Most fans of comics and comics history will recognize the significance of All Star Comics. Especially issue #3: it was the first appearance of the Justice Society of America! The cover for #3 is well-known, as it’s been re-created and repurposed by a number of other artists over the years. I even did it myself once some years back for an FCA cover (Fawcett Collectors of America), replacing the DC heroes with Fawcett’s.
Less familiar are the issues prior to #3. I guess once DC had published Archive Editions containing every issue from All Star #3 forward, it was decided that they probably should complete the set and put out an Archive collecting the first two issues, before the title became about the Justice Society. Hence volume #0.
On a recent reread of that volume, I was struck by the cover of All Star #1. The published cover seemed an afterthought: using existing art photostatted from previous stories and pasted up, the characters looking tiny and constricted in the layout. Maybe the issue was running close to the deadline when they realized they still needed a cover. I started to think, “What might it have looked like if they’d had more time to put it together?”
And as mentioned up top, the idea stuck, and the only way to get it out of my head was to actually do it! So here’s my take on it.
Hope you enjoy it!