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