Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Classics of Western Literature 3: Justice League of America 200

In the 1940s in All-Star Comics, the Justice Society would split up to catch a villain, and in each individual chapter, the hero would be drawn by the artist who drew the hero in their regular titles. By the time the Justice League came out in the '60s, page counts were half of what they used to be so one artist would do the whole league.

For the plus-sized JLA 200, instead of assigning each hero his current artist, each chapter was illustrated by the hero's silver-age artist, from some 20 years earlier. The Flash-Elongated Man chapter was drawn by Carmine Infantino, the Green Lantern- Atom chapter was drawn by Gil Kane and the Superman-Hawkman chapter was drawn by Joe Kubert. (Kubert of course had only drawn Superman on covers, but had been drawing Hawkman since the 40s!)

This was a thrill for fanboys who grew up in the '60s with these artists, or fanboys like me who read the reprints of these masters. I promptly took out my 100-page super spectaculars to compare how the artists did the characters in the '60s to what they looked like in the '80s. And the amazing thing is, they all got better.

The George Perez, Dick Giordano and Brian Bolland art was just icing on the cake.

I have no idea what this book is going for on eBay, but if you want everything you need to know about DC's silver age all in one book, this is the book.

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