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Subj: Re: JSA and SSOV
Posted: Sun Sep 30, 2007 at 05:40:47 pm EDT
Reply Subj: JSA and SSOV
Posted: Sun Sep 30, 2007 at 07:54:01 am EDT
> Since you brought it up, that's another thing that bothered me about the 70s and 80s incarnations of the JSA, how come they never invited the revived SSOV to join the ranks of the JSA? These guys were timelost for 20+ years (at the time of JLA #100-102) and could have used the help and comfort of the JSA. I know we are supposed to assume that most all of them went into retirement but it still would have been a decent thing to do.
Interesting thought. Something I kind of agree with, at least to a certain degree. In the case of Billy Gun and Stuff, I think Billy Gunn (who was already old) died between 1950, and the 1970's. For Stuff, I don't know if the World's Finest Vigilante stories from hte late 1970's were cannon for both Earth 1 and Earth 2...but the story was that the original Stuff was killed off, in modern times, and his son took his place. The Shining Knight "retired" and was returned to his proper place in Medieval England (circa All Star Comics 64-65), Crimson Avenger was killed off, dying heroically to stop terrorists, after he found out he had incurable cancer (I believe) in DC Comics Presents #38, and Wing was killed off in 1950, as shown in flashback in JLA #100-102. Stripsey, I think, retired, Star Spangled Kid joined the JSA. That would leave, Green Arrow, Speedy, and Vigilante. I actually could have seen Green Arrow being admitted to the JSA, but my guess is that they felt he was too close to his Earth-1 counterpart, even at that time (perhaps since a Green Arrow was in the JLA, they felt that the JSA should remain different by not having it's own Ollie?)I think the GA Ollie would have been a nice fit at some point though. And perhaps Stripesy could have been the team mechanic/support staff guy.
Speaking of which, I'm surprised that when Infinity, Inc. was started, that the GA Speedy and Sandy didn't make the cut. That's where Speedy would have been more appropriate (since even though he was older, chronilogically, his body was still a 20-something, due to being lost in time from that old JLA/JSA team up story.)
As for the original question, I'm not sure why Speedy wasn't shown as being killed off during COIE......ultimately, he (and the golden age variants of Green Arrow, Superman, Robin, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and I assume, the Earth 1 versions of Guardian, Airwave 1, Wildcat, Dr.Fate, Johnny Thunder and Vigilante were all elminated from continuity as a result of Crisis, since they were so close to their counterparts), so whether or not GA Speedy's fate at the time of COIE wasn't physically shown, it didn't matter as he (and the above group of characters) no longer existed in post crisis history.
Now here are some Post Crisis comments: Why did DC not better plan the post crisis revisions? Here are some takes I have on what they could have done to try to keep as much of pre-crisis history as possible:
1) Wonder Woman: I'm surprised that it took them so long to use Wonder Woman. I think either John Byrne's idea of having Hyppolyta as the GA Wonder Woman was great. Another possible idea would have been to have Diana be active from the 1940's through to present day.
2) Superman: I never really liked the Young All Stars as a separate book, but some ideas used in the series were great. Why not use the Iron Munro character and history, but have him be the GA Superman? Having a GA Superman, with a history where he was genetically altered, and not Kryptonian would have given him a unique identity.
3)Aquaman: I think his golden, silver and bronze age era stories should have been combined with some of the Peter David stuff.....he should have started his career in the 1940's, and due to being a hybrid Atlantean, he ages slower, thus allowing him to be a "teen" in the 1940's, joining the All Star Squadron, then age slower, and only reaching adult hood in modern times, and then helping to form the JLA. I would have kept the silver age history intact (with him being half Atlantean/Half Human....his natural father would be the light house keeper and his natural mom the Atlantean Queen)....I think this, because having him be truly the blood son of the lighthouse keeper, gave his relationship to Ocean Master more weight. I never liked the Keith Giffen mini series from 1988/89 or so.....his revision was boring in some ways, but hurt the dramatic element of his relationship to his own brother. If they're not real brothers, I don't see why they should truly care about each other or what they're doing.
4) Green Arrow/Speedy: why didn't they try to incorporate golden age and silver age elements......have them start in the 1940's, then get lost in time, ala JLA 100-102, then join the JLA and Teen Titans. It would mean having to move up where JLA 100-102 took place, chronilogically, but it allows you to have a GA & Speedy active in the 1940's and then again in the modern age. I'd use the silver age/bronze age origins for the characters too.....I don't like the modern interpertations that Ollie was just a playboy who fell overboard on his yaht because he was a lush, and then stopped a bunch of hippy pot growers. I preferred the more heroic origin of him being thrown overboard by modern age "pirates" and then him bringing them to justice later on, when after he learned to fend for himself on the desert island, after learning how to shoot a bow and arrow.
5) Supergirl/Powergirl & Superboy: I think John Byrne missed the boat. Superman didn't need quite the drastic overhaul he gave it. Superman did perhaps need to have his powers lessened a bit, but to loose so much of his previous history/background, hurt so many elements of his back story and supporting cast. The modern Superman, post Crisis, should have began his career as Superboy (it made more sense that he would have gained the experience by starting as a boy....he could have been influenced by/trained by a Golden Age version of the character (a post Crisis altered version as I explain above), and also gain experience learning to work with others, in the Legion of Super Heroes. It would have helped the Legion's history, and give more weight to who Superman was. For Supergirl......she is still a survivor of Krypton, starts her career as Supergirl, joins the Legion, then in an effort to gain her "independance" and a move to woman hood, in her 20's, changes her identity to Power Girl and joins the JSA. It allows DC to keep both a "supergirl" to exist and a Power Girl who has ties to Krypton.
6) Captain Marvel/Fawcett Heroes: Keep their golden age/bronze age stories intact. He begins his career in 1940, joins the All Star Squadron, and then all the Fawcett heroes go into "suspended animation" due to Sivana's botched plot to defeat them (as revealed circa 1973, in Shazam #1)...they come out of suspended animation in the modern era and either become active, or retire. I never understood why they didn't keep Cap active in the 1940's, once COIE was over.
Oh Well.....just a few thoughts on what should have been done during the revamping for the post crisis continuity.
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