I was asked what I thought of the current, or last, incarnation of what had been the Justice Society of America?
It started off in the 1940s and kids at that time must have blown a gasket! All those heroes in one freaking book! And this was before Timely and The All Winners Squad -the history and story behind which Marvel changed slightly for the 1970s series The Invaders and in the 1990s and since have totally and completely fecked up!
See the characters in the image above? Those were the JSA. The 1960s saw the start of the annual JSA-JLA team-ups that I still love and treasure today and, yes, I like Mike Sekowsky's art so sod off.
Below the late great Mike Parobek's JSA from the 1980s. Good stories. Good art. A great series though it often seemed like DC had no idea what direction to take them in.
The 1980s saw the All Star Squadron penned by Roy Thomas but, boy, did they screw everything up when Crisis On Infinite Earths happened. We then had Young All Stars but unlike in the All Star Squadron book, the art varied from good-ish to awful.
The JSA returned, up-dated but still fun and action and plenty of scope for a great long term series but then we had Secret Identity Ultimate Infinite Cosmic Zero Hour -it was something like that. Luckily, some sense meant things were not too bad and we had the graphic novel JSA-JLA:Virtue and Vice with some great Carlos Pacheco artwork. Yeah...it even got a little bit seedy in places!!
Some very nice covers on the series, too -
But things went really bad and I just stopped. Yes, you know what I mean:
You love it? Maybe your meds need changing? Or you are one of the here-today-gone-tomorrow died in the wool comic fans who have no interest in continuity, character history and will buy toilet paper from Dan Didio after he's wiped his ass with it, of course.
The thing is, it is almost a broken record but its relevant to most industries today, if it ain't broke then WTF mess it up? You are not fixing it. Once you're done you move on to something else or DC puts that shiv in your back while you are in the elevator 'going up to meet the boss'.
What creators did in the 1940s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and to a degree in the 1990s will have more relevance and be fare more cherished and loved than any of the crap churned out now.
Didio -your momma says "Hi"!