Ok, now we're up to the really special time with me and the digests. I remember buying this one at the Voorhees News and Tobacco Shop(which is still there!) when I was just a wee lad.
I usually bought my comics at 7-11, but my Dad would occasionally take me to this store, which had a huge selection of magazines, paperbacks, and comics. I don't think I had ever seen a digest comic before, since my local 7-11s did't carry them. So seeing a book one hundred pages long, full of stories I'd never seen before, just got me so excited, and I bought every one I could get my hands on.
As a kid, I always loved the Justice Society, and the whole Earth-2 concept--a whole other world of superheroes, published long before I was born, seemed so cool. So when I saw this book, with its fun, celebratory, and beautifully-executed cover by George Perez, I snapped it up.
This book features three classic tales:
"The Untold Origin of the Justice Society" by Paul Levitz, Joe Staton, and Bob Layton--I love how this story so wonderfully intertwines real-life history in with the creation of the JSA. There's so many cool moments--The Spectre defeats a Nazi simply by staring at him, Superman catches a giant Nazi bomb in his two hands, the non-powered Atom, posssibly out of place on a team that features Superman, Green Lantern, Dr.Fate, and The Spectre--is the one to saveFDR's life, and then the President himself forms the team! How cool is that?
"The Day That Dropped Out of Time", a Golden Age JSA tale, by John Broome, Irwin Hasen, Lee Elias, Paul Reinman, Joe Kubert, and Frank Harry
...and finally "The Big Superhero Hunt", a Starman/Black Canary solo tale from The Brave and The Bold, by Gardner Fox and Murphy Anderson
This is one of my all-time favorite digests; I love how it spans across four decades of stories to give you a nice sense of the team's history. Just superb!