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    I like it when Superman teams up with mystical types, like Dr. Fate, the Spectre, Phantom Stranger and Etrigan. I'd put Fate at the top of the list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gaius View Post
    Same. Clark and Hal have such an interesting dynamic. Hal is generally so cocksure, but around Superman, he's so different. He absolutely wants to be Superman's best friend and Superman's not really as enthusiastic. It's not that Superman dislikes Hal, he no doubt has a lot of affection for him, but rather that Hal's so much more into their friendship than Clark is. It can be played for laughs, certainly, but I think there's something truthful there as well that a lot of people can relate to. We've all had some friend who's a lot more invested in our friendship than we are, or vice versa.

    Gaiman did such a wonderful job of exploring the Clark/Hal friendship too, during a particularly low point in Hal's life. I always appreciated how Clark never lost faith in Hal during the whole Parallax period.

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    Nightwing is the correct answer. Dick is the nephew few never had.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bored at 3:00AM View Post
    Same. Clark and Hal have such an interesting dynamic. Hal is generally so cocksure, but around Superman, he's so different. He absolutely wants to be Superman's best friend and Superman's not really as enthusiastic. It's not that Superman dislikes Hal, he no doubt has a lot of affection for him, but rather that Hal's so much more into their friendship than Clark is. It can be played for laughs, certainly, but I think there's something truthful there as well that a lot of people can relate to. We've all had some friend who's a lot more invested in our friendship than we are, or vice versa.

    Gaiman did such a wonderful job of exploring the Clark/Hal friendship too, during a particularly low point in Hal's life. I always appreciated how Clark never lost faith in Hal during the whole Parallax period.
    That’s an interesting way of putting it, but yeah I would agree. Of the core four GLs I think John is probably the most popular with the other Leaguers and with Clark. Hal is too close to Ollie who is probably the second most… controversial Leaguer after Guy Gardner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vordan View Post
    That’s an interesting way of putting it, but yeah I would agree. Of the core four GLs I think John is probably the most popular with the other Leaguers and with Clark. Hal is too close to Ollie who is probably the second most… controversial Leaguer after Guy Gardner.
    The League strikes me as a group with a lot of cliques. Superman & Batman have their own thing, then they have another with Wonder Woman, whereas Barry is tight with Hal, who's close with Dinah & Ollie, who Barry doesn't get along with. Hawkwoman, Hawkman & Atom are another little clique.

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    Just for fun, a fantastic issue from a fantastic series.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JudicatorPrime View Post
    I like it when Superman teams up with mystical types, like Dr. Fate, the Spectre, Phantom Stranger and Etrigan. I'd put Fate at the top of the list.
    Agreed, I like the Doc Fate team ups. Not that it was an all-time classic or anything, but the Bendis issue when Clark and Khalid Fate had their heart to heart was pretty cool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bored at 3:00AM View Post
    Same. Clark and Hal have such an interesting dynamic. Hal is generally so cocksure, but around Superman, he's so different. He absolutely wants to be Superman's best friend and Superman's not really as enthusiastic. It's not that Superman dislikes Hal, he no doubt has a lot of affection for him, but rather that Hal's so much more into their friendship than Clark is. It can be played for laughs, certainly, but I think there's something truthful there as well that a lot of people can relate to. We've all had some friend who's a lot more invested in our friendship than we are, or vice versa.

    Gaiman did such a wonderful job of exploring the Clark/Hal friendship too, during a particularly low point in Hal's life. I always appreciated how Clark never lost faith in Hal during the whole Parallax period.
    I like to think Hal is actually the biggest "fan" of Superman of the League members.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bored at 3:00AM View Post
    The League strikes me as a group with a lot of cliques. Superman & Batman have their own thing, then they have another with Wonder Woman, whereas Barry is tight with Hal, who's close with Dinah & Ollie, who Barry doesn't get along with. Hawkwoman, Hawkman & Atom are another little clique.
    What about poor Aquaman--is everyone laughing behind his back as he hits the showers?

    I like to think the heroes that were created by the same people get along with each other. Green Arrow and Aquaman get along because they were co-created by Mort Weisinger. Dinah and Barry get long because they were co-created by Bob Kanigher and Carmine Infantino. Barry gets along with Hal because John Broome was a co-creator of both. And Hal gets along with Ray because Gil Kane created both their looks. While Atom and Hawkman hang out because Gardner Fox was their daddy. Supes prefers the company of the Spectre, because Jerry Siegel co-created both. Batman would rather hang out with Alan Scott and Ted Grant, owing to Bill Finger having co-created all three.
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    I want to say these two though they technically are never teamed up together. You rarely see heroes team up with black heroes, even steel rarely shows up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gaius View Post
    I like to think Hal is actually the biggest "fan" of Superman of the League members.
    Absolutely. I think Hal is just so utterly enamoured with Clark, which is ironically why Clark isn't closer friends with him. With the notable exceptions of Ma & Pa, the people closest to Clark tend to be real ball busters. Even Jimmy treats both Clark and Superman as a real person, rather than an icon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Kelly View Post
    What about poor Aquaman--is everyone laughing behind his back as he hits the showers?
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    Meltzer had Arthur and J'Onn as a pair, which felt off to me at the time. I think both of those two are loners.

    If I had to match either of those two, I'd say J'Onn is closest to Batman due to their time in the JLI and Aquaman is closest to Diana, simply because they're the only two who understand the burdens of being royalty.

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    My choice, as we are including teams:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bored at 3:00AM View Post
    Gaiman did such a wonderful job of exploring the Clark/Hal friendship too, during a particularly low point in Hal's life.
    Agreed. Good to know anyone can rely on Clark for a shoulder to lean on...


    Quote Originally Posted by Bored at 3:00AM View Post
    I always appreciated how Clark never lost faith in Hal during the whole Parallax period.
    Agreed. Clark's proven to be a strong individual when it comes to these sorts of things...


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    Well, since its not limited to DC;



    Although short, and not exactly a team up, Jackie Estacado (The Darkness) came to Metropolis to rid the city of its burgeoning organized crime. Power wise, yes Jackie would give the Man of Steel a run for his money (The Darkness is a primordial entity after all), but he did help Clark in his own, if brutal, way.

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