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Issue No. 759
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"MYSTERY of the COLLAGE COVER!"

Yhe image above is based on the cover of All-Star Comics #2 (September, 1940). I've loved this cover from the moment I saw it reprinted in the 1974 DynaPubs Flashback Series edition. To me, it epitomizes the Golden Age. Mystery men stalking the city by night! Spectre! Green Lantern! Flash! Members of the original Justice Society! Here's an ad for the book...
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Then, years later, I discovered that this book's cover was NOT an original work of art -- it was a pastiche, created by cannibalizing images from three different places. The sources of these images was not easy to find, because they didn't all come from covers. But, of course, I did eventually find them.

Let's start with that Ghostly Guardian, the Spectre! His image comes from a story that first appeared in the title's previous isssue, All-Star Comics #1. Here's the page the image was on, drawn by Bernard Bailey...
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And here's a close-up of the panel!
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The Green Lantern figure was lifted from the cover of ALL AMERICAN COMICS #16, July 1940. This landmark issue contained the Emerald Crusader's first-ever appearance! Cover art by Sheldon Moldoff.
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Finally, the Flash image was taken from the cover of THE FLASH #8 (August 1940), also drawn by Sheldon Moldoff.
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When you put all three images together, and add a huge moon plus a silhouette of a cityscape, you get -- the cover of ALL STAR COMICS #2!
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Now, just for fun, let's take a look INSIDE the issue, starting with the inside front cover...
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Here's the splash page for the SPECTRE story...
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The GL story...
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And the FLASH story...
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And finally, here's a double-page ad from the issue, which, strangely, features the All-Star #2 cover among DC's monthly titles (bottom, center of ad).
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TOM STRONG HOMAGE COVERS!
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