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Justice League of America - Archives, VOL 01 [Hardcover]

Gardner Fox
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Nov. 14 1997 Archive Editions (Book 1)
DC Comics has created some of the world's most legendarysuper-heroes. In the 1950s, they decided to bring them all together andform the Justice League of America. In this beautiful hardcover book,Batman, Superman, the Flash, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, WonderWoman, and Aquaman come together to form the most powerful super-hero groupof all time. Included in these stories is the origin of the League itselfas well as its first battle against the alien menace, Starro the Conqueror.

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3.0 out of 5 stars DC's Modern JSA Feb. 11 2002
This review is about volume 1 of JLA Archives.
I have to say I love the JSA better than the JLA. JLA, at the time it was made, seemed like a campy version of the modern JSA. Still the issues contained in these books are good and entertaining.
This book is written by Gardner Fox, the same man who wrote for the early JSA - so it really is like a historical prespective to compare the two.
Warning: If you are buying this book thinking you'll get issues with Batman and Superman - don't count on anything substatial. Batman and Supes usally take a side route in these adventures, not participating, or appearing very little at all. I at first didn't like these issues becuase of the lack of Superman and Batman - but after that inital disapointment the issues become enjoyable.
These issues show the first appearences of many villians - like Amazo
For those of you afraid this is like the Superfriends, it is and it isn't. It's much smarter than the Superfriends (No Legion of Doom or any dumb ideas like that) but don't expect it to be that smart or intelligent - I emphizise the word: Campy!
Still you don't nessisasrily have to have been born durring 1960 to enjoy these books. They are good and entertaining. (And starting with Volume 3 have regular guest appearences of the JSA)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Memories for aging 'baby boomers' Nov. 20 1999
By A Customer
Are you a 'greying baby boomer'? Did you grow up waiting at the local 7-11 for the latest issues of your favorite comic heroes to hit the stands? Do you regret having tossed out all of your old comic books? Remember the days of the 12-cent comic book?
If you answered yes to more than one of the above, this book and the series it's part of is for you.
I grew up in the sixties, during the 'silver age' of DC comics. I used to spend hours reading, re-reading, looking at covers, and generally following the exploits of my favorite DC characters.
The plots are corny, the art dated and you always knew that the good guy would come out on top. What a great time to live in!
These archive books from DC reprint the complete stories from all the comics you had and somehow lost over the years. Each is 200+ pages (color) with a slew of your favorite stories. I've purchased a bunch of these and find myself re-enjoying the adventures I read about as a boy of 11.
This series is a great momental of our youthful days. If you enjoyed the DC series of comics and would like to see the stories once again, buy one book - then buy them all. Great for relaxation and light reading.
~ Highly recommended ~
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Early Justice League Stories Jan. 16 2000
By A Customer
These were written at a time when book length stories were rare. These stories take place on a larger scale than the average comic story and it is a treat to see all of those great heroes in the same story. The main problem with these stories is the use of Snapper Carr, the mascot. What on earth were they thinking about at the time? He is without a doubt one of the most irritating characters ever created. No, he did not make the stories even the slightest bit more accessible to me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Silver Age Reprints! May 8 1998
By Tegan
This book reprints The Brave and the Bold 28-30, which introduced the Justice League, and Justice League of America 1-6. Nine classic stories from the dawn of the Super Heroes as we know them today. Trying to buy all these issue seperately would drain your wallet, but together in a handsome volume, they are a deal for any classic comic collector!
(Note: This review is for Vol 1, not Vol 2. For some reason, it shows up under both)
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How you feel about this book depends on what you were hoping to get out of it. If you're a big JLA fan who wants to know the early history of the group, this is for you. If you like the JLA, but you're not a fan of 60's writing and art styles, you might want to pass. The stories are mildly entertaining, but the "golly gee" tone of the writing is slow in comparison to newer work.
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