It's about time Maryland got its own comic book.
Well, maybe not its own comic book, but at least prominent display on the cover of a comic book.
This month's first issue of DC Comics' "Justice League of America," available Feb. 20, is being published with a series of alternate covers. The cover itself is a variation on the iconic World War II photo of soldiers raising the U.S. flag on Iwo Jima. In Justice League of America's version, members of the league (including Catwoman, Green Lantern and Green Arrow) are raising a flag after what is doubtless a great victory.
There are, as you might have guessed, 51 variations of the cover -- one for each U.S. state and Puerto Rico. Maryland's, with the Calvert and Crossland family coats of arms proudly displayed, can be purchased at area comic-book stores.
(No word on which, if any, of the Justice League of America members are from Maryland. Only sure bet is that it isn't the Martian Manhunter.)
Time to show off a little of that Free State pride. Of course, if you're a serious collector, you'll want all 51. And at $3.99 a pop, you'd have to be pretty darn serious.