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Mikel Midnight

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Rip Jagger

Subj: Re: What was horrible about the SO#31 version?
Posted: Tue Apr 10, 2007 at 12:18:24 pm EDT (Viewed 1 times)
Reply Subj: Re: What was horrible about the SO#31 version?
Posted: Tue Apr 10, 2007 at 06:52:25 am EDT (Viewed 1 times)

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> Well, in my mind we had Roy Thomas at his worst, rewriting (I mean, adapting) a story that was only a few years old and adding all of his 1980s overly verbose and faux-historical flourishes that ultimately killed All-Star Squadron for me. Yes, we had to get rid of Superman and Batman, but the new version left a bad taste in my mouth when compared to the wonderful Levitz original, cheesy as it may have been.

The Levitz-Staton-Layton version is exquisite for sure. I'd have to agree alas that much of Roy's later stuff for the JSofA and A-SS was a tad too pedantic to maintain its momentum. Having to go back and excise such key heroes from these classic tales was unfortunate and the whole endeavor has a feeling of straightening furniture rather than designing a new room. :-/

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> > Well, in my mind we had Roy Thomas at his worst, rewriting (I mean, adapting) a story that was only a few years old and adding all of his 1980s overly verbose and faux-historical flourishes that ultimately killed All-Star Squadron for me. Yes, we had to get rid of Superman and Batman, but the new version left a bad taste in my mouth when compared to the wonderful Levitz original, cheesy as it may have been.
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> The Levitz-Staton-Layton version is exquisite for sure. I'd have to agree alas that much of Roy's later stuff for the JSofA and A-SS was a tad too pedantic to maintain its momentum. Having to go back and excise such key heroes from these classic tales was unfortunate and the whole endeavor has a feeling of straightening furniture rather than designing a new room. :-/

As much as I am not a fan of A*S, I don't believe this was a task Roy particularly relished. However, it's as reasonable a job of making the story work sans Superman as anyone would do.

It's water under the bridge anyway, as of course DC won't even stick to the SO#31 but will give us yet a third origin for the team (I'd be happy to be proven wrong, but it would be standard operating procedure for them).


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