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This week, we’re asking DC fans to submit their fun trivia facts about a team of kids that adults think they have it too easy. But there’s nothing easy about being a teenage superhero. Just ask the members of this team. Along with the usual growing pains facing all teenagers, they’ve confronted some of the galaxy’s wickedest villains. All the while trying to prove themselves to their mentors in the Justice League.

But then, that’s why the team first banded together. After all, grown-ups have trouble understanding normal teenagers, let alone metahuman ones. So Robin, Kid Flash, and Superboy were grateful to find in each other some friends who understood their unique situation.

While their roster swelled over the years, the team never lost sight of the fun in simply being young.

Of course, we can only be talking about the one and only Young Justice!

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The team name “Young Justice” came from a misunderstanding between Impulse and a bystander when he referred to the team as a “young Justice League.” Impulse tried to correct him by simply saying, “we’re young, but just us.”

“Oh, Young Justice!”

-source: Young Justice #1 1998

https://www.dcuniverse.com/comics/book/young-justice-1998-1/c5833a53-d5db-459b-9e4a-2ad74f8ab007/reader

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As revealed by Brandon Vietti on his blog, the JL Watchtower in Young Justice is a decommissioned Green Lantern base station that was towed to Earth by Hal Jordan and John Stewart.

One clue to the Green Lantern origins of the Watchtower are the designs cut into the rising elements of the Mission Room floor. Those designs are basically Green Lantern symbols. Also, the entire station is built for beings capable of flight. We tried to reflect this by designing a lot of vertical spaces with stacked ledges that don’t appear to be easy to get to for pedestrians. There are elevators for pedestrian visitors but they’re not highly visible.

The Watchtower’s structure was carved into the body of an asteroid. Through the sophistication of the carving, the design aesthetic, and the implied technology throughout I hoped to communicate at a glance that the structure had not been constructed by human hands. I say “implied technology” because clearly the Watchtower has gravity, atmosphere, and cloaking capabilities that hide it from ground based telescopes and radar but no technology is seen performing these functions. Humans obviously have no such technology so advanced alien technology is implied here. The only exceptions to the alien tech are the few pieces of Earth tech (Zeta Tubes, etc.) that the League added to suit their needs. I had hoped to find a place in the series to explain all of this but we had so many other story elements to manage in each episode that the Watchtower back story fell to greater needs. We did manage to mention that the Watchtower has no weapons in the 20th episode of season one (Coldhearted).

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As of the end of season 3, The Young Justice Series developer Greg Weisman has voiced a few characters in the series.


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In there animated series they are never referred to as Young Justice.
They are called The Team.

Source:Young Justice the series.

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The villain Mighty Endowed was originally named “Sex Kitten” (and civilian name Professor Saxcontain) hence the cat themed design

Comic Legends: Why Was That Young Justice Villain Cat-Themed?

Mighty Endowed wasn’t her original name. She was originally called “Sex Kitten” - that’s why she had a cat theme to her costume. We’d done up the first issue, and I guess it didn’t meet approval, or the higher-ups said we shouldn’t have a character named Sex Kitten in the book for fear of maybe younge readers reading the book, so they changed her name to Mighty Endowed. Often people ask me, “Why did you go with a cat theme for the Mighty Endowed character?” and I just let them know that her real last name was Saxcontain, which led her to be the Sex Kitten as opposed to what she ended up being, Nina Dowd, becoming the Mighty Endowed. So yeah, Peter David loved to his play-on-words villain.

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There is a podcast dedicated to the young justice animated show called “whelmed: the young justice files.” They’ve had on actors, producers, writers, storyboard artists and more from the show.

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Tim never actually told the team his real identity. In issue 20 of Young Justice 1998 he showed them his face, but told them that his name was Alvin Draper which Superboy was quick to call out as fake. Bart actually came the closest to guessing his real name (he guessed Timmy Drake). It wasn’t until issues 45/46 during the whole World Without Young Justice arc where they all found out he was actually Tim Drake!

Source: Young Justice 1998 issues 20, 45, and 46

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Kaldur aka Aqualad was a completely original character in the Young Justice cartoon. A version of him named Jackson Hyde would later debut in Brightest Day #4.

Source: Young Justice: 20 Things Fans Didn't Know About DC's Beloved Team

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Kaldur’ahm’s name comes from his adoptive father, Calvin Durham: kal=cal dur’ahm=durham

Source: Kaldur'ahm - Wikipedia
“His name is a reference to the character Calvin “Cal” Durham (the character’s foster father)”

Also it’s kinda obvious from watching the show.

