The 1st Justice League book that I ever bought (1975).
Everyone on this cover remains at the top of my favorite DC heroes list.
That Satellite Era was so classic. I don't think it can be recaptured with the current characterizations of the DC heroes. Even though the JLA was HQ'ed in a satellite "22,000 miles above the Earth in a synchronous orbit", they were still rooted and down to Earth.
I finally started collecting some of these. I checked out my LCS that has a better back issue selection just to see what they had, and while they didn't have as much as I was hoping for, the prices were actually better than I expected. Nothing I bought was over $5 except for JLA 29 which was $20. That's the most I've ever spent for a comic but I thought it looked cool as hell, and I did a quick internet search in the store and $20 was a very reasonable price for the condition. I was a little disappointed when I came home to see that this was only part 1 of a two-parter, but I love the multiple Earth team-ups so much. This is what I got:
(btw these are not scans of the actual comics I bought, just pictures of the covers I found online)
I thought the cover was awesome, and I really liked the idea of a JLA / Freedom Fighters team-up. It was four bucks so I could not turn it down.
I did indeed get the Whitman variant, by accident...I liked the look of the cover (again, I really like the Earth 2 team ups), and the price was cheap (like, 3 bucks) so I picked it up without really paying much attention. When I got home I went "WTF" having never heard of Whitman and wondering if I got a reprint or something. Turns out Whitman produced DC Comics that were sent bagged directly to retailers and could not be re-sold. So it's not a reprint but basically a "variant" from another company. I would much rather have an official DC copy but at $3 it's not really a big loss and it's still the exact same issue inside. More of an interesting history lesson than anything else.
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I read a review of this on another site that basically made it out to be the greatest comic of all time, so I had to get it. It was $5 and I thought that was fine for a double sized milestone issue. I flipped through it and it looks AMAZING. Holy crap the art in here is gorgeous.
And I got an Annual from around the bronze age time period. I thought it looked cool on the cover and it was only $3.50.
I'm really busy lately so it may be a little while before I start to read these, but this is the beginnings of a cool collection. I converted over to all digital for my new comics, but I kind of missed collecting hard copies so I think I will mostly start collecting bronze age JLA. I really like them as collector's items and they're fun to read since you get all the characters there. I think I will go to a local convention next month and see if I can get a bunch more for cheap...definitely want the George Perez issues.
These may help you bud. They are Hardcover and a little expensive but you will get all of George Perez JLA stories in these 2 volumes.