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Subj: Re: JSA 1992 Ongoing Series TPB
Posted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 at 06:53:56 pm EST (Viewed 2586 times)
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Agreed. Thanks for your insight, Dave.

I remember vividly that this Len Strazewski/Mike Parobeck series was published at the height of the X-Men craze circa 1991. With the Jim Lee/Scott Lobdell X-Men series still new and all of the hype and marketing of Marvel Comics dominating the industry. All eyes were on what Marvel, with the likes of Jim Lee, Whilce Portacio, Todd McFarlane, and the X-Men franchise was producing. And into this commercial Juggernaut was a quiet little book from DC comics - The Justice Society of America.
I was familiar with the two creators involved, both had worked on the Impact comics imprint, Mike Parobeck had done various bits and pieces for DC, but the JSA was my first full-on exposure to his work on a regular basis and was a revelation; full of charm, vigour, warmth, and sheer enthusiasm and... a demonstrative love for what he was working on!

The combination of Strazewski's celebration and study on what kept these oldtime superheroes going, and the sincerity of Parobeck's layouts and storytelling stood to me as a counterpoint to Marvel's overpowering commercialism at the time. Artists like Jim Lee and Todd McFarlane possessed (and still do) a fine technical brilliance of a sort, but in Mike Parobeck and the Justice Society stood almost an antithesis the all of that and the X-Men titles transformation from anti-establishment underdog to mainstream darling. As In a sense the entire ethos and composition of this JSA title with Strazewski & Parobeck was something that harked back to what the X-Men had been - a single titled underdog and something that existed and succeeded purely on its own quiet merits rather than the shop-front figurehead of an increasingly aggressive commercial minded corporation. Strazewski and Parobeck were a pairing harking back to the days of Claremont & Smith, or latterly Claremont and Romita jr. Gifted but Simple comics Craftmen rather than publicity hungry 'superstars'.

The shame about the two lost Strazewski mini-series of the 1990/91 years is that they are in themselves highly enjoyable, but also, contrary to some assumptions, quite an important chapter in the story of the Justice Society. These were to be their final adventures before enforced retirement and 1994's Zero Hour - some of the finest character work ever seen with the original Society comes directly in that latter ten part series. And unlike a great deal of DCs own output at the time it stood apart from much else else out there as it never followed the trends for deconstruction and Watchmen inspired 'adult' sensibilities... just pure comicbook traditions and above all a warm, respectful, and sincere treatment on the Worlds Greatest Heroes of Yesteryear. \(yes\)

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