselves. Complete with a foreword from longtime DC Comics veteran Paul Levitz, this amazing anthology is a must-have item for any comic-book fan.

208 pages/ Quirk Books (September 15, 2010)
$40.00 US

DC Adventures RPG Hero's Handbook: Super-Hero Roleplaying in the DC Universe [Hardcover]
Join the never-ending battle for truth and justice in the world's greatest super-hero universe, using the world's greatest super-hero roleplaying game! The DC Adventures Hero's Handbook is a complete super-hero RPG, based on the award-winning Mutants & Masterminds system. Take on the roles of legendary DC heroes like Superman, Batman, or Wonder Woman, or create your own! Get started right away with a wide selection of hero archetypes, or build from scratch using a comprehensive creation system. The Hero's Handbook provides everything you need for hours of adventure in the DC Universe, including all the rules of the game, an overview of the original comic-book setting, and details on major heroes and villains, complete with game information. It's all presented in gorgeous full-color, with art by some of DC's most famous illustrators. Experience super-hero adventure in the world that defined the genre: Become a hero of legend with the DC Adventures Hero's Handbook!
On sale August 31, 2010 • 256 pages, $39.95 US

1:10 Variant covers by IVAN REIS
The resurrected have discovered their purpose for being back, but where will the knowledge lead them? Who is the new Aqualad? And what strange event is taking place around the White Power Battery in New Mexico?
Retailers please note: These issues will ship with two covers each. Please see the Previews Order Form for more information.
Issue #9 on sale SEPTEMBER 1
Issue #10 on sale SEPTEMBER 15
32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Cover by ED BENES
The heroes of Milestone Comics return to battle the Justice League in this title collecting JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #27, 28 and 30-34, now in paperback!
On sale October 20 • 176 pg, FC, $14.99 US

Batman: The Brave and the Bold The Videogame
Team up and fight alongside Batman and other superheroes using iconic gadgets while fighting against the most notorious villains in the DC Universe. Discover what it's like to be a superhero in Batman: The Brave and the Bold the Videogame!

JLA Jr (Amazon Princess)
JLA-Z: JLA Detroit (The Aquaman Shrine)
2010 DC "A Universe of Opportunities" Consumer Products Ad (The Idol-Head of Diabolu)

Comics Buyer's Guide #1453 - 2001 (The Aquaman Shrine)
Captain Action Meets Aquaman - 1967 (The Aquaman Shrine)


BATMAN #700: Bat-Creators Share Some Favorite Bat-Things

Some notable Batman creators of the past and present share some of their favorite things from Batman's history

Christopher Nolan On Batman And Superman Movies

From the new issue of Empire Magazine, two quotes from director Christopher Nolan.

Love, Bruce Wayne Style (Slay, Monstrobot of the Deep!!)
Citizen Steel
Co-feature written by JEN VAN METER
Art and cover by FREDDIE WILLIAMS II
Co-feature art by TRAVIS MOORE & DAN GREEN
Learn more about the mysterious past of King Chimera as he revisits a death he feels responsible for while in the hospital room of his fallen teammate! Then, Power Girl alone takes on the reborn gods of Parador, which may be the last thing she ever does!
And in the penultimate chapter of the co-feature, Liberty Belle is shot just as she, Hourman, Tigress and Icicle find the fabled staff of life they’ve been tracking as individuals and as a team!
On sale SEPTEMBER 1 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US

Art and cover by SCOTT KOLINS
“Kingdom Coming” concludes as Magog, the Justice Society of America and the JSA All-Stars are forced back together when all signs point to the events of KINGDOM COME coming to pass! But Magog refuses to rejoin either team and finds himself fighting for his life AGAINST the JSA!
On sale SEPTEMBER 15 • 56 pg, FC, $4.99 US

Art and cover by FREDDIE E. WILLIAMS III
The All-Stars survive their first major battle against an army of super-foes in this first JSA ALL-STARS volume collecting issues #1-6, but in the aftermath, one team member is missing. The mysterious Strike Force has taken that member captive – and there’s someone else who wants the missing hero even more.
On sale October 27 • 160 pg, FC, $14.99 US

Martian Manhunter
Written by J.T. KRUL
1:10 variant cover by PHILIP TAN
From the pages of BRIGHTEST DAY comes Martian Manhunter! His White Lantern vision has led him to the Emerald Archer’s mystical forest. Is he there to save it – or destroy it? Can Oliver stop his former ally?
Retailers please note: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the Previews Order Form for more information.
On sale SEPTEMBER 29 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
2010 The Martian Manhunter Archives Volume 3 PX Edition Table of Contents by Tom Hartley (The Idol-Head of Diabolu)

