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All-Star Squadron   (1981)
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Publisher: DC Comics

Publication Date: September 1981 - March 1987

Country: United States

Language: English

Notes:
DC writers at the turn of the 21st century especially people like James Robinson, Geoff Johns and David Goyer must've loved this series. One can barely read an issue of JSA (1999) without seeing some detail this series either first made clear or re-iterated from the Golden Age. But some DC writers of the 1980s probably didn't like this series so much, because it represented so much about the "complications" of the DCU that Crisis On Infinite Earths aspired to simplify.

Squadron, exists in the same time-frame as the original Justice Society. It isthe back-story to those classic tales. It presents a certain "challenge" for the uninitiated reader. Stories frequently fit into the run of All-Star Comics, but to an extent events portrayed in More Fun, Sensation, Adventure, All-Flash, Green Lantern, Star Spangled and other Golden Age titles. In other words this is not Golden Age revisionism, but continuation. Though other Silver Age comics, like Showcase and Flash had already made it fairly clear that the Justice Society was from Earth 2, this series made sure you understood that the Justice Society (as published in the 1940s) was the very same Justice Society that had been intermittently appearing again since the 1960s.

After years of flirting with Earth 2, DC had finally given it a stable "home", and firmly connected it with existing continuity.

Unfortunately, it perhaps came a bit too late. By the 80s, the 40s comics were so old they now had a name, even by the comics readers of the day. That was all "Golden Age" stuff, now. Despite reprints, it was still fairly inaccessible to the average kid on the street. Yes, Squadron had modestly impressive sales on the back of strong art and the unusual twist of being set in the 1940s. But a lot of the attention the writers took to link it up to All Star, et al, was lost on the 80s readers. It became, therefore, all too easy to point to Squadron as an example of how "complicated" the universe had become. It's interesting to speculate how differently the DCU might've turned out had DC launched this title back at the dawn of the multiverse, rather than here at its sunset.

While it wasn't exactly the last gasp of the multiverse, it was the retirement party. It didn't, especially, end because of low sales. Rather, the writers of 1987 weren't sure how to make the series "work" post-Crisis. Indeed, they may not have even tried all that hard. It may have been a matter of very simple math: these stories are set on Earth 2, there is no Earth 2 anymore, so there is no point to further telling these stories.

Luckily, someone at DC finally saw that because the tales had been set in the 1940s, these characters, and a good chunk of their stories, could've easily survived the Crisis. Given the 21st century importance of the reformed Justice Society, this mostly pre-Crisis (and, for significant periods of the run, Crisis-irrelevant) series is required reading for anyone seriously trying to "connect the dots" from the Goyer/Robinson/Johns/Rucka era back to the Golden Age.

Number of issues cataloged: 78

Number of users with this title in their pull list: 2



Issue   Title   Story Arc   Cover Date
67
  The First Case Of The Justice Society Of America
 
  March 1987
66
  The Origin Of Tarantula
 
  February 1987
65
  The Origin Of Johnny Quick
 
  January 1987
64
  See You In The Funny Papers!
 
  December 1986
63
  The Origin of the Golden Age Robotman
 
  November 1986
62
  The Origin Of Shining Knight
 
  October 1986
61
  The Origin of Liberty Belle
 
  September 1986
60
  The End Of The Beginning!
  Crisis on Infinite Earths
  August 1986
59
  Out Of The Ashes...Mekanique!
 
  July 1986
58
  I Sing The Body Robotic!
 
  June 1986
57
  Kaleidoscope
 
  May 1986
56
  The Sinister Secret Of The Sixth Sense!
  Crisis on Infinite Earths
  April 1986
55
  Crisis At Canaveral!
  Crisis on Infinite Earths
  March 1986
54
  The Crisis Comes To 1942! (And Vice Versa)
  Crisis on Infinite Earths
  February 1986
53
  Worlds In Turmoil
  Crisis on Infinite Earths
  January 1986
52
  From Fear To Eternity!
  Crisis on Infinite Earths
  December 1985
51
  Monster Society of Evil!
  Crisis on Infinite Earths
  November 1985
50
  Crisis Point!
  Crisis on Infinite Earths
  October 1985
49
  Death-Sword At Sunrise!
 
  September 1985
48
  Camelot 1942!
 
  August 1985
47
  The Secret Origin Of Dr. Fate
 
  July 1985
46
  Philadelphia-- It Tolls For Thee!
 
  June 1985
45
  Give Me Liberty - - Give Me Death!
 
  May 1985
44
  Night And Fog!
 
  April 1985
43
  Ultimate Victory!
 
  March 1985
42
  Oh, Say, Can't You See...?
 
  February 1985
41
  --Catch A Falling Starman!
 
  January 1985
40
  The Rise And Fall Of The Phantom Empire!
  Pre-Crisis On Infinite Ea...
  December 1984
39
  Nobody Gets Out Of Paradise Valley Alive!
 
  November 1984
38
  Detroit is Dynamite!
 
  October 1984
37
  Lightning In Berlin!
 
  September 1984
36
  Thunder Over London!
 
  August 1984
35
  ...That Earths May Live!
 
  July 1984
34
  The Wrath of Tsunami!
 
  June 1984
33
  The Battle Of Santa Barbara - - Times Two!
 
  May 1984
32
  Crisis on Earth-X! The Prequel
 
  April 1984
31
  Uncle Sam Wants You!
 
  March 1984
30
  Day of the Black Dragon!
 
  February 1984
29
  A Man Called Doome!
 
  January 1984
28
  By Hatred Possessed!
 
  December 1983
27
  A Spectre is Haunting the Multiverse!
 
  November 1983
26
  Talons Across Time!
  Generations
  October 1983
25
  The Infinity Syndrome!
  Generations
  September 1983
24
  The Man Who'll Know Too Much!
 
  August 1983
23
  When Fate Thy Measure Takes...!
 
  July 1983
22
  The Powerstone Corrupts -- Absolutely!
 
  June 1983
21
  A Tale of Three Citadels!
 
  May 1983
20
  ...For the Dark Things Cannot Stand the Light...!
 
  April 1983
19
  Death, Considered as a State of Mind!
 
  March 1983
18
  Vengeance from Valhalla!
 
  February 1983
17
  To Slay The Body Electric
 
  January 1983
16
  The Magnetic Marauder!
 
  December 1982
15
  Master of Worlds and Time!
  Crisis on Earth-Prime!
  November 1982
14
  The "Mystery Men" of October!
  Crisis on Earth-Prime!
  October 1982
13
  One Day, During the War...
 
  September 1982
12
  Doomsday Begins at Dawn!
 
  August 1982
11
  Star Smasher's Secret!
 
  July 1982
10
  If an Eye Offend Thee...!
 
  June 1982
9
  Should Old Acquaintance Be Destroyed...
 
  May 1982
8
  Afternoon of the Assassins!
 
  April 1982
7
  Carnage For Christmas!
 
  March 1982
6
  Mayhem in the Mile-High City!
 
  February 1982
5
  Never Step On A Feathered Serpent!
 
  January 1982
4
  Day of the Dragon King! Chapter One
 
  December 1981
3
  The Dooms Of Dark December!
 
  November 1981
2
  The Tyrant Out of Time!
 
  October 1981
1
  The World on Fire!
 
  September 1981
Annual 3
  Justice Society of America
 
  Annual 1984
Annual 2
  The Ultra War!
  Generations
  October 1983
Annual 1
  The Three Faces Of Evil!
 
  Annual 1982







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