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James Hunter

Subj: Re: Recommended JSA reading please
Posted: Sat Nov 24, 2012 at 02:43:39 pm EST (Viewed 458 times)
Reply Subj: Recommended JSA reading please
Posted: Sat Nov 24, 2012 at 11:50:55 am EST (Viewed 429 times)

    Hi all,

    I have dropped EARTH-2 (simple reason, its not my JSA and the NEW 52 is rapidly losing my interest), I have read (as it came out) all of Geoff Johns run (both volumes) and INFINITY INC (not JSA but its related) and I was wondering, what else do I need to read?

Well you don't need to read anything obviously but since you clearly have a great love of the history of the team I'd reccomend tracking All-Star Squadron for starters. This was a book I could never quite get into back in the 80s, it was too strange, but since the 1999 revival I started getting issues cheap from bargain bins and found myself reassessing Roy Thomas' work on it. There's a rawness to the first three years worth that makes it have its own unique identity, the concept of super-heroes in the War is an interesting one, even if they get nowhere near the actual fighting... of special interest are the three Annuals as all are excellent reads in themselves that introduced some very important concepts and origins to the group and its JSA members. You get some topdrawer quality artwork to go with it - Jerry Ordway, George Perez, Wayne Boring & Mart Nodell among others. These three Annuals are among the very best examples of quality work that you will find among the 'Annual' genre in my view. Brilliant value for money.

On the same vein is the four part 'America Vs. The Justice Society' series which looks at the JSA in the 'modernday' as it battles accusations from a rediscovered diary of the deceased Batman. I loved this series as it was one of the first real looks at veteran heroes nearing the end of their careers but soldiering on regardless. This was another Roy Thomas penned series and a very useful guide to the history of the group up till that point, it's very dense to read but that just adds to the sense of value-for-money comics you get from Roy Thomas.
A bit harder to get is the late 1970s All-Star Comics revival by Gerry Conway, Paul Levitz, Keith Giffen and Wally Wood, while this isn't at all essential to begin with it does introduce some enduring concepts to the JSA such as The Huntress and Power Girl. There's also the unnderstated character work done by Paul Levitz.

I don't know if you've got the ten issue JSA series by Len Strazewski and Mike Parobeck circa 1996 but please do make an effort to find it as it is wonderful. I adored it and still do. It's a warm tribute to the veteran JSAers and tonally the complete opposite of the vast majority of team books on the market, both then and now. \(beer\)

Elsewhere though you can do what I do and roam Bloggerland looking for stuff you like - such as this wonderful page I can reccomend.

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