Written by PAUL DINI
1:10 Variant cover by BRIAN BOLLAND
Zatanna and her cousin Zachary might have their differences – okay, they drive each other crazy – but if they don’t stick together, they’ll be taken to the cleaners by one of Hell’s most powerful demons! He’s betting it all on a chance to claim Zatanna’s soul, and in Vegas, the house always wins!
Retailers please note: This issue will ship with two covers. See the Previews Order Form for more information.
On sale SEPTEMBER 15 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by TONY BEDARD
Secrets involving the “Return of Bruce Wayne” affect all three Sirens and set the girls against each other in a brutal display of their villainous roots! Guest-starring Zatanna and Talia al Ghul.
On sale SEPTEMBER 29 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Monday, June 7, 2010

The Top 20 Aquaman Covers

Aquaman may have gone nearly a quarter-century without appearing on a single comic book cover, but he surely did make up for lost time with an extraordinary run of frontpieces in the 1960s. I adore Jim Aparo, so it pains me to have turned away so many of his illustrations. Aquaman continues to inspire gorgeous art, to the point where this has been my toughest list to make so far. I could/should have taken this thing as high as a top 50, but I figured five-plus hours of work was enough!

20) World's Finest Comics #203 (June, 1971)

A really nice cover, but it's hard to appreciate Aquaman while he's sleeping on the job.

19) Aquaman #22 (July, 1996)

One of the few covers from this period where the Sea King isn't scowling and waving his harpoon in somebody's face.

18) Aquaman #1 (June, 1989)

This is a badass art school project, but it seems a bit out of place applied to a guy commanding fishies. Careful that oar doesn't bean our hero!

17) Aquaman #1 (December, 1991)

Maguire drew a wonderful Aquaman, but he's choking Random Diver Dude, so no credit beyond that.

16) Aquaman #45 (June, 1998)

A bit stiff for an underwater shot, but that's one intense army of sea life bringing up the rear.

15) Brightest Day #3 (Early August, 2010)

A confident Aquaman with an adoring Mera standing at the forefront of a group shot of quality contemporaries? Arthur just had a wetter than average dream.

14) Aquaman #5 (April, 1992)

The Sea King is clearly upset about the loss of his entire lower body!

13) Aquaman #15 (April, 2004)

Alan Davis was supposed to draw an Aquaman mini-series a quarter-century ago. We're all still due, Davis included, as he needs that one "it" project to serve as the cornerstone of his career.

12) The Brave and The Bold #82 (March, 1968)

The Somnambulist Surfer! How can you resist?

11)Aquaman #18 (November,1964)

Everybody loves a wedding.

10) Aquaman #34 (February, 1968)

There's such concern on Arthur's face, and this is the first of many covers of Aquaman cradling Mera.

9) Aquaman #2 (September, 1994)

A really stupid story, but the cover is more than a tease of what lies beneath.

8) Aquaman #62 (June, 1978)

This is a powerful cover, but coming a year after Arthur's death, a bit too late to rate higher.

7) Aquaman #30 (November,1966)

Aquaman covers are kind of morbid, aren't they?

6) Aquaman #53 (September, 1970)

Aquaman is trying to save an entire state from drowning with his bare hands.

5) Aquaman #33 (October, 2005)

There aren't enough comic book covers these days simply showing two people in love.

4) Aquaman #45 (May, 1969)

So many of the great Aquaman covers involve our hero defeated or otherwise in the underdog position. Given his shaky reputation, I'm not so sure that's a good thing.

3) Adventure Comics #452  (July, 1977)

The Sea King in chains! Black Manta decrees he must die! Aqualad poised to strike a deathblow with his mentor's trident! An infant imperiled! A classic image that has haunted the series for decades.

2) Aquaman #42 (November, 1968)

If there was ever any doubt Black Manta was Aquaman's arch-foe, this should have removed it. Eisner-style lettering incorporated into a dramatic, moody whole.

1) Aquaman #1 (February, 1986)

It may be one of his shortest-lived looks/costumes, but this Aquaman cover composition is one of the best loved and memorable of all.

