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Showcase Presents All Star Comics Vol. 1 Paperback – September 27, 2011


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  • Series: Showcase Presents (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; First Edition edition (September 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401233031
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401233037
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #886,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paul Levitz rose from writing Legion of Super-Heroes to become President and Publisher of DC Comics until 2009. Keith Giffen is a highly respected comics writer for a host of titles, including Justice League International and 52. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Paul Levitz was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1956, and entered the comics industry in 1971 as editor/publisher of The Comic Reader, the first mass-circulation fanzine devoted to comics news. He continued to publish TCR for three years, winning two consecutive annual Comic Art Fan Awards for Best Fanzine. His other fan activities included editing the program books for several of Phil Seuling's legendary New York Comic Art Conventions,. He received Comic-con International's Inkpot Award in 2002, the prestigious Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award in 2008, and the Comics industry Appreciation Award from ComicsPro (the trade association of comic shop retailers) in 2010. Levitz also serves on the board of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

Levitz is primarily known for his work for DC Comics, where he has written most of their classic characters including the Justice Society, Superman in both comics and the newspaper strip, and an acclaimed run on The Legion of Super-Heroes, a series he's recently returned to write. Readers of The Buyers' Guide voted his Legion: The Great Darkness Saga one of the 20 best comic stories of the last century, and visitors to the site comicbookresources.com selected the same story as #11 of the Top 100 Comic Book Stories of All Time. DC Comics has just issued a new hardcover edition of Legion: The Great Darkness Saga, which made the New York Times' Graphic Books Bestseller List.

Cumulatively, Levitz has written over 300 stories with sales of over 25 million copies, and translations into over 20 languages. As a DC staffer from 1973, Levitz was an assistant editor, the company's youngest editor ever, and in a series of business capacities, became Executive Vice President & Publisher in 1989 and then served as President & Publisher from 2002-2009. He continues as a Contributing Editor, but is now concentrating on his writing.

His current writing projects include Taschen's 75 YEARS OF DC COMICS: THE ART OF MODERN MYTHMAKING, which the LA Times praised for "its colossal ambitions, insights and collected rarities" and the NY Times called "richly conceived history."

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Thomas E. O'Sullivan on April 21, 2012
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For those new to the SHOWCASE PRESENTS line from DC, a caution - these volumes are black and white reprints only; if you're looking for full color there are other collected editions out there - but for those looking to return to the past and read nearly 500 pages of JSA wonder, then start right here. DC restored the ALL STAR line in 1975 and with it brought Earth 2 to the fore and the return of the JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA; older, wiser, mostly retired and living their middle years in style if not somewhat confused, a little lost and unsure of the new world around them. Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman are for the most part off the grid, living their lives as their daily identities (Clark Kent is the editor-in-chief of the DAILY STAR, Diana Prince is a now a Major in the army and working in intelligence, while Bruce Wayne is the Police Commissioner for Gotham City), while the JSA headquarters (located in Gotham) is more a museum and meeting hall for its aged members: GREEN LANTERN, HAWKMAN, DR. FATE, FLASH, HOURMAN, DR. MID-NITE and WILDCAT; but things are about to change and the JSA is about to rise again with the arrival of several new members: POWER GIRL, ROBIN, THE STAR-SPANGLED KID and THE HUNTRESS (in her original origin as daughter of Batman and Catwoman) - who at first come strong as the SUPER SQAUD and then, as the gimmick wears thin, simply become, thankfully, just the JSA.

This collected edition starts very strong and features a number of high caliber stories that quickly get us up to speed on the concept of Earth 2 and the JSA while neatly reaching back to draw forward into the present a number of older heroes and villains from the 40's and 50's and updates them to mesh with the 70's to surprising results.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jesse Monteagudo on January 24, 2012
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The Justice Society of America flourished in All-Star Comics from 1940 to 1951, rising and falling along with the Golden Age of Comics. In 1975 DC Comics brought back All-Star Comics, and a new series of stories starring the revived JSA. Now featured in a "Showcase" collection, this "new" JSA consists of some of the Golden Age members along with three "new" members: an adult Robin, The Star-Spangled Kid, and Power Girl. Though the stories are only good at best, they high-light some previously ignored characters, especially Wildcat and The Kid. They also gave us Power Girl, a much-more exciting and interesting version of Supergirl that, unlike most of her All-Star colleagues, is still around to entertain us.
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By robert arnold on January 9, 2014
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great book at a good price. a+ service. a place were you can save money. a place to find what you lookiing for.
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All Star Comics Volume one publishes my favorite heores, DC's Golden Age crew, the Justice Society Of America, and it does a pretty fair job.

The stories reflect the 70s pretty clearly, and a few anachronisms & Cold War refrences may confuse younger fans.

But the art & characterizations are solid, & the black and white format doesn't detract from the fun.

The format also allows for bigger panels, thus allowing a good look at the art, without sacrificing a large page count.

Altogether--fun, & a real bargain.

The Hipster gives this a Thumbs Up!
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sylvia on December 7, 2011
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This Volume is a large collection, 448 pages, of black and white renderings of the original 4-colour DC Justice Society comix. These are lots of fun with the uber-villains of the 60's-70's like Vandal Savage and Psycho-man. The drawings are lush and the plots are much more complex than the current watered-down ultra-dark DC offerings. I recommend this to anyone who wants to walk back thru DC's better days with a cast of exciting and often unintentionally amusing characters.
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