Review: All Star Comics Archives, Vol. 3

All Star Comics Archives, Vol. 3
All Star Comics Archives, Vol. 3 by Gardner F. Fox
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Justice Society joins the war effort with this volume of the All Star Comics Archives. These four issues mark the beginning of the Justice Battalion, an odd little add-on to the US military, in which the JSA went after Fifth columnists, spies, and helped out with humanitarian deeds (such as getting food pills to Europe). The stories are naturally filled with jingoism and the accompanying racism, but like I always say, you have to read things with an eye toward the era it was created before getting filled with indignation. These comics were merely propaganda, done to inspire kids and provide some entertainment to the troops in battle. Nothing more, nothing less.

Simon and Kirby make their All Star debuts on Sandman with the final issue reprinted here. Jack Burnley, Bernard Bailey, Sheldon Moldoff, Stan Aschmeier, Cliff Young and many others also provide the pictures to Gardner Fox’s fun, if often a tad contrived stories. This is an interesting volume from a historical standpoint, and is worth reading by any comic book fan or media historian.

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