All Star Archives

 ALSA   (DC, 1991-2005)

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In the foreword to the latest installment of Archives of the original super-hero team, Roy Thomas calls these stories the “crème de la crème,” the best of the best of the Golden Age of comics. It’s not hard to see why.

These archives include some of the best-remembered stories from The Justice Society’s too-short original run. Starting off the latest volume is “The Wiles of The Wizard,” introducing one of The JSA’s greatest foes — great enough that The Wizard was practically able to defeat the team single-handedly. All-Star was famous for its time-travel stories, and one of the best is here. In #35’s “The Day That Dropped out of Time,” Per Degaton (whom Thomas would use when he introduced The All-Star Squadron in the 1980s) makes his first appearance, showing up again two issues later as a charter member of The Injustice Society, also reprinted here. And #38 rounds out the set, as The JSA faces off against Genghis Khan, Captain Kidd, Nero, and more in the aptly titled “History’s Crime Wave.”

But the best story of all in this volume, and perhaps in the entire series, is #36’s simply titled “5 Drowned Men.” It’s a chilling (and slightly improbable) tale of revenge but it’s noteworthy because it marks the first time that honorary members Superman and Batman make full-fledged guest appearances (instead of mere cameos).

Many of the Archives seem to suffer in the “reconstruction” process — comparing some Archives stories with their Golden Age originals, it’s amazing how poor the pages look in such a high-quality (and high-priced) format. But the most recent volume is a welcome change. Young Joe Kubert’s Hawkman looks fantastic; Carmine Infantino’s Flash in #37 hints at the Silver Age greatness to come. For once, the format is a credit to them and all the other great artists represented here.

— Stephen C. George

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#0

  1/1/2006
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Reprints All-Star Comics #1-2; Forward by Roy ThomasGardner Fox, Jerry Siegel, Ken Fitch, Jon L. Blummer, Bill Finger, William Smith, John B. Wentworth, Evelyn GainesSheldon Moldoff, Chad Grothkopf, Everett E. Hibbard, Bernard Baily, William Smith, Jon L. Blummer, Martin Nodell, Creig Flessel, Stanley Asch

#1

  1/1/1992
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Reprints All-Star Comics #3-6; Contains contents pageGardner Fox, Evelyn Gaines, Charles ReizensteinEverett E. Hibbard, Sheldon Mayer, Martin Nodell, Bernard Baily, Howard Sherman, Chad Grothkopf, Sheldon Moldoff, Ben Flinton, Stan Aschmeier

#1 (2nd printing)

 
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2nd Printing; Reprints All-Star Comics #3-6Gardner Fox 

#2

 
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Reprints All-Star Comics #7-10; Contains peel-and-stick contents page for Vol. 1Gardner Fox, Sheldon Mayer, William Moulton MarstonEverett E. Hibbard, Martin Nodell, Bernard Baily, Ben Flinton, Stan Aschmeier, Sheldon Moldoff, Cliff Young, Sheldon Mayer, Jack Burnley, Harry G. Peter

#3

 
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Reprints All-Star Comics #11-14  

#3 (2nd printing)

 
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Reprints All-Star Comics #11-14  

#4

 
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Reprints All-Star Comics #15-18; Forward by James RobinsonGardner FoxJoe Gallagher, Sheldon Moldoff, Stan Aschmeier, Joe Simon, Jack Kirby, Ed Dobrotka, Bernard Baily, Howard Sherman, Frank Harry, Paul Reinman, Pierce Rice, Arthur Cazenueve

#5

 
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Reprints All Star Comics #19-23Gardner Fox, Sheldon MayerJoe Gallagher, Stan Aschmeier, Joe Simon, Jack Kirby, Bernard Baily, Sheldon Moldoff, Joe Kubert, Frank Harry

#6

 
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Reprints All Star Comics #24-28Gardner Fox, Jay MarrJoe Gallagher, Joe Kubert, Martin Naydel, Stan Aschmeier

#7

 
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Reprints All Star Comics #29–33Roy Thomas, Gardner Fox, James RobinsonJoe Gallagher, Joe Kubert, Jon Chester Kozlak, Martin Naydel, Paul Reinman, Stan Aschmeier

#8

 
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Reprints All Star Comics #34–38Roy Thomas, Gardner Fox, Robert KanigherIrwin Hasen, Carmine Infantino, Joe Kubert, Alex Toth

#9

 
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Reprints All Star Comics #44–49; ca. 2004Roy Thomas, John BroomeIrwin Hasen, Carmine Infantino, Arthur Peddy, Alex Toth

#10

 
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Reprints All Star Comics #39–43; Foreward by Roy Thomas; ca. 2004John BroomeIrwin Hasen, Bob Oksner, Arthur Peddy, Bernard Sachs

#11

 
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Reprints All Star Comics #50-57; ca. 2005John Broome, Roy ThomasArthur Peddy, Bernard Sachs, Bob Oksner, Frank Giacoia