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Justice League of America - Archives, Volume 8 Hardcover – June 1, 2003

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Product Details

  • Series: Justice League of America Archives (Book 8)
  • Hardcover: 228 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (June 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563899779
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563899775
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dennis "Denny" O'Neil is a comic book writer and editor, principally for Marvel Comics and DC Comics in the 1970s. His best works include Green Lantern/Green Arrow and Batman with Neal Adams, The Shadow with Mike Kaluta and The Question with Denys Cowan, all of which were hailed for sophisticated stories that expanded the artistic potential of the mainstream portion of the medium. As an editor, he is principally known for editing Batman. His 1970s run on Batman is perhaps his most well known endeavour, turning Batman from the campiness of the 1960s TV show, to "The Batman", getting back to the character's darker roots and emphasizing his detective skills. This grimer and more sophisticated Dark Knight, as well as new villians such as Ra's Al Ghul, brought back Batman from the verge of pop culture oblivion. His work would influence later incarnations of Batman, from the seminal comic "Batman: The Dark Knight Returns" by Frank Miller, to the movie Batman Begins in 2005.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 24, 2005
Its sort of ironic that the Justice League of America are holding hands on this Archive's cover, because this is the volume that signals the end of the silver age League.

Mike Sekowsky puts done his pencil midway through this volume and turns it over to Dick Dillin (one of the silver age's most under appreciated artists). Dillin would draw the League through the end of the sixties and into the seventies.

But before Mike Sekowsky left he did leave some gems in this volume. Of particular intrest is issue #61's story, "Operation Jail the Justice League." In which heroes and villians swap identities. Something that would be touched upon three decades later in Identity Crisis (the comic limited series).

In issue #69 Wonder Woman shows up depowered and leaves the League (due to events in her own title drawn and edited by former League artist Mike Sekowsky) but its okay because the woman who will replace her Black Canary (plus future JLA member Red Tornado) make appearances in the Justice League/Society crossover in issue #64.

Also of note is the Creeper's guest appearance (ala Metamorpho's early appearance) in Justice League #70.

We begin to see the shift from cosmic classic hero epics to social issues something that becomes more and more the League's stock in trade as they try to become relevant in the 70's.

This is a good volume filled with many milestones as silver age begins to draw to a close.

As for the quality of the book itself, this is part of the DC Archive series so everything from paper to binding is top draw.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By OAKSHAMAN VINE VOICE on September 20, 2007
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I held off buying the DC Archive editions for years because of the hefty price. Then I bought a couple used and I saw that they are worth every penny. At least they are worth it if you grew up with these titles. It was amazing how many of these stories (and specific panels) that I personally remembered after nearly 50 years.

Volume eight contains stories originally published in Justice League of America #61-70. The highlight of this volume is the appearance of the Spectre (only the third Silver Age appearance, I believe.) The low point is that Mike Sekowsky left after issue #64, and Gardner Fox after #65.

These stories look better on the high-grade, glossy paper than they did when first printed- and much, much better than they look on old, yellow newsprint. The maroon leatherette covers (with the Justice League of America logo embossed in silver) are first rate- though I would never take the heavy, glossy jackets off of them.

This is probably the last of the Justice League Archives that I will collect. It completes the Fox/Sekowsky years- the true classics. Even as a kid I recognised that a powerful magic had been lost. As far as I am concerned this marked the begining of the end of the Silver Age.

Treat yourself to the end of the age of true heroes.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Peter Ingemi VINE VOICE on November 9, 2005
We now hit the slow issues of JLA.

The middle issues of the series running from about 74 to about issue 90 featured some of the worst stories of the series. This volume hits at the begining of that slow period.

There are a few notable stories such in terms of historic events in the JLA timeline but the only reason why I'll be buying this issue and the one that follow it is to keep the run intact for when the good stuff starts returning.

If you don't have any of these books yet DONT start with this one.
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