When talking about comic-books, it doesn’t get much more classic than this. All-Star Comics was a magazine featuring the most prominent heroes of anthology titles from All-American and National, the publishing companies which would later merge to become DC. The #3 issue of All-Star Comics became very notable for featuring the first-ever superhero team, the Justice Society of America. At first these heroes only gathered to tell each other their respective adventures, which would be featured as individual stories in that same issue, handled by different artists (notable among them is Jerry Siegel, creator of Superman, who scripted The Spectre). However, the concept proved so popular that they soon started to act as a team.
The original members of the Justice Society were The Flash, Hawkman, Hour-Man, the Spectre, Sandman, Doctor Fate, Green Lantern and the Atom. It must be noted that this Flash is the golden-age one -with blue trousers and winged helmet-, and the same goes for Green Lantern, donning a cape and red shirt. Later issues of the magazine would feature the debut of none other than Wonder Woman, who would also become a member of team. The Justice Society of America is the granddaddy of all the superhero groups that came later, such as the Avengers, the JLA or the X-Men, and that makes All-Stars Comics #3 a pivotal piece of comic-books history. However, this 71-year old issue is extremely rare, and if you want to get hold of a near mint copy you should be ready to hand $85000.
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