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All Star Comics: Only Legends Live Forever

de Paul Levitz, Gerry Conway (Autor), Joe Staton (Il·lustrador)

Altres autors: Ric Estrada (Il·lustrador), Joe Giella (Il·lustrador), Keith Giffen (Il·lustrador), Dick Giordano (Il·lustrador), Dave Hunt (Il·lustrador)1 més, Bob Layton (Il·lustrador)

Sèrie: All Star Comics [vol. 1] (#58-74)

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"The adventures of the Justice Society of America, the world's first super-team, continues in the 1970s adventures. Witness the continuing adventures of the Flash, Green Lantern, Hawkman, Doctor Fate and Wildcat as they're joined by younger heroes Robin, Power Girl and Star-Spangled Kid to battle the Psycho-Pirate, the immortal Vandal Savage, the Injustice Society and more. The classic 1970s run of the Justice Society of America is now collected in a single volume."--… (més)
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At the point this came out, the Justice Society had guested in a number of Crisis on Multiple Earths stories, but this was the first time they appeared as the stars of their own series since they were shunted out of All Star Comics back in 1951.

That said, this isn't that great. I mean, it's totally serviceable superhero action... but that's about it, with a couple exceptions. Gerry Conway and Paul Levitz have the sort of storytelling where the JSA is plunged from adventure into adventure: usually each storyline ends with a hook for the next already underway. But this actually makes the adventures seem small-- the pacing is never able to emphasize anything. It also makes it feel like these characters don't really have any lives outside of this title, since there's no gaps where they can live their own lives and have solo adventues. I mean, they literally don't, since none of them have ongoing series... but I would argue that they ought to feel like they do. Where do Sylvester Pemberton or Power Girl even live? What do they do when not superheroing? They feel more like, I dunno, the Teen Titans or the X-Men, than they do the multiversal equivalents of the Justice League.

Most of the original threats here aren't very interesting, either. Vulcan, the astronaut who's always on fire? Some underground people? (Why is it always with the underground people in comics?) The writing is a little inconsistent, too. No one seems to know if Power Girl can fly or just jump really far. (In the earliest Golden Age comics, Superman could just jump really far, but by this point, he was long able to fly, and Power Girl ought to have the same power set.) Sometimes the book seems to be about a subset of the JSA called the "All Star Super Squad" but this is pretty inconsistently indicated, and eventually fades away.

I did think it was interesting that the "parallel Earth" angle was occasionally pushed: this Earth has no apartheid in South Africa, for example. Not much was done with that, however.

That said, this comic has some interesting seeds and nuggets. I liked the development of Dick Grayson, now American ambassador to South Africa. I liked the introduction of Power Girl, even if she was sometimes written too broadly. (I think you can write a confident feminist, and not have her come off like this.) I liked the secret origin of the Justice Society. I liked the Wildcat focus issue. I liked the idea of the Star-Spangled Kid being out of time. (In execution, I didn't always understand it. Why was he so lonely? Weren't all of the Seven Soldiers of Victory out of time? Go hang out with them!) I liked the introduction of the Huntress. I liked the death of the Earth-Two Batman. I liked the explanation for why the JSA was inactive from 1951 to the mid-1960s.

You can see how later writers, especially Roy Thomas in the 1980s, would pick up and develop what was done here. There's the kernel of a good premise here, but (as it often is in mass-produced superhero comics) it will take a while for it to develop.

(A couple quibbles about this collected edition. It's clearly from the same "masters" as the Justice Society, Volume 1 and Volume 2 collections of 2006. Those collections replaced references to issue numbers from the original comics with ones to collections of that era. Now, those make no sense: they should have been updated again or (my preference) changed back to the originals. Also, it would have been nice if Justice League of America #171-72 had been included here, between Adventure Comics #465 and 466, since those issues of Adventure lead into the JSA's appearance in JLA and follow up on it. Also, I remember it as being rather good! Also also, I think choosing "All Star Comics" as the series imprint is weird; I feel like people are far more likely to find what they want and know what they're looking at with "Justice Society" branding. Collections of issues of Action Comics are never called "Action Comics" on the cover, and if they are, it's "Superman: Action Comics.")

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Nom de l'autorCàrrecTipus d'autorObra?Estat
Paul Levitzautor primaritotes les edicionscalculat
Conway, GerryAutorautor principaltotes les edicionsconfirmat
Staton, JoeIl·lustradorautor principaltotes les edicionsconfirmat
Estrada, RicIl·lustradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Giella, JoeIl·lustradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Giffen, KeithIl·lustradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Giordano, DickIl·lustradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Hunt, DaveIl·lustradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Layton, BobIl·lustradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
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"The adventures of the Justice Society of America, the world's first super-team, continues in the 1970s adventures. Witness the continuing adventures of the Flash, Green Lantern, Hawkman, Doctor Fate and Wildcat as they're joined by younger heroes Robin, Power Girl and Star-Spangled Kid to battle the Psycho-Pirate, the immortal Vandal Savage, the Injustice Society and more. The classic 1970s run of the Justice Society of America is now collected in a single volume."--

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