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Characters’ who them and their parent are played by the same voice actor:

Danica McKellar: Megan/Marie Logan

Nolan North: superboy/superman

Khart Payton: kaldur’ahm/black manta

Jeff Bennett: red tornado/red torpedo/red volcano/ t.o. morrow

Kelly Hu: Lian Nguyen-harper/Jade nguyen/Paula crock

Mae Whitman: Cassie sandsmark/Dr. Helena Sandsmark

Crispin Freeman: Roy harper (red arrow and speedy and guardian)- this fun fact could be that all the clones are played by the same actor

Source: Young Justice (TV Series 2010– ) - Cast & Crew - IMDb

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The animated show changed the founding members from Kon-el, Tim Drake and Impulse to Dick Grayson, Wally West and Kaldur’ahm.

Source: Young Justice: The Secret #1 (1998) and Young Justice: Independence Day (season 1, episode 1)

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There was another short-lived team called Young Justice in Young Justice (1998–) #20. They only lasted a couple issues, though. It featured the following:

  • Casandra Cain (Batgirl)
  • Flamebird (Bette Kane)
  • CM3 (Freddie Freeman, Captain Marvel Jr., little blue cheese—what have you)
  • Lagoon Boy (called La’gann in the Young Justice TV series; unnamed in the comics)
  • and Beast Boy (but not Ilshu Nor; some green kid name “Garfield Logan”)

Speaking of Lagoon Boy, in the Young Justice TV series, La’gann’s catchphrase is “Neptune’s Beard”, translated to “Poseidonis Pongon” in Atlantean in the Season 2 finale. (Source: Search Ask Greg : Gargoyles : Station Eight)

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In this universe, Beast Boy aka Garfield Logan got his green skin and his shape-shifting powers to turn into any animal in the world, was because of Miss Martian saved his life after being nearly died from an accident by using her blood to save him, while in the comics and an episode of Teen Titans Go! explains that when he was young and lived with his parents, who are scientists in a part of Africa. He got attacked by a rare species of green monkey, West African green monkey, which gave him a fatal disease, so his parents created a serum to save their son’s life, and it not only saved him, it turned his whole body green and make him shape-shift into any animal he could think of from dinosaurs, mythical creatures (except Pegasus), some hybrids, to even copies of anthropomorphic cartoon animals, like Yogi Bear and Scooby-Doo (if offered a Scooby Snack). Both of these explanations could be very obvious of what made Beast Boy one of the most insane characters and heroes in the DC Universe.

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All of this is from Young Justice (2019–) #1:


The founding members of the team are (from left to right):

  • Robin/Tim Drake:
    He just “rolled up into [Metropolis]”. Initially mistaken by the villains to be Superman, Robin met Jinny Hex (see below), whom he thought was a “Gotham City type”. (See Page 17/38)
  • Wonder Girl/Cassandra Sandsmark:
    In Metropolis, she was “Working. Going to school in the fall.” Four minutes prior to the attack, she was coincidentally met by Robin. When he asked her what she was doing in Metropolis, she gave him a cryptic reply.(See Page 18/38 and 19/38)
  • Teen Lantern:
    The first newbie to the team, the Teen Lantern first debuts in a big green energy construct robot thingy. She catches Wonder Girl (see above) in an energy-constructed baseball glove, where she introduced herself: “I’m Teen Lantern. I’m new. This is nuts. Hi”. She makes a physical appearance on the cover, but in the actual issue, she’s just seen as a robot. She also promises us a better name than “Teen Lantern” when Impulse (see below) spills the beans about Young Justice. After about 20 issues of Young Justice, Keli Quintela has yet to think of a cool name. She is the only Bolivian hero (having grown up in its capital, La Baz) in DC to date. (See Page 26/38, the last panel from 25/38, and Page 29/38; for her and Jinny Hex’s origin, see Young Justice (2019–) #6)
  • Impulse (or Bart Allen; whatever, it’s totally crash):
    He makes an extemporaneous appearance in saving a few soldiers, an old woman on a scooter and then a bunch of kids, all the while rambling too fast that no one can head him. He seems to remember the old version of Young Justice from before Flashpoint; leading up to page 28/38 (digital version), Bart kept saying to himself, “It’s happening”, alluding to the initial (re)formation of Young Justice. As evident by the last few pages, the artist, Pat Gleason, made Bart run “different than any other Flash” because he moves “faster than the human eye”. Showing him jumping or tripping over stuff “humanizes him”. Before gracing page 21/38 (or 22/38, where he stands still enough to be visible), he was “running to Canada to join Alpha—” before cutting himself off. Like the Gemworld offenders, he was wondering where Superman was. (See Page 22/38, 23/38, 26/38)
  • Jinny Hex:
    Although not directly revealed in this issue, in which she got pulled over by a cop (Her grumblings on the matter can be found on the first panel of page 11/38.), Jinny Hex is the great-great-granddaughter of Jonah Hex. She’s in “the home of Superman” because she needs help with one of the many items in her ancestor’s trunk (covered by a tarp). She knows how to use firearms, although they seem ineffective of the invaders from Gemworld. (Don’t worry; on page 26/38, she upgrades to a laser pistol.) She’s new to the team, but she appeared in Batman Giant #4 (in 2018) first.