Honorable Mentions:
Adventure Comics #442
Adventure Comics #444
Adventure Comics #466
Adventure Comics #475
Adventure Comics #478
Aquaman #3 (1962)
Aquaman #11 (1963) (1st Mera)
Aquaman #13 (1964)
Aquaman #29 (1966) The first appearance of the Ocean Master.
Aquaman #4 (1986)
Aquaman #5 (1989)
Aquaman #2 (1989)
Aquaman #3 (1992)
Aquaman #6 (1992)
Aquaman #7 (1992)
Aquaman #0 (1994)
Aquaman #12 (1996)
Aquaman #16 (1996)
Aquaman #25 (1996)
Aquaman #36 (1997)
Aquaman #7 (2003)
Aquaman #63 (2000)
Aquaman #20 (2004)
Great sense of motion on this, but a lack of tension... and appropriate clothing, Dolphin-Lass
Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis #40
Aquaman: Time & Tide #3
Showcase #30 (The first Aquaman solo cover, but mediocre all the same.)
The Brave and The Bold #51 (1st team-up cover)
DC Special Series #1 (1977)
The Flash #66 (1992)
Justice League of America #94
Justice League of America #242
The Legend of Aquaman #1 (1989
Superman #63 (1992)
Superman: The Man of Steel #48
Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane #29

Showcase #79 (December, 1968)

This is Dolphin's debut, but I love the simplicity of this cover so much, I had to include it.

Check out more spotlight countdowns of great art from the past 75 years of DC Comics Covers at DC75: Top Character Covers of the Dodranscentennial

Saturday, June 5, 2010

The Top 10 Zatanna Covers

Super-heroes failed out before the "Golden Age" truly ended, replaced by crime and horror comics. The Silver Age wasn't so much about reviving some fine heroic tradition as mining a formerly rich vein in the fallow period after Dr. Wertham ruined all that was good and salacious about '50s comics. The new wave of DC heroes worked off the premise that the original set had faded away for a reason, so any updates of Flashes and Green Lanterns needed to be separate, contemporary entities. Because of this, Zatanna was pretty much the first true "legacy" character, as she was the daughter of the outdated Mandrake knock-off Zatara, and followed his m.o. more closely than most of her fellows. Just as young collectors had slowly begun to seek out back issues and draw lines between "their" DC heroes and their predecessors, Zatanna searched for her father, who had been missing from the funny pages for ages. Also, rather than being given her own title, Zatanna linked a number of the updated heroes together as part of a shared universe through her guest appearances in various titles. Unfortunately, finding Zatara meant Zatanna would begin her own disappearing act until the late '70s, when nostalgia and the need for super-heroines in the post-feminist era kicked in. Even returned as a member of the Justice League, Zatanna remained undervalued, as she played a fairly negligible role for nearly a decade. I can't tell you how many covers hit the dust bin because I was tired of seeing the heroine played as a frail thing in need of male assistance, or depicted as though she'd stepped out of a lad mag. Only in recent years has Zatanna truly begun to be recognized as one of DC's most powerful heroes, and the bearer of a Golden Age lineage besides. Because of this, you'll be seeing a lot more modern covers than you might have expected for a forty-six year old creation.

10) Zatanna: Everyday Magic (2003)

Just an attractive cover that introduced the "little star" iconography to her spellcasting.

9) DC Super Stars #11 (January, 1977)

Zee's first solo story, and although she's in a too typical "damsel in distress" mode, at least she's the only one there to save herself.

8) Catwoman #72 (December, 2007)

This cover teaches us that Zatanna is powerful enough to have changed the course of the life of one of DC's most famous characters with one spell.

7) Identity Crisis #2 (September, 2004)

I think Mike Turner was a terrible DC artist, and a lot about this cover is simply awful, but the image foreshadows the story that has redefined Zatanna. Surrounded by the satellite-era League, she's the one to worry about.

6) Green Arrow #52 (September, 2005)

I know this must seem random, but how many covers can you think of where Zaranna is aggressive and heroic? Plus, Ollie cocking back an arrow does not look like he's going to be the one carrying the weight in a fight against this crowd.

5) Justice League of America: Zatanna's Search (2004)

What's nice about this cover is the way it incorporates aspects of all of Zee's appearances to date, as well as making room for daddy. What hurts is that it's still the other heroes in action while Zee stands around, and it's just so damned red.

4)Justice League of America #51 (February, 1967)

I like classic, iconic covers for these lists, but Zatanna's early appearances did not often cast her in the best light. Here, she's lit up by a mystical candle while other heroes struggle to help. I appreciate that she's the character to draw your eye, but the others really fill out the cover, and she's still in  need of assistance.

