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All Star Comics - Archives, VOL 00 Hardcover – Mar 15 2006

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (March 15 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140120791X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401207915
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 1.6 x 26.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,216,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Comics' first superhero team, the Justice Society of America, appeared in 55 issues of All Star Comics between 1940 and 1951, all of which have been previously reprinted in the Archives series. Those collections skipped the magazine's first two issues, however, which contained stories starring characters from various other DC titles. Hence, this "Volume 0" gathering 16 tales featuring some of the era's best-remembered superheroes, including the Flash, Green Lantern, Hawkman, Atom, and the Spectre, all of whom were revived in the 1960s in versions that persist, largely unchanged, to this day. Stories of various third-rate characters who remain deservedly obscure--Ultra-Man, champion of the year 2240; Red, White, and Blue, three U.S. soldiers who fought fifth columnists and other home-front menaces; and Biff Bronson, apparently just a regular guy predisposed to getting into scraps--fill out the book. The artwork may be crude, and the stories ludicrous, but this stuff retains definite charm. Gordon Flagg
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
The Hipster Spies With His Little Eye Something That Begins With--The Dawn Of The Superheroes March 7 2006
By The Mystic Eye Of The Hipster - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book charts the early adventures of the Spectre, the Sandman, Hourman, The Golden Age Green Lantern, & the Golden Age Flash, as well as other, minor Golden Age characters. Pre-Justice Society, they establish the basics of these characters.

If you love Golden Age material, you will find this a very nice collection indeed.

I've been in fandom since the 60's. And these comics, they're still Golden, after all these years.

The Hipster gives it a Big Thumbs UP!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
well remastered classic comic edition. Feb. 14 2010
By Michael Dobey - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I was worried about this one because I had read several reviews of later D.C. archive editions like 'starman vol 2" in which they just scanned old comics. All the other archive editions featured clean art and remastering or recoloring etc. This one is well done and features superclean reproductions of the first two issues of All Star Comics. They are pre war and filled with short tales about the golden age great like The Flash, Green Lantern, The spectre, Hourman and the Sandman. Superman and Batman are absent from these issues as they would be for most of the series run.
Other lesser heroes like Ultraman and Red white and blue also appear in this issue. The book is shorter than the rest of the all star reprint book series because it only features the first 2 issues. Even so if you tried to buy these two comics you'd spend many thousands and wouldn't even then get a cleaned up effort like this book. This is what needs to be done with old comics , when they are not scanned from a old comic and instead remastered you can really grasp what a great artform the genre really is. The third issue changed history with it's J.S.A supergroup and Wonder Woman debut but these two issues were pure golden age goodness from one of the better companies that still makes great comics to this day.
I do think it's great that they brought these Golden age books all in ... Nov. 23 2015
By David H. Saaf - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I do think it's great that they brought these Golden age books all in one book and the proper timeline is really great thing.
The original issues had always been something I hoped to get a hold of one day, but looking at price ranges I know that probably won't ever

No complaints about the stories.They are from the 40s and I'm well versed in the more primitive writing style of the day. But I never felt that the original artists were expecting one day to be presented on Bright white paper with "remastered " coloring, So, for me, this "glossy" format really brings out more of the inadequacy of the artwork that give many of the panels a harsh Sharpness that don"t do the artists any favors . They seem to look so much better when they are reprinted on an off white or even newsprint , and I found them uninviting and hard to read. I really wish they would do a DC Chronicles version or similar DC reprint collections ( even the B&W Showcase presents collections)that seem to still contain the original warmth in the images and not try to "improve" the artwork so much with modern techniques. The early books of Batman and Superman in their Chronicles series feel so much closer to the original presentations .

Anyway, this is the only way to get these stories unless you can find them on line, but then it's even further from being a Golden age comic.
If I found these stories in a "Chronicles" version . I would get that and sell this version.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Attention! Jan. 10 2014
By Johnny Heering - Published on
Format: Hardcover
DC Comics published 11 volumes of All-Star Comics Archives, reprinting the Justice Society of America stories from All-Star Comics #3 to 57. So what is in this #0 Archives? All-Star Comics #1 and 2, which did not feature the Justice Society. So, no JSA here, but most of the group members are here in solo stories. The non-JSA members featured here are Ultra-Man (a sci-fi hero), Biff Bronson (a detective) and Red, White and Blue (three military heroes). Some of these comics are dated by today's standards, but they are still enjoyable. Plus, getting this book is way cheaper than buying copies of the original comics.
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Simple Golden Age stories don't justify the expense. Aug. 10 2014
By Chad - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I know these are "Golden Age" comics, but I can't get past just how bad these stories are. Reading these I'm amazed the comics industry survived. Not only are the stories generally boring, but there are inconsistencies in them that are aggravating. In one story Green Lantern uses his ring to walk through a door, but then is captured by a net. In one sequence a hero clearly picks up an item with his left hand, then in the next frame throws it with his right. Jacket colors change for no reason in the middle of conversations between characters.

Maybe I'm expecting too much from these stories since comics have changed a lot since the 40's, but I've read other comics from this time period that are much better (Batman chronicles vol. 1 for example).

The quality of the book is nice, and the reproductions are pretty high quality. If you're a fan of these you will appreciate the quality of this book. If you're just interested in reading them for nostalgia's sake, I'm not sure they're worth the cost.