Showcase Presents: All-Star Squadron, Vol. 1
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Showcase Presents: All-Star Squadron, Vol. 1 (Showcase Presents)

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  51 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Paperback, 528 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by DC Comics (first published June 2004)
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Roy Thomas, writer of most of the Justice Society stories from the 1970s to the 1990s, compiled this guide (along with Jerry Bails) to the JSA stories from the "Golden Age" All-Star Comics. If you are not a comics geek you should avoid this book. Thomas goes into exquisite detail about things that at times even I found pretty dry. I found it to be largely fascinating, especially the intercalary articles from other writers about the historical and biographical context of the stories.

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My tolerance for this volume of Showcase books is based on how much of Roy Thomas' writing I can take. Thomas is by no means a bad comic book writer, but his writing does have a certain style to it. Character personalities aren't particularly distinctive compared to other writers, and by this I mean all the characters he's written ever, not just the ones here. The All-Star Squadron's Johnny Quick could just as easily be the Avengers' Hawkeye. Most issues will feature a three to four page flashba...more
Jason Luna
A very sharply written all-star superhero book. A bunch of strange heroes who existed fo DC in the 40s and beat up bad guys. But the adventures are very clever, and there are actually some very funny and VERY sweet moments in this.

It's also a very clever use of anti-Nazi sentiment and pro-humanity stuff (makes sense, being set in the 40s).

If you like superhero comics, I think you'll like this. Roy Thomas is/was one of the greatest comic mag writers of the era, and enjoy him in his prime!
I really liked what they did with this storyline. I can't imagine that we'd have things like Marvels, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, or The Twelve, a Watchmen movie, or as many Invaders stories looking backward as we have today if we didn't have these to show us how to fit stories into history seamlessly the way it was done here. The Invaders incarnation in the 1970s might have done it first (WWII tales written 30 years later), but these were better stories and had art.
Craig Tyler
I was a big fan of these comics when first released back in 1982. Great stories, characters and art. So glad they made the cut in DC Showcase.
Steven Elliott
The reason I started reading and collecting comic books.
Lewis Manalo
Five stars out of pure nostalgia.
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Roy Thomas is a comic book writer and editor, and Stan Lee's first successor as editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics. He is possibly best known for introducing the pulp magazine hero Conan the Barbarian to American comics, with a series that added to the storyline of Robert E. Howard's character and helped launch a sword and sorcery trend in comics. Thomas is also known for his championing of Golden A...more
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