Although Amethyst and Superboy both appear on the cover, they don’t appear until the last few pages of the actual story, where they are met by Robin and Impulse, respectively.

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In Young Justice (2019–) #7, Young Justice went on a multiversal road trip after the Gemworld fiasco.

They first went to chibi Earth (Earth-42). Impulse humorously threatened to eat their Lilliputian onlookers, the Earth-42 Justice League. Chibi Batman, nervous, pressured Cyborg into sending them home.

Well, not “home” home—to Earth-26, the talking animals Earth. Met by Captain Carrot’s League of Shadows (or the Zoo Crew; he admits it’s one of those.), Impulse was once again overwhelmed with cuteness. Jinny and Quintela were conversely whelmed; Wonder Girl covered both their mouths to prevent them from screaming in shock. Captain C. recognized they were from Earth-0, so his colleague used the multiverse mallet to send them home.

Two for two. Literally. They apparently didn’t get sent home but instead wound up on Kingdom Come Earth, Earth-22. Superman got mad when Superboy mentioned he was a half clone of Lex Luthor. Alan Scott incapacitated Young Justice; WW used her lasso on her cross-dimensional protégé to find out how Young Justice got there. (She gave a bit too much information. It’s been a rough couple of days for them.) They helped the Earth 22 Justice League battle the Sons and Daughters of the Bat, who were after Superman. Eventually, Doctor Fate sent them home (or rather, to the “worst Earth”; he misaimed because he “didn’t carry the two”.) There was also a brief dispute between Alan Scott and the Teen Lantern (still no name change). He did admit her ring was cool (Don’t tell anyone) and that he’d like to (possibly) hire her as an intern.

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Ok, one more.

They meet their evil doubles on Earth-3 in Young Justice (2019–) #7 and battle them in the next two issues.

Young Justice (2019–) #9 expands upon TL’s origin story. A character made solely for the Young Justice team, she found an alien device in a junkyard that gives her access to the Green Lantern Battery. (It’s not a GL ring, though, and she still hasn’t changed her name.)

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Detailed information here, but storyline summaries aren’t what we’re looking for in the “Fun Facts” section.

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:ice_cube: In the first episode of the animated Young Justice (and elaborated in the season 1 episode “Terrors”), four ice villains—Killer Frost, Captain Cold, Freeze, and Icicle Jr.—launched simultaneous attacks in different locations.
:gorilla: A similar crossover happened in their tie-in comic, Young Justice (2011–2013) #18–19, but instead of being ice-themed, it was primate-themed, featuring Grodd, Solovar, Ultra-Humanite, and Mallah. The former two debuted in said issue, while Ultra-Humanite was a part of the Injustice League (and, in season 3, The Light) and Mallah worked with the Brain in the episode “Alpha Male”. Congorilla also appears (as do many, many, many other gorillas), but not until issue #19.
Strangely, Young Justice (2011–2013) #2 and Young Justice (2011–2013) #18 have the same title: “Monkey Business”.

Speaking of YJ comics, Young Justice: Outsiders (DC Universe Exclusive) 2018– #1 is the first comic made specifically for this app! (Source: 'Young Justice: Outsiders' Debuts as First Comic Created for DC Universe | Hollywood Reporter)
And there was meant to be an issue featuring the Arrow and Marvel families (Source: The World's Finest - Young Justice, seventh question)

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Yup, and according to Greg W., this was because they didn’t want to give The Team an “unearned” name since it wasn’t a direct adaptation of the comics’ Young Justice.
(Source: Search Ask Greg : Gargoyles : Station Eight)

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