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All Star Comics #3 (Winter 1940) - CGC Restored Grade VF+ 8.5 with Off-White to White pages and moderate professional restoration, including: color touch, tear seals, split sealed, cleaned, and reinforced. Origin and first appearance of the Justice Society of America. Hibbard, Moldoff, and Baily art. While the absolute proof is lost to time, credit for the origination of the "super-team" probably belongs to M.C. Gaines, the title's publisher. Similarly, credit for the concept's "fleshing-out" belongs equally to Shelly Mayer, the editor, and Gardner Fox, the writer. Gaine's inspiration was probably most immediately derived from the pulp character, Doc Savage. He was a human of superhuman capabilities who fought evil with the aid of his five comrades, all of whom were leaders in their chosen fields. However, the concept is equally related to all myths that feature a pantheon of Gods. Regardlessly, the origin of the idea is far less important than the end result, for All Star Comics #3 stands today as one of the greatest successes in the history of comics. The book hit the comic reading public with explosive force, and the title immediately became one of DC's biggest sellers. (Its level of continuing popularity can best be measured by the fact that it outlasted, by years, all the books that featured most of the team's membership.) Superheroes and the superteams are still with us today, and they probably always will be in one form or another. Over the ages, the interaction of superhuman beings remains a source of fascination for humankind, with the concept's exploration providing us with an endless variety of tales. For the field of comics, that concept started with this book, forever marking it as a true milestone in comic book history. This copy has been moderately restored to a magnificent state of condition, truly beautiful in its level of presentation.
"All Star Comics" #3 - Origin and First Appearance of the JSA - 1940
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