Hello and once again welcome to another session of the JSA Book Club. This week we leave behind All Star Comics for a bit and instead move on to All Star Squadron just to get a feel for it.
I call this meeting of the JSABC to order:
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A Bit of History
All Star Squadron (the team) first appeared in a special insert preview within the pages of Justice League of America #193 in August 1981. For those that may not know this already insert previews were 16-page comic book stories inserted into issues of existing DC Comics series to promote new series usually debuting the next month. A very cool idea wouldn’t you say? It’s really unfortunate that that insert is not digitized. I would have liked to have read it.
All Star Squadron #1 was released in September 1981. The book ran for 67 issues plus three annuals. It ended in March of 1987.
According to Roy Thomas DC wanted comic book that told tales of the Justice Society of America after All Star Comics ended in 1979. All Star Squadron was that book.
Rather than setting the book in the modern era, Thomas chose a WWII setting for All Star Squadron. The book was also set on Earth Two to accommodate the setting.
The cast of characters here are drawn from both DC and the recently (at the time) acquired Quality Comics. Thomas also decided to concentrate on promising characters who had either been ignored or downplayed rather than the Earth Two counterparts of the main Earth’s heroes. (Sounds familiar…Earth 2 anyone?)
Let’s move on now to the actual issues shall we?
This Week’s Issues
What do you think of the WWII setting for this title? Would you have rather had the writer set it in the modern era of the day instead or was this a perfect choice for the team?
Who was your favorite team member here?
Hawkman, Atom and Dr. Mid-Nite are the only JSAers to not get captured by Per Degaton’s minions. How did feel about this and the fact that the other JSAers were easily taken down?
What did you think of the villains in these issues and who was your favorite and why?
Who do you feel was a stand out character here? Explain why they stood out to you.
As Roy Thomas put it, DC management gave him “a chance to write a return of the JSA.”
Do you feel he is doing exactly that in these issues or is this book something else entirely?
And that’s all for this week folks. Stay safe out there and hope to see you back in August.
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- On tap for next month more adventures featuring Infinity, Inc and then another batch of JLA/JSA crossovers. Hope to see you all there