To Celebrate ‘Wonder Woman,’ DC makes Golden Age Fans an Offer They Can’t Refuse

Golden Age greatness: Green Lantern, the Flash and Wonder Woman in one comic.
Golden Age greatness: Green Lantern, the Flash and Wonder Woman in one comic.

In honor of its latest blockbuster film “Wonder Woman,” DC released last week an astonishing amount of Golden Age comics in its comics app.

I’m tempted to say “unleashed,” only because I’m feeling giddy about discovering scores of comics that haven’t been available for decades.

And you don’t have to be a Wonder Woman fan to love this material.

New to the app: “Wonder Woman” Nos. 8-15, “Comic Cavalcade” Nos. 1-13, and “Sensation Comics” Nos. 10-40.

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Superman & Batman: The Original Super-Friends

'Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice'
‘Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice’

The world waits with bated breath for the opening of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” on March 25.

The Dark Knight meets the Man of Steel for the first time in a live-action film, and it looks to be a brawl for the ages.

And that got me thinking. How did the comics – you know, the source material for just about every blockbuster film keeping the major studios afloat these days – handle the first meeting of DC’s greatest titans?

What threat could possibly be dire enough to bring the two champions of justice together?

The Anti-Monitor? Darkseid? The Joker and Lex Luthor together?

Would you believe … a cruise ship vacation?

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Have Yourself a Merry JSA Christmas!

"JSA" No. 55: And Santa Claus is hiding a secret.
“JSA” No. 55: And Santa Claus is hiding a secret.

You don’t see a lot of super-hero holiday stories these days. They were once a staple of the industry, but they mostly seem like a thing of the past.

On one of the many Facebook groups devoted to old comics, a fan objected to an issue of “DC Comics Presents” that teamed Superman with Santa Claus.

He didn’t like seeing his hero with a fictional character – completely missing the irony.

But there’s a truth here. Sentiment and sensation rarely mix well.

So finding a story that not only tugs at your heart but resolves the fate of a beloved Golden Age hero not seen in decades?

That, my friends, is a holiday miracle.

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Vandal Savage Wars on the JSA – and Wally Wood Saves Us All

With one mighty leap, the Golden Age Superman shatters a castle wall.
With one mighty leap, the Golden Age Superman shatters a castle wall in “All-Star Comics” No. 64.

A strong creator can make you rethink everything you thought about a character – and even an art medium.

Until “All Star Comics” Nos. 64 and 65 hit the drug stores in late 1976, I had never given much thought to artwork.

Now that must sound insane considering we’re talking about comic books, a form dependent on art expression. But I was – and am – a reader who places a premium on the story, the plot, the characters. A comic today can have the most dynamic, muscular art today, but if the story is dumb, I will feel as if I wasted my money.

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