Summary: Classic tales of teamwork, friendship, and justice.
Comment: I held off buying the DC Archive editions for years because of the hefty price. Then I bought a couple used and I saw that they are worth every penny. At least they are worth it if you grew up with these titles. It was amazing how many of these stories (and specific panels) that I personally remembered after nearly 50 years.
Volume one contains stories originally published in The Brave and the Bold #28-30, and Justice League of America #1-6. The highlights of this first volume are the first JLA story (with Starro the Conqueror), and later, the Green Arrow joining the team.
These stories look better on the high-grade, glossy paper than they did when first printed- and much, much better than they look on old, yellow newsprint. The maroon leatherette covers (with the Justice League of America logo embossed in silver) are first rate- though I would never take the heavy, glossy jackets off of them.
Treat yourself to the age of true heroes.
Summary: DC's Modern JSA
Comment: This review is about volume 1 of JLA Archives.
I have to say I love the JSA better than the JLA. JLA, at the time it was made, seemed like a campy version of the modern JSA. Still the issues contained in these books are good and entertaining.
This book is written by Gardner Fox, the same man who wrote for the early JSA - so it really is like a historical prespective to compare the two.
Warning: If you are buying this book thinking you'll get issues with Batman and Superman - don't count on anything substatial. Batman and Supes usally take a side route in these adventures, not participating, or appearing very little at all. I at first didn't like these issues becuase of the lack of Superman and Batman - but after that inital disapointment the issues become enjoyable.
These issues show the first appearences of many villians - like Amazo
For those of you afraid this is like the Superfriends, it is and it isn't. It's much smarter than the Superfriends (No Legion of Doom or any dumb ideas like that) but don't expect it to be that smart or intelligent - I emphizise the word: Campy!
Still you don't nessisasrily have to have been born durring 1960 to enjoy these books. They are good and entertaining. (And starting with Volume 3 have regular guest appearences of the JSA)
Summary: When Heroes Were Heroes
Comment: This book recalls the days of the sixties, when heroes were heroes, villains were villains, and reasoning and deduction were more useful in defeating evil than fists, guns, and gore. A treat for those of us who preferred the clever plots and cheerful camaraderie of the DC comics of the '60s to the sappy soap opera and relentless angst of Marvel.
Summary: Very entertaining
Comment: This book presents 9 classic Silver Age stories of the JLA. The only fault I could find was that the old ads weren't printed!
Summary: Great Memories for aging 'baby boomers'
Comment: Are you a 'greying baby boomer'? Did you grow up waiting at the local 7-11 for the latest issues of your favorite comic heroes to hit the stands? Do you regret having tossed out all of your old comic books? Remember the days of the 12-cent comic book?
If you answered yes to more than one of the above, this book and the series it's part of is for you.
I grew up in the sixties, during the 'silver age' of DC comics. I used to spend hours reading, re-reading, looking at covers, and generally following the exploits of my favorite DC characters.
The plots are corny, the art dated and you always knew that the good guy would come out on top. What a great time to live in!
These archive books from DC reprint the complete stories from all the comics you had and somehow lost over the years. Each is 200+ pages (color) with a slew of your favorite stories. I've purchased a bunch of these and find myself re-enjoying the adventures I read about as a boy of 11.
This series is a great momental of our youthful days. If you enjoyed the DC series of comics and would like to see the stories once again, buy one book - then buy them all. Great for relaxation and light reading.
~ Highly recommended ~