Ok, how about this for an idea. We take it in turns to post a favourite (British spelling) comic cover every day. This went really well on the comic fan website that I used to frequent. What we tried to do was find a theme or subject and follow that, until we all got bored with that theme. I'd like to propose a theme of letters of the alphabet. So, for the remainder of October (only 5 days) and all of November, we post comic cover pictures associated with the letter "A". Then in December, we post covers pertaining to the letter "B". The association to the letter can be as tenuous as you want it to be. For example I could post a cover from "Adventure Comics" or "Amazing Spider Man". However Spider Man covers can also be posted when we're on the letter "S". Adventure Comic covers could also be posted when we're on the letter "L" if they depict the Legion of Super Heroes. So, no real hard, fast rules - in fact the cleverer the interpretation of the letter, the better, as far as I'm concerned.
And it's not written in stone that we have to post a cover every day. There may be some days when no cover gets posted. There's nothing wrong with this, it just demonstrates that we all have lives to lead.
If everyone's in agreement I'd like to kick this off with one of my favourite Action Comic covers, from January 1967. Curt Swan really excelled himself here.
This could have been a three of a kind.
Here we have DC’s other team, the Seven Soldiers of Victory, made up of all National characters instead of a mix of DC and AA characters as was the case with the JSA. This cover predates the similar All Star cover.
and here we have Marvel’s JSA/JLA
Philip Portelli said:
I loved getting the DC Digests from the 80s! These two reprinted the above Superman/Batman story and the first appearance of Per Degaton.
When I first saw the cover of The Best of DC #21 I thought "Why are they destroying the eagle sculpture?" Then I realized they were sculpting it. Since this issue reprinted the debut of Per Degaton, I figured the original cover of that story was fitting.
Okay, my cover this time is the first half of the JLA-JSA team up that Dave Palmer posted on page 1212 at the start of November's Justice Society tribute month.
As the (pre-Crisis on Infinite Earths) years passed since the classic first meeting, DC thought they had to up the ante by bringing a third team into the mix somehow. At one point in the letter columns afterwards, a reader posed the question as to whether or not there was a Legion of Superheroes somewhere in the Justice Society/Earth 2's future.
My question is: even if it was just in another letters page, was this issue ever resolved?
(Image of the Grand Comics Database.)
Truthfully, I didn't think much of Mordru fighting the JSA at the time since it was post COIE and all one earth, but I totally missed most of the Final Crisis side minis so I honestly didn't know. Thanks Jeff.
Dave Palmer said:
DC Special #29 (September 1977), written by Paul Levitz, gave the pre-Crisis origin of the JSA, in which Superman and Batman took part. Post-Crisis, the two of them had never been members of the JSA, so they had to be omitted when the story was retold in Secret Origins #31 (October 1988), written by Roy Thomas.
The GCD describes the changes to the story as follows:
Although Batman was easily eliminated, Superman wasn't, because of his last minute rescue of FDR from the Valkyries' attack pre-Crisis. As a result, FDR was killed, but the Spectre was able to return him to life with the stipulation that FDR wouldn't live long enough to see the end of World War 2, known only to the Spectre himself. Things returned to normal, with nobody the wiser of FDR's "death" save one.
I'm not familiar with JSA: Strange Adventures, but it looks like an interesting series. According to the GCD, Johnny Thunder decides to become a pulp author, writing about the JSA, and is helped by the (real-life) SF author Jack Williamson. The lovely painted covers are by John Watson (the cover-credited artists Barry Kitson and Gary Erskine did the interiors).
The first issue cover shows Green Lantern and Starman embroiled in combat with an appropriately pulp-SF fanged and tentacled alien monstrosity.
"I'm not familiar with JSA: Strange Adventures, but it looks like an interesting series."
I've been debating with myself whether or not to post covers from the Strange Adventures mini-series. Personally, I didn't care for it, but I can't pinpoint exactly why, exactly. Too atypical, I guess.
Hourman and Dr. Mid-Nite team up in Smash Comics.