|#10 - The one that started it all, by Rich Buckler & Dick Giordano|
All-Star Squadron, writer Roy Thomas' Golden Age revival title that ran from 1981-1987, was probably my first 'favorite' comic. Before I had the comic book IQ to negotiate a monthly release schedule, I somehow ended up with several of these in my budding collection. Thomas' encyclopaedic knowledge of these heroes (some familiar to me at the time like Superman, Batman or Wonder Woman, others more obscure like the original Green Lantern in his fabulously garish costume or Liberty Belle) and his ability to tell stories taking place in between the panels of the original run of All-Star Comics (we're talking about comics published between 1940-1942) blew my young mind, and always left me wanting more.
Drawn as I was to the inevitable & colorful cavalcade of 1940s superheroes that graced All-Star Squadron's interior pages, it was always the remarkably striking covers of this comic that (doing their job) provided that hook to get me to pick them up.
I would go so far as to say that A.S.S. had perhaps the best run of covers of the 1980s, illustrated by some of the best artists of the day. After the iconic cover to issue #1, which was handled by the series' 1st artist Rich Buckler along with inker Dick Giordano, no less an artist than Joe Kubert drew the first year & a half of covers, all of them outstanding.
|#9 - A Joe Kubert standout - maybe the most superheroes he's every drawn in one composition; Superman seemed to get knocked around quite a bit on the covers of All-Star Squadron - I can think of at least half a dozen examples|
Sometime after issue #50, All-Star Squadron started to lose steam - admittedly, DC's company-wide cross-over event Crisis on Infinite Earths wreaked havoc on Roy Thomas' cast, and a title that already had a hard time holding on to an art team suffered through even more inconsistency in that department. A.S.S. eventually folded with issue #67, but not before dazzling the comic-buying public with its eye-grabbing cover art and introducing a generation to the guys and gals of DC's Golden Age.
Feast your eyes on 8 more gorgeous covers below, and be sure to check out other Top 10's at these fine locations:
|#8 - I would NOT want to be this Hastor guy - the fury of The Hawkman, as only Joe Kubert could depict|
|#7 - Superman taking some more lumps at the hands of the Monster Society; Mike Clark was on the All-Star artist merry-go-round at this point, this cover being the high-point of his stint|
|#6 - The Spectre v. Dr. Fate! The JSA looks on as their 2 most powerful members slug it out! An awesome Jerry Ordway solo cover, just as he was leaving regular interior art duties.|
|#5 - The JSA returns just in time for All-Star Squadron to wind down. Another Jerry Ordway jaw-dropper.|
|#4 - One of Jerry Ordway's 1st solo covers; Ordway always got a lot out of the zipatone, which lent a certain moodiness to his artwork.|