Maybe the Livergoons impersonating the Leaguers isn't so ridiculous,
given that they all speak in the same annoyingly repetitive way.
And Superman returns from space to track down the no-so-dead-after-all Tattoed Man. Turns out the Headmaster just put him into suspended animation and hoped the M.E. didn't have time to gut him that day.
If you won't kill because it's 'nasty',
then supervillain may not be the best profession for you, H.M.
This gives writer O'Neil another opportunity to try to use the familiar conventions of the Silver Age while simultaneously deriding them as stupid.
Um...you pretty much NEVER punch regular humans in the jaw, Superman.
And with good reason. It would be nasty.
And, while capturing Headmaster, Green Arrow says something stupid. I mean, stupid even for Green Arrow.
- Ray, they aren't king-size; you are tiny. You're not fooling anyone but yourself.
- No human being has ever said "gloat-face". Wait...isn't that a Green Arrow villain?
- Batman: "Your thing, Ollie? You mean, get pwned by some goons and captured like a noob sidekick? Sure, Ollie, knock yourself out! It'll save them the trouble."
So, the Headmaster and the Livergoons are defeated and captured, Superman's back from his space-cation, and Ollie is cleared of (these) murder charges. There's nothing...
Editor's Note: Charlie Sneed working in a pretzel factory is supposed to be funny.
What about the opening scene, the gripping one with the paper airplane, thrown out a barred window by someone claiming Green Arrow was going to kill them?!?!?! What does that have to do with the plot?
Nothing. At all.
"PLEASE let me be something other than Green Arrow! ANYTHING!"
It was just a bunch of kids, playing in an abandoned barred-window room at the top of a skyscraper (as kids do), which apparently the police never investigated after Charlie took them the first note.
With stories like this immediately preceding it, no WONDER people manage to have fond memories of the Satellite Era that followed.