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Subj: Re: JSA and SSOV
Posted: Mon Oct 01, 2007 at 09:36:54 am EDT
Reply Subj: Re: JSA and SSOV
Posted: Sun Sep 30, 2007 at 05:40:47 pm EDT
> 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.
That has been long my point of view that I've espoused. As an Amazon (and a place to retreat to where no one seems to age past their prime), it's not too hard to buy her having a longer lifespan. Especially when re-booting her affected not just one book, but the history of three super-teams (JSA, JLA, Teen Titans).
> 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.
Come back to this one with #6. I did like the Axis versions of the big 4 though.
> 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.
I agree that particular mini was the beginning of the end of the character. Never cared for David's take though. I'd be fine just having the golden-age Aquaman's adventures being given to Neptune Perkins.
> 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.
Agree about the origin. The removal of GA and Speedy from history does damage the Seven Soldiers team considerably, moreso than Superman, Batman & Robin, and Wonder Woman from the JSA. But, it wasn't insummountable with the great variety of heroes DC had that they didn't make use of such as the TNT & Dynamite (if you wanted a dynamic duo type) and the Spider (turning him into a villain on the other hand...)
> 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.
This is where DC clearly didn't have any plans. Originally, with Superman, the reboot was to be more like Wonder Woman's, starting completely over and just coming onto the superhero scene. That's part of why there was no more Superboy. But somewhere management decided that while he'd get an updated origin, he would still have been around a few years at the start of his regular series by Byrne & Wolfman. Byrne has stated if he knew that going in, he might not have chucked Superboy.
Personally, I didn't mind the loss of Superboy (Krypto on the other hand...) nor Supergirl, thought she had a great death scene and its impact handled well with CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS and immediate aftermath stories. When the history finally gotten shaken out, I think the Legion of Superheroes was a strong enough team and concept to survive the loss by just stating it was the heroic age the JLA & Teen Titans that inspired them rather one or two heroes and then just never refer to it again. But then they just kept having to explain it and muddying the waters than just let it be: it was the Time Trapper and a pocket universe Superboy, it was Mon-el operating as Valor, it was none of the above. They would do this as well with Donna Troy and Power Girl. This is where being slaves to continuity is bad. When you have to keep explaining the past instead of moving forward. For me, those characters have ceased to be interesting because of the constant re-writing of their histories. Why should I bother to keep up with it if the next writer coming along is just going to write their own version?
> 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.
See, this was why I didn't see the need for Iron Munro and the others though they are some interesting characters. You don't have Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman & Robin, etc any more but you have the Fawcett & Quality heroes now on one Earth. You have Captain Marvel, Master Man, Ibis, Bulletman & Bulletgirl, Mr. Scarlet & Pinky, Uncle Sam, the Human Bomb, the Ray, Black Condor, Stormy Foster, etc. You have more than enough heroes and villains to help take up the slack, even if you decide to remove the Marvel Family to update them.
> Oh Well.....just a few thoughts on what should have been done during the revamping for the post crisis continuity.
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