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This Week in WWAC History: Cook Your Comics Thanksgiving Spectacular

I know not all of our valued readers will be celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday in the coming week, but even if you aren’t, I think you will still enjoy last year’s food fest from the Cook Your Comics series presented by WWAC Staffer, Annie.

 Cook Your Comics: Thanksgiving Spectacular, Part 1, November 14, 2014,

Thanksgiving is coming soon for those of us in the United States. It’s my favorite holiday. It’s both the biggest cooking holiday of the year and it’s always around my birthday — in fact, my birthday is on Thanksgiving this year, so my birthday cake will probably be a pumpkin pie. And about 10 years ago, it began to remind me of one of my favorite comic series, JSA.

JSA #54 cover, Geoff Johns, Carlos Pacheco, Jesus Merino, J.D. Mettler, DC Comics 2003The Justice Society of America first appeared in 1940, but its greatest run began in 1999 when James Robinson and David Goyer started a new volume of JSA after Robinson completed his magnum opus Starman. Starmanexplored the DC Universe through multiple generations of heroes: in this case, Golden Age Starman Ted Knight and his sons, David and Jack Knight, both of whom eventually took on the Starman mantle. JSA was a logical next step, opening up the world of so many legacy characters that had different iterations through the Golden Age, Silver Age, and beyond. As with most major-publisher comics, the JSA and its members have a long and convoluted history which is nicely summed up in this Wikipedia entry. Geoff Johns took over writing JSA in 2000, and his run was wonderful and lasted several years. It was through reading Starman and JSA that I truly fell in love with the whole (pre-New 52) DC Universe. READ MORE

Cook Your Comics: Thanksgiving Spectacular, Part 2, November 21, 2014,

Cook Your Comics Corn CasserolePreviously, in Cook Your Comics Thanksgiving Spectacular, Part 1: If you’re going to feed the whole Justice League and Society, you’re going to need a lot of casseroles.

Okay, so we’re not quite done with casseroles. If you live in the northern U.S., casseroles are known as a “hot dish” which makes sense because it’s really cold there for a large portion of the year. Coming home to a casserole dish full of hot, comforting food is great on a cold day, so they’re perfect for a late November holiday. Really, they’re great year-round — and portable, so you can bring them to a potluck, or a family with a new baby, or wherever people need good food that’s easy to reheat. Swoop in with the right casserole, and you can be somebody’s superhero! READ MORE

Cook Your Comics: Thanksgiving Spectacular, Part 3, November 25, 2014,

Pecan PiePreviously, in Cook Your Comics Thanksgiving Spectacular, Part 1: Recipes for Green Bean Casserole, Glazed Carrots, and Holiday Sweet Potato Casserole. And in Part 2: Corn Casserole, Cornbread Dressing, and Fresh Cranberry Sauce.

And now: pie. You’re gonna hear from those Justice Society guys if you don’t have pie.

But what about the turkey? Hang in there. I’ve saved it for last. You should start prepping the turkey the night before Thanksgiving. (Or earlier if you have a frozen turkey. You have to start thawing it in the fridge on Monday or Tuesday at the latest.) But you should make the pies a day or two ahead of time. They take some time in the oven, and even if you have a double oven, you don’t have that kind of time on Thanksgiving Day if you’re also baking a turkey and all these other dishes. And it’s best if you let the pie sit for a while.

A word about pie crusts: I’m not great at them, and it takes me forever and makes a huge mess when I try to make one of my mediocre crusts. Therefore, I use frozen pie crusts which always work well and taste just fine. Frozen crust technology has come a long way. In fact, many of them can be gently popped out of the aluminum pie plate they come in and slipped into a regular pie plate so you can pretend you made it yourself.If you want to make your own, try this method. (Editor and pie crust maker’s note: you will also want to plan on making the pie crust at least one day prior to making the pie filling.)

And a warning: When you put one a pie in the oven, set it on a baking sheet first. If it decides to make a hot sugar volcano inside your oven, it’s easier to clean off the baking sheet than the bottom of your oven. READ MORE

Happy Eating!