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    Quote Originally Posted by ducklord View Post
    Yeah, Crisis is pretty, but it HEAVILY depends on the reader being invested in the Pre-Crisis mythology to pack any oomph. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone coming into the Bronze Age cold.

    The immediate pre-Crisis era had a number of good-to-great runs, which others have mentioned:

    Alan Moore's Swamp Thing - It's early Moore, so it's a bit on the wordy side, but it does a fair amount of romping through the DCU.
    Wolfman/Perez Titans - I recently went through a re-read of these. Wolfman's dialogue hasn't aged well (a problem with Crisis, as well), but the book remains a masterpiece of plotting, and you can't beat the Perez art.
    Levitz/Giffen (and others) Legion - Speaking of plotting masterpieces, you could do far worse than to simply start at the Legion Annual #1 and read every Legion story up through the end of the Baxter series.
    Thomas/Ordway All-Star Squadron - Heck, I'd even throw in Young All-Stars.
    DC Comics Presents (various) - Superrman's team-up book, like most team up books, was always hit an miss, but the good ones (like Starlin's Martian Manhunter/Supergirl/Spectre trilogy) were great.
    Cyborg's dialect. Can we get a rousing "Mebbe," everyone?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buried Alien View Post
    Pre-COIE DC Comics stories tended, for the most part, to be single-issue affairs, or no longer than three-issue story arcs.

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    Pre-COIE was more akin to O. Henry and Guy de Maupassant, while post-COIE has been more Leo Tolstoy and Victor Hugo.
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    Cary Bates run of Flash went on forever, I think the Iris death went on for 10-20 issues before things got resolved if I remember correctly, and the whole Professor Zoom being left to die in hell and returning was pretty epic. That's another recommended pre-crisis run.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Darknight Detective View Post
    Pre-COIE was more akin to O. Henry and Guy de Maupassant, while post-COIE has been more Leo Tolstoy and Victor Hugo.
    Or, from a pop music point of view, Pre-COIE was like the pre-Beatles era when pop/rock was dominated by singles, while Post-COIE is the post-Beatles era when albums became the new dominant format of rock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buried Alien View Post
    Or, from a pop music point of view, Pre-COIE was like the pre-Beatles era when pop/rock was dominated by singles, while Post-COIE is the post-Beatles era when albums became the new dominant format of rock.

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    That's a perfect analogy, too, BA. Short stories/singles vs. novels/albums - they're all great in their own way, IMO.
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