3) Seven Soldiers: Zatanna #1 (June, 2005)

I struggled with this one in the top spot, between those glorious bunnies and the contrast with Zee's costume. However, Zee's passivity and the unnecessary hints of goth/fetish held it back.

2) Seven Soldiers: Zatanna #4 (December, 2005)

I'm sure this has the potential to be controversial, but it's a strong image of a pro-active Zee with plenty of elements to let you know she's a powerful magician. That's a rarer combination than you'd think. She still has a lightness about her, but works comfortably in the dark.

1) Zatanna #1 (July, 2010)

I've had problems with Zatanna's costumes for years, since she looks conventional and out of place amongst super-heroes in magician clothes, but boring and generic in her super-suits. I think this is the first costume that gets the balance right, so that she looks like a magician super-hero, instead of one or the other.

Honorable Mentions:
Adventures of Superman #644
Blue Devil #4
Catwoman #50
Catwoman #58
DC Comics Presents #18
DC Special Blue Ribbon Digest #5
Impulse #17
JLA #118
Justice League of America #161
Justice League of America #164
Justice League of America #191
Secret Origins #27
Seven Soldiers of Victory Volume One
Seven Soldiers: Zatanna #2
Seven Soldiers: Zatanna #3
Shadowpact #16

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The Top Ten Vixen Covers

Escaping from Africa after the murder of her parents, Mari Jiwe McCabe became a supermodel in the United States. As the inheritor of the Tantu Totem, Mari could access the powers of the animal kingdom to seek justice as the Vixen. I was introduced to her through Suicide Squad, and randomly bumped into Vixen on various books until finally becoming a fan upon reading her first run on Justice League of America. Mari's a vivacious and formidable woman who has finally begun to see the respect she deserves in recent years, even if her subplot in the last League series seemed endless and was ultimately mangled. Vixen's my favorite Detroit member after Manhunter and Aquaman, so compiling this list was a pleasure...

10) Action Comics #521 (July, 1981)
I had to include Vixen's first published appearance, hideous costume and awkward layout inclusive.

9) Suicide Squad #43 (July, 1990)
I realize this may look to the uninitiated like an old man trying to grope Mari, but that's actually the Soviets' answer to the Golden Age Superman.

8) Vixen: Return of the Lion #3 (February, 2009)
This is just such a weird-cool cover, I had to include it. Besides, this whole mini-series was a feast for the eyes.

7) The Flash #46 (January, 1991)
The Lady Fox versus the Scarlet Speedster at the command of Gorilla Grodd? I'm so there!

6) Vixen: Return of the Lion #4 (March, 2009)
A bit on the serene side, but Vixen has been more delicate since the end of the Detroit era.

5) Justice League of America #239 (June, 1985)
Once again, Vixen is a lady fox not to be trifled with, here girding for lethal combat against her murderous uncle.

4) Justice League of America #38 (December, 2009)
As with the Detroit League, Vixen is again among the last heroes standing against a devastating threat at the end of her team's short life. Factor in this issue setting up an all-girl Detroit reunion against their resurrected male counterparts. Account for the absence of much needed A-listers and a visit from Despero. There you have a meaningful image for the Bronze Age faithful.

3) Vixen: Return of the Lion #1 (December, 2008)
A gorgeous cover just a tad too similar in elements to the #1 pick.

2) Justice League of America #234 (January, 1985)
Vixen at her most furiously feral, on her first spotlight cover in the costume that set the standard for all that followed.

1) Justice League of America #4- J.G. Jones Cover (January, 2007)
A work of art!

Honorable Mentions:
Animal Man #10
Animal Man #44
Birds of Prey #72
Birds of Prey #73
DC Comics Presents #68
JSA Classified #16
Justice League of America #12
Justice League of America #24
Justice League of America #26
Justice League Unlimited #21
Suicide Squad #11
Suicide Squad #25
Vixen: Return of the Lion #2
Justice League of America #40
Titans #36
Justice League International #6

Cancelled Comic Cavalcade Volume One, Cancelled Comic Cavalcade Volume Two
Vixen showed up on both these pseudo-covers to xeroxed copies of unpublished comics that fell victim to the DC Implosion. Technically, these would constitute Vixen's first appearances, since the first issue of her aborted series has never seen print anywhere else.

Speaking of which, here's my badly colored look at the cover to The Vixen #1:

If you find yourself still fancying kitty after this, hop over to my Wonder Woman blog and check out Top 10 Cheetah Covers