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1st appearance of the Justice League of America, Starro, and Snapper Carr (2-3/60)
1st appearance of the Justice League of America, Starro, and Snapper Carr (2-3/60)In the Golden Age of comics, National Periodicals (later to become DC) stuffed their most popular characters into a team title, All Star Comics. Not long after the debut of the Justice Society, however, DC editors crafted new material for All Star, with each hero having a solo chapter adding up to a major storyline. When Julius Schwartz struck pay-dirt with the Silver Age hero revival, he tasked Gardner Fox with revamping the Justice Society concept in the serial title The Brave and the Bold, and the result was this instant smash hit, which gathered all the major revival heroes into one fantastic title, finally dispensing the anthology format of All Star in favor of a streamlined action comic full of pop and power. Readers responded enthusiastically to this debut performance, leading to a great scarcity of this issue in higher grades.
Inside this issue's pages appears the tale of the JLA's battle against the vaguely Lovecraftian Starro the Conqueror and his minions. The nascent superhero team defeat the creature employing a combination of their wits and a lot of quicklime. This issue, notably, also contains the first appearance of the League's Secret Sanctuary, which sits inside a cavernous mountain. The book represents a real milestone in comics history, one that has only increased in value to collectors with the recent frenzy of DC superhero movies, culminating in the 2017 "Justice League" big-screen extravaganza!
Joe Giella is an American comic book artist best known as a DC Comics inker during the late 1950s and 1960s Silver Age of comic books. Giella's career began in the 40's at Hillman and later working with C.C. Beck on Captain Marvel stories at Fawcett. He would also assist on Captain America, Human Torch, Sub-Mariner and other stories at Timely. It was the Silver Age where he would come to his most prominence, working at DC on many of their biggest titles, including Batman, Green Lantern and Strange Adventures, working often with artist Carmine Infantino.
Mike Sekowsky was an American comics artist known as the penciler for DC Comics' Justice League of America during most of the 1960s (including their initial appearance in Brave and the Bold #28), and as the regular writer and artist on Wonder Woman during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Sekowsky's long career began in the early 40s for Timely Comics drawing the adventures of Captain America, and Sub-Mariner among others in titles such as All Winners Comics, Daring Comics, Marvel Mystery Comics, and Young Allies Comics. He would transition to DC Comics in the 1950s where we would work on Romance and Science Fiction stories including drawing the first appearance of Adam Strange in Showcase #17. He would co-create the Justice League of America with Gardner Fox and continue as it's artist for over 60 issues. Sekowsky would go on to have memorable runs as artist and writer on Metal Men, Wonder Woman, and the Supergirl feature in Adventure Comics.
Inker, started out in the 1940s, ended up at DC Comics working with Gil Kane, Mike Sekowsky, and Carmine Infantino on titles including Wonder Woman, All Star Comics, Justice League of America, and Our Army at War.