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.

Continue reading “Have Yourself a Merry JSA Christmas!”

The JLA/JSA Nightmare: When Nazis Rule an Earth

The Justice League and the Justice Society meet the heroes of Earth X
When the JLA and the JSA met the Freedom Fighters of Earth X!

Len Wein had a problem: He was too good.

The writer for “Justice League of America” had marked the 100th issue of DC’s premier team book in 1972 with a rousing, riveting three-part JLA/JSA team-up that brought together 33 heroes to save Earth 2. It was a time-spanning epic that re-introduced the Golden Age heroes the Seven Soldiers of Victory and an old-school story so much fun, it sent a generation of comic book lovers into orbit.

A year later, Wein was ordered to do come up with something even better.

Continue reading “The JLA/JSA Nightmare: When Nazis Rule an Earth”

The Iron Hand That Shook the World: The Summer Comics Event of ’72

 

That's right, 33 super-heroes in the best JLA/JSA team-up ever told.
That’s right, 33 super-heroes in the best JLA/JSA team-up ever told.

The Big Two in comics – DC and Marvel – use the summer to declare war and blow up universes.

Just a way to help readers pass school vacation.

While DC’s “Convergence” and Marvel’s “Secret Wars” are currently laying waste to continuity and wallets through their multiple, mediocre tie-ins, the summer comics event isn’t a new thing – but conversely, it was far more enjoyable and less painful to the wallet.

Continue reading “The Iron Hand That Shook the World: The Summer Comics Event of ’72”