One of my all-time favorite digests, if not the favorite(I know, I've said that before). Every time there was a JLA collection I just went nuts, since it was my favorite book growing up and usually reprints showed me tales I had never read before. And this collection was even more special, since it was all stories where a new member joined the JLA, and I always loved those. The covers are by Gil Kane, and I liked them both so much I wanted to show them both off!
The stories are:
• Black Canary joins in "In Each Man There Is A Demon" by Denny O'Neil, Dick Dillin, and Joe Giella
• Elongated Man joins in "Specter in the Shadows" by Len Wein, Dillin, and Dick Giordano
• Red Tornado joins in "Wolf in the Fold" by Wein, Dillin, and Giordano
• Zatanna joins in "The Reverse-Spells of Zatanna's Magic" by Gerry Conway, Dillin, and Frank McLaughlin
There's also two really nice bonuses included: one is the cover to JLA #42, the classic "Metamorpho Says No!", and even cooler is a retro, classic-DC-style ad for the current issue of JLA, #209. The ad works even better since the cover, by George Perez, is a beautiful, exciting, poster-like image:
...I don't know who put this ad together, but I hope they got a raise. It's a wonderful, fun little bonus.
I'd say the only thing that mars this book is that a few pages were actually printed out of order. Yep, instead of page ten of the Black Canary story, we suddenly jump into the Zatanna story for two pages, then it happens again on page twenty-six, where we suddenly find ourselves on the last page of the Red Tornado story and the Zatanna issue's cover(JLA #161). Oops!
(This was another purchase made at the beloved Voorhees News and Tobacco Shop--amid the porno mags and smell of cigars, the place was a wonderland of comic book fun.)